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Plenary Speakers

Plenary Speakers

Plenary Speakers


Monday, June 27th, 1:15-2:15PM 

Professor Philip P. Power

UC Davis Department of Chemistry

Low-Coordination Numbers, Unusual Bonding, and Dispersion Force Effects in Molecules

The synthesis of molecules with new types of bonding and the investigation of their reactivity are the main themes of his research. Examples of the new types of molecules include those with formal double or triple bonds between elements such as aluminum, gallium, germanium or tin; quintuple bonds between transitions metals for example ArCrCRAr, two coordinate transition metal molecules and high oxidation state (+4) late transition metal complexes. Fundamental reactions involving hydrogen, ammonia, carbon monoxide or ethylene at room temperature were unknown for main group species until recently and are of great importance for several catalytic cycles as well as hydrogen transport and storage.


Tuesday, June 28th, 1:15-2:15PM

Dr. David Constable

Director, Green Chemistry Institute at American Chemical Society

An insightful industry leader with a proven track record for supporting business development and accountabilities while reducing and eliminating actual or potential sustainability and Environment, Safety and Health (ESH) risks facing corporations. Known for developing and implementing industry-leading, global sustainability and ESH strategies, governance, guidance, systems, and business processes that reduce costs and ensure sustainability risks and opportunities are effectively pursued. Recognized for collaborating, partnering and influencing business areas, internal staff functions, external businesses, competitors, government agencies, regulatory authorities, technical and trade associations, NGO’s, and universities to achieve corporate goals and improve business sustainability performance.

Innovating Towards Sustainability in the Global Chemistry Enterprise

Without a doubt, chemists have created an amazing variety of molecules and materials during the 20th century to support our modern way of life, and they continue to make great advances across many key areas of science and technology.  There is now over a 20–year history of green and sustainable chemistry efforts in the US, but for a majority of chemicals that have been synthesized or which are in common use, chemists and chemical engineers know little about their toxicity to humans or the environment, their degradability (biological or otherwise), our ability to recycle or reuse them, or their renewability.   This presentation will provide a broad overview of green and sustainable chemistry efforts in the United States that have been started to spur chemistry innovations that have fewer adverse sustainability impacts.  A review of the depth, breadth and variety of these innovations gives one hope that chemists and chemical engineers will make many significant advances in the next 20 years that will move society towards a more sustainable lifestyle. 

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