Authors: Francisco Pena-Pereira; M. Tobiszewski
Book: The Application of Green Solvents in Separation Processes, Ed. Elsevier, pp. 3-16, 2017
Chemical processes have made use of a wide number of volatile organic solvents due to their efficiency in countless unit operations. The increasing knowledge on the environmental, health, and safety hazards associated to their use has significantly contributed to the search for greener alternatives. The primary purpose of this book is to provide an overview of alternative solvents with reduced issues that have successfully replaced harmful organic solvents in chemical processes and methodologies. In this introductory chapter, initial considerations on the applicability of alternative solvents reported in the scientific literature toward greener chemical processes are provided. Besides, a brief overview of greener extraction and separation techniques described along the book is presented herein.