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

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What kind of products can be submitted?

We are inviting submissions from start-ups & early-stage companies through established B2B and B2C brands. We would like B2B companies to bring an example(s) of the end consumer product. For example, if you create biobased plastics, bring an example of its application. The product showcase should be “hands on”.

What is the Product Showcase?

In keeping with the 2018 theme, “Product Innovation Using Greener Chemistries,” ACS GCI is inviting companies to participate in a Green Chemistry Product Innovation Showcase.

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 poster describing the products greener technical innovations and will have a table in which they can display the end product.

Step 5

  • Multiple entries are possible for those Referrers who successfully refer multiple people.
  • Those registering as Referees can also refer their own networks, and thus can additionally become Referrer pool entrants as well (through the same process).

Step 4

  • One (1) lucky winner will be selected at random from each separate pool of entries.
  • There will be two (2) prize drawings (One (1) for the Referrers and one (1) for the Referees) for each registration period (at the end of Early Registration and the end of Regular Registration) for a total of four (4) prize drawings and four (4) lucky winners.

Step 3

  • Registrants are eligible to participate in the Referral Prize Sweepstakes upon the completion of ALL of the following: 1) The Referrer‘s full registration, 2a) The Referees‘ full registration, AND 2b) utilization of referrer‘s unique full name.
  • Referrers are entered into Referrer Prize Pool and Referees are entered into Referee Prize Pool.

Step 2

  • Recipients of Individual A’s information use the website to complete a Conference registration. These are known as Referees. To participate in the Referral Prize Sweepstakes process, Referees must enter the Referrer’s unique full name in the Referral Prize Sweepstakes designated field.

Step 1

  • Upon completion of a registration, Individual A will become eligible to refer their friends and colleague(s).
  • Individual A shares their name and information with their network and becomes a Referrer.

Communicate Your Science & Engineering More Effectively: An interactive workshop

If your work in green chemistry and engineering is to have the impact that it should, you need to be able to communicate your ideas in clear, vivid terms to any audience.  To help you meet this goal, we are offering this communications workshop on each day of the conference.  You’ll learn tips for sorting through and communicating even the most complex concepts.  More importantly, you’ll have the chance to try out your message, refine it, and try again.  They will be highly interactive sessions that will leave you better equipped to tackle the full range of your communications challenges.

Participants per Session:

Each session will be capped at 15 people to ensure that all attendees have the chance to participate fully.

Register for a session:

Registrations for each session with be taken on a first come, first served basis until each session is full. Please indicate which session you wish to attend.  If more than one of the session times could work for you, please list them in order of your preference. Click here to register.

About the Instructor:

 James Rea is a communications coach who specializes in helping scientists, engineers, executives, policy experts and entrepreneurs communicate their work more clearly and effectively.  James coaches these people through his own firm, Experts/Clearly, and as a Workshop Instructor with the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science.  James comes to his coaching work with a deep history in, and an abiding respect for, the fields of Green Chemistry and Green Engineering.  His first position at the US EPA (1996) found him working under the leadership of Joe Breen.  After several years as a reporter and producer for National Public Radio (WAMU 88.5 FM), James stepped into communications roles with the ACS Green Chemistry Institute, and later with the Center for Green Chemistry & Green Engineering at Yale.  More about James and his coaching work can be found at www.expertsclearly.com


Greener Approaches to Therapeutic Synthetic Polypeptides– Oral
Tuesday PM

Symposium Organizer: Kristi Budzinski (Genentech); ACS GCI Pharmaceutical Roundtable

Biologics are a widely diverse group of therapeutic compounds including peptides, antibodies, non-antibody proteins, and vaccines and are a growing sector of the pharmaceutical market.  Typically manufactured by living cells, biologics generate less chemical waste than small molecule pharmaceuticals but consume large quantities of water and energy and significant volumes of single-use plastics and filters. Several initial environmental analyses have been performed for biologics production and underscore the need for incorporating sustainability into the development process. As a half-day symposium, this session aims to highlight currents efforts in biologics process research and development and manufacturing to incorporate green chemistry and engineering principles. Specifically it will highlight innovative engineering processes and technologies that can reduce energy and water usage and waste generation and tools for measuring environmental impacts along the production chain.  Next generation therapeutics such as antibody drug conjugates (ADCs), therapeutic polypeptides, antisense oligonucleotides (ASOs), bispecific antibodies and related compounds are changing the landscape of bioprocessing and small molecule development. This session will explore how green chemistry and engineering practices can contribute to the sustainable design of bioprocess methods for next generation therapeutics.

Driving Waste Toward Zero: The Importance of Superior Process Design- Oral
Tuesday PM

Symposium Organizer: David Leahy (Bristol-Myers Squibb); ACS GCI Pharmaceutical Roundtable

Session Chair: JJ (Jingiun) Yin (Merck)

While efficient, concise and convergent synthetic routes to complex molecules are essential for their sustainable production; of equal importance is the efficiency of individual processes that comprises each step along the synthetic route.   Thus excellent process design enables sustainable chemical synthesis on industrial scale.  This session will explore how improved synthetic methodologies, catalysis, solvent selection, recycling, and minimization of unit operations play a vital role in process chemistry allowing waste generation to drive towards zero.

New Sustainable Synthetic Strategies Through Photoredox Catalysis- Oral
Wednesday AM

Symposium Organizer: David Leahy (Bristol-Myers Squibb); ACS GCI Pharmaceutical Roundtable

Session Chair: Neil Strotman (Bristol-Myers Squibb)

Visible light photoredox catalysis represents a new and exciting mode of catalytic activation of organic molecules, and has recently spurred intense interest across the organic chemistry community.  Photoredox catalysis has enabled the design of powerful new transformations through single-electron transfer (SET) pathways, using safe, bench stable catalysts.  This session will explore the design, and development of new photoredox transformations and their application to green and sustainable chemical synthesis.

