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Photo (L-R):  Robert M. Simpson, President & Chief Executive Officer, CenterState CEO; Dr. Cornelius B. Murphy, Jr., President, SUNY-ESF; NYS Governor Andrew M. Cuomo; and Dan Montoney, Chief Technology Officer, Rapid Cure Technologies, tour the SUNY-ESF Institute for Sustainable Materials and Manufacturing’s UV/EB Center. 



By Dr. Charles M. Spuches, Associate Provost for Outreach SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry


The State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY-ESF), along with RadTech International North America, and other collaborators has launched a new program in radiation or energy curing, the Radiation Curing Program (RCP). Supported in part by a U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration H-1B Technical Skills Training Grant, the program is comprised of three online courses and an Advanced Certificate.


RCP prepares upper-level undergraduate and graduate students (along with practicing professionals) in the science and technology of energy curing such as ultraviolet (UV) or electron beam (EB) processing.


UV and EB curing refers to a special way in which coatings, inks, adhesives, composites and other materials may be cured as an alternative to traditional energy-intensive methods that create harmful emissions. In short, these processes entail ultraviolet energy from a UV lamp and the focused electrons in EB to instantly cure/crosslink specially formulated chemistries, using less energy and at lower cost than conventional/incumbent methods.


Energy cured applications are part of your everyday experiences ranging from your morning cereal box, to your CD or DVD, magazine, credit card, cell phone, contact lenses, keyboard, driving your car, or just walking on your floor.  The advantages of UV & EB are well-documented--particularly when used with manufactured products that require fast processing and/or on substrates that are sensitive to heat. In addition, UV & EB are considered environmentally responsible since most or all of the solvents in traditional processes may be eliminated, thanks to the special capabilities of UV & EB curing.


The RCP program was developed by a team of academic and experienced energy-curing practitioners to reflect current and emerging industry-relevant content and applications. Students matriculated at other campuses may use these courses as professionally-oriented upper-level electives focused on a specialized interdisciplinary application of chemistry, physics and engineering. Students from other campuses may register on a visiting (non-matriculated) basis during the academic year or Summer Session. Participants may:

  • Pursue one or more “500” level courses on a non-credit or credit basis.
  • Apply and earn an Advanced Certificate in Radiation Curing by meeting application requirements and successfully completing all three courses for credit (participants may register and work on one or more courses at a time)


Spring 2014 Schedule

  • Introduction to Polymer Coatings /February 3, 2014 - April 18, 2014 / Online
  • Radiation Curing of Polymer Technologies / February 17, 2014 - May 2, 2014 / Online
  • Radiation Curing Equipment, Instrumentation and Safety / February 17 , 2014 - April 18, 2014 / Online


Complete information is available at or contact Dr. Charles M. Spuches, Associate Provost for Outreach SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry

226 Gateway Center l One Forestry Drive l Syracuse, NY 13210

315.470.6810 (direct)  l  315.470.6817 (main) (email)  l (web)




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igcw-2013-logo.pngIndia's chemical industry has grown into a land of opportunities with its ever increasing manufacturing capacities. With prosperity comes problems that need immediate attention. India, like the rest of the world, has a huge responsibility to tackle pollution and waste. The Indian Chemical Industry Five Year Plan 2012-2017 calls for support of R&D and green technologies that use bio-based raw materials to reduce dependence on crude oil. It indicates the need to finance those who meet environment norms. It recognizes that legislation can cover the entire life cycle of chemicals. It encourages the industry to promote a green image by focusing on green products and processes (bio-feedstock, bio-degradable products, eco-friendly processes) and innovative approaches to deliver economic, environmental and social benefits. Along the lines of this vision, the chemical and allied industries in India have expressed tremendous interest in the following areas in recent years:


  • Reduction of carbon emissions (carbon footprint)
  • Water conservation (water footprint) and reducing effluent discharge
  • Chemical hazard prevention
  • Recycling / Wealth from waste
  • Renewable energy
  • Renewable raw materials/alternative feedstocks
  • Nanotechnology


To serve the above shifting needs of the Industry, the Green ChemisTree Foundation, along with various other committed organizations, facilitates the Industrial Green Chemistry World (IGCW), Asia’s largest platform created for bringing together various stakeholders of Chemical Industry to accelerate the implementation and industrialization of GC&E practices. It will mostly focus on the fields of Pharmaceuticals, Agro-chemicals, Dyes & Pigments, Specialty and Fine Performance Chemicals.


