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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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By Prof. Dr. Jun Huang, School of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, The University of Sydney, The University of Sydney Nano Institute

 

Q: What sparked your passion for chemistry and engineering?

A: The significance of chemical engineering for people’s lives. Chemical engineers developed 1) fertilizer production for higher agricultural productivity to feed huge populations; 2) pharmaceuticals for diseases; 3) clean fuels and energy storage for our daily life; 4) processes to provide clean water for drinking; 5) new technologies for waste disposal and recycling; and 6) greenhouse gas reduction technology for climate change. The progress and achievement of my work in chemical engineering can benefit our society and improve our quality of life, which attracts my passion for chemistry and engineering. 

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By Gabriela Gastelu, Ph.D. student at the National University of Córdoba, Argentina, and 2021 Heh-Won Chang Fellow in Green Chemistry

I remember the first time I entered a laboratory as a secondary school student in my home city in Argentina. Its equipment was quite basic; however, I was delighted with all the glass material and the idea of making new things just by mixing components. Yes, I know my idea of a chemist at that time was really simple! But that simple idea inspired me to decide to study chemistry at the university.

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My Green and Sustainable Chemistry Journey: An Interdisciplinary and Hands-on Approach

By Prof. Jonas Baltrusaitis, Ph.D., Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Lehigh University, and Awardee of the 2020 ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering Lectureship

 

In spite of the pandemic, the world is experiencing unprecedented economic growth t

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A Perpetual Endeavor Towards a Sustainable Hydrocarbon World

By Feng Wang, Ph.D., Professor of Physical Chemistry, Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics (CAS) and Awardee of 2020 ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering Lectureship, and Ning Li, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Associate, Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics (CAS

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Green Chemistry to Fulfill Sustainable Development Goals: A Caribbean Perspective

By Nakisha Mark Ph.D. candidate, The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine Campus

Often when we think of green chemistry, focus is placed on the results, such as greater sustainability, safer processes or creating environmentally-friendly products.

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By: Sarah York & MaryKay Orgill, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

 

The start of a new school year is always an exciting time. Campus is restored and polished. First-year students are nervous and bursting with energy. Upper-class students and faculty seem re

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By Dan Bailey, 2020 Peter J. Dunn Award for Green Chemistry Winner

My interest in green chemistry started with a simple realization about how we do chemistry: we produce far more waste than actual products.

 

I joined the process chemistry group at Takeda Ph

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What's JACI?

Contributed by Tomi Minato, Planning Manager, Japan Association for Chemical Innovation (JACI)

 

The Japan Association for Chemical Innovation is a public interest incorporated association with members from the chemical industry, consumer products industry,

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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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Bringing Industrial Green Chemistry to India

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

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ACS International Student Chapter Highlight: University of Delhi

Contributed by: Radhika Gupta and Gunjan Arora, Members of ACS International Student Chapter, University of Delhi, India

The ACS International Student Chapter at the University of Delhi in India has been actively involved in organizing several national and

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Get ready to celebrate the periodic table! The U.N. has named 2019 the International Year of the Periodic Table (IYPT) in celebration of the 150th anniversary of the publication of Mendeleev’s groundbreaking Periodic Table of Chemical Elements. The Intern

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Global Green Chemistry Initiative – Building Green Chemistry Capacity Around the World with UNIDO and Community

The Center for Green Chemistry & Green Engineering at Yale is collaborating with the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) on a three-year project to increase the general global awareness and capacities on deployable green chemistry i

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India Makes Strides Toward a Greener Future with the Green Chemistry Network Centre and the Green ChemisTree Foundation

Contributed by David Constable, Ph.D., Science Director, ACS Green Chemistry Institute®

I have just returned from almost two weeks in India, where I had the privilege of participating in several conferences and workshops. Traveling to India makes for a lon

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IGCW-2017 Advances Green Chemistry Innovation in India

Contributed by Malka Doshi, Green Relations Officer, Green ChemisTree Foundation

The ACS Green Chemistry Institute is once again partnering with the Green ChemisTree Foundation, India for the 5th Industrial Green Chemistry World (IGCW-2017) Convention and

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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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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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Critical Elements Series: Iridium – An Amazingly Useful Element, but at What Cost??

