23rd Annual Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference and 9th International Conference on Green and Sustainable Chemistry | June 11 - 13, 2019

Author Archive

Implementing Green and Sustainable Chemistry in the Semiconductor and Electronics Supply Chain

Organizers: Michael Kirschner, President, Design Chain Associates, LLC, San Francisco, CA, USA; Leo. T. Kenny, Ph.D., Senior Sustainability and Environmental Technologist and Principal, Planet Singular, Pleasanton, CA, USA

Integrating green and sustainable chemistry concepts into the electronics industry’s development and implementation gestalt is a challenge but is rife with opportunities:

  • How do we expand the industry’s green and sustainable chemistry capabilities?
  • Where can we build on what is already working, integrating materials design (or replacement, alternatives assessment) across the technology life cycle, preferably into existing systems, while minimizing the creation of new processes?
  • What research/development in materials and processes is being done and how can we drive its adoption?
  • How do we identify opportunities to precompetitively work together and leverage academic and research entities?
  • Overlap with other manufacturing industries occurs upstream within the supply chain – can we identify opportunities to co-develop?
  • How can we educate a non-chemistry-focused industry to drive demand for greener and more sustainable chemistry in its upstream supply chain?

This session will explore these areas and others.

(R)Evolutions Towards the Greening of Analytical Chemistry

Organizers: Christine Aurigemma, Senior Principal Scientist, Pfizer, Inc., San Diego, CA, USA; William Farrell, Associate Research Fellow, Pfizer, Inc., San Diego, CA, USA

As greener chemistry approaches continue to become better understood and more broadly accepted across the pharmaceutical industry, regulatory agencies are turning their focus to addressing the environmental impact of various analytical chemistry methodologies. Therefore, the need for greener analytical chemistry becomes more critical. This session will provide an evolutionary perspective of greener analytical processes, as well as a venue to highlight revolutionary approaches in technology and science from both academia and industry. A more thorough understanding of the safety, health and environmental impact of solvent handling and disposal practices, for example, has led to noteworthy improvement in areas such as chromatography and spectroscopy; process analytical technology; and automation and miniaturization to name a few. The enablement of sustainable analytical chemistry tools and their related technological advances discussed in this session will set the stage for the implementation of specific guidelines pertaining to process and method improvements as well as the reduction of environmental threats.

Greener Practices in Peptide and Oligonucleotide Synthesis

Organizer: Michael E. Kopach, Senior Research Advisor, Eli Lilly and Company, Indianapolis, IN, USA

Peptide and Oligonucleotide products are an area of significant growth within the biopharma industry. However, the current state of the art in peptide and oligonucleotide syntheses utilize primarily legacy technologies, with little focus on green chemistry and engineering. Waste generated from current peptide and oligonucleotide processes ranges  from 3,000-15,000 kg/kg API (10-50-mer products) with multiple usages of highly hazardous reagents and solvents. Contributing to the poor environmental profile is the pervasive and extensive use of chromatography to produce peptide and oligonucleotide products with required quality attributes. This session will explore how improved synthetic methodologies, safer coupling reagents, solvent selection, and minimization of chromatography play a vital role in improving the green chemistry profile for peptide and oligonucleotide processes.

Product Showcase: Delivering Green Chemistry to the Market

Organizers: Richard Blackburn, Associate Professor, Textiles Technology Group Leader, University of Leeds, Leeds, UK; John Frazier, Senior Technical Director, Hohenstein Institute, Portland, OR, USA; Christiana Briddell, Communications Manager, ACS Green Chemistry Institute, Washington, DC, USA

Integrated into our popular GC&E Poster Session & Reception, the Showcase will feature companies who are using the design principles of green chemistry and engineering to create or contribute to innovative products. Participating companies will present a “hands-on” display of the product and describe the products greener technical innovations.

For your abstract to be considered for presentation the following must be included:

  • Describe how the principles of green chemistry and green engineering were used in the creation of the product.
  • Describe how the product improves the health, safety and/or environmental impact compared to existing products.
  • Describe the scientific or process innovations that went into this product.
  • Include a picture or link to your product.

If you are a B2B, please give an example of an end consumer product.

