Hazard is a Design Flaw

Author: Vera KoesterORCID iD, Jasmin Herr, Daniel Stiefelhagen

The pioneers of the concept of green chemistry, Paul T. Anastas, Professor at Yale University, New Haven, CT, USA, and John C. Warner, Professor at Warner Babcock Institute for Green Chemistry, Wilmington, MA, USA, have received the August Wilhelm von Hofmann Medal 2022 from the Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker (GDCh, German Chemical Society). Over twenty years ago, the two researchers formulated twelve principles of green chemistry in their book Green Chemistry: Theory and Practice, founding the field of green chemistry, which is indispensable today, and laying the foundation for sustainable chemical product development.

We met Paul Anastas and John Warner at EuChemS in Lisbon, Portugal, for this interview and talked about how the 12 Principles of Green Chemistry came about, why it is still so difficult to fulfill them, and why both are very positive about the future.

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