A growing number of textbook and related materials are available to support the effort of introducing green chemistry in curricular activities. In addition to the existing textbooks- some already at 2nd or 3rd edition- we will try to keep up with the latest publications that pertain or may be used (in part or entirely) for teaching green chemistry purposes.  Below you will find a list of current Green Chemistry textbooks organized by level:

Introductory Texts

Upper Level Undergraduate/Graduate

Selected Special Topics


Introductory Texts

Green Chemistry Fundamentals and Applications, Editors: Suresh C. Ameta, PhD, Rakshit Ameta, PhD, ISBN: 9781926895437

This new book highlights the potential and scope of green chemistry for clean and sustainable development. Covering the basics, the book introduces readers to the need and many applications. It also gives benefits of environmentally friendly chemical practices and their use in industry. The green chemical approach is holistic in nature and it encompasses almost all branches of chemical sciences, like synthesis, catalysis, bioorganic, nanochemistry, material science, drug discovery, pharmaceuticals, waste treatment etc. The book addresses such topics as ecologically safe products, catalysts and solvents, conditions needed to produce such products, types of chemical processes that are conducive to green chemistry, and much more.

Experiments in Green and Sustainable Chemistry, Herbert W. Roesky (Editor), Dietmar Kennepohl (Editor), Jean-Marie Lehn (Foreword by), Wiley-VCH 2009 ISBN: 978-3-527-32546-7

Encouraging a new attitude and approach to chemistry, this is the first such collection designed for lab courses and experimental teaching. Experts from around the globe present over 40 real-life teaching experiments, all clearly structured and divided into the five main principles of sustainable and green chemistry: catalysis, solvents, high yield and one-pot synthesis, limiting waste and exposure, as well as special topics. With a foreword by Nobel prize winner Jean Marie Lehn.

Green Chemsitry: Theory and Practice,  Paul T. Anastas, John C. Warner, Oxford University Press, ISBN-13 978-0-19-850698-0, first published in 1998, and new as paperback in 2000.

Summary: This book provides the first introductory treatment of the design, development, and evaluation processes central to Green Chemistry. A comprehensive textbook, it takes a broad view of the subject and integrates a wide variety of approaches. Topics include alternative feedstocks, environmentally benign syntheses, the design of safer chemical products, new reaction conditions, alternative solvents and catalyst development, and the use of biosynthesis and biomimetic principles. It introduces new evaluation processes that encompass the complete health and environmental impact of a synthesis, from the choice of starting materials to the final product. Throughout, the text provides specific examples which compare the new methods with classical ones.

Green Organic Chemistry in Lecture and Laboratory, Editor: Andrew P. Dicks, CRC Press, University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Publication Date: August 29, 2011. 


  • Integrates advances in green chemistry research into the teaching of green organic chemistry in both undergraduate lecture and laboratory environments
  • Each chapter contains a discussion of laboratory experiments and case studies taken from real-world industrial and research laboratories
  • Primary references are included for all peer-reviewed articles, making it straightforward to consult the literature and adapt laboratory work according to local glassware and equipment availability
  • A comprehensive appendix (the “Greener Organic Chemistry Reaction Index”) profiles over 170 reactions that have been selected to illustrate the range of greener organic chemistry possible in both introductory and advanced-level laboratories

Integrating recent research advances in green chemistry research and the Twelve Principles of Organic Chemistry into the lecture and laboratory environments, Green Organic Chemistry in Lecture and Laboratory highlights smaller, more cost-effective experiments with minimized waste disposal and reduced reaction times. This approach develops a fascinating and relevant undergraduate organic laboratory experience while focusing on real-world applications and problem-solving.(From CRC Press Taylor & Francis Group http://www.crcpress.com/  accessed January 20,2013).

Going Green: Integrating Green Chemistry into the Curriculum, Editors: Parent, K., Kirchhoff, M., American Chemical Society: Washington, DC, 2004.

Summary: This booklet describes how educators have integrated green chemistry into their cirriculum, as well as provides numerous recent literature examples and a summary of the 12 principles of green chemistry.  This text is an excellent resource for faculty and teachers interested in learning about green chemistry and adding it to their cirriculum.

