By Matthew Deinhardt, ACS Green Chemistry Institute
Returning to an in-person, hybrid meeting this year, we were thrilled to have an in-person Student Poster Award Competition again. While presenting at the Poster Session, students’ research was reviewed by judges for outstanding and superior research and effort in green and sustainable chemistry and engineering. Many thanks to our poster judges: Prof. Tova Williams of NC State, Prof. Alan Allgeier of the University of Kansas, and Dr. Daniela Blanco, who is the CEO of Sunthetics. The poster session and reception were sponsored by Boehringer Ingelheim with prizes generously provided by The Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) and DeGruyter.
Great Chukwudalu Umenweke of the University of Kentucky pictured with judges Pof. Bova and Prof. Allgeier (Photo Credit: Arthur Lemmon)Tony Jin of McGill University pictured with poster judges (Photo Credit: Arthur Lemmon)The four recipients of the $100 gift certificates sponsored by RSC include Mr. Sudripet Sharma of the University of Louisville, for his work on Nitrene mediated metal-free C-H aminations in water, Tony Jin of McGill University, for his work on Chitosan Nanocrystals: A new class of nanomaterials derived from shell waste, Ms. A.A.P.R. Perera of Pittsburg State University, for her work on Improvement of mechanical and thermal properties of castor-oil-based polyurethane foams using phosphorus-based flame retardants, and Mr. Great Chukwudalu Umenweke of University of Kentucky, for his work on Support effects of Fe- or Cu- promoted Ni catalysts in the catalytic deoxygenation of tristearin to fuel-like hydrocarbons.
There were also three winners of DeGruyter-sponsored textbooks including Guilhem Coste of the Institut Charles Gerhardt de Montpellier, for his work on Novel bio based foams using the Aza-Michael reaction, winning the book “Magnetic Nanocatalysis”. Ms. Seyedesahar Miraghaee of the University of Louisville was also a winner for her work on Nitrene mediated metal-free C-H amination in water, being awarded the book “Water and its Treatment”. The third winner was Rosalie Berg of the University of Houston, for her work on Sustainable epoxy resins derived from syringic acid, winning the textbook “Photocatalysis”.
We congratulate these seven 2022 GC&E Student Poster Prize winners and appreciate the generous support of our sponsors to help execute this event and award its prizes. We look forward to following the careers of these students as they continue to develop and flourish in the green and sustainable chemistry and engineering field.