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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 tell us how your chemistry connects to one of 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!
Contributed by Christine Aurigemma, Pfizer, San Diego, CA, USA
The “Integration of Greener, Process-Friendly Approaches for Monitoring Reactions for Pharmaceutical End-Game Chemistry” session featured quality speakers from industry and academia, including the Chief Scientific Officer of a chemistry CRO, on a broad spectrum of topics from microfluidics to process analytics at the plant scale. These presentations touched on various green and sustainable tools and techniques for improving process control while reducing waste and were in alignment with the conference theme "Sustainable Production to Advance the Circular Economy."more
Contributed by Dr. Michal Freedhoff, Principal Deputy Assistant Administrator for the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Green Chemistry Challenge Awards and it’s an opportunity to celebrate a quarter century of groundbreaking scientific solutions that have and will continue to make a positive impact on human health and the environment.
That’s why I’m looking forward to joining you at the Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference in June to present the 2021 Green Chemistry Challenge Awards on behalf of ACS and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). These awards are a wonderful way for us to recognize innovation by American businesses and researchers that have redesigned chemical products and processes to reduce or eliminate the use and manufacture of hazardous substances. These innovations help protect vulnerable communities, prevent pollution at its source, and keep U.S. businesses globally competitive by creating more sustainable products.more
Contributed by Samy Ponnusamy, Ph.D., Fellow & Global Manager – Green Chemistry, MilliporeSigma, St Louis, MO; Srinivasan Ambatipati, Ph.D., Assistant Professor & Coordinator of Chemical Engineering, McNeese State University, Lake Charles, LA
In this year’s GC&E Conference, we have organized a technical symposium on the topic “Design of Chemicals, Novel Chemistries, Synthetic Pathways & Processes that Enable a Circular, More Sustainable Economy”. Case studies will be presented to illustrate how industry and academia have successfully implemented novel design strategies to achieve a more circular and sustainable economy. The examples from the session will describe the design and approaches taken, the challenges faced and how a solution for the challenge was achieved. Also, this session will discuss the importance of implementing sustainability as a basic design criterion to successfully achieve a closed-loop economy.more
Contributed by Natalie J. O’Neil, Higher Education Program Manager, Beyond Benign and Mevan Dissanayake, BE Planar PCD Regen Process Engineer at Intel Corporation
What comes to mind when you visualize your future green chemistry or engineering career? Is the term “Green” in your title? Did you find it based on the specific call out for those skills in the job posting? If you are searching for a position, you may be disappointed when limited or no search results appear with the terms “Green Chemistry” or “Green Engineering”. Does that mean these careers do not exist? No, they do—trust us! Many future careers in academia, industry, nonprofits and government agencies have an increasing priority placed on hiring students with the skills to design and apply safer, more sustainable chemicals, materials, products, and processes. Join us to learn how to leverage your green credentials in various career paths and hear how others have built a career under the umbrella of green chemistry and engineering.more
Contributed by Natalie O’Neil, Higher Education Program Manager, Beyond Benign, David A. Laviska, Assistant Professor, Seton Hall University and Michael Wentzel, Associate Professor, Augsburg University
This fast-paced and engaging symposium at the 25th Annual Green Chemistry & Engineering (GC&E) Conference will provide educators of all levels (K-12, undergraduate, and graduate) with the opportunity to learn about innovations and initiatives for incorporating green chemistry content in lecture, laboratory, and outreach activities.more
Contributed by Eric G. Moschetta (Center for Reaction Engineering - Process R&D, Abbvie Inc.), Benjamin Rizkin (Process Research & Development, Abbvie, Inc.), and Nick Uhlig (Process Development, Gilead Alberta ULC).
The ACS GCI Pharmaceutical Roundtable’s flow chemistry team has organized a symposium for this year’s Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference titled “Flow chemistry and continuous processing enabling sustainable chemical development and manufacturing”. This full-day session will include presentations on a broad range of topics with a common focus on process intensification, integrated multi-step processes, efficient use of materials and energy sources, and waste mitigation.more
Contributed by Dr. Nimrat K. Obhi, Program Manager, Higher Education, Beyond Benign
It is essential that current and future scientists are able to understand and practice chemistry that supports good health and well-being. Additionally, it is critical that chemistry is used in ways that align with responsible consumption and production. Ensuring that we have this understanding of green chemistry helps us as a society better work towards the 17 key global Sustainable Development Goals outlined by the United Nations in 2015.more
The 24th Annual Green Chemistry & Engineering (GC&E) Virtual Conference is a wrap! Converted to a five-day virtual event due to the pandemic, the theme of the conference was “System-Inspired Design.” As a free, first-time virtual ACS conference, almost 5... more
The American Chemical Society’s Green Chemistry Institute® (ACS GCI) is pleased to announce the call for symposia for the 25th Annual Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference. The Conference will be held June 14-16, 2021, in Reston, Virginia.
