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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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Green Chemistry News Roundup: June 2 – 22, 2017

New Method of Extracting Metals from Raw Materials

June 7, 2017 | Science Daily

A team of chemists has developed a way to process metals without using toxic solvents and reagents. The system, which also consumes far less energy than conventional techniques,

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Contributor III
Green Chemistry News Roundup May 13 – 25, 2017

European PET Recycling Streams to Begin Incorporating PEF

May 24, 2017 | Green Chemicals Blog

The European PET Bottle Platform (EPBP) – a voluntary initiative of industry organizations representing waste collectors, plastic recyclers, PET material producer

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Contributor III
Green Chemistry News Roundup: May 5 – 12, 2017

Researchers Create Anticancer Nanomaterials by Simulating Underwater Volcanic Conditions

May 12, 2017 | Phys.org

Researchers at Aalto University have developed a sustainable synthesis process for Zinc peroxide using biomimicry, which uses minimal amounts of

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Contributor III
Green Chemistry News Roundup: April 29 – May 4, 2017

Sustainable Polymer Technologies for Controlling Mercury Pollution

May 3, 2017 | InDaily

Work at Flinders University to test and commercialize a new method to remove mercury pollution from land and water, using polymers that were recovered and repurposed to

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Contributor III
Green Chemistry News Roundup April 21 – April 28, 2017

A Circular Economy Approach to Business Growth

April 28, 2017 | Business Live

Circular economy actors need to collaborate with governments, customers and industry chains to create joint value and to innovate using new business models and technologies.


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Contributor III
Green Chemistry News Roundup: April 7 - 20, 2017

CVS to Remove Parabens, Phthalates & Formaldehyde from over 600 Products

April 20, 2017 | Drugstore News

CVS Pharmacy announced it will remove parabens, phthalates and the most prevalent formaldehyde donors across nearly 600 beauty and personal care product

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Contributor III
Green Chemistry News Roundup: March 31 – April 6, 2017

Launch Circular Innovation Summit Gathers Sustainable Industry Leaders

April 4, 2017 | Huffington Post

At the LAUNCH Circular Innovation Summit at Nike World Headquarters in Portland, Oregon, LAUNCH innovators and industry leaders from companies like Nike,

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Green Chemistry News Roundup March 24 – 30, 2017

American Chemical Society Expresses Concern over Executive Order on Climate Change​

March 29, 2017 | American Chemical Society

The ACS public policy statement on Global Climate Change specifically supports the importance of addressing Earth’s changing clima

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Contributor III
Green Chemistry News Roundup: March 10 – 23, 2017

Creating Nanodust from E-Waste Could Increase Ease of Recycling

March 21, 2017 | EurekAlert

Researchers at Rice University and the Indian Institute of Science have an idea to simplify electronic waste recycling: Crush it into nanodust. Specifically, they wa

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Contributor III
Green Chemistry News Roundup March 4 – 10, 2017

Nestle and Danone are Investing in Biobaased Water Bottles

March 9, 2017 | C&EN

Nestlé Waters and Danone are the latest beverage makers to investigate biobased polyethylene terephthalate (PET). They are teaming up with the California-based start-up Origin M

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Contributor III
Green Chemistry News Roundup: February 25 – March 3, 2017

French VC Has Raised the Largest Green Biotech Fund in Europe

March 3, 2017 | LabioTech

The largest biotech VC in France, Sofinnova Partners, is banking on the emerging sector of bio-based, sustainable alternatives to fossil fuels.  Its new fund of €106M wi

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Green Chemistry News Roundup: February 18 -24, 2017

How Sustainability Efforts and Eliminating Waste Can Boost Brand Perception

February 23, 2017 | Green Biz

Perceptions of a company’s environmental record are intertwined with perceptions of a product and play a role in whether many of us buy Brand X or Bran

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Green Chemistry News Roundup: February 11 – February 17, 2017

Timberland Partners with Thread International to Incorporate Plastic Waste into Fabrics

February 17, 2017 | GreenBiz

Thread transforms trash that has been collected and sorted by local workers in Haiti — where mounds of plastic bottles clogging waterways ar

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Green Chemistry News Roundup January 14th – 27th 2017

Target Tightens Grip Over Chemicals in Bid to Make Goods Safer

January 25, 2017 | Bloomberg

Target Corp. introduced a sweeping new policy governing chemicals in products, a move that will push hundreds of suppliers to list ingredients in everything from fr

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Green Chemistry News Roundup January 28th – February 3rd 2017

Green Chemistry Professor Among Victims of Quebec City Mosque Shooting

January 31, 2017 | Chemical and Engineering News

Khaled Belkacemi, 60, was a professor of soil and agri-food engineering at Laval University. He earned his bachelor of science in chemica

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Green Chemistry News Roundup February 4 – February 10, 2017

What's New in Cosmetic Green Chemistry?

