Sustainable innovations and contributions to a circular economy, as well as the establishment of green chemistry are among the most important challenges for a future innovation-driven industrial society. In addition, the avoidance of fossil carbon feedstock and the decrease of the human footprints are currently among the most urgent issues within the Anthropocene. The goal of this focus group is the use of renewable carbon sources, common and non-critical elements and the efficient use of renewable energies. Here, sustainable chemical solutions open up a whole range of attractive options for challenges in raw material supply, energy conversion, chemical processes and materials science. Chemistry and related scientific disciplines can not only offer central solutions, but represent the innovation engine for a knowledge-driven industrial society. Without appropriate measures, current prosperity will be neither sustainable nor expandable. Fundamental, synergetic and interdisciplinary research efforts in this area are therefore essential.
The Sustainable Chemistry Focus Group provides a unifying platform for scientists working on and/or interested in green chemistry, reagents less activation (electrochemical, photochemical, plasma or mechanical) including both, experimental and computational groups. Our aim is to boost the local activities in sustainable chemistry by a constant scientific exchange, exploration of common research interests and project collaborations. This will enhance the scientific progress, foster student training and contribute to the visibility of electrochemistry-related research in and around Mainz.
To achieve these goals, numerous research groups from the MPI for Chemistry, MPI for Polymer Research and the JGU Top-level Research Area SusInnoScience (https://susinnoscience.uni-mainz.de/), with the participation of the departments of Chemistry, Biology and Physics, work closely together and contribute their scientific expertise. Biotransformations such as microbial activations and conversions are combined with advanced technologies such as electrosynthesis and photocatalysis. Environmentally harmful and critical elements, such as valuable and rare metals, are exchanged in magnetic storage and energy conversion devices and replaced by earth abundant elements. Fossil and limited resources are systematically avoided. Instead, waste streams and renewable resources are used as carbon sources and common elements are used. Sustainable, environmentally friendly and as far as possible waste-free processes, a circular economy and innovative, disruptive scientific and technological advances are targeted.