Chemistry has always had a central role in the provision of food and energy, materials and medicines. Recent years have increasingly seen chemistry research move towards environmentally friendly, sustainable products and processes, and the focus of the 2018 Gordon Research Conference on Green chemistry is the development of sustainable means for the provision of food, energy and water.
This Collection features selected Green Chemistry content published in the Nature family of journals. These research, review, comment and protocol articles have been sorted into four categories:
Water splitting includes articles related to artificial photosynthesis, or electrochemical reactions of water. More content on this topic can be found in the related collections Electrocatalysis for fuels and Chemistry at the nexus of water and energy.
Carbon dioxide collects articles that involve the trapping and downstream reactions of carbon dioxide.
Biomass utilisation covers the conversion of biomass to fuels and other value-added products.
Greener synthesis articles describe developments aimed at making chemical reactions more environmentally friendly, both in terms of the processes and the safety of the products. A full list of related articles published across nature.com can be found on the Green Chemistry subject page.
The section on Cleaner water contains articles relating to harvesting, desalination and disinfection of water.