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Are you planning to attend the ACS National Meetings in Philadelphia this March? Don't miss these sustainable and green chemistry and engineering events!


Fun and Giveaways at the ACS GCI Booth in the Expo!

First, drop by the Expo and visit the ACS Green Chemistry Institute (within the main ACS booth) to go deeper with green chemistry--whether you are a professor, student, or industry researcher. Plus, participate in engaging activities, get giveaways and don't forget to pick up green chemistry gear at the ACS Store! Additionally, the ACS GCI Pharmaceutical Roundtable will be presenting in the ACS Theatre (Booth 707) on Tuesday, March 24 from 1 - 2 p.m.


Exhibit Hours

Sunday, March 22, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Monday, March 23, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Tuesday, March 24, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Booth 707, Exhibit Hall B/C, PA Convention Center


Practical Green Chemistry Tools and Techniques for Research and Development Scientists
This workshop will equip practicing chemists and engineers, as well as graduate students, with practical tools, methods and metrics. The content of the workshop will start with green chemistry basics and then focus on the most recent innovative tools and metrics that are widely used in the pharmaceutical industry. The workshop will be tailored toward scientists working in the pharmaceutical industry, but the tools could be applied to other chemical industries as well. This workshop requires preregistration. Please email


Tuesday, March 24, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
William Penn, Hampton Inn Center City Philadelphia


Green Chemistry Student Chapters: Success Stories
The Green Chemistry Award has quickly become one of the most sought after accolades for student chapters. To be eligible for green chemistry status, chapters must engage in at least three green chemistry activities per year, ranging from community outreach activities to hosting invited speakers. This symposium will provide a platform for student chapters who have been awarded green chemistry status to share their unique strategies and stories. Through peer-to-peer student conversations, more student chapters may be inspired and empowered to achieve green chemistry status.


Monday, March 23, 8:30 am
Terrace Ballroom II & III – Theater 4, PA Convention Center


Green Chemistry & Engineering: Designing & Discovering Innovative Solutions to Achieve a Sustainable Future
This full-day symposium will feature speakers who are active in developing novel, green and sustainable chemistries and technologies, including research that has been financially supported by the ACS GCI Pharmaceutical Roundtable. Research topics presented, such as biocatalysis, non-precious-metal catalysis, C-H activation, and flow chemistry, align with the Roundtable's vision of a sustainable pharmaceutical industry. Celebrating its 15th anniversary this year, the ACS GCI Pharmaceutical Roundtable's activities are driven by the shared belief that green chemistry and engineering is imperative for society, business, and environmental sustainability.


Wednesday, March 25, 8 a.m. & 1 p.m.
Michael A Nutter Theatre, PA Convention Center


There are many more great sustainable and green chemistry symposia at the ACS National Meeting. Check out this selection, and browse the online program for others!


ACS-CEI Award for Incorporation of Sustainability into Chemistry Education (CHED)

Green Polymer Chemistry: New Products, Processes & Applications (POLY)
Advancing Green & Sustainable Chemistry Education: Small Molecules to Macromolecules (CHED)

Fundamentals of Chemistry Outreach Education: From Program Design to Assessment (CHED)

Critical Materials: Recycling, Recovery & Alternatives (I&EC)

Green Chemistry & the Environment (ENVR)

Renewable Plastics: Conversion of Waste Plastic to Fuels & Chemicals (ENFL)

Sustainability & Relevance in Chemistry Education: Theory & Practice (CHED)

Advances in Renewable Materials (CELL)

Sustainability in Bioprocessing (BIOT)

Re-envisioning Chemistry’s Role in Environmental Sustainability: Perspectives on Progress & Future Directions (ENVR)

Road to Packaging Sustainability (POLY)

State of the Art: Connecting Systems Thinking & Green & Sustainable Chemistry through the UN Sustainable Development Goals (CHED)


See you in Philly!

Contributed by Tomi Minato, Planning Manager, Japan Association for Chemical Innovation (JACI)


The Japan Association for Chemical Innovation is a public interest incorporated association with members from the chemical industry, consumer products industry, academia and major research institutions of the country. Based on green and sustainable chemistry, JACI promotes various high-quality public businesses that contribute to the creation of technological innovation with the aim of enhancing the sustainable development of society and healthy growth of the economy.


Chairman Mr. Hideki Kobori Greeting from Mr. Hideki Kobori, Chairman of JACI

(President & Representative Director, ASAHI KASEI CORPORATION)







Activities and Member Benefits

JACI is a platform for everyone involved in chemistry where a common awareness of the direction of this new chemistry is shared. Also, innovative technologies are created and intellectual technology bases can be developed through the activities on our platform. Our members have the privilege to obtain activities such as:



In order to promote green and sustainable chemistry (GSC) activities in Japan effectively and powerfully, GSC Network was born in 2000 from a collaboration of academic societies, organizations and national laboratories. Being transitioned to JACI in 2011, GSCN has been playing a crucial role in promoting GSC nationwide.


