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Contributed by Nathaniel Beres, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Heidelberg University

 

I don’t remember hearing about green chemistry as an undergraduate, and if I did, I would have thought that it meant I should recycle. It wasn’t until graduate school that I really understood the goals and importance of green chemistry. As a faculty member, I want to make sure that all Heidelberg University Chemistry/Biochemistry graduates understand the value and importance of green chemistry much earlier in their careers than I did.

 

One of the hardest tasks when we first started was distinguishing between sustainability and green chemistry. One thing that helps us accomplish this at Heidelberg is the existence of other groups on campus that focus on sustainability activities. It allows us to put our energy into activities that deal more directly with green chemistry. I certainly think that green chemistry and sustainability are connected and that green chemistry is one of the driving forces towards sustainability, but in sustainability initiatives hazardous materials already exist and must be dealt with after the fact. Green chemistry attempts to limit their production in the first place. As Allison Perry, a junior here at Heidelberg, put it, “Green chemistry goes beyond the short-term activities of recycling and cleaning up litter and focuses on more long-term goals of producing products that create less pollution and are safer for the environment.”

 

Although our chapter was inactive for a number of years, when I came to Heidelberg about two and a half years ago, I reactivated it.  When submitting our chapter report that year I noticed that we could be considered for a Green Chemistry Award.  I decided to go for it.  We didn’t get it and, looking back, I can see why we didn’t. Our activities were not really in green chemistry but more in sustainability. One of the first things I did was look up the 12 Principles of Green Chemistry on the ACS GCI website. It helped me to think of ways we could take current or planned activities and make them more impactful by incorporating the principles of green chemistry.

 

When speakers come to campus we ask them about their involvement in green chemistry.  It’s interesting for our student members to hear about new aspects of green chemistry, particularly in industry.  About two years ago, researchers from the Ford Motor Group came to Heidelberg and gave some wonderful talks on the importance of green chemistry. Dr. Deborah F. Mielewski, Senior Technical Leader, Plastics Research and Sustainability at Ford Motor Company, visited Heidelberg and gave a talk about the importance of reducing waste and finding renewable methods to manufacture components of automobiles.  Since then, the student chapter has made an annual visit to her lab to see how green chemistry can be applied in an industrial setting, and we have worked to incorporate green chemistry activities into the yearly agenda.

 

Ali Bauer, class of 2017, recalls first learning about green chemistry in her freshman year on the trip to Ford’s research plant. She said, “It opened my eyes to new career fields and opportunities to improve products in a green way that I never considered before.” Another student, Lily White, class of 2016, was also affected by the field trip and said, “I definitely didn’t realize how much green chemistry is involved in manufacturing everyday items until we visited the Ford Research Facility and saw how much dedication was going into making green plastics and other materials used in vehicle production.”

 

At Ford, students can see green chemistry at work in applications such as utilizing crop byproducts for making up part of the bulk material in plastics and using soy-based oils for synthesizing foam for placement into vehicles.

 

At Heidelberg, we are also very fortunate to have the National Center for Water Quality Research (NCWQR) located on campus. The NCWQR has been a wonderful resource to help promote green chemistry for our chapter. One of our big activities last year, partially sponsored by an ACS Innovation Grant, was to conduct a water study titled How Much P is in your Water?

 

Dr. Aaron Roerdink, an assistant professor of chemistry at Heidelberg, and I asked local high school science classes if they were interested in sampling their water and trying to understand the solutes it contained.  We live in a rural area and were hoping to show students the effects of agricultural runoff.  The schools that opted to participate were given collection procedures and collected water from a variety of local water sources.  The water was analyzed in the NCWQR and the students in the chapter put on a presentation for the high school classes about the solutes in their water and tried to connect this to the use of chemicals in farming.

 

During the presentation we discussed ways of preventing fertilizers from washing into the environment (e.g., reformulating the fertilizers, use at the correct time, applying only the amount needed, etc.).  The compounds the students were discussing are not toxins, per say, just too much of a molecule you would most likely find in the system naturally. If we had only analyzed the solutes in the water, it would have been an environmental chemistry activity, rather than a green chemistry one. However, discussing waste prevention in this context helps the students begin to make the connection between their work and the first principle of green chemistry. This will allow them to start to think about how waste prevention can be implemented in the laboratory by redesigning processes or products to use fewer resources and generate less waste.

