Industrial Photochemistry

Authored by: André M. Braun , Günther H. Peschl , Esther Oliveros

CRC Handbook of Organic Photochemistry and Photobiology

Print publication date:  March  2012
Online publication date:  March  2012

Print ISBN: 9781439899335
eBook ISBN: 9781466561250
Adobe ISBN:

10.1201/b12252-2

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Abstract

Tempora mutantur, nos et mutamur in illis—The times change, and we change with them. As progress in physics opened the way to new radiation sources and optical applications, and chemical physics showed the way into micro- and nanoscale technology, awareness grew that photophysical and photochemical processes may lead to new products and more economic manufacturing. At the same time, it was also officially realized that the material and energetic resources of our planet are limited and that the capacity of the planet’s ecosystem to digest all kinds of xenobiotic waste is getting to its limits. In this context, different domains of photophysics and photochemistry are receiving more attention and support from both governmental and industrial operators, as they offer the prospect to master key technologies for the development and production of new materials and to lead to new processes that may be qualified as “environmentally friendly” (keyword: green chemistry [1]). This situation fosters research in general but also the technical development of products and processes for a large variety of applications.

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