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The Nexus Newsletter is a bi-monthly newsletter designed to connect the global green chemistry community, share information, and support the ACS Green Chemistry Institute® in its mission: to catalyze and enable the implementation of green and sustainable chemistry and engineering throughout the global chemical enterprise and across the Society.

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ACS Catalysis Lectureship Winner Shannon Stahl’s Radical New Tools

 

From J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2013, 135, 2357-67

Reprinted with permission from Hoover, J.M.; Ryland, B.L.; Stahl, S.S.  J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2013, 135, 2357-67 Copyright (2013) American Chemical Society

By Ian Mallov, Ph.D., Research Chemist with Inkbox Ink

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ACSGCI
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Chemistry Education for a Sustainable Future

By Jenny MacKellar, Program Manager, ACS Green Chemistry Institute & Aurora Ginzburg, Education Specialist, ACS Green Chemistry Institute

As we work towards developing green chemistry education resources for the undergraduate chemistry curriculum, we retur

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By Alexandra Dapolito Dunn, Assistant Administrator of EPA’s Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention 

 

For 25 years, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and American Chemical Society (ACS) have worked together to sponsor the Green Chemistr

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The ACS GCI Oilfield Chemistry Roundtable: Expanding Within the Oil & Gas Industry

With the desire to advance green chemistry and engineering in the broader oil and gas industry, the American Chemical Society’s Green Chemistry Institute (ACS GCI) Hydraulic Fracturing Roundtable is expanding its scope to other areas of oilfield chemistry

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Prospecting in the Anthropocene: Saving Cyborgs & Windmills Through Rare Earth Element Recycling

By Ian Mallov, Research Chemist, Inkbox Ink

Ding, Y.; Harvey, D.; Wang, N.-W. L. Green Chem., 2020, Advance Article. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1039/D0GC00495B Reproduction by permission of The Royal Society of Chemistry.

Mountain Pass is a tiny, unincorporate

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Educating for a Systems-Inspired and Sustainable Future: A Framework for Environmentally Responsible Engineering

By Cindy Gilbert, M.S., M.Ed., Senior Program Officer, VentureWell

Graphic Created by VentureWell in Partnership with The Lemelson Foundation

Collectively, we are facing unprecedented planetary-scale environmental challenges that are inextricably linked to

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U.N. Sustainable Development Goal #2 – End Hunger:  What Can Chemists Do?

By Christiana Briddell, Sr. Communications Manager, ACS Green Chemistry Institute, and featuring Yalinu Poya, Ph.D. student at the University of Glasgow.

When you start to scratch the surface of the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the first thin

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By Ian Mallov, Ph.D., Research Chemist at inkbox Tattoos

You might have seen news of the young sperm whale who died on a beach in Scotland two weeks ago. A necropsy of the animal found more than 100 kilograms of plastic in its stomach. Fishing nets, plasti

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The Moonshot of our Times: Meeting the Challenge of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (with chemistry)

By Christiana Briddell, Communication Manager, ACS Green Chemistry Institute


In a cultural and political climate that grows increasingly more divisive and nationalistic, the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) stand as a clarion call for decisive and

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Mechanochemistry:  To nanomaterials and beyond

Rafael Luque, Professor, Departamento de Quimica Organica, Universidad de Cordoba, Spain

Mechanochemistry deals with chemical transformations induced by mechanical means such as compression, shear or friction. In mechanochemical processes, the energy requi

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Grow Bioplastics Awarded NSF Grant

The non-agrarian among us may not know this, but petroleum-derived, non-biodegradable, effectively non-recyclable plastic mulch is used extensively in farms across America to control weeds, retain moisture in the soil, and increase crop yields.

My own expe

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CYRENE™: A New Bio-based Dipolar Aprotic Solvent

Contributed by Jane Murray, Ph.D., Global Head of Green Chemistry, Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany (MilliporeSigma)

Summary

Increasing the availability of safer, sustainable solvents is expected to significantly impact industrial Green Chemistry programs. Cy

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The Top 10 Green Chemistry Journal Articles of 2017

Recently, we posted the top 10 most downloaded 2017 articles from the ACS Sustainable Chemistry and Engineering Journal. Here we are featuring the articles with the most downloads in 2017 from the Royal Society of Chemistry's journal, Green Chemistry.

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Top 10 Most Downloaded 2017 ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering Articles

What were the most popular sustainability research topics in 2017? Here's a list of the most downloaded ACS Sustainable Chemistry and Engineering articles from the last year.