 

Some of our chapter members have also worked with the NCWQR to conduct research aimed at quantifying toxins in the environment through new analytical methods that minimize reagents and chemical waste. A collaborative project between NCWQR and the chapter gave students the opportunity to help research and develop new analytical techniques as well as improve instrumentation. It also helped NCWQR decrease their solvent use dramatically for pesticide extractions during soil analysis, including decreases of 89% dichloromethane, 80% methanol, and 92% for acetone. Through this project, students are learning to prevent waste, perform less hazardous synthesis, make careful solvent selections and prevent pollution in real-time.

 

Attending ACS National Meetings is also a great way to accomplish our goal of learning about and incorporating more green chemistry. Dani Blum, class of 2017, first heard about green chemistry at the 249th National ACS meeting in Denver, CO last spring and reflected that, “It was amazing to learn how far we have come to improve the uses of our resources and processes without expensive chemistries!” The ACS national meetings changed the perspective of other students as well, including Kevin Scrudders, class of 2018, who was introduced to green chemistry at the first conference he attended, where he learned about the importance of, as he put it, “doing chemistry in a way that reduces waste and excludes environmentally unsafe reagents/products.” Students have really latched onto the idea and are very excited about green chemistry when we attend the ACS national meetings; moreover, we use national meetings as a resource to bring ideas back to campus.

 

Of course, in addition to green chemistry activities, we still reach out to the community about chemistry in general. One of our chapter goals is to get (or keep) children interested in science. One of the big events we put on was a community chemistry demo show titled Chemistry: In Action!  We streamed the show live in case people could not attend.  The chemistry behind the demos was explained and then demonstrated. We had about 125 people attend and it was great to see the kids get into the show.  We also bring groups of kids on campus.  The chapter members put on some demos and let the kids make a polymer using glue and borax.  The kids really enjoy being able to apply chemistry in a hands-on activity.

 

Bringing green chemistry into our chapter has definitely facilitated its inclusion in my teaching. Our involvement with green chemistry has me constantly thinking about how I could change labs or protocols to make the organic labs greener.  One of the assignments for my organic lecture is to research green chemistry. Students select one of the labs we completed during the semester and redesign it as a green chemistry experiment.  Certainly, it will be an evolving process but my hope is that the chemistry labs will be much greener in the coming years because a basic understanding of green chemistry is essential for current and future chemists.  When I design a research project I always evaluate the type and amount of solvent we will be using.  If we can find a greener method then we will use it to accomplish our project. By incorporating the principles of green chemistry into our research it allows for the students to become better chemists. Ali Bauer (class of 2017) knows that her exposure to green chemistry will give her a competitive edge, helping her succeed in improving products while promoting a cleaner planet.

 

The students in our chapter are excited about green chemistry and how it enables them to conserve resources, minimize waste and become better chemists. Generating conversations about green chemistry and creating activities around it allows us to take part in a larger movement on and beyond the Heidelberg campus.

 

 

 

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American's Bioeconomy Grows Opportunity
November 19, 2015 | USDA

The U.S. bioeconomy is thriving – supporting millions of jobs, driving economic growth, and expanding opportunities for biobased products from America’s farms and forests.

 

ARBIOS Receives € 1.6 Million from Bpifrance for Completing the Third Development Stage of the THANAPLAST™ Project

November 20, 2015 | Business Wire

Green chemistry company specializing in breakthrough technologies dedicated to the recovery of plastic waste and the production of bio-polymers.

 

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Retailers Take Steps to Support Responsible Use of Chemicals

November 19, 2015 | Just Means

Large retailers and personal care and cosmetic companies in the US are taking responsible action when it comes to chemicals.

 

Crop Protection Would be the Most Significant Feature of the Second Green Revolution

November 19, 2015 | Business Standard

Crop protection chemicals will become increasingly important in achieving higher yields and increasing productivity.

 

Learning to Love CO2

November 16, 2015 |C&EN

Companies and academics seek out profitable pathways to materials made from the unwanted gas.