To bring this to effect, IGCW hosts n on topics that can be viewed as the most-impact areas. The seminars are designed to create a metaphorical 180º shift for participants, from their existing know-how to an implementable green paradigm for industrial GC&E practices. These Seminars will be held concurrently during the IGCW-2013 Convention along with the other 9 dimensions to address participants’ specific green chemistry & engineering requirements.


IGCW 2013 180º Seminars: Seminars will be conducted by domain experts, who will give focused presentations designed to bring forth technical insights and commercially viable methodologies.


Day I (6th Dec. 2013): Seminar on Green Processes & Matrices

"You can't manage what you don't measure," is an old adage that aptly describes the need for Green Chemistry matrices. People all over the world contribute into making these, some specific to industries, without which the efficiency of the green processes developed cannot be measured. The Green Processes & Measurements Seminar will look at such matrices in detail.


Day II (7th Dec. 2013): Seminar on Green Catalysts

One of the notorious chemicals in history has been aluminum chloride (AlCl3). It is a highly corrosive reagent that has now been replaced by many innovative green catalysts - one of them being lanthanide triflates. Such exemplary developments in this field will be touched upon in Seminar on Green Catalysts in successful case-studies.


Day II (7th Dec 2013): Green Solvents

Solvents contribute to carbon footprint in a big way. Researchers now focus more on solvent free reactions. Not using solvents in processes also provides economical savings in terms of separation that is further required downstream. While solvent-less reactions should be our goal, not all reactions proceed in such conditions and hence there is a need for greener solvents such as water. This seminar will delineate such developments in green solvents research and discuss finding more potential applications.


Day III (8th Dec): Seminar on Green Engineering

This seminar on Green Engineering will deliberate on various emerging aspects of green engineering, leading to significant reduction of chemical manufacturing’s environmental footprint. Case-studies will be shared on how Green Engineering technologies, with its focuses on the design of materials, processes, systems, and devices, can minimize the overall environmental impact and efficient utilization of energy.


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Even after treatment, hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") wastewater still contained contaminants that could harm aquatic life and human health, a study has found.
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A new study has found that liquid wastes from hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” that was treated and released into local streams in Pennsylvania still contained elevated levels of salts and other contaminants, which could be dangerous to aquatic life and human health. The study also reports high levels of radioactive materials in stream sediments at the disposal site. Published in the ACS journal Environmental Science & Technology, it states that the scientists recommend use of advanced treatment technologies to further remove the potentially harmful material.

Avner Vengosh, Nathaniel R. Warner and colleagues explain that although fracking technology has fueled a boom in U.S. oil and gas production, disposal of its wastewater remains a major challenge. It is 2 to 5 times as salty as seawater and contains substances that could harm the environment and humans. One of the options some oil and gas companies have is to send the waste to a site where it is treated and then released into local streams where it is diluted. The Duke team investigated how such a disposal practice would affect the environment.

The scientists tested the discharge and stream water samples both upstream and downstream from a wastewater disposal site in western Pennsylvania. They found that the treatment removed some of the potentially harmful contaminants from wastewater — more than 90 percent of barium and radium, for instance. However, chloride and bromide levels were still high. In addition, they found that radium levels in stream sediments where the wastewater was discharged were still about "200 times greater than upstream and background sediments and above radioactive waste disposal threshold regulations, posing potential environmental risks of radium bioaccumulation in localized areas of shale gas wastewater disposal," the researchers state.

The authors acknowledge funding from the Park Foundation and the Duke University Nicholas School of the Environment.

Read the abstract, "Impacts of Shale Gas Wastewater Disposal on Water Quality in Western Pennsylvania"


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