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submitted on 18.11.2020, 08:20 and posted on 19.11.2020, 22:58by Felix Kaspar
The term efficient has gained great popularity in the chemical literature, despite the lack of an applicable and relatable definition. In this perspective, a chemical definition of efficiency is discussed building on the concept of non-wasteful resource usage. It is proposed than an efficient method, synthesis or protocol is one which requires less resources in the form of money, time and materials than comparable approaches which accomplish the same task.