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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 David Constable, Science Director, ACS Green Chemistry Institute

I’ve always had a tendency to ask questions, it’s sort of how I’m made.  For those of you who have had children, you might surmise that I never got out of the one-question-leads-to-another

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Stepping Stones: Building a Career as a Sustainable Scientist

By Dr. Love-Ese Chile, Founder and Technical Director, Regenerative Waste Labs

 

Since the industrial revolution, scientists have been innovating at a faster rate than ever before. These scientific discoveries and disruptions have been miracles for some,

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Goal 3: Ensure Healthy Lives and Promote Well-Being for All at All Ages

 By David Constable Science Director, ACS Green Chemistry Institute

Over the past few months we’ve highlighted the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), showing just a few of the many ways in which chemistry plays an enormous part in achieving the goa

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The ACS Green Chemistry Institute® convened companies in the oil and gas industry at the annual ACS GCI Hydraulic Fracturing Roundtable recently to discuss greener chemicals and processes in hydraulic fracturing. Baker Hughes hosted the meeting at their W

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Nine Key Research, Development and Demonstration Needs Identified by Alternative Separations Report

By David Constable, Science Director, ACS Green Chemistry Institute

In 2013, members of the American Chemical Society Green Chemistry Institute (ACS GCI) Chemical Manufacturers Roundtable (ChMRT), conceived a project to identify how to fundamentally change

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Green Labs: Reducing Chemistry’s Footprint on Campuses (and Beyond)

By Christiana Briddell, Sr. Communications Manager, ACS GCI; Jennifer MacKellar, Program Manager, ACS GCI; Marta Gmurczyk, Safety Portfolio Manager, ACS

Today’s environmental headlines are replete with sustainability topics from climate change to plastics

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Equipping Chemists to Meet Global Sustainability Challenges

Representing the largest body of chemists in the world, the American Chemical Society has an important role to play in supporting its members and working with partners committed to addressing global sustainability challenges. In part two of this series, w

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Dr. Bryony Core, Senior Technology Analyst at IDTechEx


We live in the age of plastic. Our lives have become so enmeshed with it that it is becoming impossible to avoid in day to day life. Its uses are myriad: saving lives in medical devices, reducing carbo

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Celebrating the Winners of the 2019 Green Chemistry Challenge Awards

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

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Contributed by Samy Ponnusamy, Fellow & Global Manager, Green Chemistry, MilliporeSigma

The 12 principles of green chemistry provide a conceptual framework for green chemistry that is globally accepted, which was an important starting point.  As the practi

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Challenges and Innovations in Safer Materials for Food Packaging

Has the growing awareness of the reality and impacts of disposable plastic pollution finally started to change the marketplace? It seems that many factors are coming together to shift food packaging options away from plastic lately. Maybe this scenario ri

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Flowing Towards Greener Chemistry: A look inside the ACS GCI Pharmaceutical Roundtable meeting and Flow Symposium

By Paul Richardson, Director, Oncology Chemistry, Pfizer and Juan Colberg, Senior Director within CRD, Pfizer

The ACS GCI Pharmaceutical Roundtable convened on October 9-10, 2018 at the Pfizer site in Groton, Connecticut for their fall meeting. With the va

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Marketplace wants to "uberize" safer chemicals

By Mr. Philip Krook, Communications Officer, ChemSec

Last week I heard a word that I had never heard before. It was a term explaining a phenomenon that has skyrocketed in the last years. The word was uberization.

At the time, I could already guess the meani

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Driving Green Solvent Selection

By Louis Diorazio, Pharmaceutical Technology and Development, AstraZeneca

Solvents are commonplace chemicals across industry and academia.  In many cases, the bulk of the materials that chemists process are solvents with the ‘interesting stuff’ present onl

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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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Franklin Institute Picks Green Chemistry for 2019 Bower Award Theme

The Franklin Institute in Philadelphia, Pa. has announced it is seeking nominations for the 2019 Bower Award and Prize for Achievement in Science of individuals who have made significant contributions to green and sustainable chemistry. The prizewinner wi

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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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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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Sustainable Catalyst Team Honored by the ACS GCI Pharmaceutical Roundtable

Professors Bruce Lipshutz, Ph.D., Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of California – Santa Barbara, and Sachin Handa, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Chemistry at the University of Louisville, have been awarded the Peter J. Dunn Award for G

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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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DOZN™ – A Quantitative Green Chemistry Evaluator

Contributed by Samy Ponnusamy, Ph.D., Fellow, Green Chemistry, MilliporeSigma; and Jeffrey Whitford, Head of Corporate Responsibility and Branding, MilliporeSigma

Summary: MilliporeSigma created a unique, web-based greener alternative scoring matrix, also

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The Pfizer Green Chemistry Program Workshop: Educating Our Future Workforce

Contributed by Juan Colberg, Green Chemistry Leader/Senior Director of Chemical Technology, Pfizer; Javier Magano, Principal Scientist, Pfizer; and John Wong, Research Fellow, Pfizer

2012 marked the 10-year anniversary of Pfizer’s Green Chemistry Program,

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Continuous (Flow) Chemistry’s Role in Providing Greater Access to Medication Around the World

Drugs are expensive. That is something the whole world can agree on. People are spending too much on drugs and an unprecedented amount of population does not even have access to medications in the first place. Diminished access to drugs may stem from many

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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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Capturing Plastics with a Purpose

Contributed by Jenna Jambeck, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Environmental Engineering, College of Engineering, and Director, Center of Focus for Circular Materials Management, New Materials Institute, University of Georgia; Mackenzie Carter, Graduate Rese

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Top Value Added Chemicals: The Biobased Economy 12 Years Later

In 2004, the United States Department of Energy published a landmark report titled “Top Value Added Chemicals from Biomass,” in which they highlighted a dozen molecules as the most promising framework molecules that could potentially replace commonly used

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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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“There’s a Great Future in Plastics”

Contributed by Mats Linder, Ph.D., Project Manager, Ellen MacArthur Foundation

When Mr. McQuire told Dustin Hoffmann’s character Ben about the great future in plastics in the 1967 classic The Graduate, he didn’t know how right he was. In the 50 years since

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Open Education: Connecting green chemistry with social & environmental justice (#GCSEJ)

Contributed by Ed Brush, Professor of Chemistry, Bridgewater State University, ebrush@bridgew.edu, @GreenChemEd

Momentum is growing for the green chemistry education roadmap project (C&E News) and for the impact of systems thinking in chemistry education.

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Green CO2NCRETE(TM) for Sustainable Construction

Contributed by Cheng-Wei Lin, Ph.D. candidate; Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of California, Los Angeles; Bu Wang Ph.D.; Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of California, Los Angeles; Richard Kaner, Disting

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