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By Ms. Krishna Dave, Newreka


IGCW is an industrial initiative for bringing together the chemical industry to collectively expand its awareness on environmentally benign manufacturing practices and technologies. IGCW, as a context, is to go beyond the theoretical understanding of 'green' chemistry & engineering, and an attempt to bring forth technical know-how of green chemistry applications from the corridors of laboratories to the cauldrons of Industry. It is a platform to familiarize green chemistry not as a different genre, but as an integral way of doing chemical processes.


The focus of IGCW is to recognize emerging global trends in the direction of prioritizing sustainability and environmental safety with a commitment towards triple bottom-line benefits of Profit, Society and Sustainable planet.


IGCW’s as an Industrial ecosystem

Since its inception in 2009, the IGCW serves as an exclusive industrial platform, particularly for the chemistry-intensive sectors to explore global trends, technologies and collaborations for resolving their manufacturing relevant environmental challenges with a profit-centric approach and to pro-actively engage in exploring the implementation of green chemistry & engineering practices through and integrated and collaborative approach.


The Green ChemisTree Foundation (GCF), in association with various other industry and non-industry partners come together to organize the IGCW convention every alternate year.


IGCW Conventions with its diverse participation from Industry, Technocrats, Funding agencies, Academia, Research Institutes, Industrial Associations, Environmental agencies, Government bodies, Students, Media, Publications, etc, has been aptly evolving as an ecosystem for the Chemical community world-wide to participate with the context of going ‘beyond-business’ for serving a single focus on Industrial Sustainability.

3rd IGCW-2013

This December 2013, the GCF along with the other committed partners and supporters will be hosting the 3rd IGCW-2013 Convention & Ecosystem, with additional dimensions to incorporate the increasing need of awareness on specific technologies and its applications from the sustainability viewpoint.


The key Industrial sectors impacted though the IGCW-2013 Convention are:

  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Agro-chemicals
  • Dyes & pigments
  • Fine & specialty chemicals


IGCW-2013’s objective is to encourage and enable the implementation of green chemistry and engineering based technologies in the chemical industry by connecting them to pragmatic solutions and solution providers so that the industry can address some of its immediate and priority environmental challenges


IGCW-2013 as a Platform


IGCW-2013, as a platform will facilitate various opportunities for both-the green chemistry based solution seekers (i.e. the industry audience) as well as the green chemistry based solution providers (i.e. the technology leader companies, start-up and technocrats, academia, research institutes and government bodies), by providing a tangible platform to get them connected for collaborative partnerships.


Day 1 of IGCW-2013 Convention is for Chairman, Board of Directors, Founders, Presidents, CEOs and other senior decision makers.

Day 2 is for the R&D and Technology Personnel such as Presidents & VPs, CTOs, CSOs, R&D Managers, Inventors, Innovators, Consultants, Technocrats

Day 3 is for the Operations and Production Personnel-Directors, Presidents, VPs. Plant Managers, EHS Managers


IGCW-2013 will facilitate the following 9-dimensions over the 3 days:

  • IGCW Symposium
  • IGCW Awards
  • IGCW 180oSeminars
  • IGCW Workshops
  • IGCW Conferences
  • IGCW for Students
  • IGCW for Teachers
  • IGCW for Pollution Control Board officers

IGCW-2013 Date & Venue

6th, 7th & 8th December 2013

Renaissance Mumbai Convention Centre Hotel

Lakeside Chalet, Near Chinmayanand Ashram, Powai, Mumbai


All the above 9 features will be concurrently held during the IGCW-2013 Convention, for further information contact Ms. Krishna Dave at

Its opening night and green chemistry enthusiasts scurry to take their seats.  The wait is finally over!  The stage is set, the houselights dim, and the curtain slowly opens… There they are; shoulders squared and standing tall.  They are the elect, the chosen twelve, the stars of the show, they are…The12 Principles of Green Chemistry.  This is their global movement, and your exclusive inside look at the ACS Green Chemistry Institute’s® (ACS GCI) 2013 Student Workshop that brought them to life. Monday, June 17, 2013, David Constable, Director of ACS GCI along with Rich Williams, Founder and President of Environmental Science & Green Chemistry Consulting, LLC. co-facilitated a high-energy and fast-paced collaborative learning experience where each principle took center stage.  The workshop was hosted in conjunction with the 17th Annual Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference and was held at the American Chemical Society’s Headquarter Office in Washington, D.C. where over 90 attendees (including the 2013 National Science Foundation Scholars) participated.


