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Franklin Institute Picks Green Chemistry for 2019 Bower Award Theme

Blog Post created by ACS Green Chemistry Institute® on Feb 21, 2018

The Franklin Institute in Philadelphia, Pa. has announced it is seeking nominations for the 2019 Bower Award and Prize for Achievement in Science of individuals who have made significant contributions to green and sustainable chemistry. The prizewinner will receive $250,000. Nominations are due May 31, 2018.


Bower-Medal-185.jpgThe Achievement in Science award was established in 1990 through the bequest of a chemical manufacturer and philanthropist Henry Bower. Each year a topic is selected for the award and this is the first time that the Institute has chosen Green and Sustainable Chemistry.


The Franklin Institute has been recognizing scientists, inventors and leaders since its foundation in 1824. Each year it gives out Benjamin Franklin Medals for chemistry, computer and cognitive science, earth and environmental science, electrical engineering, life science, mechanical engineering, and physics. The Achievement in Science Award is a relatively new addition to this program and rotates through these same seven topics—touching on the field of chemistry once every seven years.


“The Institute felt that Green and Sustainable Chemistry is a theme that is timely, relevant, exciting and robust, and now would be a great time to recognize that area,” says Beth Scheraga, director of the awards program at the Franklin Institute.


The awards committee has suggested subtopics for the nominations, although nominations are welcome in other areas of green chemistry as well.


  • New chemical processes with reduced hazardous byproducts
  • Applications of supercritical fluids in chemical processes as environmentally benign solvents for chemical reactions, extractions, and chemical analyses
  • Utilization of ionic liquids as environmentally friendly alternatives to volatile and flammable solvents in chemical processes
  • Use of catalysts that make chemical processes more selective, less energy intensive, or more economical in their use of feedstock


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