Leading up to the GC&E Conference we will be posting interviews with our 2017 GC&E Conference organizers to learn a little more about them and the excellent sessions you can look forward to at this year’s conference!
Jared Piper, Ph.D., Director, Process Chemistry, Pfizer
Session: Advances in base metal catalysis: powerful tools for sustainable chemistry exploration
Q: What motivates you to work in the green chemistry & engineering space?
A: As a process chemist, I feel it is my responsibility to explore green chemistry alternatives and make every effort to deliver a process that is as environmentally friendly as possible. The motivation is as simple as seeing these improvements implemented on a larger scale and knowing that you have done a job well done.
Q: In one sentence, describe the session you are organizing at GC&E.
A: The session “Advances in Base Metal Catalysis” will highlight recent advances in the replacement of transition metals with environmentally friendly and more abundant earth metals for catalytic methodologies.
Q: What will attendees learn at your GC&E session? What makes it unique?
A: Attendees will get exposure to recent advances in both academia and industry, focused on green and sustainable catalysts for the preparation of complex pharmaceutical targets and natural products.
Q: What is your favorite aspect of the GC&E Conference (or what are you looking forward to)?
A: I am most excited about seeing collaborators from the past, present and future. Partnerships and the potential to think about green chemistry together is a real opportunity.
Q: What are you currently focused on in your work or research?
A: My work consists of identifying synthetic routes to small molecule targets in cardiovascular medicine. Another aspect of my work is developing a talented group of scientists, which I find very satisfying.
Q: If you weren't a chemist, what would you be doing?
A: I was raised in a farming community, so that has always been a dream of mine. I would love to manage a small, self-sustaining property.
Q: When you aren't at work, how do you spend your free time?
A: With three kids under the age of 10, my time is spent in various family and volunteer activities. I also enjoy weightlifting, boxing, and overall fitness.
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