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As part of P&F magazine's continuing series of F&F expert insights, Rich Boden, senior research fellow at IFF, addresses aroma chemical chemistry and research. Send us your own thoughts and feedback here.
The creation of new and unique aroma chemicals has always represented a pursuit of effectiveness and cost-efficiency, but with today’s heightening ecological sensitivities, there is the additional concern that aroma chemicals and their processes be sustainable as well. To serve all these ends at once, increasing global competition demands that fragrance developers incorporate innovative and sophisticated chemical processes and technologies discovered by researchers in areas outside the fragrance industry.
In the context of aroma chemistry, sustainability connotes discovery and production processes that are environmentally benign. To be sustainable, a chemical and its production process should eliminate or reduce ingredients such as solvents and hazardous reagents, as well as waste (including water), energy and any other product or process that might negatively impact the environment.