How does the use of ultrasound affect chemical reactions? Can scientific advancement and environmental sustainability go hand in hand? The importance of green chemistry is quickly gaining recognition around the world as it reaps not only environmental but also economic and social benefits. As environmental issues like climate change and rising sea levels become increasingly palpable, it is almost impossible to disregard the damage we have been inflicting on mother Earth, and it is undeniable that chemical industries have a huge role to play. The application of ultrasound waves to chemical reactions--sonochemistry--has huge potential for innovation in eco-friendly and eco-efficient chemistry, which is precisely what we need in today's world.
Distinguished sonochemists from around the world share their opinions on the green sonochemistry, and their predictions in the field in Sonochemistry: New Opportunities for Green Chemistry. The book first introduces the basics of ultrasonic waves and the history of sonochemistry before moving on to look at acoustic cavitation and the estimation of ultrasonic parameters. After this comes a discussion of the equipment for experimentation with sonochemistry. Finally, an in-depth look at green sonochemistry in different fields of research, covering concepts such as new combinations of ultrasound with ionic liquids, microwave irradiation, enzyme combination, and sono-assisted electrochemistry, is presented.
Jean-Louis Luche, one of the fathers of the modern sonochemistry, said that "success in sonochemistry relies both on the quality of the equipment and expertise with its use to benefit from the full potential offered by ultrasound in the field of chemistry". It is also crucial to understand that "scientific rigor is essential in the area of sonochemistry to understand the associated mechanisms and benefit from the full potential offered by ultrasound". Indeed, the use of ultrasound is often misinterpreted as a simple tool of mixing, rather than a real technology of unconventional activation. Therefore, by introducing sonochemistry to an increasing pool of aspiring scientists, such a promising technology of green chemistry would be one step closer to gaining the acknowledgment it duly deserves. Consequently, it could be more widely adopted across various industries, thereby executing our common goal of sustainable progress.
This book benefits undergraduate and graduate students in chemistry, and practitioners of ultrasonic technology. It offers a unique insight into the opportunities and challenges facing sonochemistry today in its theoretical and practical implementation.
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About the Author
Gregory Chatel received his PhD degree in 2012 from the Université de Grenoble, France under the supervision of Prof. M. Draye and Prof. B. Andrioletti. During his PhD, he particularly developed and fundamentally studied a sonochemical method involving ionic liquids for the epoxidation of various alkenes. In 2013, he joined Prof. R. D. Rogers' group at The University of Alabama, USA, at the Center for Green Manufacturing as a postdoctoral research fellow. His research focused on the application of ionic liquids in green chemistry, separation and biomass processing. At the end of 2013, Dr. Chatel joined the Institut de Chimie des Milieux et Matériaux de Poitiers (IC2MP) of the Université de Poitiers (France) as an Assistant Professor; to develop a biomass valorization program based on non-conventional media/techniques--in particular, based on sonochemistry. In 2014, he became the first president of the French National Young Chemists' Network (RJ-SCF) of the French Chemical Society (SCF). In 2016, he joined the Laboratoire de Chimie Moléculaire et Environnement (LCME) of the Université Savoie Mont Blanc, France--the laboratory where Jean-Louis Luche developed the organic sonochemistry that constitutes the bases of one of the aspects of current green chemistry.
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