2014 Ciba Travel Award Winners

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Drexel University, Yale, Augsburg College, and University of Massachusetts Students win Competitive Green Chemistry Travel Award

Four out of 33 U.S. students have been chosen to receive the 2014 Ciba Travel Award in Green Chemistry. These students, ranging from undergraduates to doctorates, 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 green chemistry and engineering, environmental science, polymers and renewable materials.

The winners:


Boris Dyatkin, from Montgomery, Pennsylvania, is a Ph.D. candidate at Drexel University studying materials science and engineering. He will be presenting research on an environmentally friendly supercapacitor composed entirely of “green” materials and dual-intercalation, all-graphite batteries for grid storage applications at the 250th ACS National Meeting, August 16-18, 2015, in Boston.


Laurene Petitjean is a first year doctoral student from France studying in the Center for Green Chemistry and Green Engineering at Yale University. Petitjean is a part of the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. She plans to attend the 19th Annual Green Chemistry and Engineering Conference in North Bethesda, Md., July 14-16, 2015 to present her research on “Lignin Valorization: The Catalytic Reduction of Lignin Model Compounds.”


Zach Swingen, from Black Earth, Wisconsin, is an undergraduate student studying organic chemistry at Augsburg College. He will be presenting his research on green synthesis of sustainable tri-block copolymers at the 19th Annual Green Chemistry and Engineering Conference in North Bethesda, Md., July 14-16, 2015.

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Zarif Farhana Mohd Aris is from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and a doctoral student at the University of Massachusetts - Lowell. She is studying plastics engineering and plans to attend the 249th ACS National Meeting, March 22-26, 2015, in Denver to present her research focused on developing a non-toxic, environmental-friendly, bio-based surfactant, compounds commonly used as detergents, derived from fruit waste and algae.

The Ciba Travel Award in Green Chemistry was established in 2009 and is awarded annually. The award covers up to $2,000 of each awardee’s travel and conference expenses.

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