Green Chemistry & Engineering Poster Session

Organizer: Philip Jessop, Canada Research Chair in Green Chemistry, Queen’s University, and Technical Director, GreenCentre Canada

Abstracts submitted to the poster session must meet the following criteria:

  • Meets the definition of green chemistry or green engineering
  • Potential impact on the field
  • Development of idea
  • Originality
  • Conclusions supported by data

Moving towards Green and Sustainable Chemistry Education: Rapid Fire Session

Organizers: Michael Wentzel, Associate Professor of Chemistry, Augsburg University, Minneapolis, MN, USA; Nicholas Kingsley, Associate Professor of Chemistry, University of Michigan-Flint, Flint, MI, USA

This fast-paced and engaging symposium will provide educators of all levels with the opportunity to share their innovations in making green chemistry content in lecture, laboratory, and outreach an important topic in teaching chemistry. The interdisciplinary nature of green chemistry opens the door to illustrating how greener organic synthesis, inorganic/enzymatic catalysts, renewable/degradable polymers and materials, biotechnology, toxicology, systems thinking and more can be used to inspire innovation in today’s students.

Abstracts are welcome which share how instructors are integrating new green chemistry materials in their curriculum to prepare students for their future careers especially those involving life cycle analysis. The rapid-fire session format will allow presenters up to seven minutes to present the highlights of their work with three minutes for questions. Speakers must be willing to then participate in a panel discussion at the end of the session to create a forum for exchange of ideas and provide additional details according to the interest of the audience. More than one submission by an author will be allowed to in order to include a breadth of topics.

Polymers and Plastics in the Classroom: Educational Materials Demonstrating Life Cycle Thinking

Organizers: Jane E. Wissinger, Professor of Chemistry, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, USA; Michael Wentzel, Associate Professor of Chemistry, Augsburg University, Minneapolis, MN, USA

The topic of plastics, both society’s dependence on them and their effect on human health and the environment, is one that resonates with students of all ages. Plastics are uniquely familiar as materials that, in some cases, can be recycled, yet most are accumulating in alarming quantities on land and in our oceans. New green and sustainable chemistry innovations in polymers and nanomaterials provide compelling lessons to engage learners in systems thinking. This symposium will share educational materials which illustrate components/examples of “closing the loop” through use of renewable feedstocks, green reaction conditions, applications in areas such of remediation or more environmentally-friendly products, and end-of-life considerations such as design for degradation and/or recycling.

Submissions are welcome which highlight green chemistry or green engineering curricular materials as applied to macromolecules of all varieties. This includes K-12, undergraduate, and graduate instruction as well are outreach initiatives. Presenters will be requested to provide a live or videotaped demonstration of their projects to share with the audience.

Chemical Technologies for Implementing the Circular Economy

Organizers: John C. Warner, President and Chief Technology Officer, Warner Babcock Institute for Green Chemistry, Wilmington, MA, USA; Mats Linder, Project Manager, New Plastics Economy, Ellen MacArthur Foundation, Isle of Wight, UK

Many companies and organizations are signaling their desire to adopt materials and processes consistent with the Circular Economy. Much attention is being placed on various societal processes to “close the loop” on materials. Unfortunately, the reality is that most materials and processes have been designed without a circular economy in mind, and simply cannot be fit into a “closed loop” model without significant green chemistry inventions. This session will explore various cutting-edge technologies that either (1) help bring exiting materials into a more closed loop or (2) provide new materials that are more consistent with the goals of the circular economy.

Green Chemistry and the Health of the Oceans

Organizer: John C. Warner, President and Chief Technology Officer, Warner Babcock Institute for Green Chemistry, Wilmington, MA, USA

When we go to the doctors to have an annual check up we have a blood test because what is happening in our blood translates to our overall health. The oceans serve the planet in a similar way. This session will identify certain negative things happening in the oceans that signal grave problems for sustainability and discuss the potential green chemistry inventions that offer hope.

Making Chemistry Greener and Safer

Organizers: Peter A. Reinhardt, Director, Office of Environmental Health & Safety, Yale University, New Haven, CT, USA; Ralph Stuart, CIH, CCHO, Environmental Safety Manager, Keene State College, Keene, New Hampshire, USA

Some innovative green chemistry research can overlook chemical safety considerations in the laboratory. This may occur because of an incomplete picture of the whole system involved in assessing both chemical safety and environmental considerations of research. In recent years there have been significant developments in chemical safety informational tools, as well as hazard assessment methods for the laboratory and pilot plant that can be expanded to address both laboratory safety and green chemistry objectives. Better understanding and utilization of these tools and methods will help advance green chemistry and laboratory safety, in teaching and in research. This symposium will look at the interactions between laboratory safety and green chemistry practices and information tools by presenting case studies and exploring these emerging tools.