Greener Approaches to Undergraduate Chemistry Experiments, Editors: Kirchhoff, M., Ryan, M.; American Chemical Society: Washington, DC, 2002.

Summary: A laboratory manual of 14 example green chemistry labs for use in undergraduate labs.  Most labs focus on organic chemistry experiments, however some may also be applicible to other fields such as inorganic or materials science.  The labs are also related back to the 12 principles of green chemistry.

Introduction to Green Chemistry, Editors: Ryan, M., Tinnesand, M., American Chemical Society: Washington, DC, 2002.

Summary:  A series of 6 hands-on experiments aimed at the high school level that includes discussion questions and instructor’s notes.  Lab topics are tied to the principles of green chemistry.


Upper Level Undergraduate/Graduate


Efficiency and Sustainability in the Energy and Chemical Industries: Scientific Principles and Case Studies, Second Edition, Krishnan Sankaranarayanan, Hedzer J. van der Kooi, Jakob de Swaan Arons, CRC Press, May 24, 2010

Summary: Using classic thermodynamic principles as the point of departure, this new edition of a popular resource supplies the understanding and tools required to measure process efficiency and sustainability with much improved accuracy. Exploring the driving forces in the chemical and power industries, Efficiency and Sustainability in the Energy andChemical Industries: Scientific Principles and Case Studies, Second Edition investigates why losses occur and explains how to reduce such losses. Numerous case studies, examples, and problems illustrate the thermodynamic analysis of process performance to explain how to effectively analyze and optimize work flows and environmental resources. The authors compare the present industrial society with an emerging one in which mass production and consumption are in harmony with the natural environment through closure of material cycles. In this second edition, the book’s structure of Basics, Thermodynamic Analysis of Processes, Case Studies, and Sustainability has been unaffected, but a few additions have been made.

Green Chemistry An introductory Text (3rd  Edition), Mike Lancaster, RSCPublishing ISBN 978-1-84755-873-2, published in 2010. 

Summary: The text is easy to understand and particularly relevant to courses on Clean Technology and Green Chemistry. It includes case studies and real examples from industry to demonstrate how the techniques work in practice.

Introduction to Green Chemistry (2nd Edition), Albert Matlack, University of Delaware, Newark, USA 

Summary (from publisher): Reviews the urgency for implementing green practices; suggests effective substitutes for noxious material; investigates the advantages and disadvantages of using solid reagents in chemical reactions; explores ways to streamline separation and solvent procedures; assesses and considers how to expand the limits of biocatalysts; promotes operations and synthesis for renewing raw materials to create more durable products and use alternative energy sources; discusses multiple approaches for preventing on-site accidents and injuries, reducing costs, eliminating waste, and developing more efficient green solutions.  In the nearly 10 years since the publication of the bestselling first edition of Introduction to Green Chemistry, interest in green chemistry and clean processes has grown so much that topics, such as fluorous biphasic catalysis, metal organic frameworks, and process intensification, barely mentioned in the first edition, have become major areas of research. In addition, government funding has ramped up the development of fuel cells and biofuels. It reflects the evolving focus from pollution remediation to pollution prevention. Copiously illustrated with over 800 figures, this second edition provides an update from the frontiers of the field


Selected Special Topics 

Innovations in Green Chemistry and Green Engineering; Selected Entries from the Encyclopedia of Sustainability Science and Technology; Editors: Paul T. Anastas, Julie B. Zimmerman, Springer, New York, Springer Science + Business Media New York 2013 edition (December 12, 2012) ISBN: 978-1-4614-5816-6 (Print) 978-1-4614-5817-3 (Online).

