Chapter 1. Introduction

  1. Dr. Gadi Rothenberg

Published Online: 3 MAR 2008

DOI: 10.1002/9783527621866.ch1

Catalysis: Concepts and Green Applications

Catalysis: Concepts and Green Applications

How to Cite

Rothenberg, G. (2008) Introduction, in Catalysis: Concepts and Green Applications, Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim, Germany. doi: 10.1002/9783527621866.ch1

Author Information

  1. Van't Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands˜gadi

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 3 MAR 2008
  2. Published Print: 29 JAN 2008

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9783527318247

Online ISBN: 9783527621866



  • catalysis;
  • green chemistry;
  • homogeneous catalysis;
  • heterogeneous catalysis;
  • biocatalysis


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Green Chemistry and Sustainable Development

    • What is “Green Chemistry”?

    • Quantifying Environmental Impact: Efficiency, E-factors, and Atom Economy

    • Just How “Green” is this Process?

    • Product and Process Life-Cycle Assessment (LCA)

  • What is Catalysis and Why is it Important?

    • Homogeneous Catalysis, Heterogeneous Catalysis, and Biocatalysis

    • Replacing Stoichiometric Reactions with Catalytic Cycles

    • Industrial Example: The BHC Ibuprofen Process

  • Tools in Catalysis Research

    • Catalyst Synthesis and Testing Tools

    • Catalyst Characterization Tools

    • Tools for Modeling/Mechanistic Studies

  • Further Reading

  • Exercises

  • References