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Pure Appl. Chem. Vol. 73, No. 8, pp. 1305-1308 (2001)

Pure and Applied Chemistry

Vol. 73, Issue 8


Green electrochemistry. Examples and challenges*

Michael A. Matthews

Department of Chemical Engineering, University of South Carolina, Columbia, South Carolina 29208, USA

Abstract: Electrochemical methods have been proposed for synthesis of organic compounds, including conversion of CO2. Such methods may provide a basis for environmentally friendly and sustainable methods for chemical production. Nevertheless, electrochemical syntheses are not widely utilized. Several examples of ongoing research are presented that illustrate both the opportunities as well as the challenges associated with the utilization of electrochemistry for green chemical manufacturing.

*Lecture presented at the IUPAC CHEMRAWN XIV Conference on Green Chemistry:Toward Environmentally Benign Processes and Products, Boulder,Colorado, USA, 9-13 June 2001. Other presentations are published in this issue, pp.1229 –1330.

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