 

Do We Need Green Analytical Chemistry?

November 16, 2015 | Green Chemistry

The science of Analytical Chemistry is developing new tools for providing high quality information that meets the needs and demands of end-users, which is provided within a reasonable time and at a reasonable cost.

 

Women Businesses-Owners Lead the Way with Safer Products

November 16, 2015 | EPA Connect

Women-owned and women-run businesses were incredibly well represented at this year’s Safer Choice Partner of the Year awards.

 

Another Biobased Dicarboxylic Acid Moves Toward Commercial Production, by Verdezyne

November 15, 2015 | Bio Based Press

With DDDA, biobased products have now entered the entire range of dicarboxylic acids, essential components of both nylons and many polyesters.

 

 

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Contributed by Robert J. Giraud, The Chemours Company, Christiana Briddell, ACS Green Chemistry Institute®, and Amit Sehgal, Solvay USA Inc.

 

image001 (2).pngSeparation processes account for over a third of the energy used in chemical manufacturing. To advance the availability of less energy-intensive separations for industrial adoption, the ACS GCI Chemical Manufacturers Roundtable in partnership with AIChE sought a NIST AMTech planning grant to collaboratively create an innovation roadmap. Since receiving the award in May 2015, the collaboration has expanded to include researchers from universities and national labs, suppliers of commercial separations equipment, and a growing list of interested manufacturers and sustainability leaders. Successful roadmap development depends on the involvement of a wide range of chemical science and engineering innovators. Visit the project website to get involved.

 

Why is this important?

 

Separating fluid mixtures into valuable components is central to chemical manufacturing. Distillation is the approach generally used to effect these separations because it is a dependable, well-understood method that works. The problem is that distillation is a very energy intensive operation. Over a third of total energy use in U.S. chemical manufacturing is consumed by distillation.

 

Where are we headed?

 

Building on pre-competitive collaboration begun in 2013, the ACS GCI Chemical Manufacturers Roundtable partnered with the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) to seek funding to create a sustainable separations innovation roadmap.  With the $500K awarded by the National Institute of Standards and Technology Advanced Manufacturing Technology (AMTech) Program in May 2015, the partnership is expanding the collaboration to engage chemical science and engineering innovators from the chemical and allied manufacturing sector, universities, separations equipment suppliers, separating agent providers, national labs, and federal agencies. By late 2016, we plan to test drive a draft roadmap for advancing the rational design and predictable, widespread industrial application of less energy-intensive separation processes as alternatives to distillation. This alternative separations (ALTSEP) roadmap will collaboratively identify and prioritize research, development, and demonstration needs for technology initiatives with the potential to transform the competiveness and sustainability of the chemical industry.

 

Who is involved?

 

The growing list of collaborators in the ALTSEP roadmapping project currently includes:

  • ACS GCI Chemical Manufacturers Roundtable (Ajinomoto North America, Inc., Albemarle, Arizona Chemical, Chemours, Dixie Chemical, DuPont, Pen A Kem, Sigma-Aldrich, and Solvay USA Inc.)
  • AIChE including its Institute for Sustainability, Separations Division, and Computational Molecular Simulation & Engineering Forum
  • NIST Materials Measurement Laboratory
  • Industrial Fluid Properties Simulation Collective
  • Pine Chemicals Association
  • AstraZeneca, GlaxoSmithKline, Merck, Sanofi
  • Ingevity, Compact Membrane Systems, University of Toledo, Rowan University

 

What can you do to help?

 

The innovation roadmap will be developed based on a series of three workshops in 2016; the first is planned for mid-February.  Success depends on the participation of practitioners and researchers across a range of specialties such as separations technologies, molecular modeling, porous materials, thermodynamics, physical properties, process simulation, and conceptual design.

 

We need your help to map out a path toward the widespread industrial application of energy-efficient separation processes. A few ways to get involved are:

 

  1. Participate in the roadmapping workshops to directly contribute to the content of the roadmap influencing the direction of critical research, development, and demonstration.
  2. Encourage the subject matter experts in separations at your company to participate.
  3. Provide examples of the types of separations your company currently performs via distillation so that we can assure roadmapping stays in tune with industrial needs.

