Inventor responsible for the end of the world

Mid-Michigan AIChE Seminar

31 January 2023 from 1 PM to 2 PM EST

Tradeoffs on the Road to More Sustainable
Mark Jones

Trying to make one thing better frequently makes another worse. Tradeoffs dot the sustainability landscape. Some chemical industry history will serve as a launching point for a discussion of toxic releases caused by chemistry designed to be more sustainable, though sustainable wasn't the descriptor used at the time. The actions of a famous industrial researcher, arguably the leading researcher of his day, haven't aged well.  Today, he is labeled the Inventor Who Almost Ended the World. The thought experiment of whether a toxic material, like lead, could be used today to meet environmental goals will be considered.

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