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Green Chemistry News Roundup: March 10 – 23, 2017

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Creating Nanodust from E-Waste Could Increase Ease of Recycling

March 21, 2017 | EurekAlert

Researchers at Rice University and the Indian Institute of Science have an idea to simplify electronic waste recycling: Crush it into nanodust. Specifically, they want to make the particles so small that separating different components is relatively simple compared with conventional processes.

Pine Bark Extract Can Be Used as a Biobased Resin

March 20, 2017 | C&EN

Researchers from University of Chicago were able to identify active agents in tree bark extracts called proanthocyanidins, flavonoids found in many natural products that exist as oligomers with up to six or more linked subunits. In the current study, they aim to identify the specific structural motifs within the proanthocyanidins that lead to the increase in dentin’s strength.

Arizona State Professor Wins NSF Career Award

March 15, 2017 | ASU Now

Ryan Trovitch won the grant for his work in sustainable catalysis. His current research project involves manganese hydrosilylation catalysts as an alternative to platinum in the production of silicone polymers.

Nanotechnology has Led to Proof of Concept for Biobased Isoprene

March 15, 2017 | Sustainable Nano

An interview with Dr. Paul Dauenhauer, part of a research team from the Center for Sustainable Polymers who have developed a new chemical process to make isoprene (one of the key ingredients in car tires) from biomass such as grass or corn.

How Green Chemistry is a Golden Opportunity for Science and Technology Students

March 14, 2017 | Venture Well

John Warner discusses how green chemistry is evolving to respond to a host of health and environmental challenges. Like most complex social issues, future science and technology professionals and entrepreneurs will be charged with addressing these problems through innovation. They will have their work cut out for them, but there will be tremendous demand for their solutions.

New Chemical Safety Database Launched

March 14, 2017 | C&EN

This new online tool allows scientists to submit and search for safety information about hazardous reactions which are not publicly cataloged elsewhere.

Biobased Cosmetics Line Biossance from Amyris is Now Being Sold at Sephora

March 10, 2017 | The Bio Journal

Biossance is known for pioneering the first renewably-sourced 100% plant-based squalane, the mega-moisture molecule that keeps skin healthy and hydrated. The company has made a commitment to providing sustainable solutions for the personal care industry.


New Grant Program Funds Exploratory Research for Greener Pharmaceuticals

The Nexus Blog

The ACS GCI Pharmaceutical Roundtable (GCIPR) has launched a new grant program specifically aimed at funding promising green chemistry research ideas that have yet to be tested—enabling researchers to gather preliminary results with which they can seek funding from traditional sources. The first four awardees of this ‘Ignition’ grant program have now been selected.

Effectively Communicating the Need for Green Chemistry

The Nexus Blog

The early green chemistry advocates used several distinct arguments to encourage a wide variety of chemists to adopt green chemistry principles, which themselves outlined a variety of avenues chemists could use to rethink their processes. The three frames identified through analysis of extensive interviews and archival data are explored in this article.

Top Value Added Chemicals: The Biobased Economy 12 Years Later

The Nexus Blog

In 2004, the Department of Energy identified their top 12 value-added chemicals that can be derived from biomass, which could potentially replace petroleum-based formulations. 12 years after the original publication, this article features four biobased chemicals with recent innovations on the market: Itaconic Acid, Glucaric Acid, 3-Hydroxybutryolactone, and 5-Hydroxymethylfurfural.

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