 

Please contact gciroundtables@acs.org with your input. To learn more and to get involved, please visit http://altsep.org.

 

This article has been adapted from an article to appear in the December 2015 issue of Chimica Oggi – Chemistry Today (http://www.teknoscienze.com/).

 

 

 

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The ACS Green Chemistry Institute® is pleased to announce that governing board member Lauren Heine and program manager, Ann Lee-Jeffs will be featured speakers next month at Chemical Watch’s Global Supply Chain Summit in Arlington, VA. Ann and Lauren will be discussing green chemistry programs and industry engagement at the ACS Green Chemistry Institute® and the Northwest Green Chemistry center. In addition, Lauren will present on the topic “Does Hazard Assessment Lead to Safer Products,” one of several at the Summit of interest to the green chemistry community.

 

The Global Supply Chain Summit will be held on December 7-8, 2015 at the Renaissance Arlington Capital View, minutes from downtown Washington, DC.  The Summit’s theme is tackling cutting edge approaches to the safe use of chemicals, product stewardship, and supply chain communications. It is one of numerous conferences offered by respected global chemical regulatory news and analysis provider, ChemicalWatch.

 

The Summit program includes presentations by a number of expert speakers who will address best practices and lessons learned from current approaches by regulators and the regulated community, including case studies from downstream industrial sectors.  In addition, the Summit program features a review of the latest work being done on the assessment of alternatives to high risk chemicals, highlighting the current thinking on substitution and alternatives assessment from both sides of the Atlantic.

 

For more information, see the Summit brochure and program attached below.

 

Chemical Watch has offered Nexus subscribers a limited-time 15% discount on the regular Summit $1,585 registration fee (plus an extra 10% discount if you are also a current Chemical Watch subscriber).  To obtain this special registration rate, you must contact Ken Clansky directly at 202-803-5905 or ken@chemicalwatch.com.

 

The Summit only a few weeks away, so please act quickly to secure your discounted registration!

 

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The ACS Green Chemistry Institute® is once again holding the only business plan competition exclusively devoted to green and sustainable chemistry and engineering. Early stage, pre-revenue companies and innovators who are reimagining chemistry for a sustainable future are encouraged to apply. All it takes for the chance to win the $10,000 grand prize is a great idea, an Executive Summary and a short video about the green business concept.

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Winning ideas have included anti-corrosion coatings, a triple-green alternative to fumed silica, and innovative lithium-ion battery technology. Several past winners leveraged their success at the GC&E Business Plan Competition to win awards at the Rice University Business Plan Competition – the largest graduate-student level business plan competition in the world.

 

For the GC&E Business Plan Competition, a panel of judges selects semi-finalists based on their proposed solutions to some of the world’s biggest challenges. Semi-finalists who are accepted to compete will develop a full business plan and participate in the competition’s social media crowdfunding campaign. In addition to the chance to win prize money and market your company to the green chemistry community, the competition provides access to a free webinar on how to create a business plan, intellectual property law experts, early stage investors, networking with industry leaders and more in the green and sustainable chemistry space.

 

Don’t miss this opportunity to receive business plan training and high-end constructive comments, and to make valuable business connections. And of course, the chance to win BIG money.

 

Applications are due April 8th, 2016 5:00 p.m. EDT (GMT -4)

For more details on how to apply, please visit the GC&E Business Plan Competition website.

 

All semi-finalists will be required to submit a full business plan and attend the final competition, which will take place July 15, 2016 on-site at the 20th Annual Green Chemistry and Engineering Conference in Portland, Oregon.

The ACS Green Chemistry Institute® is proud to announce the 2015 Ciba Travel Award Winners: Brooke Mason, Tova Williams, Brendan Phillips and Ryan Pearson.

 

Mason.jpgThe Ciba Travel award sponsors the participation of students—from high school through graduate school—to attend an American Chemical Society (ACS) technical meeting, conference, such as the Annual Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference, or training program, having a significant green chemistry or sustainability component.

 

Established in 2009 through the Ciba Green Chemistry Student Endowment, this award is intended to expand students’ education in green chemistry through participation at a relevant conference. The award is administered by the ACS Green Chemistry Institute® (ACS GCI). The award amount is based on estimated travel expenses, up to $2,000.

