This paper explores and proposes a more efficient method for the synthesis of organic compounds using a technique of process intensification – condensing synthesis and purification into one step. Studies were conducted regarding the production of acetylsalicylic acid (more commonly known as Aspirin) and a hypothetical installation was designed. The results are of significance as they improve upon current production methods, can be used in the synthesis of many different chemicals and could have direct applications to chemical production on an industrial scale.
Sunlight, composed of radiation in the form of electromagnetic energy at mixed wavelength is essential to the continued survival of living creatures on Earth, whether it be autotrophs using energy from sunlight to synthesize food via photosynthesis or heterotrophs using light to obtain food indirectly. The main source of Vitamin D that is so beneficial for humans is through sunlight and it helps keep the body especially the bone and neurological functions in good condition. While there are widely accepted benefits, it is equally imperative to be wary of the risk that comes with persistent sun exposure. Carcinomas of the skin contribute to 1.6% of all world-wide cancers and ultraviolet light that forms part of the spectrum of sunlight has been implicated as a carcinogen.