Sustainable Materials: The Business Case for Green Chemistry Design Practices
Date of Award
Undergraduate Capstone Project
Master of Applied Science
University College, Environmental Policy and Management
Environmental Policy & Mgmt
Chemistry, Green chemistry, Flame retardant, Sustainability, Materials, Regulation, Electronics, Manufacturing, Products
Product manufacturers face increasing environmental and human health regulations with certain regulations targeting specific chemicals of concern that must be removed from the supply chain. This study examines a green chemistry approach to choosing between flame retardant alternatives in electronic products during the design phase of product development. An aggregated score based on five criteria was generated for each flame retardant. To address subjectivity and cognitive bias concerns probabilistic sensitivity analysis was applied to the weighting factors used to generate the scores to examine the reliability of the results. The highest scoring flame retardants based on the comprehensive green chemistry approach were different from the flame retardants chosen using cost as the primary selection criteria.
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Robertson, Cory D., "Sustainable Materials: The Business Case for Green Chemistry Design Practices" (2012). University College: Environmental Policy and Management Capstones. 128.