Green chemistry

Green chemistry involves the development of chemical products and processes that minimize the use and generation of hazardous and unwanted substances.

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    While traditional farming has fed billions of people, it is exerting mounting pressure on land, water and the environment. To complement current agricultural practices, we present a green chemical farming concept that provides pathways to efficient and renewable food production by leveraging chemistry and chemical engineering.

    • Ning Yan
    • , Kang Zhou
    •  & Maxim Park Dickieson
  • News & Views |

    Scalable and efficient chemical recycling of commodity polymeric materials remains a challenge as the materials continually accumulate in the environment. Now, upcycling of polystyrene into benzoic acid and other value-added chemicals is realized under mild photooxidation conditions, with hydrogen atom transfer as the key step.

    • Mizhi Xu
    •  & Will R. Gutekunst
  • News & Views |

    Food production in a given solar footprint is limited by the efficiency of natural photosynthesis. Now, a hybrid electrochemical–biological artificial photosynthesis system demonstrates the potential for food synthesis from CO2 and electricity, enabling a paradigm shift in food production.

    • Tuo Wang
    •  & Jinlong Gong
    Nature Food 3, 409-410
  • News |

    A retracted paper highlights chemistry’s history of trying to avoid the expensive, toxic — but necessary — catalyst.

    • Ariana Remmel
    Nature 606, 448-451