The 2016 Ciba Award in Green Chemistry was awarded to four outstanding students from the University of Cincinnati, University of Pittsburgh, University of Toledo, and Yale University. These doctoral students and candidates have shown significant abilities to incorporate creative green chemistry solutions into their research. Administered by the American Chemical Society (ACS)’s Green Chemistry Institute®, the Ciba Travel Award enables students with an interest in green chemistry to travel to an ACS scientific conference with a specific green chemistry component.
The students will have opportunities to expand their education by attending symposia, networking, and presenting their research. This year’s awardees’ research areas include reduction in waste generation and toxicity, green synthetic methodologies, utilization of nano-enabled biomaterials, and control of antimicrobial activity through nanoparticle modulation.
From a pool of excellent applications, the panel of judges selected the following winners (list is pictured from left to right):
- Badri Bhattari is a Ph.D. candidate in the chemistry and biochemistry department at the University of Toledo in Ohio. His area of interest is the investigation of greener routes for the synthesis of silver nanoparticles. The goal of his research is to reduce waste generation and toxicity of the reagents and solvents used in these syntheses. He plans to attend the 253rd ACS National Meeting, April 2-6, 2017, San Francisco, Calif.
- Rebecca Haley is a Ph.D. candidate studying organic chemistry with a concentration in green synthetic methodologies at the University of Cincinnati. Haley’s thesis topic is on Understanding Solid State Nickel Catalysis in the High Speed Ball Mill. After graduation, she plans to continue research in methodologies that employ recyclable catalysis and reduce solvent waste. She will attend the 21st Annual Green Chemistry and Engineering Conference in Reston, Va., June 13-15, 2017.
- Lauren Pincus is a Ph.D. green chemistry and engineering student from Yale University. Pincus’s broad research interest is to design more sustainable water treatment technologies. Her current research project aims to develop selective adsorbents for remediation of inorganic contaminants using nano-enabled biomaterials. She will be attending the 253rd ACS National Meeting, April 2-6, 2017, San Francisco, Calif.
- Lisa Stabryla is a Ph.D. student of environmental engineering from the University of Pittsburgh. Stabryla studies the control of antimicrobial activity and preclude resistance by modulating specific physicochemical properties of the nanoparticle. She wants to pursue research questions related to the design of nanomaterials in a way that safely provides solutions to global public health challenges, such as antimicrobial resistance. Lisa will attend the 21st Annual Green Chemistry and Engineering Conference in Reston, Va., June 13-15, 2017.
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