Major activities focus on those listed below.



  • GSC Awards
    The achievements are awarded either by the Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry, or by the Minister of the Environment, or by the Minister of Education, Sports, Culture, Science and Technology, depending on their achievements. 
  • GSC Student Travel Grant Awards
    The GSC Student Travel Grant Award (STGA) recognizes graduate students who are doing outstanding research in the field of GSC.In addition, a supplementary prize is awarded when students participate in the GSC International Conference or the GSC Asia-Oceania Conference to gain international experience. This year STGA targets AOC-8 which will be held on Nov. 25-27 in New Zealand.
  • GSC Junior Awards
    Excellent presentation on GSC by junior and high school students will be awarded as "GSC Junior Award" at the Chemistry Club Research. Presentation organized by the Kanto Chapter of The Chemical Society of Japan.



  • International Green & Sustainable Chemistry (GSC) Conference
    The 1st GSC International Conference was held in Tokyo 2003. The 7th one came back to Japan again where the organizing committee proclaimed the Tokyo Declaration 2015. The next GSC Conference, the 10th, will be held in Budapest, Hungary in 2021.  
  • Asia-Oceania Conference (AOC)
    In order to build a new industrial technology system with stakeholders in Asia and Oceania, the Asia-Oceania Network was established in 2004. The 1st Asia-Oceania Conference was held in Tokyo in 2007. India, Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, China, Australia, New Zealand, Taiwan, South Korea, Thailand and Japan have joined together to hold the upcoming 8th AOC that will be at Auckland, New Zealand on November 25-27, 2020.
  • JACI/GSC Symposium
    JACI holds JACI/GSC symposium in Japan every year with approximately 750 participants. This coming 8th Symposium will be held on June 10-11 under the theme “New Chemistry- Creating Value for the Future Society”.


GSC Instructions

It is essential for the key players in a sustainable society to know what GSC is in a broader manner.

One can learn some social practices based on the achievements of GSC AWARD Winners on GSC Instructions posted. These instructions help one to understand GSC, and have been downloaded broadly—not only by scientists, but also by university classes around the world. 





JACI issues their newsletter four times a year. Here is a recent article by Dr. Mary Kirichhoff, Director, ACI GCI.


Tomi Minato, Planning Manager of JACI (left) with Mary Kirchhoff, Director of ACS GCI


JACI Activities




Although chemistry occurs in systems in nature, most students still learn chemistry in a reductionist manner—looking at the discrete parts without a clear idea how it connects to the whole. Now chemistry educators are starting to integrate the concept of “systems thinking” into the chemistry classroom. The ACS Green Chemistry Institute, in partnership with other groups, recently helped pull together a special issue of J. Chem. Ed. on systems thinking and green chemistry that is a great resource for those interested in exploring this topic further. 


Systems thinking has a number of definitions—so it is no wonder many people are wondering, “What is systems thinking and how does it relate to green chemistry?” The ACS GCI recently created this short animated video to attempt a simple explanation on how green chemistry encourages chemists to use a systems thinking approach to their chemistry.



Systems Thinking and Green Chemistry - YouTube 


As we move into 2020, the Institute will continue our work mapping out the green chemistry theme for the organic and general chemistry Anchoring Concepts Content Maps. This work will take place in a series of workshops. If you are interested in participating, there is an opportunity to do so at the Biennial Conference on Chemical Education (BCCE) meeting this summer in Corvallis, Oregon.


In addition, we will continue to advance our three-year plan to create resources for undergraduate chemistry professors to teach green chemistry, systems thinking and the U.N. Sustainability Development Goals within the general chemistry and organic chemistry curriculum. Stay tuned to The Nexus to learn more about this community-based project as it develops.

The ACS Green Chemistry Institute® convened companies in the oil and gas industry at the annual ACS GCI Hydraulic Fracturing Roundtable recently to discuss greener chemicals and processes in hydraulic fracturing. Baker Hughes hosted the meeting at their Western Hemisphere Education Center in Tomball, Texas. Attending companies included DuPont, Baker Hughes, BASF, Canadian Energy Services, Rockwater and its subsidiary, Select Energy, and Locus BioEnergy. A diversity of participants were at the table ranging from chemists to chemical and petroleum engineers to microbiologists to technology and business development leads. Apache is also a Roundtable member.


The ACS GCI Hydraulic Fracturing Roundtable’s mission is to integrate green chemistry and engineering principles into the chemical supply chain for hydraulic fracturing. Since 2015, the Roundtable has sought to enable informed decisions about those chemicals commonly employed in hydraulic fracturing, and works to promote the prioritized development of more sustainable chemical alternatives.