 

THE WINNERS:


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Brooke Mason is an undergraduate student working on her second bachelor’s degree studying environmental engineering at the University of Toledo. Her area of study deals with life cycle assessments of different photovoltaic (PV) cells. The goal of her research is to determine their environmental impacts from manufacturing with hopes of designing a benign PV cell.

 

 

Tova Williams is a Ph.D. student studying fiber and polymer science at North Carolina State University. Williams’ thesis topic is on computer-aided design of sustainable hair dye precursors.  Her research focus is on the design of environmentally benign dyes for human hair keratin fibers by utilizing latent pigment technology.

 

 

Phillips.jpgBrendan Phillips is an undergraduate chemistry student from Ursinus College (Collegeville, PA). His research demonstrates simple and industrially-relevant examples of transfer hydrogenation applied toward pharmaceutical synthesis, an area that employs hazardous hydride donors in organic transformations.

 

 

Ryan Pearson is a Ph.D. Student from the University of Colorado, Boulder. Pearson is part of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Division of Materials and Nano Science, studying Organic and Materials (Polymer) Chemistry. His research is on the development of organic photo catalysts for controlled radical polymerizations, coatings exhibiting antimicrobial properties, and new materials derived from biomass.

 

 

Pearson.jpgAll four winners have chosen to attend the 20th Annual Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference, June 14-16, 2016, in Portland, Oregon, where they will present their green chemistry & engineering research.

 

 

 

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Contributed by David Constable, Director, ACS Green Chemistry Institute®

 

The Fall is always such a busy time of year as everyone rushes madly about to complete year-long objectives while teeing up plans for next year.  It’s also the time when we do a majority of planning for our annual green chemistry and engineering conference.   We are especially excited that we will be in Portland, OR, June 14 – 16, 2016, for our 20th Anniversary and looking forward to partnering with a variety of our West Coast colleagues to make this our most memorable conference yet!

 

Save the date 2016-banner-400.jpgOur Program Chairs, Dr. Jim Hutchison and Dr. Adelina Voutchkova have been working with their Advisory Committee to solicit, review and select symposium and workshop proposals for the technical program. We are extremely appreciative of the number and quality of proposals that were received, and equally excited as we anticipate a great technical program.

 

This year’s theme is “Advancing Sustainable Solutions by Design,” and it is the first in a five year conference cycle that we are hoping propels the green chemistry and engineering community forward. We are also working very hard to attract noteworthy keynote speakers that might push our thinking about design and how to link that back to how we think about the chemistry we do. Please continue to visit our Conference web site and plan on joining us in Portland. If you are a part of a company that is seeking to support and commercialize green chemistry-inspired innovations, please do consider sponsoring and/or exhibiting at the Conference. You can find out more about that here.

 

I’d also like to shamelessly plug the Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards (PGCCA): 'Tis the season to be jolly, but also to submit your nominations—please do so before December 31st!

 

If you have a green chemistry innovation that has been commercialized or is in the process of being commercialized, please do consider submitting. What I would ask, however, is that you clearly articulate the scientific innovation, the commercial benefit, and the environmental benefits associated with that innovation – the nomination is not a sales pitch or a marketing opportunity. If you have any questions about what kinds of companies have won, or what grabs the EPA’s attention, just spend a little time looking at the past winners. Remember that there have been well over a thousand nominations over the course of the Awards program, and this is a stunning record of innovation and achievement. I’ve never understood why there continues to be so many people lamenting that they need to see a business case for green chemistry. What more evidence do you need?  The last thing I would say about the PGCCA program at this point in time is that we are looking forward to the Awards ceremony to be held in Portland on June 13, 2016.  We hope that many of you can join us on the west coast as the EPA recognizes and celebrates the premier green chemistry innovations in the world!

 

There is also a lot going on with a few of the Industrial Roundtables that is worth mentioning. We have been extremely fortunate this year to see the Chemical Manufacturers roundtable obtain a NIST planning grant for Less Energy-Intensive Alternative Separations: Creating a Roadmap to Accelerate Industrial Adoption. The project team, led by Robert Giraud of Chemours and Amit Sehgal of Solvay has put an incredible amount of effort into getting  this work moving.  We are looking forward to a workshop in February where we will be inviting a small group of key innovators to think about what needs to be done to develop new molecular property-driven alternative separations processes. It’s fascinating, as is the case with much of science, how much more fundamental science is needed to better understand what is happening at the molecular level. We look forward to this work unfolding over the next year.