Green Chemistry & Medicinal Chemistry are Miscible! -Oral
Wednesday PM

Symposium Organizer: Stefan Koenig (Genentech); ACS GCI Pharmaceutical Roundtable

Session Chair: Dan Richter (Pfizer)

Medicinal chemists are charged with the rapid synthesis of a large group of chemical structures to find hits for their biological target of interest and then optimize these hits these into lead candidates.  As a result of reliance on tried and true synthetic methods, non-green chemicals, solvents, and conditions are often part of the initial chemical synthesis of any given investigative compound.  These non-green synthetic procedures are then often adapted by process chemists to make large-scale deliveries in order to meet tight timelines.  However, through recent progress in developing greener methods to many common transformations, the process of drug discovery has become more sustainable and these initiatives can accelerate the pace of molecules in the pharma pipeline by facilitating more ready adaptation by process chemists.  By leveraging modern synthetic methods (C-H activation, aqueous chemistry, biocatalysis, etc.) and more practical considerations (electronic notebooks, smarter solvent choices, and chromatography minimization), speed to clinic can be enhanced because more sustainable chemistry is practiced.  Broadening the application of Green Chemistry into Medicinal Chemistry is at the leading edge of the ACS Green Chemistry Institute Pharmaceutical Roundtable’s mission and several breakthroughs will be featured in this symposium.

How to get there from Here: Sustainably- Oral
Wednesday AM

Symposium Organizer: Stefan Koenig (Genentech); ACS GCI Pharmaceutical Roundtable

Session Chair: Chris Beaudry (Oregon State University)

The efficient synthesis of complex pharmaceuticals and natural products is a longstanding problem facing the chemistry community.  As the industry gravitates towards more complex molecules in order to access new targets and therapies, it is vitally important that synthetic strategy keeps pace so that these new drugs are made available to patients.  This session will explore the importance of synthetic route design, not only to manufacture biologically active molecules in a sustainable fashion, but also to expand the scope of what chemical synthesis can offer on a commercial scale.

Advances in Continuous Chemistry: Back to the Future- Oral
Tuesday AM

Symposium Organizer: Michael Kopach (Eli Lilly); ACS GCI Pharmaceutical Roundtable

For many decades flow chemistry has been used extensively in the petrochemical industry for its increased safety, efficiency and product quality. Many of these benefits are also directly applicable to orthogonal industries. For these reasons continuous chemistry has recently been gaining interest in academia and the pharmaceutical industry. This session will focus on development of novel continuous chemistry designed to improve safety, quality and efficiency. Papers for this session should address:

New chemistries which are operated optimally in continuous flow mode.

Gas phase reactions in explosive regimes

Highly exothermic, high temperature or cryogenic processes

Integrated synthesis, work-up and analysis

Case studies with a focus on process safety and material efficiency.

Comparative analyses using metrics which measure sustainability. These include Process Mass Intensity (PMI) and Global Warming Potential (kg / CO2 eq.)

New Directions in Green Synthetic Design- Oral
Thursday PM


Bridging Green Solvent Design, Impacts, and Application- Oral
Wednesday PM

Symposium Organizer: Lindsey Soh (Lafayette College); Aaron Scurto (University of Kansas)

There is a need to find and implement green solvent alternatives especially with regards to overwhelming percentage of the solvent use that is wasted during manufacturing.  This session will provide an opportunity to discuss the need for addressing the criteria requisite to find truly sustainable alternatives.  Specific topics that will be covered are Solvent design and application, Solvent testing, and Use in commercial applicants.

Design Strategies to Maximize the Net Environmental and Human Health Benefit of Emerging Approaches to Environmental Challenges- Oral
Thursday AM & PM

Symposium Organizer: Leanne Gilbertson (University of Pittsburgh)

From agriculture to electronics, the utilization of novel chemicals and materials to achieve enhanced functionality and environmental benefit in next generation products and processes is pervasive. The green chemistry and engineering community is well aware that these technological advancements often come at a cost. In the current global climate (i.e., strains on sources and production of sufficient energy, water, and food to meet demand), ‘costs’ are not solely economic in nature, but also include environmental and human health costs. Thus, there is an opportunity to take lessons learned from modern technologies to inform the design of emerging technologies in a way that ensures a net environmental and/or human health benefit. This session aims to focus discussion on the meaning of the proposed impact-benefit tradeoff approach, methods to quantify these tradeoffs across the life cycle, how the results from that analysis can be used to inform design of next generation technologies, and provide a survey of inspirational examples across sectors. As such, the session is seeking contributions that focus on the design of chemicals, materials, technologies and processes that offer a clear potential for realization of net environmental or human health benefit.

Designing Precursors for Functional Materials Through Sustainable Chemistry- Oral
Thursday AM

Symposium Organizer: Cory Perkins (Oregon State University); Bettye Maddux ( NSF Center for Sustainable Materials Chemistry)

Toward sustainable materials chemistry:  Solution-based, additive approaches to inorganic thin films.  This session will highlight research and innovation on inorganic complexes, clusters and nanoparticles and the chemistry that makes them useful as solution-based precursors for thin film formation.

Inorganic Thin-Films: From Sustainable Design to Advanced Functionalities- Oral
Thursday PM

Symposium Organizer: Cory Perkins (Oregon State University); Bettye Maddux ( NSF Center for Sustainable Materials Chemistry)

Toward sustainable materials chemistry:  Solution-based, additive approaches to inorganic thin films. This session will highlight current research, designs, and innovations for functional thin films produced from sustainable precursor materials.