The Roundtable has investigated the potential use of enzymes for biofilm degradation, recently wrapping up a research project with Montana State University’s Center of Biofilm Engineering. The Roundtable continues to pursue its interest in minimizing the use of biocides, and may turn its attention to bio-based water treatment to enable increased water recycling in a typical frack operation. At the meeting, Ken Barrett of BASF Enzymes presented three commercial examples of BASF’s work on “Enzymes in Hydraulic Fracturing”.


Professor Pedro Alvarez, director of the NSF Nanosystems Engineering Research Center at Rice University, presented current research in “Nanotechnology-Enabled Water Treatment”. The research center is developing, among a host of opportunities, nanotech for on-site industrial water treatment. This would enable remote oil and gas locations to clean and reuse water rather than having to transport it and treat it offsite.


Locus BioEnergy’s Amir Mahmoudkhani, director of technology, presented “Microbial Surfactants: Properties and Applications in Oilfield Completion.” Locus BioEnergy has developed a fermentation process that makes use of vegetable oil and sugar to produce a novel bio-based and renewable surfactant with superior properties to existing surfactants produced through a traditional chemical manufacturing process.  


Matt Todd, director of the American Petroleum Institute’s Environmental Program, presented an overview of their work to improve the environmental performance of the oil and natural gas industry. Collaborating with over 70 operator companies, the initial focus of the group is the reduction of methane and volatile organic compound emissions to air, from oil and natural gas operations across the sector.


Since we will continue to rely on non-conventional oil and gas for chemicals and fuel for the foreseeable future, it is essential to take every opportunity to apply more sustainable and greener chemistry approaches to the industry, even as we strive to adopt low-carbon energy sources. Looking forward, the Roundtable is working on a publication outlining some of these challenges and opportunities, and will continue to explore the topics above, in addition to greener alternatives for produced water management.

April 22, 2020 marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. Conceived by Senator Gaylord Nelson, Earth Day reminds us of our obligation to care for our fragile planet. Signs of humanity’s negative impact on the environment were evident when the first Earth Day was observed in 1970: The Cuyahoga River caught fire multiple times, bird populations were threatened due to the use of DDT, and more than 100 people, most of them children, were killed when a coal mine waste pile collapsed in Aberfan, Wales. 


These environmental disasters were a wake-up call: We could not continue to make and dispose of chemicals by simply discarding them in the environment. We needed to understand the fate of chemicals in the environment and their impact on organisms. Dilution was not the solution to pollution.


Many environmental laws, such as the Clean Water Act and the Toxic Substances Control Act, were enacted in order to clean up the environment. These efforts resulted in cleaner bodies of water and less polluted skies. The Pollution Prevention Act of 1990 introduced a new paradigm, one that focused on preventing pollution rather than cleaning it up at the end. Green chemistry and engineering grew out of this new mindset, recognizing that the choices made by chemists and chemical engineers at the start determine the overall impact of the process and product.


As you plan your Earth Day celebrations with your ChemClub, student chapter, local section, international chapter, or technical division, I encourage you to think about ways to incorporate green chemistry and engineering into your messaging and activities. When you share your love of chemistry with the public, point out greener approaches, such as the use of renewable starting materials and benign solvents, which chemists are implementing to prevent pollution. 


Green chemistry and engineering are powerful approaches to protecting our planet from the unintended consequences of the practice of chemistry. Let’s leave the Earth in better shape for the 100th anniversary of Earth Day in 2070!        


Mary sig

By Peter Reinhardt, Director, Environmental Health and Safety at Yale University, and Chair, ACS Committee on Chemical Safety Safe Practices Subcommittee


The American Chemical Society creates statements to promote public policies that help the chemistry enterprise and its practitioners serve the nation. In this way, ACS addresses various challenges such as economic opportunity, energy and water availability, and environmental sustainability.  ACS’ twenty policy statements are managed and posted by ACS External Affairs & Communications.


Safety in the Chemistry Enterprise” was created with the help of the Committee on Chemical Safety and the Division of Chemical Health and Safety, and reviewed by the Committee on Environmental Improvement. ACS regularly renews these statements to reaffirm their support and update their content. A new version of “Safety in the Chemistry Enterprise” was approved by the ACS Board in December.


The revised policy supports the use of risk-based criteria in creating safety regulations and policies, and continued funding of research to inform policy makers and stakeholders in the creation of those regulations and policies. The policy also supports government implementation of regulatory policies that will foster innovation within a safer chemical environment.


Safety and green chemistry go hand-in-hand, with many common objectives and outcomes that support each other. The green chemistry community may find the new policy’s advocacy of green and sustainable chemistry of interest. The new version adds support for “safe, responsible, and ethical sourcing of chemicals and other raw materials,” as well as promotion of “policies, regulations, and incentives that encourage adoption of safer products, materials and processes.” Note that ACS has a separate, detailed “Sustainability and the Chemistry Enterprise” policy statement.


ACS’ policy statements ensure that its advocacy is aligned with formally-adopted consensus policies. For example, supported by this policy, ACS has called on Congress to fully fund the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Board.

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