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

Author Archive

Biobased Chemicals: Beyond Drop-In Replacements (Invited Presenters Only)

Session Organizers: Nicole Fitzgerald, Technology Manager, Bioenergy Technologies Office, U.S. Department of Energy; Jeffrey Cafmeyer, Senior Research Scientist, Battelle

For biobased chemicals to successfully move beyond the drop-in replacement model, discovery and utilization of the inherent properties of biomass is necessary.  For the most effective implementation, a new understanding or expanded set of structure-property relationships representing these complex structures would be desirable to predict and tailor properties.  In practicality, however, discovery of a unique feature or slight property improvement may be all that is necessary to provide a compelling differentiation from an incumbent product. Researchers, both academic and industrial, wrestle with the challenges to identify these features and commercialize novel biobased chemicals. This symposium will focus on the challenge of identifying novel, biobased chemicals from multiple perspectives, including academic, national lab, and industrial researchers.

Green Design in the Pharmaceutical Industry: From Discovery to Commercial Processes

Session Organizer: Juan Colberg, Green Chemistry Program Leader and Senior Director, API Technology, Pfizer

The pharmaceutical industry is under continuous pressure to discover, develop and commercialize new life-saving drugs for patients, mostly under accelerated timelines. In addition, customers and stakeholders are demanding more and more the use of greener and environmentally sustainable processes to manufacture these products. These two approaches are not opposed to each other but very much aligned, and Green Chemistry is a venue to connect both.

This Symposium will feature speakers who are active in developing and using novel green technologies across all stages of drug discovery and development to help achieve these to important goals. Presenters will include researchers from both, academia and industry.

Developing Products for a More Sustainable Future (Invited Presenters Only)

Session Organizers: Kristina M. Knesting, SC Johnson; Kaj Johnson, Method/Ecover

Formulating high performance consumer products using green chemistry approaches requires the development of innovative, effective constituents that possess reduced toxicity, the potential for ready degradability after use, no potential for bioaccumulation, and an overall increased sustainability profile. This session is intended to provide a forum to share case studies and success stories of how green chemistry approaches resulted in the commercialization of more sustainable ingredients used in formulated products.

A few of the ideas to be addressed include:

  • Descriptions of raw material innovations and how these are formulated into products
  • Compelling examples of creating value through innovation that enables you to bring sustainability performance along with it
  • Examples of how trends in ingredient disclosure, e.g., P&G and Unilever fragrances, is driving product development
  • Examples of how life cycle thinking can be used in product development to enhance positive benefits passed on to consumers
  • Examples of how changing regulations in the EU and other countries chemicals legislation worldwide positively influences product formulation choices

Innovation for Bio-based and Renewable Chemicals (Invited Presenters Only)

Session Organizer: David J. C. Constable, Science Director, ACS Green Chemistry Institute®; Amit Sehgal, Solvay

This symposium will create a dialog about molecules that have been targeted for further market development. At issue is the development of bio-based and renewable chemicals of known and significant EHS hazards (i.e., butadiene, isoprene, p-xylene) vs. the development of bio-based and renewable chemicals with significantly better EHS hazard profiles. Some of the areas to be discussed include:

  • Compelling examples of creating value through innovation that enables you to bring sustainability performance along with it.
  • Examples of how life cycle thinking can be used in chemical development to enhance positive benefits passed on to businesses and consumers.
  • Where is the bio-refinery in terms of its development/delivery?
  • Implications of using oxygenated molecules as are routinely found in nature as building blocks vs. the use of reduced molecules

How much do I have to pay to participate?

There is no cost to submit your abstract/product for the product showcase. If you abstract/product is selected, you must register for the GC&E Conference. You may elect to attend the full conference, just the day of the event (Tuesday), or, if you are only coming to present at the Product Showcase, a special registration rate of $100 will be available ($195 off one-day rate). See gcande.org/register for more information. We encourage companies to also consider sponsorship or exhibitor opportunities. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us.

Product Showcase presenters will have the option to use a provided poster display board, table, or can bring their own tablet.

Who attends the conference?

The Poster Session & Reception is well-attended by all conference goers as there are no other events scheduled at this time—and who turns down a free reception anyway? If you have never attended GC&E, it’s a great audience! The Conference attracts a cross section of scientific leaders from industry and academia as well as students, government scientists and others. We expect over 500 people to attend the Conference.

Why would a company want to participate?

✔ Unique opportunity to present at the largest green chemistry conference in the Americas
✔ Showcase the green chemistry and engineering innovations of your process or product
✔ Highlight health, safety and environmental improvements compared to the competition
✔ Flexible display includes poster, display table, and optional use multimedia display (tablet)
✔ Network with like-minded industry and academic scientists and leaders