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Unit 1

Our environment and its protection, chemical pollution and environmental regulations, environmental chemistry, pollution prevention strategies, challenges to the sustainability of chemical industry, Pollution Prevention Act 1990, USA, Green Chemistry and its 12 principles, toxicity of chemicals, material safety data sheet (MSDS), concept of zero pollution technologies, atom economy, functional toxicity vs non-functional toxicity, alternative solvents, energy minimization, microwave and sonochemical reactions, renewable feed stock, carbon dioxide as a feed stock.

Unit 2

Greener strategies of the synthesis of ibuprofen synthesis, teriphthalic acid etc. phase behaviour and solvent attributes of supercritical CO2, use of supercritical carbon dioxide as a medium chemical industry, use of ionic liquids as a synthetic medium, gas expanded solvents, superheated water, etc. Synthesis of various chemicals from bio mass, polycarbonate synthesis and CO2 fixation, green plastics, green oxidations, etc.

Unit 3

Processes involving solid catalysts – zeolites, ion exchange resins, Nafion/silica nano composites and enhanced activity. Polymer supported reagents, green oxidations using TAML catalyst, membrane reactors. Green chemistry in material science, synthesis of porous polymers, green nanotechnology.

Text Books


  • Hand Book of Green Chemistry and Technology; by James Clarke and Duncan Macquarrie; Blakwell Publishing.
  •  Anastas, P. T., Warner, J. C. Green Chemistry: Theory and Practice, Oxford University Press Inc., New York, 1998.
  • Matlack, A. S. Introduction to Green Chemistry Marcel Dekker: New York, NY, 2001

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