The materials economy can be thought of as a pendulum with the field of chemistry at its apex. In one direction, the human-built world manifests through manufacturing and recycling. In the other direction, the natural world is a combination of extraction and degradation. The overlap between these two termini of the pendulum is a useful quantitative assessment of sustainability. This presentation will describe the 5 embedded cycles of use/reuse, assembly/disassembly, materials metabolism, regeneration and stable ecosystems. Examples from both the human-built world and the natural world will be presented to illustrate the issues and opportunities for green chemistry to design a sustainable future.
John Warner is Co-Founder of the Warner Babcock Institute for Green Chemistry. is a chemistry inventor who works to design and create commercial technologies inspired by nature consistent with the principles of green chemistry. With over 300 patents, he has invented solutions for dozens of multinational corporations.
The live event at TU Wien (TUtheSky, BA Building, Getreidemarkt 9, 1060 Vienna) will be streamed and is open to researchers of the TU Austria universities Montanuniversität Leoben, TU Graz and TU Wien. If you want to attend follow the Youtube link.
BOKU, TU Wien, Universität Wien, Bundesministerium Klimaschutz, Umwelt, Energie, Mobilität, Innovation und Technologie
17. April 2023, 04:00 pm - 17:00