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See You in Chicago!

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The ACS Green Chemistry Institute (GCI) will be at ACS Fall 2022 in Chicago—please stop by our booth (533) in the Expo to chat, test your knowledge and win green chemistry swag! The Expo is open Monday and Tuesday from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., and Wednesday from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. While you are in the Expo, be sure to also stop by the Recharge & Social Media Lounge to share how your chemistry connects to the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Participants will be posting short videos to Instagram. More information about the campaign and virtual participation options will be forthcoming!

On Monday, catch up with the ACS GCI Pharmaceutical Roundtable (GCIPR) in their ORGN session on Sustainable Catalysis & Technologies to Drive Innovation in the Pharmaceutical Industry featuring both industry and academic speakers.  On Tuesday, you can register for the ACS GCI/GCIPR workshop, Practical Green Chemistry Tools for Pharmaceutical Scientists, held 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. CT. This workshop is a great opportunity for both graduate students and industry scientists who want to learn about tools and metrics to enable better chemical selection and route design.

Another great session taking place all day Monday is Environmental Justice: Achieving Global Equity through Green and Sustainable Chemistry hosted by ENVR. There are many great talks lined up in this symposium organized by Profs. Ed Brush, Jillian Goldfarb and Jane Wissinger. For those interested in hearing more about what ACS is doing in this area, catch the 9:10 a.m. talk on the ACS Campaign for a Sustainable Future presented by Dr. Adelina Voutchkova (ACS Director of Sustainable Development). 

On Tuesday night, the ACS Green Chemistry Institute will be hosting a small networking event which we hope some of you will be able to attend—more details on that will also be circulating shortly.

For those interested in polymer chemistry, the POLY division is offering many sessions throughout the conference that focus on advancing the circularity of polymers, including Design of Polymers Towards Upcycling, Green Polymer Chemistry & Sustainability, and Federally Funded Research for Polymer Circularity. On a similar topic, a Presidential session on Enabling the Circular Economy through Polymer Molecular Recycling will be offered Sunday afternoon and Monday morning. The ACS GCI Advisory Board Member, Kate Beers of NIST, will be honored with the Mark Scholar Award in recognition of excellence in basic or applied research and leadership in polymer science. The award is presented by POLY and the award symposium will take place Tuesday evening. 

Of course, we would be remiss not to mention the opening session, Sustainability in a Changing World, on Sunday morning featuring Prof. William Dichtel (Northwestern), Dr. Jennifer Wilcox (US DOE), and Dr. Laura McConnell (Bayer Crop Science, and also a member of the GCI Advisory Board). On Monday and Tuesday at 5 p.m., the Kavli Lecture winners will be presenting—Dr. Ellen Matson (Rochester) “Atomic insights for a sustainable future: Understanding bonding at metal oxide surfaces relevant to energy storage and conversion processes”, and Dr. Laura Gagliardi (University of Chicago) with a talk on “Quantum leaps: Chemistry and creativity in a changing world”.

With the theme of ACS Fall 2022 Sustainability in a Changing World, there are far more sessions than we can possibly list that will be of interest to the sustainable and green chemistry and engineering community. Luckily, you can search the online program by sessions tagged with "green chemistry", "sustainability", and "Sustainability in a Changing World". In the program search box, select these options in the filter by co-sponsor/theme menu (they are towards the bottom of the list).

See you in Chicago!