Mobile Apps for Green Chemistry

  • Alex M. Clark, Antony J. Williams, Sean Ekins
  • September 2016, Wiley
  • DOI: 10.1002/9781119951438.eibc2413

Green chemistry mobile apps

What is it about?

Predicting or identifying the impact some chemicals will have on the environment could help reduce undesirable chemistry and chemicals. This article describes mobile apps that capture knowledge on green chemistry and enable the user to make decisions.

Why is it important?

We need to develop products using chemistry that has less impact on the environment. green chemistry aims to reduce or eliminate hazardous substances in the whole chemical process. We can predict many properties for molecules including their impact on the environment and there is considerable numbers of publications on the effect of chemicals on different processes. We have focused on developing mobile apps that could be used to share green chemistry information. For example one of the early apps dealt with green solvent information. More recent efforts have lead to green notebook functions that can be used to calculate reactions and green chemistry functions like atom economy, E-factor etc.


Dr Sean Ekins
Collaborations in Chemistry

My interest in green chemistry was kicked off by attending a green chemistry conference and seeing that the information was not accessible. What followed was the collaboration with Alex and Tony to develop mobile apps and raise awareness. While this is not my main research focus, the impact these apps can have is long lasting especially when you consider they have been downloaded tens of thousands of times.

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The following have contributed to this page: Dr Antony John Williams and Dr Sean Ekins