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

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Providing Guidance for a Wide Distribution and Implementation of Green Chemistry to Developing Countries and Economies in Transition (Invited Presenters Only)

Session Organizers: Paul Anastas, Yale University, Center for Green Chemistry & Green Engineering; Karolina Mellor, Yale University, Center for Green Chemistry & Green Engineering; Philip Coish, Yale University, Center for Green Chemistry & Green Engineering

Sustainable design has touched virtually all sectors of society and industry ranging from agriculture to energy to building materials to pharmaceuticals and personal care products and cleaners. Unfortunately, these accomplishments have taken place largely in the industrialized nations of the world. There are only nascent efforts to advance Green Chemistry in a small number of developing and transitioning countries and the lack of awareness of the mechanisms to ensure a broad-based adoption of Green Chemistry is evident. The Center for Green Chemistry & Engineering at Yale has entered into a 3-year collaboration with United Nations Industrial Development Organization [UNIDO] to raise awareness on Green Chemistry and build capacity on approaches to reduce the generation and use of hazardous chemicals throughout the industrial life cycle in developing countries. This session will allow workshop participants to learn about the Yale-UNIDO initiative, and critically, engage in a discussion of the approaches and strategies of the Yale-UNIDO initiative for the dissemination of the Principles of Green Chemistry to a wide range of stakeholders who wish to pursue sustainable development within their countries. In addition, the workshop will provide participants with an opportunity to discuss and debate ideas on how to implement green chemistry in developing and transitioning countries, and will hopefully inspire participants to engage in the global dissemination of green chemistry principles in an effort to create economic, environmental, and societal benefits. Finally, the session will also engage students by presenting an award for the best video which will be used for green chemistry dissemination purposes.

Bidirectional Communication in the Electronics Supply Chain to Drive Green Chemistry

Session Organizers: Michael Kirschner, President, Design Chain Associates, LLC; Leo Kenny, President, PLANET SINGULAR

The products of the electronics industry are rarely developed with the application of green chemistry principles, but the amount of chemistry that goes into a given product is, of course, enormous. While the vast majority of chemical innovation occurs far upstream of the brand of the product on the shelf, the demand and enforcement of green chemistry ideals in the form of product material content requirements occurs at the finished good level. The awareness of chemical substances actually used in their product – and available options –at the brand level is generally quite limited. The general lack of chemistry and chemical engineering expertise in the downstream electronics industry means finished goods manufacturers and brand owners are simply unprepared to know when and where green chemistry can and should be driven back upstream. Only the largest manufacturers have resources (often quite limited) to address these issues, while everyone else simply ignores them due to lack of resources and expertise.

Given the severe challenges and impacts in many lifecycle stages including manufacturing, use and end-of-life, as well as the opportunities presented, existing systems and approaches to improve awareness are clearly inadequate to address these issues. In this symposium we will explore the value of strategies and tools that can enable more effective decision making about materials selection choices across the technology life cycle. These include technology roadmap planning, systems engineering, standards development, business processes and proactive approaches (such as “Design for Environment”, or DfE). The value to manufacturers, will be to get the information they need as well as examples of how they can use that information to drive the application of green chemistry to improve the environmental and human-health performance of their products during all phases of the product lifecycle. Moreover, with a proactive, holistic strategy across the lifecycle we can also apply alternative assessment to enable a “greener” selection of materials replacements when needed.

Our goal is to start by focusing on how to get the information needed by the brand owners from their upstream suppliers so they can begin the process of identifying opportunities and prioritizing them. We will present examples of how this works in real life, as well as areas for improvement, including related Grand Challenges to the electronics industry. We will further demonstrate how to think about green chemistry in the supply chain and how and why to bring it into downstream manufacturing companies.

Manufacturers in or along the supply chain of the electronics industry (especially in the semiconductor industry, where materials and equipment design and selection have greater impact downstream), are welcome to submit abstracts. Particular preference will be given to compelling success or failure stories in any of these areas, especially examples where green chemistry concepts have been implemented in manufacturing process or product content.

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 (Wednesday), 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.

Where and when is the event?

The GC&E Product Showcase will be held as part of the Poster Session and Reception of the 23rd Annual Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference/ 9th International Conference on Green and Sustainable Chemistry. This two-hour event will take place 4:35-6:45 p.m on Wednesday, June 12, 2019 at the Hyatt Regency Reston in Reston, Virginia.