From the Back Cover

Processes that meet the objectives of green chemistry and chemical engineering minimize waste and energy use, and eliminate toxic by-products. Given the ubiquitous nature of products from chemical processes in our lives, green chemistry and chemical engineering are vital components of any sustainable future. Gathering together ten peer-reviewed articles from the Encyclopedia of Sustainability Science and Technology, Innovations in Green Chemistry and Green Engineering provides a comprehensive introduction to the state-of-the-art in this key area of sustainability research.  Worldwide experts present the latest developments on topics ranging from organic batteries and green catalytic transformations to green nanoscience and nanotoxicology.  An essential, one-stop reference for professionals in research and industry, this book also fills the need for an authoritative course text in environmental and green chemistry and chemical engineering at the upper-division undergraduate and graduate levels. Covers fundamentals and cutting-edge developments in a field that spans chemistry, engineering, and environmental science Appeals to a broad audience of undergraduate and graduate students, researchers, and industry professionals Edited and written by acknowledged leaders in the field Includes a glossary of key terms and a concise definition of the subject for each contribution Offers practical case studies that are ideal for use in green chemistry and chemical engineering courses at the advanced undergraduate and graduate levels (from  Amazon, http://www.amazon.com/ accessed January 20th, 2013)

Chemicals, Environment, Health: A Global Management Perspective Editor(s): Philip Wexler, Jan van der Kolk, Asish Mohapatra, Ravi Agarwal, CRC Press,  August 9, 2011.

Summary: The past 40 years have seen a phenomenal growth in globally oriented public and private initiatives related to chemical and environmental issues. The groundbreaking 1972 United Nations Conference on the Human Environment held in Stockholm was the event responsible for initiating framework for global environmental policies, including those addressing chemical safety. It gave rise to the first World Environment Day and the creation of the United Nations EnvironmentProgramme, leading the way to the acknowledgement that sustainable development is the most logical and viable pathway to preserve and enhance our environment for future generations. Chemicals, Environment, Health: A Global Management Perspective presents an overview of the noteworthy conferences, organizations, and international treaties that focus on chemicals management and policy. It takes into account special challenges faced by developing countries regarding chemicals safety. From the Stockholm Conference to follow-ups in Rio and Johannesburg, it provides concise coverage of a vast swath of information. It highlights pivotal agreements such as the Basel, Rotterdam, and Stockholm Conventions, the more expansive Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management, as well as key regional agreements such as the European Union’s REACH legislation. The book includes invited essays in areas such as emergencies and financing instruments, and offers a clear look at future challenges and opportunities.

Written by a team of authors from all continents, with backgrounds in international organizations, national governments, academia, industry, and NGOs, the book reflects a wide experience from a multitude of perspectives.

Green Chemistry: Challenging Perspectives , Pietro Tundo, Paul T. Anastas, Oxford University Press, 2000.

Green Chemistry: Frontiers in Benign Chemical Syntheses and Processes, Paul T. Anastas, Tracy C. Williamson, Oxford University Press, 1998.

New Trends in Green Chemistry, V. K. Ahluwalia, M. Kidwai  ISBN 1-4020-1-1872-X, Kluver Academic Publishers, P.O. Box 17, 3300AA Dodrecht, The Netherlands with Anamaya Publishers, New Delhi, India, 2004. 

Summary: The synthesis of molecules having diverse uses in medicines, agrochemicals and biomolecules are dealt with in organic chemistry. The basic concern of the industries producing such chemicals is the type of reaction involved and the percentage of yield etc. so that synthesis becomes cost effective giving special attention to ensure that there is no environmental pollution. All these considerations form the basis of green chemistry – the pressing need of the world. This book describes the methodologies/technologies to carry out green synthesis, which is extremely important for industries and also for chemical laboratories. The main features discussed are: Designing a green synthesis; Basic principles of green chemistry; Prevention of environmental pollution; Microwave induced and ultrasound assisted green synthesis; Organic synthesis in aqueous phase and solid phase; Use of green reagents, green catalysts and green solvents.  Senior graduates, postgraduates, teachers, researchers and scientists in their respective fields will find this book of immense use.

Green Chemistry: Environmentally Benign Reactions, Editor: V. K. Ahluwalia, University of Delhi, India Publication Date: December 26, 2007. 

Microwave Heating as a Tool for Sustainable Chemistry, Editor:  Nicholas E. Leadbeater, University of Connecticut, Storrs, USA, Publication Date: September 02, 2010.

Green Chemistry for Environmental Sustainability, Editor:  Sanjay K. Sharma, Rajastan, India;  Ackmez Mudhoo, University of Mauritius, Mauritius, Publication Date: July 19, 2010. 

