Atom Economy

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  • Atom Economy
    • Measure of the amount of starting materials that end up as useful products
    • Atom Economy = mass of atoms in required product / total mass of atoms in reactions x 100
    • High A.E makes use of most of the atoms of the reactants, with few wasted as by-products
    • Reduces amount of waste products a company has to deal with, which reduces the cost of waste treatment
    • A.E can be improved by finding uses for any by-products
    • Example
    • % yield is about the efficiency of the process of converting reactants into products
      • A.E is about the proportion of reactant atoms that have been converted into the desired product

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