Conference Th... more
Are you planning to attend the ACS National Meetings in Philadelphia this March? Don't miss these sustainable and green chemistry and engineering events!
Fun and Giveaways at the ACS GCI Booth in the Expo!
First, drop by the Expo and visit the ACS Green Che... more
By Michelle Muzzio, Graduate Student, Brown University
I never realized how much location could profoundly change an experience until I was walking to class about to learn more about green chemistry from some of the world’s leading experts on the topic, wa... more
That’s a wrap! The American Chemical Society's Green Chemistry Institute would like to sincerely thank all of the 579 attendees who presented and participated in the 23rd Annual Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference and 9th International Green and Sust... more
Contributed by Rachel Simon, Senior Research Associate, Lowell Center for Sustainable Production, and Lauren Heine, Senior Science Advisor, Northwest Green Chemistry; Director of Safer Materials and Data Integrity, MaterialWise; and member of the ACS Gree... more
The American Chemical Society's Green Chemistry Institute (ACS GCI) was honored to partner with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to host the 2019 Green Chemistry Challenge Awards ceremony and reception at the EPA headquarters in Washington D.C. th... more
Organizers: Se Ryeon Lee, Research Group Leader; Chad Landis, Research Associate; Kristin Nuzzio, Senior Research Chemist, PPG Industries
Converting an economy that is still largely linear (Take-Make-Dispose), to a circular economy where waste streams can... more
Organizers: David J. C. Constable, Science Director, ACS Green Chemistry Institute; Xianlai Zeng, Associate Professor, School of Environment, Tsinghua University
There is a growing list of elements that are considered strategic metals; they are rare, expe... more
Organizers: Peter A. Reinhardt, Director, Office of Environmental Health & Safety, Yale University; Ralph Stuart, CIH, CCHO, Environmental Safety Manager, Keene State College
There are many commonalities and shared principles between the fields of chemica... more
Organizers: Gonghu Li, Associate Professor, University of New Hampshire; Jonathan Rochford, Associate Professor, University of Massachusetts Boston
The green chemistry community, and indeed most of the general populace, are well aware of the negative effec... more
The Association for the Advancement of Alternatives Assessment (A4) is a professional association solely dedicated to advancing the science, practice, and policy of alternatives assessment and informed substitution. A4 offers the opportunity to connect wi... more
Organizer: Joseph Sabol, Chemical Consultant
This symposium is about industrially viable processes to utilize carbon dioxide as a raw material feedstock (as opposed to current venting to the atmosphere or deep-well injection.) Attendees can expect to learn... more
Organizer: Love-Ese Chile, Bioplastic Specialist and Consultant, Grey to Green Sustainable Solutions
As the world becomes more educated and aware of the environmental issues facing our planet and the consequences of not addressing them, there has been a su... more
Organizers: Paul D. Thornton; Laura M. Reyes, Career Development Leader, Chemical Institute of Canada
In addition to having a great innovation and a solid business plan, an equally important element for creating a successful start-up is developing partners... more
Organizers: Tony Bova, CEO, mobius; Anna Zhenova, MS, Ph.D. Student, University of York
Every day, people across the world throw away and discard items they think have outlived their usefulness. Wheat straw, potato peels, tree bark, shrimp shells, and eve... more
Organizers: Jun Li, Senior Principal Scientist, Bristol Myers Squibb; Jared Piper, Director, Pfizer
Artificial Intelligence. What was once solely the subject of science fiction movies and novels, is rapidly starting to become a more prominent tool and asse... more
Organizer: David Leahy, Associate Director, Takeda Pharmaceuticals
The development of new synthetic methodologies and strategies has been the cornerstone upon which sustainable industrial processes are built. The pure research advances arising from academi... more
Organizers: Jane E. Wissinger, Professor of Chemistry, University of Minnesota; Michael Wentzel, Associate Professor of Chemistry, Augsburg University
Society as a whole is starting to recognize the alarming quantities of discarded plastic items piling up... more
By Krishna Padia, Green ChemisTree Foundation, Mumbai, India
The Green ChemisTree Foundation is a nonprofit organization based in Mumbai, India. The Foundation works to increase technical knowledge in green chemistry in all sectors of the economy. Through... more
With the GC&E/GSC-9 Conference only a month and a half away, we caught up with Co-Chairs, Prof. Philip Jessop (Queen’s University) and Prof. Joan Brennecke (University of Texas at Austin) to ask them for highlights and insights on the program.
What are yo... more
The ACS Green Chemistry Institute® is excited to participate in the 2019 Spring ACS National Meeting & Expo in Orlando, FL this March 31 through April 4. With so much going on at the National Meetings, it can be easy to miss a session you wish you had att... more