® ADVISOR INSIGHT | C&T
This guest advisor commentary is an excerpt taken from
an interview with Prof. James Clark, Ph.D., of the York,
UK-based Green Chemistry Centre for Excellence. The full-length Podcast is available at Cosmeticsand Toiletries.com/
C&T: Within the past ten or so years, how has sustainability and
green chemistry evolved?
Clark: Many are recognizing that green chemistry is a good
place to be. It may not be called green chemistry but references
are made to biorefineries, bioresources and the circular economy.
There’s all sorts of new terminology now, in this same space. In
terms of the way the subject has developed, it’s become much more
holistic. In the early days of green chemistry, people talked about
the ways chemicals were made and how they could be greener,
safer, more efficient—all good things, and all still true today. But
nowadays, people are more keen to embrace the lifecycle. They’re
interested in the feedstocks and raw materials more than they used
C&T: How are regulations impacting this market?
Advisor: REACh is beginning to show what it’s all about.
People are realizing there’s a growing list of chemicals that really
are not sustainable, in a legislative sense apart from everything
else, and that’s very good. So people need new green chemicals.
C&T: Where do you see potential for new green chemistry?
Advisor: Paper and pulp, for one. Newsprint is not in
demand as it used to be, so paper and pulp mills are losing money.
But they’re sitting on this huge resource that
is renewable, bio-based and chemically rich—
and they’ve already got the infrastructure
to produce chemicals. A few years ago, we
invented a new solvent and in collaboration
with an Australian company, opened a production plant for it in a paper and pulp mill. The
mill accesses twenty million tons a year of
renewable wood, so the volumes are huge. It
just went full production in January 2017.
Another big area is earth-abundant metals;
in things like catalysis and other energy
applications such as batteries. There’s a
drive toward resources that are more earth-abundant; metals like iron or nickel. We
need to move away from processes that use
metals like palladium, which is scarce and
becoming more expensive. Lithium is another one. So I see a lot of
chemistries going on around earth-abundant metals.
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Prof. James Clark, Ph.D.
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Green Chemistry Centre
Green Chemistry Evolves
Around Lifecycle and Necessity
www.CosmeticsandToiletries.com Vol. 132, No. 2 | February 2017
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