Since the birth of green chemistry in the 1990's, there has been an ever increasing amount of research done to understand how to synthesize and design molecules in a framework that takes into account toxicity, process efficiency, and environmental impact. The environmental and economic benefits of green chemistry have been recognized by many, and especially by those involved in pharmaceutical R&D. However, until today, there has not been a comprehensive textbook dedicated to approaching medicinal chemistry from the lens of green chemistry.
"Green Techniques for Organic Synthesis and Medicinal Chemistry" fills that gap. Published by Wiley & Sons, Ltd. the book is authored and edited by Wei Zhang, Center for Green Chemistry at the University of Massachusetts in Boston, and Berkeley "Buzz" Cue, currently at BWC Pharma Consulting, LLC. and
member of the ACS GCI Governing Board, with the input of 65 contributing authors. Through 27 chapters, this book covers topics such as toxicity, green catalysis, green synthetic techniques, and green techniques specific to the pharmaceutical industry such as formulation and drug delivery.
Past ACS GCI Director, Bob Peoples, writes in the forward, "Few texts offer the unique integration of such a broad spectrum of disciplines and techniques in the context of an integrated analysis. The incorporation of green chemistry into the core curriculum is essential for the future practitioners of our science and this work by Zhang and Cue is an important step in that direction."
Indeed, when young chemists learn how to do their work with such a considered approach, the result is bound to change the way chemistry is done and have a positive impact on us all.
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