9/18/09

Green Chemistry


Inevitably, hazardous chemicals make their way into our air and water supply. And the health effects on humans are troublesome.

So what can we do about it?

Carnegie Mellon Professor Terry Collins – a pioneer in the field of green chemistry – has a solution. Collins invented TAML® catalysts that combine with hydrogen peroxide to destroy many of the hazardous chemicals that would otherwise contaminate water supplies for years.

These catalysts can decontaminate water infected by specific drugs, pesticides and other pollutants. They can also be used to clean industrial wastewaters, remove sulfur from fuels, or destroy dangerous pollutants like chemical warfare agents.

Not only do these TAML® (that’s short for tetra-amido macrocyclic ligand) catalysts combat chemicals in our water supply, they also have great potential to provide cleaner, safer industrial practices.

Collins, who is now the director of Carnegie Mellon’s Institute for Green Science, developed the first university course for green chemistry in 1992. Since then he’s become internationally recognized for his work in creating these environmentally friendly and less toxic chemicals.

Visit Carnegie Mellon’s Brag Book to share Collins’ innovations in green chemistry with your friends.

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