Chemistry, Green technology

Chemistry and Energy lab, University of Hong Kong. © V. Durruty & P. Guedj for the L'Oréal Corporation Foundation

Green chemistry has become a target for cutting-edge research into sustainable technologies. These may reduce (or eliminate) the production and use of hazardous substances in mining and in the design, manufacture and application of chemical products, and may also lead to energy savings and a better environment and health.

Research in green chemistry and allied areas in biochemistry, geochemistry, biotechnology, ecology and healthcare give young scientists ample opportunity to demonstrate their inventiveness and provide important input to sustainable development. With this in mind, the Green Chemistry for Life Project was launched in 2013 by UNESCO’s International Basic Sciences Programme (IBSP) and PhosAgro, the largest producer of phosphate-based fertilizer in Europe, in close cooperation with the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC).

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Over the course of 5 years, the project will offer research grants of up to US$30, 000 to scientists aged 35 years or less with an innovative research project that respects the 12 principles of green chemistry, to help them implement their project.

In addition to seeking to harness talents of young scientists for the advancement of green chemistry and the use of its fruits, the Project sets out to raise awareness among decision- and policy-makers, industrialists and the public at large of the vast opportunities green chemistry offers to meet pressing societal needs.

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Q&A

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How chemistry related to technology?

All technological innovation requires chemistry, in understanding how chemicals and compounds will work together within a product to create the best experience and not destroy anything in the process. In turn, chemists can use this created technology in their labs to help with data collection and analysis, which increases productivity and flexibility in experimentation. This new flexibility allows for more to be discovered, and for more technology to be created with this new information.

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How is technology used in chemistry?

Technology is used in chemistry because you use microscopes to look at the different particles of different elements, and sometimes computers are used to break down the chemical makeup of different items.