Chemical Education

A Chemical Definition of Efficiency

Felix Kaspar Technische Universität Berlin

Abstract

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.

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