Ciba Travel Award Winners Announced: Four chemistry & engineering students win ACS GCI award

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The ACS Green Chemistry Institute® is proud to announce the 2015 Ciba Travel Award Winners: Brooke Mason, Tova Williams, Brendan Phillips and Ryan Pearson.

Mason.jpgThe Ciba Travel award sponsors the participation of students—from high school through graduate school—to attend an American Chemical Society (ACS) technical meeting, conference, such as the Annual Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference, or training program, having a significant green chemistry or sustainability component.

Established in 2009 through the Ciba Green Chemistry Student Endowment, this award is intended to expand students’ education in green chemistry through participation at a relevant conference. The award is administered by the ACS Green Chemistry Institute® (ACS GCI). The award amount is based on estimated travel expenses, up to $2,000.



Brooke Mason is an undergraduate student working on her second bachelor’s degree studying environmental engineering at the University of Toledo. Her area of study deals with life cycle assessments of different photovoltaic (PV) cells. The goal of her research is to determine their environmental impacts from manufacturing with hopes of designing a benign PV cell.

Tova Williams is a Ph.D. student studying fiber and polymer science at North Carolina State University. Williams’ thesis topic is on computer-aided design of sustainable hair dye precursors.  Her research focus is on the design of environmentally benign dyes for human hair keratin fibers by utilizing latent pigment technology.

Phillips.jpgBrendan Phillips is an undergraduate chemistry student from Ursinus College (Collegeville, PA). His research demonstrates simple and industrially-relevant examples of transfer hydrogenation applied toward pharmaceutical synthesis, an area that employs hazardous hydride donors in organic transformations.

Ryan Pearson is a Ph.D. Student from the University of Colorado, Boulder. Pearson is part of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Division of Materials and Nano Science, studying Organic and Materials (Polymer) Chemistry. His research is on the development of organic photo catalysts for controlled radical polymerizations, coatings exhibiting antimicrobial properties, and new materials derived from biomass.

Pearson.jpgAll four winners have chosen to attend the 20th Annual Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference, June 14-16, 2016, in Portland, Oregon, where they will present their green chemistry & engineering research.

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