Fundamentals of Ecotoxicology, Third Edition, Michael C. Newman, College of William & Mary, Gloucester Point, Virginia, USA. Publication Date: September 28, 2009. 

Handbook on Applications of Ultrasound: Sonochemistry for Sustainability, Editor(s):  Dong Chen, Indiana University – Purdue University, Fort Wayne, USA;  Sanjay K. Sharma, Rajastan, India;  Ackmez Mudhoo, University of Mauritius, Reduit, Publication Date: July 26, 2011. 

Introduction to Biofuels, David M. Mousdale, Beocarta Ltd., Glasgow, Scotland.

Summary (from publisher): What role will biofuels play in the scientific portfolio that might bring energy independence and security, revitalize rural infrastructures, and wean us off of our addiction to oil? The shifting energy landscape of the 21st century, with its increased demand for renewable energy technology, poses a worrying challenge. Discussing the multidisciplinary study of bioenergy and its potential for replacing fossil fuels in the coming decades, Introduction to Biofuels provides a roadmap for understanding the broad sweep of technological, sociological, and energy policy issues that intermingle and intertwine. Copiously illustrated and with numerous examples, this book explores key technologies, including biotechnology, bioprocessing, and genetic reprogramming of microorganisms. The author examines the future of biofuels from a broader perspective, addressing the economic, social, and environmental issues crucial for studying the sustainable development of bioenergy. Each chapter begins with questions and provides the answers later in the chapter as key informational points. Embedded Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) sections provide detailed derivations and equations for a subset of topics that can be found easily as buzzwords in popular media and on web sites. Together, the STEM topics form a thread of essential technologies and a guide to how researchers have established quantitative parameters that are crucial to the ever-growing biofuels database. With so much information scattered throughout the literature, it is often difficult to make sense of what is real and what is an optimistic selling of ideas with no scientific credibility. This book does an excellent job of filtering through volumes of data, providing a historical perspective on which to anchor the information, and outlining the strengths and constraints of the different biofuels.

Green Solvents for Sustainable Organic Synthesis: State of the Art, Roger A. Sheldon (Critical Review from Green Chem., 2005, 7, 267-278 DOI: 10.1039/B418069K )

Summary: The growing awareness of the pressing need for greener, more sustainable technologies has focused attention on the use of atom efficient catalytic methodologies for the manufacture of fine chemicals and pharmaceuticals. Another aspect which is receiving increasing attention is the use of alternative reaction media that circumvent the problems associated with many of the traditional volatile organic solvents. The use of nonconventional reaction media also provides opportunities for facilitating the recovery and recycling of the catalyst. The state of the art in the use of alternative reaction media for green, sustainable organic synthesis is reviewed. Liquid–liquid biphasic catalysis provides an industrially attractive method for the recovery and recycling of catalysts as an alternative to the more traditional solid heterogeneous catalysts. Various approaches to liquid–liquid biphasic catalysis—aqueous biphasic, fluorous biphasic, supercritical carbon dioxide, ionic liquids and various combinations thereof—are reviewed and compared. “The best solvent is no solvent” but if a solvent is needed then water has a lot to recommend it and catalysis in aqueous biphasic systems is an industrially attractive methodology which has found broad application. Similarly, supercritical carbon dioxide is an interesting reaction medium in the context of green chemistry and catalysis in various mono- and biphasic systems involving this solvent are reviewed. Fluorous biphasic systems and ionic liquids also have advantages in certain situations and the advantages and limitations of these media are compared. The ultimate in clean catalytic technologies is to telescope multistep syntheses into one-pot in the form of catalytic cascade processes. Examples of such catalytic cascades involving both chemo- and biocatalytic conversions are presented. Biocatalysis has a distinct advantage in this context in that the reactions all take place at or close to ambient temperature and pressure. In emulation of natural processes, where several different enzymes are compartmentalized in the cell, it can be advantageous to immobilize the various catalysts in such a cascade process. In this context, a novel and effective method for the immobilization of enzymes as cross-linked enzyme aggregates (CLEAs) is discussed and the use of a combi CLEA, containing two enzymes, for the one-pot conversion of benzaldehyde to S-mandelic acid is reported.