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James Coombs OBrien, Laura Torrente-Murciano, Davide Mattia, and Janet L. Sco

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Biomass Refinery 2.0

Contributed by Max J. Hülsey, Ph.D. Candidate; Ning Yan, Assistant Professor, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, National University of Singapore

The word ‘refinery’ evokes imagery of huge chemical plants spitting out steams and flames in

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The ACS GCI Pharmaceutical Roundtable Reagent Guides

Despite the wide variety of chemistry conducted as part of drug discovery and development and the undoubted ingenuity of the chemists conducting the research, the majority of reactions still fall into a relatively small number of categories.

With this in m

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Innovation for a Better World: The 2017 Green Chemistry Challenge Awards

Contributed by Lauren Winstel, ACS Green Chemistry Institute® Research Assistant

The Green Chemistry Challenge awards, administered by the EPA in partnership with the American Chemical Society (ACS) and its ACS Green Chemistry Institute® , recognize and

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Advances in Bio-Derived Cosmetic Ingredients

The organic personal care market is expected to grow to US$25.1 billion by 2025. Fueling this demand are consumers who are anxious to avoid problematic chemicals and are interested in products that contain natural ingredients. Likewise, brands are interes

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Understanding nature helps unlock the potential of nanomaterials through cheaper, greener and safer methods

Contributed by Siddharth V. Patwardhan, Ph.D., Senior Lecturer, Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering; Joseph R. H. Manning, Ph.D. Candidate in Chemical Engineering, University of Sheffield

This blog is based on a recent article and associated

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Battle of the Bionic Leaves: Comparison of the Latest Artificial Photosynthesis Technology

Contributed by Lauren Winstel, ACS Green Chemistry Institute® Research Assistant

Photosynthesis is one of the most fundamental processes in nature, absorbing ever-present sunlight, water and carbon dioxide, and then converting it to glucose and oxygen. Whe

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Green Polyurethane

Contributed by Oleg Figovsky, Director of Research and Development, Hybrid Coating Technologies; and Alexander Leykin, Olga Birukova, Raisa Potashnikova, and Leonid Shapovalov, Polymate Ltd. International Nanotechnology Research Center

Non-isocyanate Hybri

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Greener Catalysts for Greener Processes: Application of supercritical antisolvent precipitation for catalyst preparation

​Contributed by Simon A. Kondrat, Postdoctoral Research Associate; Stuart H. Taylor, Professor of Physical Chemistry and Deputy Director of the Cardiff Catalysis Institute; and Graham J. Hutchings, Regius Professor of Physical Chemistry and Director of th

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A Probabilistic Diagram to Safer Chemical Design against Cytotoxicity

Contributed by Longzhu Shen, Postdoctoral Associate, School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, Yale University

If one single factor has contributed most to the modernization of human lives, it would be chemicals because they are the building blocks of

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Electrochemical Fuels: A promising technology to reduce CO2 in commercial transport

Contributed by Adam Rondinone, Senior Scientist, Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences

Motor-vehicle transportation presents a special challenge in the fight against climate change. In all its forms, transportation account

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Transforming End-of-Life Bits Into Tomorrow’s Atoms: Are Women The 13th Principle in Green Chemistry? (Part 3)

Contributed by Mark Evans, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Camston Wrather

The structure of this series first touched on the consumption and disposal of electronic waste and its environmental and human health impacts (Part 1), followed by a technica

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What’s Up with “Nok”? A Third Generation Designer Surfactant

Contributed by Bruce H. Lipshutz, Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara, Dept. of Chemistry & Biochemistry

In 2011, the Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award was given to the Lipshutz Research Group at the University of California, Santa Ba

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Activation and Discovery of Earth-Abundant Metal Catalysts Enabled by Sodium tert-Butoxide

Contributed by J. H. Docherty and S. P. Thomas, EaStCHEM School of Chemistry, University of Edinburgh

Chemical catalysis is an engine that powers modern society. The majority of modern chemical transformations, however, rely on the use of precious metals,

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Transforming End-of-Life Bits Into Tomorrow’s Atoms: Society’s Love Affair and Breakup with Technology (Part 1)

Contributed by Mark Evans, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Camston Wrather

This three-part series will explore the task of implementing a green chemical reaction discovered and researched in the laboratory to an industrial scale, taking into conside

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Boron Nitride: A New Selective Catalyst for the Oxidative Dehydrogenation of Propane

Contributed by Joseph T. Grant, Graduate Research Assistant, Department of Chemistry, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Ive Hermans, Ph.D., Professor of Chemistry and Chemical & Biological Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Chemical catalysis play

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Critical Elements Series: Helium Shortage to Occur in the Next 25-50 years

Contributed by Amanda Morris and Lauren Winstel, Research Assistants, ACS Green Chemistry Institute®

As the second most abundant element in the universe, it seems strange to think of helium as endangered. The gas has a wide variety of uses, from cryogenics

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