Solvents; key ingredients in processes for making medicines

First mobile app for green chemistry fosters sustainable manufacturing of medicines

Author
- American Chemical Society By Sean Ekins Ph.D., D.Sc.  Wednesday, February 27, 2013
| Print friendly | Email Us

Mention mobile applications, or mobile apps, and people think of games, email, news, weather, productivity and other software for Apple, Android and other smart phones and tablet computers. But an app with broader impact — the first mobile application to foster wider use of the environmentally friendly and sustainable principles of green chemistry — is the topic of a report in the American Chemical Society’s new journal, ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering.

Sean Ekins, Alex M. Clark and Antony Williams point out that the companies that manufacture medicines, electronics components and hundreds of other consumer products have a commitment to work in a sustainable fashion without damaging the environment. That’s the heart of “green chemistry,” often defined as “the utilization of a set of principles that reduces or eliminates the use or generation of hazardous substances in the design, manufacture and application of chemical products.”

Their article describes a guide on doing so for solvents, key ingredients in processes for making medicines. Some traditional processes generate 25-100 times more waste than the chemical they are making (e.g., pharmaceuticals). The solvents guide was developed by the ACS Green Chemistry Institute’s Pharmaceutical Roundtable, a group of 14 pharmaceutical companies. The Green Solvents mobile app version of the guide for Apple devices covers 60 different solvents and is available online here, and the Lab Solvents app for Android devices is available online here.

Full article

Disqus Comments

American Chemical Society, ACS is a congressionally chartered independent membership organization which represents professionals at all degree levels and in all fields of chemistry and sciences that involve chemistry.

Learn more about ACS.






Most Shared CFP stories



What's New On CFP:

  1. Latest American News
    By News on the Net -- --News Headlines
  2. Getting Bowe Bergdahl back is not the problem
    By Dan Calabrese -- --Crime-Terror-Security
  3. Cue the left’s freakout of dishonest nonsense over Indiana religious freedom law
    By Dan Calabrese -- --American Politics
  4. BREAKING: Harry Reid will not seek re-election
    By Robert Laurie -- --American Politics
  5. Hey, let’s watch Dem Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton park her car. ...Because it’s hilarious.
    By Robert Laurie -- --American Politics
  6. China Scales Back Shale Projects
    By Guest Column -- --Global Warming-Energy-Environment
  7. Your own lyinn eyes
    By Sarge -- --American Politics
  8. Population Control in the Name of Sustainable Development
    By Christian Newswire -- --Global Warming-Energy-Environment
  9. Managing Obama’s war against Israel
    By Caroline Glick -- --American Politics
  10. Obama Has an Off Ramp Available
    By Jim Yardley -- --American Politics
  11. WH Rally v. Arctic Drilling: Global Warming Is ‘Absolutely’ ‘Settled Science’ Despite Ch
    By News on the Net -- --Video
  12. Exclusive: Afghanistan Chief Executive Vows US ‘Blood and Treasure’ Won’t Go to Wa
    By Heritage Foundation -- --American Politics
  13. Aligning ourselves with the Iranians and alienating the Israelis
    By Guest Column -- --Letter
  14. Driverless Cars Poised To Transform Automotive Industry
    By Oilprice.com -- --Global Warming-Energy-Environment
  15. If There is Any Racism, It Has Been to Bend Back in Favor of Arabs!
    By Aaron I. Reichel, Esq. -- --Cover Story
  16. Obama Cites Ayatollah’s Fatwa on Road to Nuclear War
    By Raymond Ibrahim -- --Cover Story
  17. Obama Leaks Israeli Nuke Secrets
    By Matthew Vadum -- --Cover Story
  18. Obama’s Two State Tantrum
    By Daniel Greenfield -- --American Politics
  19. Obama’s Iran Policy Is Lost at Sea
    By Claudia Rosett -- --American Politics
  20. CNN Shines a Light on Ongoing VA Scandal
    By Roger Aronoff -- --Media - Media Bias
  21. Hysteria Over Cruz Illustrates What We’re Up Against
    By Lloyd Marcus -- --American Politics
  22. Jerry Taylor Shows the Weakness of Case for a Carbon Tax
    By Institute for Energy Research -- --Global Warming-Energy-Environment
  23. Should We Fear Islam?
    By Dr. Brad Lyles -- --American Politics
  24. HANDS UP!
    By Guest Column -- --Letter
  25. We are being sold out by a Muslim
    By Guest Column -- --Letter
  26. Obama Head Strong But Mindless!
    By John Lillpop -- --American Politics
  27. Liberty Counsel Defends Marriage in Puerto Rico
    By Liberty Counsel -- --World News
  28. Latest World News
    By News on the Net -- --News Headlines
  29. ‘Fido’ unleashed: Google, Wells Fargo, IRS embrace universal Biometric ID System
    By Gretchen Olson -- --Cover Story
  30. Mike Pence Signs Religious Freedom Bill
    By Heritage Foundation -- --American Politics


Ford Nation

Why hundreds of thousands of Torontonians supported their conservative crack-smoking mayor











Caruba: Professional Writing Services



Pursuant to Title 17 U.S.C. 107, other copyrighted work is provided for educational purposes, research, critical comment, or debate without profit or payment. If you wish to use copyrighted material from this site for your own purposes beyond the 'fair use' exception, you must obtain permission from the copyright owner.

Views are those of authors and not necessarily those of Canada Free Press. Content is Copyright 1997-2014 the individual authors.

Site Copyright 1997-2014 Canada Free Press.Com Privacy Statement


Powered by ExpressionEngine