Contact Information

  • Paul T. Anastas
  • Director
  • Center for Green Chemistry & Green Engineering
  • Yale University
  • P.O. Box 208107
  • New Haven, CT 06520-8107
(203) 432 - 5215

Green Chemistry: Theory and Practice

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Green Chemistry: Theory and Practice is the seminal text on green chemistry. The topic is introduced in terms of attitudes toward pollution from both the general public and scientific community. The concept of lowering risk by reducing hazard rather than exposure is discussed and the twelve principles of green chemistry are described in detail with examples of the importance of each and how they relate to current and future technologies. Simple methods for evaluating "greenness" of relevant topics are discussed, including relative toxicity, feedstock choice, reaction types and safer design. Successful applications of the introduced concepts are illustrated by examples of "green" processes, including novel starting materials, reactions, reagents, solvents and products. The text is 135 pages, containing ten chapters, exercise questions, a bibliography and index.

Summary prepared July 2005 by Dr. S. Adam O'Neil, Polymer Science and Engineering at the University of Massachusetts.


Anastas, P. T.; Warner, J. C. Green Chemistry: Theory and Practice, Print 1998; pp 1-135.

Category Descriptors

Green Chemistry Principles
  • Analyze in Real-Time to Prevent Pollution
  • Avoid Chemical Derivatives
  • Design for Degradation
  • Design Less Hazardous Chemical Syntheses
  • Design Safer Chemicals and Products
  • Increase Energy Efficiency
  • Maximize Atom Economy
  • Minimize the Potential for Accidents
  • Prevent Waste
  • Use Catalysts
  • Use Renewable Feedstocks
  • Use Safer Solvents/Reaction Conditions
Chemistry Subdiscipline
  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Interdisciplinary/Multidisciplinary
  • Materials Science
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Physical Chemistry
  • Polymer Chemistry
Target Audience
  • Colleges/Universities
  • General Public
  • Primary Schools
  • Secondary Schools
  • Books