February 9, 2017 | Cosmetics Design

Cosmetics Design interviews Dr. Barbara Olioso, founder of The Green Chemistry Consultancy, to get her take on the latest in green cosmetics chemistry.

Sodium Benzoate as an Alternat

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News Roundup December 31st 2016 – January 13th 2017

The Importance of the Circular Economy in Business

January 9, 2017 | Green Biz

Rather than solely using a bottom line (even a triple bottom line) and largely linear approach to growth and development, we must imagine, analyze and quantify how circular growt

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#YearInReview: Top 16 Articles of 2016 Green Chemistry News Roundup

Can Bio-Based Chemicals Improve Products’ Performance and Sustainability?

January 4, 2016 | Environmental Leader

Driven largely by increasing concerns, government support for environmentally responsible sources and processes, and technological innovations,

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Green Chemistry News Roundup December 10th-16th 2016

Green Biologics Starts Shipments of Bio-Based n-Butanol & Acetone

December 14, 2016 | Business Standard

Green Biologics Ltd, the UK-based company that makes specialty chemicals from agricultural waste and sugar cane, has started commercial shipments of bio-

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Green Chemistry News Roundup December 3 – 9, 2016

China increases hazardous chemical regulations

December 8, 2016 | C&EN

China’s highest decision-making body, the State Council, has unveiled a three-year plan to prevent accidents involving hazardous chemicals that may bring headaches to chemical producers

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Green Chemistry News Roundup November 18 – December 2, 2016

Start-up Green Distillation Technologies recycles 100% of rubber tires to be used as biofuels and raw materials

November 28, 2016 | ABC News

Green Distillation Technologies (GDT) can produce 3,000 liters of bio-oil from one giant seven-ton mining truck tire

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Novel Technology for Performance-Driven Green Chemistry

Gary Spilman, Ph.D., Principal Scientist, Resinate Materials Group, Inc.

In 2013, the U.S. produced 9.4 billion pounds of plastic bottles, yet less than 31 percent of them were recycled. That means 6.5 billion pounds of plastic bottles are destined for lan

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Green Chemistry News Roundup November 5 - November 18, 2016

Turning Greenhouse Gas into Gasoline

November 15, 2016 | Phys.org

A new catalyst material developed by chemists at MIT provides key insight into the design requirements for producing liquid fuels from carbon dioxide, the leading component of greenhouse gas

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Green Chemistry News Roundup: October 29 - November 4, 2016

Why We Must Design as if We're Part of Nature

November 4, 2016 | Green Biz

To simply design for sustainability is no longer enough, we need to design for regeneration! Collectively, as a species, we have already done too much damage to simply aim for sustai

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Green Chemistry News Roundup: October 22-28, 2016

Bio-based Cosmetic Start-up Amalie Beauty Inc Uses Natural Ingredients Grown in MIT Grad's Backyard Garden

October 27, 2016 | Indystar

MIT 2014 alumna Megan Cox created a line of “Farm to Face” products as a naturally-derived alternative to conventional cos

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Contributor III
Green Chemistry News Roundup: October 1-14, 2016

Two Tenure-Track Positions Open for Assistant Professor in Green Chemistry at McGill University

October 13, 2016 | McGill University

First Ever Commercial Flight to be Flown Using Bio-based Jet Fuel Derived from Cellulosic Sugars

October 11, 2016 | See News

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Green Chemistry News Roundup: September 24-30, 2016

New Fabric to Harness Energy from the Sun and the Wind
September 27, 2016 | The Engineer

Researchers from Georgia Tech have developed a new fabric that combines solar cells with triboelectric nanogenerators. These nanogenerators have the capability to harv

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Foam Infused with Spent Coffee Grounds Cleans Contaminated Water

September 21, 2016 | Laboratory Equipment

U.S. researchers have found a way to recycle spent coffee grounds into filters. These filters are capable of removing heavy metal contaminants from gr

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Green Chemistry News Roundup: September 9 - 16, 2016

Turning Windows into Solar Power Generators

September 9, 2016 | Green Building Elements

Several start-ups, including Ubiquitous Energy, PolySolar, and SolarWindow Technologies, are finding ways to turn infrared and UV light from the sun into electricity usi

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Green Chemistry News Roundup: September 2 - 9, 2016

Ikea and Neste to Partner on Production of Sustainable and Bio-based Polymers

September 7, 2016 | Plastics Today

Neste, a company from Finland that specializes in oil refining and renewable solutions, and Ikea of Sweden have announced a joint initiative to

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