Green Chemistry for Green Solvents

A major contributor to smog formation is the release of volatile chemicals into the atmosphere which are emitted from many sources including automobile exhaust and consumer products such as paints. To combat the adverse effects smog has on air quality in North America, agencies such as Environment and Climate Change (Canada) and the Environmental Protection Agency (United States) enforce limits on the types and amounts of chemicals used in industrial applications and consumer products. Replacing chemicals that are known to contribute heavily to smog formation, with environmentally friendly chemicals are highly sought after targets. We propose to work with TBF Environmental to develop environmentally friendly alternatives, which will reduce harmful smog emissions when used in place of currently used industrial chemicals. We aim to produce environmentally friendly chemicals from renewable plant bio-mass.

Joseph Clarkson
Faculty Supervisor: 
Laurel Schafer
British Columbia
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