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  • Fisher Science Education
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What is Green Chemistry?

Slide Presentation (PDF)


Fisher Science Education, through a partnership with Beyond Benign, developed this classroom ready slide presentation that briefly describes the 12 principles of green chemistry. The presentation first focuses on the role of chemists in society and introduces green chemistry as a way to solve environmental problems. Each principle is defined and presented in the context of a basic application.

Summary prepared May 2008 by Julie Haack, University of Oregon.


Fisher Science Education, ; Beyond Benign, What is Green Chemistry?. wps/ downloads/ segment/ ScienceEducation/ pdf/ green_12PrinciplesGreenChem.pdf (accessed June 2011).

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
  • Nanotechnology (Chemistry Subdiscipline)
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Physical Chemistry
  • Polymer Chemistry
Target Audience
  • Colleges/Universities
  • General Public
  • Secondary Schools
  • Internet Sources