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The Nexus Blog and Newsletter is published by the ACS Green Chemistry Institute® to connect and expand the global green chemistry and engineering community. Learn more about us: www.acs.org/gci.
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Connecting Industry to Community: A Conversation on First Steps with Jennifer MacKellar
By Ashley Baker, Scientific Content Manager (Contractor) at the ACS Green Chemistry Institute

Jennifer MacKellar, Program Director at Change Chemistry, discusses how the organization is approaching the increasingly critical intersection of green chemistry

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ACS GCI's Dr. Isamir Martinez Highlights Green Chemistry's Role in Quality Pharmaceuticals at CPHI
By the ACS Green Chemistry Institute

Dr. Martinez described the importance of green chemistry adoption, tools and metrics to develop greener processes, and how green chemistry use can improve a supplier's sustainability profile.

By the ACS Green Chemistr

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The ACS Summer School on Green Chemistry & Sustainable Energy: 20th Anniversary & Future Directions
By David A. Laviska, Portfolio Manager for Green Chemistry and Sustainability in Education at the ACS Green Chemistry Institute

We invite you to explore our report that summarizes key details about the 2023 Summer School, and discover a few hints about ex

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2nd Annual Sustainability Summit: Outcomes and Excitement for New Education Collaborations
By David A. Laviska, Ph.D., Portfolio Manager for Green Chemistry and Sustainability in Education, ACS Green Chemistry Institute

The Summit facilitated connections between academia and industry to catalyze the propagation of green chemistry and sustainabi

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2023 Green Chemistry Challenge Award Winners: Pioneering Innovation and Sustainability

Explore the groundbreaking achievements of the 2023 Green Chemistry Challenge Award winners, celebrating their innovative solutions and sustainable practices in the chemical industry.


The Green Chemistry Challenge Award, a prestigious recognition present

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New Natural Polymers Consortium Gains Momentum
By Isamir Martinez, Ph.D., Sr. Portfolio Manager, Scientific Alliances and Business Engagement, ACS Green Chemistry Institute

The ACS Green Chemistry Institute is working with industry partners to form a new collaboration, the Natural Polymers Consortium.

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Corteva Accelerates Sustainability Through Green Design
By Nicholas Babij, Process Chemist, Corteva Agriscience

As a global leader in agricultural solutions, Corteva Agriscience is committed to developing technologies to help farmers sustainably increase the production of healthy food and minimize the environm

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Bringing Global Industrial Collaboration to Indianapolis
By Isamir Martinez and Christiana Briddell, ACS Green Chemistry Institute
 

What does the pharma and agricultural industry have in common? Quite a lot, it turns out. Much of the value that green chemistry and engineering bring to the development of activ

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ACS GCI Launches the Natural Polymers Consortium
By Isamir Martinez, Sr. Portfolio Manager, Scientific Alliances and Business Engagement, ACS GCI, and Christiana Briddell, Portfolio Manager, Sustainability & Green Chemistry Communication, ACS GCI

The ACS Green Chemistry Institute, in partnership with in

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GC3 is now Change Chemistry
Joel Tickner, Executive Director, Change Chemistry

In April, after a year’s worth of research and member engagement, the Green Chemistry & Commerce Council (GC3) formerly rebranded as Change Chemistry.

Joel Tickner, Executive Director, Change Chemistry

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Calling Oil and Gas Operators to Help Implement Green Chemistry on an Industry Scale
By Adelina Voutchkova-Kostal, Director of Sustainable Development, ACS and Isamir Martinez, Sr. Portfolio Manager, ACS Green Chemistry Institute

The ACS GCI Oilfield Chemistry Roundtable has made great strides in helping to implement green chemistry pract

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Becoming a Green Chemistry Entrepreneur: Dr. Stafford Sheehan & AIR COMPANY’s Approach to SAF


It is estimated that only 1-2% of chemists ever venture onto the road less travelled—launching a chemistry start-up (Knauer, 2021). The reason likely lies in the significant commitment and sacrifice associated with starting a new venture. How would you kn

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Electricity has existed naturally since the beginning of time. Over centuries, humans have devised ways to capture electricity and eventually create it.

Once being able to generate electricity, there has been no shortage of ingenious ways to use it – lighting, kitchen appliances, communications and electronics of all kinds, automobiles – to name a few.

The first 19th-century use for electricity was the incandescent light bulb, devised by the great and prodigious inventor, Thomas Alva Edison.  He obtained a U.S. Patent for his lightbulb in 1880. His light bulbs, attached to small generators, started to illuminate the homes of the very wealthy and heralded the ultimate demise of gas-fueled lighting. 

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

Biomass feedstocks offer several advantages over conventional fossil-based starting materials. In addition to providing an abundant source of renewable organic carbon, its oxygenated nature, chemical diversity, and inherent chirality render biomass a highly suitable raw material to manufacture a multitude of high-added-value compounds. Furthermore, structural resemblance to nature-derived or -inspired target molecules reduces the synthetic steps required compared to their petrochemical counterparts.

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Glenn Ruskin, ACS GCI Contributor

Ever since humans harnessed fire over 1.5 million years ago, combustion has been at the heart of our energy creation. Fire from wood was first used by humans to cook meat, provide warmth and protection from wild animals. It wasn’t until the early 19th century, that fossil fuels (coal, oil and natural gas) replaced wood as the primary source of energy generation. Today the vast majority, over 80%, of energy is still generated by fossil fuels, with nuclear comprising 10% and other renewable sources making up the rest.

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