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

Author Archive

Separations Innovation for Sustainable Products (Invited Presenters Only)

Session Organizers: Robert Giraud, Director, The Chemours Company; Vince Shen, Chemical Engineer, National Institute of Standards and Technology; Dave Sullivan, Senior Scientist, Kraton Chemical, LLC

Using greener chemistries requires greener chemical processes. At the heart of virtually every chemical process is a chemical separation. These separations account for over 40% of the energy consumption and over 50% of the capital investment of chemical processes because they almost exclusively rely on today’s energy-intensive approaches such as distillation. Emerging mass separating agent (MSA)-based approaches offer the ability to perform the same separations for a fraction of the energy consumed by distillation. However, despite offering significant improvement in environmental performance (especially carbon footprint), application of membranes and adsorbents for chemical separations faces a number of innovation challenges. Sustainable products depend on sustainable processes, and sustainable processes depend on sustainable separations. Simply put, product innovation using greener chemistries necessitates innovation in separations technology. Nowhere is there more true than in organic chemical separations from dilute aqueous solution required to produce the bio-based platform molecules of the future, chemicals production via organic reactions in water, and home and personal care products requiring impurity removal.

The session will concentrate on the main ALTSEP-identified R&D needs to drive discussion toward a deeper understanding across the range of relevant disciplines of the research required to meet these needs.

Industrial Applications of Green Chemistry & Engineering Principles

Session Organizer: Samy Ponnusamy, Fellow, Green Chemistry, MilliporeSigma

This session will highlight industry innovations based on green chemistry and engineering principles, focusing on the development and design process. Case studies will be presented to illustrate how companies in different sectors have successfully implemented green chemistry and engineering principles into their processes. These examples will describe the design and development process, the challenges faced, and how these barriers were overcome. Additionally, this session will discuss the important collaborations along the value chain and with the academic community. From the session, attendees should be able to understand at a high level how industry develops products and processes, and the many factors that contribute to the launch and commercialization of new green technologies. Presenters will be from industry and academia in order to share the valuable insights of a diverse group on the challenges and opportunities in bringing sustainable chemistries and processes to market.

Green Chemistry Innovations in the Classroom: Rapid Fire Session

Session Organizers: Jane E. Wissinger, Professor, University of Minnesota; Michael T. Wentzel, Assistant Professor, Augsburg University

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, 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. 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.

Decision Science for Real-World Chemical Selection (Invited Presenters Only)

Session Organizers: Robert Giraud, Principle Consultant, The Chemours Company; Brett Howard, Director, American Chemistry Council; Tony Kingsbury, Founder and President, TKingsbury LLC

Users make chemical selection decisions every day. These users include research chemists choosing reagents and solvents for new syntheses, formulators making up new product mixtures, and consumers making purchasing decisions. What types of factors do they consider in selecting which chemicals to use? How do their needs and viewpoints affect their criteria for making these decisions? What techniques exist to help users achieve the best overall balance of outcomes? These are some of the key questions that need to be answered to translate the NRC’s Framework to Guide Selection of Chemical Alternatives into everyday chemical use decision-making. This symposium will focus on the application of decision science to making effective chemical use decisions. Learning outcomes include improved understanding by the green chemistry community about what’s achievable through the application of decision science to chemical selection.

Commercial Applications of Biobased Monomers for the Polymer Industries

Session Organizer: Sharon Papke, Head CAS NAFTA Advocacy and Business Support, Covestro, LLC

There has been a great deal of focus on biobased material development, and much of this focus has been by the biobased material providers describing their efforts in developing possible raw materials for commercial use. This session takes the biobased development to the next step, with presentations covering the actual use and incorporation of biobased materials in commercial applications. We seek papers that demonstrate manufacturers incorporation of biobased chemicals and materials, including the actual applications. This session would begin with presentations, followed by a panel discussion with a combination of biobased producers and industrial manufacturers discussing the next steps for developments and innovation. Questions we will address during the session include: What are the main drivers for biobased chemicals and polymers? What are the chemical or engineering challenges that need to be overcome to increase use of biobased materials? Are there particular applications where biobased material fit, and why? What does a collaboration model look like for biobased materials? What are the current chemical and process engineering challenges in furthering the use of biobased materials?

Green Chemistry & Engineering Product 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 “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 area B2B, please give an example of an end consumer product.

For more information, please see our Product Innovation Showcase Page.

Greener Peptide and Oligonucleotide Syntheses

Session Organizer: Michael E. Kopach, Research Advisor, Eli Lilly and Company

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.

Achieving Sustainable Products Through Molecular Design with Reduced Toxicity

Session Organizers: Karolina Mellor, Yale University; Phillip Coish, Yale University

In the recent years, chemical safety related to chemical products has become a topic of concern for scientists, business leaders and public sphere. In response, there has been a significant effort to identify biological mechanisms that can lead to adverse outcomes to human and environmental health and to develop guidelines and models for chemical designers to allow them to develop products which are functional but do not pose a threat to human and environment. Advancements in the design and development of safer chemicals and products can only come through interdisciplinary effort by chemists, engineers and toxicologists. Despite ongoing efforts to cross-pollinate the these fields, significant further progress is necessary. This session aims to facilitate cross-pollination by engaging leading experts from industry, academia and government in mechanistic and predictive toxicology, as well as molecular design for safety. The experts will engage chemists and engineers at the conference by translating their contributions into tangible and practical knowledge that can be applied to designing new products and evaluating existing ones.  The session will facilitate interaction through a panel discussion, short presentations and interactive discussions of best practices in research and industry.

Green Chemistry & Engineering Poster Session

Session Organizers: Julie Haack, Assistant Department Head and Senior Instructor, University of Oregon; Richard Blackburn, Associate Professor, University of Leeds

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