The synthesis and manufacturing of molecules, substances and formulated chemicals primarily rely on the use of limited, non-renewable resources (oil) and often generate toxic and/or non selective molecules, ultimately leading to pollutions that modify or even damage the environment. Solving this problem and finding renewable resources allowing the access to chemical intermediates (synthons) – in a nutshell, integrating the principles of ecodesign into chemistry – has become a vital necessity. The selection, scaling and control tools of a process must indeed (i) promote intensification and control reactions (reliability and security), the quality of the product(s) developed, the economy of reagents and energy, while (ii) minimizing negative impacts (the production of products that are harmful in terms of the quality of the product developed, of controlling the reaction and/or in terms of the environment). Thus, the chemical industry must respond to human needs by offering products and processes efficient both in terms of health and environmental preservation. Molecules and products must be made in clean and safe conditions, with a constant concern for saving energy and raw materials, all the while taking the requirements of the European chemicals law (REACH) into account.
The CD2I programme aims to enable academic laboratories and industry to share their knowledge and expertise through collaborative projects. This involves getting researchers to think differently by incorporating the principles of "eco-design" into their synthetic methodologies, in their approach to improving or establishing new processes, and in their search of new renewable resources to replace fossil fuels. The CD2I programme also aims to contribute to the maintenance and development of the competitiveness of the chemical industry, offering, particularly to the numerous small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in this sector, means of improving their research relationships with the academic sphere. Under the requirements of REACH, this programme also aims to develop new tools and methods to be made available to manufacturers and expert bodies. Furthermore, it aims to come up with solutions to the substitution of products subject to authorization. Finally, the programme aims to increase the interaction between synthetic chemists and chemical engineers, and to make this community take the concepts of sustainable chemistry into account.
The "Sustainable Chemistry - Industries - Innovation - CD2I" programme has evolved since its first edition and is now structured around three themes of research and innovation:
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