According to the U.S. Department of the Interior, iridium in the Earth’s crust is thought to have come from the same asteroid or comet believed to have caused the extinction of dinosaurs. While crustal abundance of iridium is estimated at 0.001ppm[1], the

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ACSGCI
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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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Fighting Climate Change through Chemistry: GreenCentre’s IHC4 Program

Contributed by Laura M. Reyes, Marketing & Communications Coordinator, GreenCentre Canada

It is critically important that the right resources are readily available to advance chemistry technologies with the potential to impact climate change. GreenCentre’s

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Nature Is Alive with Green Chemistry

Contributed by Mark Dorfman, Biomimicry Chemist, Biomimicry 3.8

Nature, the oldest and wisest chemist, is by necessity, a green chemist. By “nature”, I’m referring to the living natural world. Unlike inanimate rocks and minerals, organisms are constrained

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Green Chemistry Workshop for Drug Development and Education

Contributed by Catherine Rawlins, Chair of the Northeastern Section American Chemical Society - Younger Chemists Committee (NSYCC)

Over the years of my involvement in the NSYCC, our group and our goals have grown considerably. We continuously expand activ

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ACSGCI
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Deinove: Leveraging Biotechnology to Produce Innovative Natural Ingredients

Contributed by Coralie Martin, Communication, Marketing and IR Manager, Deinove; Dennis McGrew, Chief Business Officer, Deinove

More consumers are seeking out products labeled as “natural.” This is especially true in some specific market segments, such as

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Innovation and Opportunity: Seeking Uncommon Solutions in Rare Earths

Contributed by Ashley Baker, Research Assistant, ACS Green Chemistry Institute®

Slowly but surely the world is waking up to the reality and consequences that come with a disposable tech culture.  In May 2009, The Atlantic revealed “clean energy’s dirty lit

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Biodiesel Study in the International Context Using Technology Prospecting

Contributed by Clarissa A Biscainho, Diego Ss Aires, Sidney M C Chaves, Suzana Borschiver, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, School of Chemistry, Department of Chemical Engineering.

Concerns regarding the environment and growing necessity of technolo

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Can We Generate Useful Chemicals from Lignin?

Contributed by Tim Bugg, Department of Chemistry, University of Warwick, Coventry CV4 7AL, UK.

Lignin, the aromatic polymer that binds together cellulose and hemicellulose in plant cell walls, is one of the big unsolved problems in the “biorefinery concept

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Innovative Chemistry Builds Energy Efficiency into Smart Cities

Contributed by Jacques Komornicki, Innovation Manager, CEFIC / Suschem

Today, almost 75% of European citizens live in cities and this trend will continue. To succeed in creating sustainable and healthy cities, the Covenant of Mayors was launched in 2008. C

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Towards a Sustainable Model of Agriculture in Brazil

Towards a sustainable model of agriculture in Brazil: Divulging the role of the National Institute of Science and Technology for the Biorational Control of Pest – Insect (INCT-CBIP)


Contributed by Vânia G. Zuin, Maria Fátima G. F. da Silva, João Batista Fe

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Green Chemistry and Agriculture in Brazil

Contributed by Sílvio Vaz, Jr., Research scientist at Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation

Brazil is one of the largest agricultural producer around the world. The country has a diversified biomass production from agriculture based on grains and fru

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Howard University International Collaborations in Drug Discovery and Development

Contributed by Tiffany N. Ellison, Joseph R. Fortunak, Frederick E. Nytko III, Howard University, Department of Chemistry

Some time ago (December, 2012) we published a story about the work being done by Professor Joseph Fortunak and his research group at H

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