The Joseph Breen Memorial Fellowship sponsors the participation of a young green chemistry scholar to attend a green chemistry technical meeting, conference, or training program. This year's winners are enrolled at Ohio State and Colorado State. Both students chose to use the award to attend the GC&E Conference in June where they presented their research.
This year’s undergraduate recipient of the Breen Award is Luke Morrical, who is studying chemical engineering at The Ohio State University. Morrical was introduced to green chemistry last year through an internship at the USDA’s Agricultural Research Service. His project involved using botanical compounds in conjunction with biobased polymers to combat microbial contamination in foods and food products.
Bonnie Buss, who is working toward her Ph.D. in chemistry at Colorado State University, is this year’s graduate student awardee. Bonnie’s research focuses on the application of organocatalyzed atom transfer radical polymerization to scalable photo-flow reactor systems. She has designed a new class of organic photoredox catalysts that hold promise as polymerization catalysts.
The ACS established the fund in 2000 to commemorate Dr. Breen’s commitment to and accomplishments in advancing green chemistry. Dr. Breen was instrumental in creating the Design for the Environment and Green Chemistry programs in the U.S. EPA, as well as founding the Green Chemistry Institute (which later became a part of ACS).