Shadowing a modular approach, David and Rich provided in-depth presentations for each of The 12 Principles of Green Chemistry and strategically focused on key learning objectives.  The presentations were followed with interactive small-group learning activities that allowed students to further expand their knowledge base through practical application.  The level of enthusiasm that filled the room was so infectious that I couldn’t help but to get excited and want to learn more myself!  The students were eager to learn and had the perfect dynamic-duo instructors to get the job done!  But the show didn’t end there, in fact, it had just begun, and we had a little surprise up our sleeves. the workshop, Amy Cannon and Kate Anderson of Beyond Benign conducted an insightful presentation on the importance of advocacy and educational outreach activities.  Unbeknownst to the attendees, the student workshop was coincidentally hosted on the same day as the 2013 ACS Bring Your Child to Work Day.  Little did they know, their next “small-group” learning activity would consist of over 100 1st – 8th grade students, who’d just eaten lunch.  Need I say more? SURPISE!  Led by the Beyond Benign staff, the workshop attendees were partnered into groups with the ACS children and challenged to assist in a biomimcry card -matching game followed by a “green” glue-making experiment in which children made glue with water, powdered milk, vinegar, and baking soda.  The glue was later put to the test as they constructed green chemistry collages with recycled paper… Talk about a full day! year’s student workshop was a tremendous success and the attendees greatly appreciated the opportunity to take part in an event of its caliber.  The majority of the students had never seen such insightful presentations of The 12 Principles of Green Chemistry and left fully understanding just how practical they can be in everyday application. 


And so, the stars of the show took to the stage for their final bow leaving the audience to remember:  green chemistry isn’t just a moment; it’s a movement, and a lifestyle.  Together, we must work to create a more sustainable future for the current generation and those to come.  Each of us must now take center stage in our own communities and begin to be the agent of innovation and change.  It’s your world… be the star, be the difference. 



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Innovation has always been the lifeblood of green chemistry; without innovation green chemistry could not possibly thrive let alone advance. Some green brands may be able to rely heavily on their “enviro-cred”—catering to the small percentage of “dark green” consumers that purchase green at every opportunity. But companies focused on green chemistry and engineering understand that any green product they make must also be a better performer and cost-competitive. Achieving this is difficult at times but certainly not impossible.  And, achieving it is an all-around win for companies, consumers, and the planet.


So why isn’t it that easy to do?  Any new entry into commodity products, whether it is green or not, must compete with a highly sophisticated petroleum-based infrastructure, a high-volume marketplace, and low margins. Scale-up costs can be high, and markets uncertain. Entrepreneurs seeking venture capital find that investors believe there is too much risk in funding a company that isn’t offering the golden ticket—a stable, established supply chain, comparable but preferably improved product properties for half the cost, and large market opportunity. So how can an entrepreneur approach this situation? I interviewed Adam Malofsky, President  & CEO of Bioformix, Inc., a company that is producing high-performance sustainable polymers. Malofsky is a serial entrepreneur and chemist who’s passionate about a market-driven approach to green chemistry. Prior to starting Bioformix, Malofsky did extensive market research to understand what a successful sustainable and green chemistry would require. What he realized is that a green chemistry inspired platform molecule would have to have a supply chain that looked just like a petroleum platform molecule, where 5, 10 or 15 chemicals produce 95% of all the chemicals we use in the world. It would also need to be able to fit into a system of traditional unit operations and processes, and it would need to enable a new capability.


Malofsky calls it “enabling chemistries,” which he describes as “products sold for what they allow you to do versus what they are.” In other words, are you creating something that can help someone do something they couldn’t do before?


