Ask the Innovators: How Green is Your Raincoat?

Created by ACS Green Chemistry Institute® on Jan 19, 2016

Wednesday, January 27, 2016 at Online

Starts at 11:30 AM · Ends at 1:00 PM, EDT (America/New_York)

  • ACS Green Chemistry Institute®

In this second session of Ask the Innovators, the Green Chemistry Innovation Portal is providing a unique opportunity to talk online with innovative scientists about their green chemistry solutions. In this online text-based Q&A, we will talk about the complicated science of durable water repellents for textiles. This article by Christiana Briddell gives an excellent overview of the subject. Our participants have been recruited from different sectors and areas of expertise in order to provide a variety of perspectives on this topic. The experts joining us for this session will be:


  • Bob Buck, Chemours Technical Fellow
  • Matt Dwyer, Patagonia Director of Materials Innovation & Development
  • Stefan Posner, SWEREA Senior Researcher
  • Philippa Hill, University of Leeds Postgraduate Researcher


Ask the experts anything you like: how durable water repellents work, why conventional choices are falling out of favor, what alternatives are out there, or other questions. Questions will be collected on this post and answered live by text on January 27th, so create a free ACS ID now and submit your question below. Come back from 11:30 AM-1:00 PM ET (8:30-10:00 AM PT) on Jan. 27th to chat with the innovators and the community right here! Ask your question here, and don't forget to go back to that page on January 27th to see the answer.