Chapter 5. Mass Balances and Life Cycle Assessment

  1. Dr Alexei Lapkin Master in Chemistry, Ph.D. Senior Lecturer Deputy Director7 and
  2. Dr David J. C. Constable Ph.D., B.S. Director Group Leader8
  1. Dr Marco Eissen Ph.D. postdoctoral fellow1,
  2. Dr Georg Geisler Ph.D. modeller2,
  3. Dr Bruno Bühler Ph.D. group leader Chair3,
  4. Dr Christian Fischer M.Sc., Ph.D. postdoctoral fellow Senior Research Chemist4,
  5. Professor Konrad Hungerbühler Ph.D. Professor5,
  6. Professor Andreas Schmid Ph.D. biologist PostDoc. head Chair member6 and
  7. Professor Erick M. Carreira B.S., Ph.D. assistant professor associate professor Professor recipient5

Published Online: 3 MAR 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444305432.ch5

Green Chemistry Metrics: Measuring and Monitoring Sustainable Processes

Green Chemistry Metrics: Measuring and Monitoring Sustainable Processes

How to Cite

Eissen, M., Geisler, G., Bühler, B., Fischer, C., Hungerbühler, K., Schmid, A. and Carreira, E. M. (2008) Mass Balances and Life Cycle Assessment, in Green Chemistry Metrics: Measuring and Monitoring Sustainable Processes (eds A. Lapkin and D. J. C. Constable), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444305432.ch5

Editor Information

  1. 7

    Centre for Sustainable Chemical Technologies, Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Bath, Bath BA2 7AY, UK

  2. 8

    GlaxoSmithKline, One Franklin Plaza, Mail Stop: FP1870, Philadelphia, PA 19101, USA

Author Information

  1. 1

    Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zürich, Switzerland

  2. 2

    RCC Ltd, a Contract Research Organisation based in Basel, Switzerland

  3. 3

    Technical University of Dortmund, Germany

  4. 4

    Department of Drug Design and Optimization, Merck Research Laboratories Boston, USA

  5. 5

    ETH Zürich, Switzerland

  6. 6

    Institute for Analytical Sciences, Germany

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 3 MAR 2009
  2. Published Print: 10 OCT 2008

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405159685

Online ISBN: 9781444305432



  • mass balances and life cycle assessment;
  • life cycle assessment (LCA) results (global warming);
  • application areas and motivations of software-assisted mass balancing;
  • mass balancing (MB);
  • industrial Dieckmann condensation;
  • dominant contribution of substrates to global warming potential;
  • mass indices and environmental factors - facilitating greater process understanding


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Methods

  • Case studies

  • Discussion

  • Conclusions

  • Acknowledgements

  • References