The solution that Malofsky “rediscovered” and is now developing was methylene malonates—first discovered in 1877 but no one had ever managed to produce on an industrial scale. Bioformix refined the malonates to achieve stability, and in doing so found a polymer platform that cuts the cost of production, eliminates solvents, and can be used at room temperature. For example, using this new platform Bioformix estimates that their solution could cut up to 60-70% of energy costs in a traditional automotive plant by eliminating both the heating and curing time for coatings. To date Bioformix has raised $24 million from industrial users and venture capitalists. The industrial users total revenue represents well over $500 billion, representing a sizable chunk of the global economy. Few companies can claim that level of support., Bioformix is manufacturing their first product Nexabond™, a fast curing wood adhesive, and has plans to expand across a variety of markets.


Interestingly, while Bioformix innovations achieve the green chemistry principles of reducing waste, conserving energy, eliminating solvents, and are biologically benign, they are not bio-based. The economics of purchasing bio-based feedstocks for a small company like this just isn’t there—although the company hopes to be able to switch when bio-based pricing becomes attractive.


“Too many chemists have no business training,” Malofsky says. “You have to start from the business case. A customer has to want the product very badly. You have to be able to say, ‘I’m going to solve this big issue. I’m going to eliminate this big cost.’”


To Malofsky, drop-in products are a real risk. Manufacturers are wary of changing their inputs, larger competitors can decide to undercut you, or buy you out and discontinue the product. “I would never do a drop in product in my entire life,” states Malofsky. “It’s a bad investment.” The idea behind enabling chemistries is that you can sell your products at a higher price because they have better capabilities.


Malofsky isn’t the only CEO encouraging this approach. Mike Knauf, CEO of Rivertop Renewables, also recently wrote, “We have the capability – today – to fundamentally reshape the future of chemistry, and in doing so, positively shape the future economic, social and environmental sustainability of the planet. But to do so, we need to move beyond drop-in replacements to the development of novel chemicals.”



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By Babette Pettersen, Chief Commercial Officer, BioAmber our dependence on fossil fuels is a major environmental goal driving companies to invest in cleaner, greener technology and to produce more sustainable products. BioAmber, a US-based sustainable chemicals company, uses proprietary biotechnology and chemical catalysis to convert biobased feedstocks into renewable chemical building blocks, contributing to significantly reducing the carbon footprint of the end-products.


From bioplastics to natural cosmetics, bio energy to organic flavors, in virtually every industry, consumer demand for greener, more natural products is fueling a surge of research into biological alternatives. As such, biobased products will continue to make inroads into spaces traditionally held exclusively by petroleum-based options. That means more sustainable solutions for a wide variety of markets, from polyurethanes and plastics to personal care, flavors and fragrances.’s portfolio of renewable chemicals enables formulators and manufacturers to significantly improve the renewable carbon content of their products.  Whether regulatory compliance demands it or companies are intrinsically committed to improving their sustainability, BioAmber provides choice, naturally.


BioAmber’s first product, biobased succinic acid (Bio-SATM), is carbon neutral at industrial capacity. The industrial plant in Sarnia, Ontario will generate 102.5% less greenhouse gas emissions and use 64.4% less energy compared to petrochemical production of succinic acid pound for pound, so the use of these biobased building blocks immediately reduces the overall footprint of any product, when used as a direct replacement for a carbon-intensive chemical.


BioAmber’s business model of open innovation and partnerships is enabling new biobased product families derived from BioAmber’s biosuccinic acid. BioAmber’s C4 platform also includes bio 1,4-butanediol (BDO) which is made using hydrogenation catalyst technology licensed from DuPont, that transforms BioAmber biosuccinic Acid into BioAmber bio-BDO.  A large volume chemical intermediate, 1,4 BDO has applications in a broad range of markets from PBT Resins to Spandex fibers.  BioAmber also has a biobased C6 platform in development. This platform includes a range of biobased C6 chemicals, not only adipic acid, but also caprolactam, caprolactone and HMDA.


