Greening Analytical Science
How we might reduce environmental impact without reducing capability – and why we should try.
Miguel de la Guardia Cirugeda |
The greenest method of analysis is one that solves an analytical problem properly but with zero, or minimal, deleterious effect on the environment and operators. Sustainability must take into consideration, perhaps in equal measures, the environment, economic factors and other potential benefits. If it is cheaper to perform green analytical chemistry then it is more likely to be accepted by the big players in industry. In short, a marriage of ethics and economics is the most likely route to sustainability.
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