Green Oxidation Chemistry and Technology

Project: Research

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Green chemistry is defined as the design of chemical products and processes that reduce or eliminate the use and generation of hazardous substances. This group project aims to establish an interdisciplinary research program to stimulate the development of green chemistry and technology in Hong Kong. We will focus on green catalytic oxidation chemistry and technology, as the search for selective catalytic processes that will operate at room temperature using environmentally friendly reagents remains an important objective of green chemistry. Moreover, catalytic oxidation is a very important technology for converting petroleum-based materials to a wide variety of useful chemicals. Although there are numerous existing oxidation processes, most of them do not satisfy the criteria for green chemistry. Toxic reagents, oxidants and solvents are often used, and many reactions require high temperatures. We aim to develop highly selective and efficient catalytic oxidation processes that will operate at room temperature using environmentally benign reagents such as hydrogen peroxide and oxygen. Water will be used instead of toxic organic solvents. The green catalytic systems developed will also be used for oxidative degradation of various pollutants and toxins, as the existing technologies are not efficient enough to be practical.


Project number8730025
Grant typeCRF
Effective start/end date1/03/0725/11/10