 

The ACS GCI Pharmaceutical Roundtable is always extremely active and it would be difficult to catalog all of the activities in which they are involved, so I’ll just mention a few. The first is the grant program. In their Fall meeting the Roundtable selected the grant finalists from their Spring grant solicitation and agreed to another grant for Greener Biologics Purification. The second activity of note is the development of their web-based reagent guide. This guide is so impressive that I personally can’t wait for it to be made public, which should happen sometime next year. There are currently nine guides for some of the most used transformations used by the Pharmaceutical Industry, and there are others to be uploaded next year. The guide will be transformative for the industry, but especially if it is used in academia, and I desperately hope that it will be widely used once it is released.

 

As always, there is so much to talk about and never enough time to highlight all the amazing work that is being done in green chemistry. If you celebrate Thanksgiving, please do enjoy the holiday with family and friends; there is always so much for which to be thankful.

 

Please do let me know what you think.

 

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Contributed by Paul Withers, Professor of Geography, Bangor University

 

Society needs an external source of phosphorus (P) for food, bioenergy and industrial production, but this essential resource is finite, increasingly costly and running out. There is no substitute for P other than the rock P (RP) that is mined out of the ground, and current RP consumption rates are very high (over 20 million tonnes per year driven largely by demand for fertilizers), and forecast to increase. To make matters worse the major stocks of RP are situated in only a few countries raising fears that supplies of affordable fertilizers will become regulated by political forces. Current inefficiencies in the way we use P in society are also leading to widespread P losses to water leading to the eutrophication (algal blooms and hypoxia) of our rivers, lakes, reservoirs and coastal waters.  If society does not start to use this rock P more sustainably, its future food and water security in particular will be threatened.

 

The solution to this issue is in principle quite simple: to develop a circular economy for P based on the green chemistry principles of (a) the development of benign products and processes, (b) the elimination of waste, (c) the use of renewable (secondary) resources, and (d) the design of output-driven production systems with minimum requirements and maximum efficiency. In essence this means we have to use less, recover and recycle more, cut losses and redesign production systems to be more sustainable. Of course these goals are much more difficult to achieve in practice due to technological and economic constraints, but the task is not insurmountable (http://pubs.rsc.org/en/content/articlepdf/2015/gc/c4gc02445a).

 

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The sectors of the P cycle where progress can be achieved are highlighted by the bubbles in Figure 1. This P cycle is inherently inefficient because the vast majority of the P that is mined each year becomes stored in the soil, or is dissipated in low-grade RP ores, manures, by-products, and residues that are not fully re-used or re-used uniformly. Losses and wastage occur in all parts of the cycle (dotted lines in the diagram) and once this P finds its way to the oceans it is impossible to recover. A large proportion of this dissipated P could be re-used and help close the P cycle. Particular green chemistry and/or green engineering challenges are to:

 

  • Recover harmful metals and rare earths from lower grade RP ores to make P products and residues safer to use and re-use and for added value: e.g. co-extraction technologies
  • Partially remove P from livestock manures to lower their N:P ratio for more efficient recycling to land and to re-use the recovered P as fertilizer or feed: e.g through biorefinery or membrane filter technologies
  • Transform wet bulky manures into transportable products that are directly re-useable or can be further treated to recover P more cost-effectively: e.g. super-critical combustion
  • Recover P (and other essential elements or compounds) from the vast range of food, human and industry waste and wastewater streams for re-use; e.g. mining residues, slaughterhouse waste, sewage, food processing waste, steel slags
  • Develop novel bioengineering techniques to enable greater soil P acquisition in situ: e.g. plant and microbial engineering
  • Improve product formulation design to improve their P utilization efficiency: e.g. refine livestock feeds to make them more digestible, develop novel biofertilizers
  • Reduce system P losses through greater P capture, recovery and re-use: e.g.
  • Re-use renewable secondary P sources rather than primary RP for production systems

 

Phosphorus is an element that can be continually re-used, and is thus a prime example of a critical resource that could be utilized more efficiently in a circular economy to support sustainable growth with less pollution. Green chemists and engineers have an essential role in helping to deliver this vision.

