About this Research Topic
Due to the current discussion around environmental challenges, analytical researchers have recently raised up serious concerns about the ecological impact of their activities, in particular when considering the use of toxic reagents/solvents and the production of wastes and residues. Consequently, environmentally friendly perspectives are being looked at to combat these problems. Increasing interest has been given to green analytical chemistry which represents the study of analytical processes under the guidelines of green chemistry. The principles of green analytical chemistry have been formulated in the last years, opening new horizons for analytical chemistry researchers in both academic and industrial fields.
Herein, applications of green analytical chemistry principles with the aim of improving analytical methods by the: i) reduction of the number of solvents used in sample pre-treatment; ii) reduction of the amount and the toxicity of solvents and reagents employed in the measurement step; iii) development of alternative direct analytical methodologies not requiring solvents or reagents need.
This Research Topic aims to serve analysts interested in green analytical chemistry as a forum to exchange ideas and promote green analytical chemistry principles. We welcome Original research papers, Reviews, Mini-reviews and Perspectives reflecting state-of-the-art and future applications in the green analytical chemistry field with a particular emphasis on the adoption of green analytical chemistry principles.
Submissions are especially welcome on (but not limited to) the following topics:
• Synthesis and applications of green solvents (deep eutectic solvents, ionic liquids, biobased solvents, water, etc.) in analytical and environmental studies;
• Computational chemistry to design green strategies at every stage of the analytical process;
• Optimization of green analytical approaches for samples pretreatment and analysis;
• Application of chemometrics for the reduction of environmental impact for chemical analysis;
• Design of analytical methods for the everyday user, especially with the aid of smartphones;
• With the application of green analytical chemistry metrics, improvement of existing ones and designing novel metrics approaches.
Keywords: Green solvents, miniaturization, green chromatography, green analytical techniques, green sample analysis, chemometrics, green sample pretreatment, solventless extraction
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