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Green Chemistry News Roundup January 28th – February 3rd 2017

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Green Chemistry Professor Among Victims of Quebec City Mosque Shooting

January 31, 2017 | Chemical and Engineering News

Khaled Belkacemi, 60, was a professor of soil and agri-food engineering at Laval University. He earned his bachelor of science in chemical engineering from Polytechnic School of Algiers in Algeria in 1983 and graduated with a PhD from Sherbrooke University in 1990. He will be greatly missed by the chemistry community.

Synthesis of Graphene from Renewable Soybean Oil Could Cut the Cost of Production Ten-Fold

January 30, 2017 | ABC News

An everyday cooking oil has been used to make graphene in a lab — a development scientists said could significantly reduce the cost and complexity of making the super-substance on a commercial scale.

Target to invest $5 million in Green Chemistry Innovation by 2022

January 30, 2017 | Fibre 2 Fashion

In addition to improved transparency and responsible sourcing from their suppliers, Target plans to invest in research towards the reduction of harmful toxins in their products through green chemistry.


Engineering Green Biocatalysts for Chemical Reactions Not Known in Biology

California Institute of Technology | The Nexus Blog

Many catalysts that facilitate enantioselective bond formation are made from rare and non-renewable materials, such as palladium or rhodium; replacing these catalysts with renewable alternatives would allow for the more environmentally-friendly production of key chemicals.  Researchers at CIT believe that enzymes can meet this acute need for new, low-cost, sustainable catalysts, and in doing so, further advance and expand green chemistry.

CO2 Capture and Conversion into Concrete for Sustainable Construction

University of California, Los Angeles | The Nexus Blog

Scientists and engineers at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) are developing an innovative way of embedding carbon dioxide (CO2) into concrete. Specifically, the process secures CO2 produced by power plants, cement plants, and other point-source emitters, and embeds it into 3D-printed building materials and components.

The Great Future in Plastics

The Ellen MacArthur Foundation | The Nexus Blog

In the past 50 years, total plastics production has seen a 20-fold increase, and today almost everyone everywhere encounters them every day. They have become the workhorse materials of the modern economy, combining unrivaled functionality with low cost.

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