 

 

 

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It’s Not Easy Being a Green Chemist

November 13, 2015 | In These Times

Green chemistry seeks to answer questions about chemicals’ safety—their human and environmental health effects, as well as the amount of waste produced by their manufacture—before they enter the marketplace.

 

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The Rise of the Non-Toxic Buyer: 6 case studies on safer chemistry

November 12, 2015 | GreenBiz

Environmentally preferable purchasing (EPP) programs are increasingly taking into account the issue of toxicity, nudging buyers toward the purchase of products with less toxic chemistries.

 

Can Chemistry Save the World’s Cities? Science Symposium Urban Living: Day 2

November 12, 2015 | BASF

The latest research in chemistry and materials science could play a significant role in reshaping urban areas into more environmentally-friendly and livable places.

 

New deFUNKit Laundry Product Keeps Odors Out of Sportswear

November 11, 2015 | Press Release Rocket

First-of-its-kind permanent odor shield removes foul smells and blocks new ones from penetrating fabrics by ‘gluing’ natural deodorizers to clothing fibers at the molecular level.

 

USGBC Working Group Provides New LEED Guidance

November 11, 2015 | Proud Green Building

The U.S. Green Building Council’s Supply Chain outlines new resources for LEED buildings, rewarding green innovations. What's Fundamentally Reshaping Business?

 

Look to High School Chemistry

November 10, 2015 | GreenBiz

The global business context appears to be on the cusp of fundamental changes in expectations — of stakeholders and, in some parts of the world, of governments and regulators.

 

Environmental Working Group Launches Cosmetics Verification Program

November 9, 2015 | C&EN

Environmental Working Group launched a verification seal for personal care products intended to help consumers avoid toxic chemicals and contaminants that it says are commonly found in cosmetics.

Deinove is Included in the 40 Hottest Small Companies in the Advanced Bioeconomy for 2015-16

November 5, 2015 | CNN

Deinove is ushering in a new era of green chemistry by designing and developing new standards of production based on bacteria of untapped potential.

 

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Northrup Teaches Chemistry at Green Street Teaching and Learning Center

November 5, 2015 | Wesleyan University

On Nov. 2, Associate Professor of Chemistry Brian Northrop visited the Green Street Teaching and Learning Center to lead an engaging chemistry workshop.

 

Green Chemistry Locally Grown: Are you prepared for New York county toxic free toy acts?

November 3, 2015 | Arnold and Porter LLP

Laws enacted over the past year by four counties across the state of New York ban the sale of children's products and apparel that contain certain substances in amounts that are otherwise entirely lawful under federal law.

 

Deinove Partners with Flint Hills in R&D on Animal Nutrition

November 3, 2015 | Ethanol Producer Magazine

Both companies aim to develop conditions for an industrial biological production process based on selected bacteria from Deinove and raw materials supplied by Flint Hills Resources.

 

Researcher Develops Material to Create Sustainable Energy Source

November 2, 2015 | PHYS ORG

A Florida State University researcher has discovered an artificial material that mimics photosynthesis and potentially creates a sustainable energy source.

 

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EPA Calls for the 21st Presidential Green Chemistry Award Nominations

November 4, 2015 | EPA

EPA is sponsoring the Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards in partnership with the American Chemical Society Green Chemistry Institute® and members of the chemical community including industry, trade associations, and academic institutions.

 

GC3 and ACS GCI Launch Green Chemistry Tool

November 2, 2015 | Chemical Watch (Subscription only)

Moderated by the GC3 and ACS GCI, conversations in the forum will be sorted by topic and will allow representatives from corporations, NGOs, academia and the government to: network; stay current with green chemical news; and seek input from experts.

 

 

 

“The Nexus Blog” is a sister publication of “The Nexus” newsletter. To sign up for the newsletter, please email gci@acs.org, or if you have an ACS ID, login to your email preferences and select “The Nexus” to subscribe.

 

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