These biobased building blocks also offer significant innovation potential, effectively creating a whole new chemistry set based on renewable chemicals. In polyurethanes, for example, the use of biobased succinic acid to replace petroleum adipic acid offers differentiated performance benefits over a range of properties, combined with the highest levels of renewable carbon. For example, additional properties, such as abrasion or chemical resistance can be achieved.


In conclusion, renewable chemicals are a new starting point for chemicals and the vast range of products they enable, to make a critical sustainability impact for chemical manufacturers, product developers, all the way through to end-consumers.


One step toward a more sustainable economy is a step change in the right direction.  Many step changes make a sustainable world possible.


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By most any measure you use, I think the 17th Annual Green Chemistry and Engineering Conference was a great success. There were 32 technical sessions covering a range of disciplines and 488 Conference registrants. The Student Workshop was personally exhausting, but it was also a great experience with over 80 students of which 41 were NSF scholars. All of the industrial roundtables met face-to-face, including an exploratory meeting to investigate the possibility for a roundtable centered on greening chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing. The keynote speakers were all interesting and engaging. Although attendance at the hybrid session was a bit low, the quality of the talks and the panel discussion were quite high and elicited great audience participation. I certainly feel as though I learned a tremendous amount throughout the week. Scholars at the GC&E Student Workshop, June17, 2013, Washington, DC.
Photo by Arthur Lemmon


All that success does not happen without the commitment and dedication of a large number of people over the course of the year. There are too many to name, but the organizers of the conference, the session chairs, keynote speakers, hybrid session speakers, and all the presenters did a fantastic job and I can’t thank them enough for their time, energy, passion and creativity. Much less visible, of course, is all the work of the ACS GCI staff who worked tirelessly to make sure that the attendee experience was as positive and valuable as possible. Finally, the sponsors and exhibitors play a huge role in ensuring that the conference and conference events are possible.  Without them the networking and extended interaction would not be possible, and that is certainly one of the more valuable parts of the conference. Conference attendees listening intently. Front left to right: Stephen
Ritter, C&EN;
David Constable, ACSGCI; Matthew Realff, Georgia Institute of
Technology; Bob Peoples, CARE.
Photo by Peter Cutts Photography


A week after the conference, ACS GCI had the privilege and honor of hosting a NSF workshop on Rational Molecular Design for Reduced Hazard. The workshop was organized by the Yale Center for Green Chemistry and Engineering and was led by Dr. Paul Anastas. As was pointed out at the beginning of the workshop, the number of publications devoted to this topic over the past few years is effectively non-existent. While rational molecular design has been used within the Pharmaceutical industry for years, outside of this industry, it is not something that most chemists are taught or think about. As with most things in green chemistry and engineering, the cross- or trans-disciplinary nature of rational molecular design presents many barriers that we simply must overcome. I look forward to seeing the whitepaper that will come out of the workshop, but more importantly, I look forward to additional research and development in this area.


As this newsletter hits, I’ll be at the ACS Summer School on Green Chemistry and Sustainable Energy that is being held at the Colorado School of Mines in Golden. This very successful program has been led by Dr. Mary Kirchoff for many years now and it has had a very positive impact on a great many students. I am constantly running into alumni of the school who, more than 5 years after attending, still talk about the experience. Very few programs have that sort of staying power and it is only by training the next generation of chemists to think differently about chemistry that we will see a change. This is a program that will continue to be essential unless and until sustainable and green chemistry and engineering are integrated into how chemistry is taught. Now that’s a discussion for another day, but I am personally working to make the integration happen; I hope I can count on you to help make that a reality.


As always, let me know what you think. 




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TKS, the Tekno Scienze editorial group, publishes a number of European-based peer-reviewed journals focusing on industrial applications, in line with TKS’s motto: “Science for Industry.” Every issue includes one or more monographic supplements entirely devoted to specific subjects including ‘Sustainability / Green Chemistry.’

