Institute of Chemistry

Green Chemistry & Sustainability

“Green Chemistry is the application of a series of principles to reduce or eliminate the use and generation of hazardous substances in the development, manufacture, and application of chemical products.” (Green Chemistry: Theory and Practice, P. T. Anastas and J. C. Warner, Oxford University Press, Oxford, 1998).

In view of increasingly scarce resources and the challenges relating to a stable, cost-effective and environmentally compatible energy supply as well as the consequences of human activity on nature and the environment, the discipline of chemistry is also called upon to contribute to developing a sustainable society. As chemical products are used in all areas of life and industry, “chemistry,” as a multidisciplinary technology, is essential to developing sustainable solutions. 

In order to reduce the impact on people and the environment as much as possible, a transition from fossil to renewable raw materials is necessary, as is avoiding greenhouse gases and waste products and using regenerative energy sources. One goal of the chemical industry must therefore be to adapt its products to a circular economy, i.e. to develop processes that avoid waste, circulate, and recycle products and thus conserve resources and the environment.

Our research and teaching aim to provide students and researchers with the necessary skills to actively contribute to shaping this transformational process towards a sustainable society.