Recoverable catalysts. Ultimate goals, criteria of evaluation, and
the green chemistry interface*
J. A. Gladysz
Institut für Organische Chemie, Friedrich-Alexander
Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Henkestrasse 42, 91054 Erlangen,
Abstract: Attempts are made to define the "ideal synthesis",
"ideal catalyst", and "ideal recoverable catalyst".
Although these unattainable limits can never be realized, they help
to focus attention on attributes chemists should strive for. Criteria
for evaluating catalyst recovery are analyzed, and increased attention
to the critical and constructive evaluation of competing "green"
chemical technologies is advocated.
*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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