Chimica Oggi - Chemistry Today covers fine chemistry, pharmaceuticals and biotechnology. The latest issue of Chimica Oggi - Chemistry Today focuses on sustainability, including three articles on green engineering and two articles on green chemistry.

Agro FOOD Industry hi Tech covers functional food and nutraceuticals. Recent articles include “Food and beverage industry focuses on water footprint and greater sustainability”, “Role of packaging in the smorgasbord of action for sustainable food consumption

H and PC Today (Household and Personal Care Today) covers cosmetics and detergency: Recent articles include, “Sustainability in the Industrial and Institutional Cleaning (I&I) world of today” and “P&G’s Holistic Approach to Sustainability Innovating and Impacting our Environment through Close Collaborations”.

In addition to publishing, TKS organizes conferences. On September 11-12 2013, TKS is organizing its fifth event on flow chemistry in Pisa, Italy, devoting an entire session to Sustainability. Presentations include Michael Gonzalez, EPA, "Design and Application of Flow” and Peter Poechlauer, DSM, “The Role of Process Intensification in Sustainable Manufacture of Fine Chemicals”.

Researches interested in writing technical papers can send an email to Dr. Gayle De Maria at




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The Joseph Breen Memorial Fellowship is awarded to undergraduate through early career scientists who demonstrate outstanding research or educational interest in green chemistry. Breen Fellows receive financial support to participate in an international green chemistry technical meeting, conference or training program.

“All aspects of green chemistry are here,” says Julia Griffen, one of the two Breen Fellows attending the 17th Annual Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference (GC&E) in the Washington metropolitan area. “I’m really grateful—it’s not your typical conference—and the Breen Fellowship is what made it possible for me to come here from the UK.” Breen Fellow Michiel Dusselier nods in agreement about the opportunity to attend GC&E. “It’s a broader conference—policy, education, risk-assessments, legislation…it’s more than just technical sessions,” he says two weeks after defending his dissertation in Belgium. Looking for a postdoctoral position, preferably in the U.S., Michiel adds, “I came to the right place to meet the right people.”

2013 Joseph Breen Memorial Fellows Julia Griffen and Michiel Dusselier


Julia was drawn to the GC&E conference not only for the technical session but also to network with colleagues in green chemistry education, communication and social sciences. “In my mind, the ultimate success of green chemistry would be its complete incorporation. All chemistry should be green chemistry,” points out Julia, who developed a course in green chemistry for the University of Addis Ababa in Ethiopia and is currently working on her PhD titled Sustainable routes to potential biologically active azacarbasugars via microbial arene oxidation within the Centre of Sustainable Chemical Technologies at the University of Bath. Her focus is on the synthesis of biologically active compounds targeted toward type 2 diabetes. Julia’s passion for science communication is evident in her involvement with local schools, organizing science fairs and participating in many public engagement activities. “It’s wonderful to receive this fellowship and the recognition for my green chemistry research and outreach work. I started studying chemistry thinking I would work purely in industry and now there are many green chemistry and outreach options that interest me.”


Michiel, an avid ornithologist and wildlife photographer, was motivated by images of birds harmed by pollution to focus his research in biodegradable polymers. His dissertation addresses Tailoring of catalytic routes towards high performance polylactic acid polymers at the Center for Surface Chemistry and Catalysis at KU Leuven, Belgium. A letter of recommendation explained, “Part of his PhD research—selective conversion of lactic acid to chemicals—is subject of a patent application, and remains therefore silent in literature. The invention has been sold to a chemical company very recently.”


As part of the Breen Fellowship, Michiel and Julia presented their research at the conference, adding to the global perspective of green chemistry at GC&E that attracts nearly 500 participants from around the world. Enthusiastic about science education, the Breen Fellows enjoyed the GC&E Student Workshop they attended prior to the conference and the opportunity to work with younger students in green chemistry. Julia and Michiel are extremely appreciative of the fellowship that recognized their green chemistry research and outreach, and allowed them to make the trip from Europe for focused networking and research exchange. It will be exciting to see how these two Breen Fellows contribute to sustainable chemistry and engineering in the 21st century.

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