Research between science, society and politics: the history and scientific development of green chemistry

Johan A. Linthorst

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During large parts of its history, chemistry was seen as a science of progress, admired by many. However, contemporary public debates on chemistry have been quite critical, mainly for environmental reasons. Therefore is it interesting to note that in the course of the 1990s “green chemistry” emerged. The origins, scientific meaning and drivers behind the spectacular growth of that new field are the subject of Research between Science, Society and Politics: The History and Scientific Development of Green Chemistry. The scientific character of green chemistry has been a matter of dispute since its inception. This book aims to clarify that dispute. It presents a historical analysis of the birth and evolution of green chemistry, with a special focus on the USA, the UK and the Netherlands and the chemical societies in these countries. The emergence of green chemistry differed from one country to another, which is analyzed and compared as well. Based on quantitative and qualitative research methods and a wide range of primary sources never studied before, this book ultimately offers a new characterization of “green chemistry”. It should be of interest to chemists, policy makers and historians and philosophers of chemistry, because Research between Science, Society and Politics: The History and Scientific Development of Green Chemistry accounts for both internal scientific as well as socio-cultural factors that played a role during the emergence and growth of green chemistry.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • Maastricht University
  • Homburg, Ernst, Supervisor
Award date9 Feb 2023
Place of PublicationMaastricht
Print ISBNs9789463014342
Publication statusPublished - 2023


  • history of chemistry
  • green chemistry
  • sustainability
  • umbrella term
  • Langerhuizen bate

    Linthorst, Johan Alfredo (Recipient), 15 May 2010

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)Academic

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