1. Anne E. Marteel-Parrish1 and
  2. Martin A. Abraham2

Published Online: 31 JAN 2014

DOI: 10.1002/9781118720011.ch8

Green Chemistry and Engineering: A Pathway to Sustainability

Green Chemistry and Engineering: A Pathway to Sustainability

How to Cite

Marteel-Parrish, A. E. and Abraham, M. A. (2013) RENEWABLE MATERIALS, in Green Chemistry and Engineering: A Pathway to Sustainability, John Wiley & Sons, Inc, Hoboken, NJ. doi: 10.1002/9781118720011.ch8

Author Information

  1. 1

    Department of Chemistry, Washington College

  2. 2

    College of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, Youngstown State University

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 31 JAN 2014
  2. Published Print: 28 OCT 2013

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470413265

Online ISBN: 9781118720011



  • biomass;
  • carbohydrates;
  • lignin;
  • production;
  • proteins;
  • renewable feedstocks;
  • renewable materials


This chapter explores the sources of renewable feedstocks, in particular, carbohydrates, lignin, lipid oils, and proteins, followed by the production of chemicals from renewable resources, and finally some current applications of renewable materials. In almost every product we buy, there is some plastic! Packaging and containers is the largest market for plastics. They are cheap to produce, ensure excellent protection to the product, and last forever. The Office of Biomass Energy in the Department of Energy has a significant research program focused on better technologies for using biomass resources, and while it is primarily focused on energy production, it also addresses the conversion of renewables for chemicals. Its program encompasses activities well beyond the traditional scope of the chemist and the chemical engineer, from achieving greater yield during crop growth, to the use of new fertilizers and pesticides, conversion of biomass into energy and chemicals, and ultimately waste disposal.