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Pure Appl. Chem., 2001, Vol. 73, No. 8, pp. 1305-1308

Green electrochemistry. Examples and challenges

Michael A. Matthews

Department of Chemical Engineering, University of South Carolina, Columbia, South Carolina 29208, USA

Abstract: Electrochemical methods have been proposed for synthesis of organic compounds, including conversion of CO2. Such methods may provide a basis for environmentally friendly and sustainable methods for chemical production. Nevertheless, electrochemical syntheses are not widely utilized. Several examples of ongoing research are presented that illustrate both the opportunities as well as the challenges associated with the utilization of electrochemistry for green chemical manufacturing.