General concepts in sustainable chemical processes

Darrell Patterson, Janet L. Scott

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This chapter introduces the general and basic concepts that will be used in subsequent chapters relating to specific topics in sustainable chemical processing for the future. Sustainable chemical processes and technologies are defined and the following concepts introduced: the triple bottom line; the twelve principles of both Green Chemistry and Green Engineering; the Hierarchy of Waste Management used as a sustainable design tool; and Life Cycle Assessment. Finally, two common process approaches that lead to sustainable chemical processes are outlined (the use of continuous, or flow, processes and process intensification). These concepts are then contextualised in terms of the structure of this book.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationChemical Processes for a Sustainable Future
EditorsD. Patterson, J. Scott, T. Letcher
Place of PublicationLondon, U. K.
PublisherRoyal Society of Chemistry
ISBN (Print)9781849739757
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2014


  • Sustainable chemical technologies, waste management hierarchy, life cycle approach, flow process, process intensification


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