The dramatic growth in ionic liquid research over the past decade has resulted in the development of a huge number of novel ionic liquids, as well as many associated applications. Ionic liquids have the potential to increase chemical reactivity and thus lead to more efficient processes. They are non-flammable and due to their low vapor pressure less toxic than conventional solvents. But does this low vapor pressure alone make them a green solvent?
The progress of ionic liquid toxicity research, as well as the development of degradable and bio-renewable ionic liquids is highlighted in one of the articles published in CLEAN, the new international and interdisciplinary journal covering all aspects of sustainability and environmental safety.
Sustainable Development - the leading concept of the 21st century
Sustainable Development describes a progress, which is in agreement with the needs of the present generation but does not endanger the chances of the coming ones thus satisfying their needs as well. Having been discussed on international Summits and Conferences in Rio de Janeiro 1992 and Johannesburg 2002, it now is a subject matter worldwide. But still there are controversies on how to achieve this goal. For example, it is clear that the definition of the prime needs vary from man to man, from country to country and from continent to continent.
Industry and environmental safety - do they exclude each other?
No doubt, the prosperity of modern societies is mainly based on the far-reaching achievements of chemistry and the industry, contributing to improve the quality of life of billions of human beings. But in public opinion the price for these advancements to be paid by our environment seems more and more to be too high. Goods and how they are produced by the industry today influence the environmental quality of tomorrow.
While it is the prevailing public opinion that chemistry in particular endangers the environment, scientists in education, research, and industry show continuous efforts to prove that an important tool for improved environmental quality lies in the hand of this discipline. Chemistry is an opportunity and a risk at the same time for the implementation of the model of sustainable development. With the competence of the industry in the field of materials conversion, important sectors for the implementation of sustainable development in society can be supported.
CLEAN - Soil, Air, Water
The world is growing together with a multitude of interdisciplinary approaches of scientists linking their knowledge together. For the benefit of researchers all over the world and with editors from all over the world, CLEAN - Soil, Air, Water aims at closing the gap in the field of environmental issues between developing and developed countries. While covering all aspects of sustainability and environmental safety, CLEAN focuses on prevention measures and forward oriented approaches rather than on remediation and pollution cleanup.For more information, please contact:
New photocatalyst speeds up the conversion of carbon dioxide into chemical resources
29.05.2017 | DGIST (Daegu Gyeongbuk Institute of Science and Technology)
Copper hydroxide nanoparticles provide protection against toxic oxygen radicals in cigarette smoke
29.05.2017 | Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz
The world's highest gain high power laser amplifier - by many orders of magnitude - has been developed in research led at the University of Strathclyde.
The researchers demonstrated the feasibility of using plasma to amplify short laser pulses of picojoule-level energy up to 100 millijoules, which is a 'gain'...
Staphylococcus aureus is a feared pathogen (MRSA, multi-resistant S. aureus) due to frequent resistances against many antibiotics, especially in hospital infections. Researchers at the Paul-Ehrlich-Institut have identified immunological processes that prevent a successful immune response directed against the pathogenic agent. The delivery of bacterial proteins with RNA adjuvant or messenger RNA (mRNA) into immune cells allows the re-direction of the immune response towards an active defense against S. aureus. This could be of significant importance for the development of an effective vaccine. PLOS Pathogens has published these research results online on 25 May 2017.
Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus) is a bacterium that colonizes by far more than half of the skin and the mucosa of adults, usually without causing infections....
Physicists from the University of Würzburg are capable of generating identical looking single light particles at the push of a button. Two new studies now demonstrate the potential this method holds.
The quantum computer has fuelled the imagination of scientists for decades: It is based on fundamentally different phenomena than a conventional computer....
An international team of physicists has monitored the scattering behaviour of electrons in a non-conducting material in real-time. Their insights could be beneficial for radiotherapy.
We can refer to electrons in non-conducting materials as ‘sluggish’. Typically, they remain fixed in a location, deep inside an atomic composite. It is hence...
Two-dimensional magnetic structures are regarded as a promising material for new types of data storage, since the magnetic properties of individual molecular building blocks can be investigated and modified. For the first time, researchers have now produced a wafer-thin ferrimagnet, in which molecules with different magnetic centers arrange themselves on a gold surface to form a checkerboard pattern. Scientists at the Swiss Nanoscience Institute at the University of Basel and the Paul Scherrer Institute published their findings in the journal Nature Communications.
Ferrimagnets are composed of two centers which are magnetized at different strengths and point in opposing directions. Two-dimensional, quasi-flat ferrimagnets...
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