Biomimetics: As plants metabolize and transport their soluble organic compounds, we are mimicking those processes in lab facilities.
Eutectic technology: We are transforming the physicochemical properties of industrial solvents into eco-neutral eutectic solvents.
Seventeen years ago, deep eutectic solvents (DES) appeared to revolutionize the advances made in green chemistry studies and their impact on the modern world. A reinvention of what was known about solvent manufacturing was coming.
Today, we can say that the technology used to obtain deep eutectic solvents represents a promising alternative to the conventional organic solvents that filled the industries, and what's even more surprising is that their preparation from natural compounds is incredibly accessible.
The word “eutectic” comes from the Ancient Greek εὔτηκτος or eútēktos which means easily melted and a eutectic point represents the chemical composition and temperature at which a mixture of two solids becomes
fully molten at the lowest melting temperature, relative to that of either compound (El Achkar et al., 2021). Tricky right?
Did you know that terrestrial plant ecosystems have the capacity to store almost half of the CO2 emitted by anthropogenic causes each year? It is clear that scientists still have a lot to learn about plant physiology.
Vegetation ecosystems act as potential biological reservoirs, trapping carbon so that it is not immediately released into the atmosphere. In the current context of climate change, we should not consider vegetation only as a static element of the landscape: it must be valued for its role in maintaining the balance of our planet.
Plant life must also be imitated, and its metabolic processes serve as and inspiration for future technologies to provide solutions to the problems we face on a day-to-day basis.
Solvents such as water are the major constituent in plants, occupying between 50% to 90% of their fresh weight. They have chemical and physicochemical devices to move their fluids and transport their nutrients.
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Did you know that most productive chains involve petroleum-based solvents?
Can you think of any industrial solvent that we can replace? Light us up!