PROGRAM

The 2015 conference highlights green chemistry and engineering’s role in catalyzing innovation. Over three days, a wide array of topics will be covered—with 5 concurrent sessions every morning and afternoon plus a large poster session.

The 2015 GC&E Conference will be organized around day-long tracks, with a few sessions going multiple days. To browse view the tracks and find out more about specific sessions, please click the button below.

 

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A good mix of industry, academics, and green chemistry proponents.

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CONFERENCE ORGANIZING COMMITTEE CHAIRS
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DAVID LEAHY

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BRUCE LIPSHUTZ

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In Memoriam

 

Richard P Wool, FRSC
University of Delaware

 

We were greatly saddened to learn of Dr. Richard Wool’s recent passing.  Dr. Wool was a leader in the Green Chemistry and Engineering community, a U.S. Presidential Green Chemistry Award winner, and a constant participant in the Green Chemistry and Engineering Conferences for many years. He was extremely supportive and active throughout the past year as a Conference Organizing Committee Co-Chair. We will greatly miss his leadership, good wit, and strong support.

CONFERENCE SESSIONS

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Catalysis in Green Chemistry

Frontiers of Base Metal Catalysis

Sustainable, green chemistry requires the efficient formation of new bonds and the use of sustainably sourced materials. A growing consensus is that base metal catalysis will play an important role by enabling new, efficient reactions and by replacing precious metals. However, significant progress is still required in the understanding of...Read More »

Green Organocatalysis

Organocatalysis, typically referring to the use of small organic molecules as catalysts, continues to make significant strides towards structurally complex targets, especially of defined chirality. Most methods are insensitive to both air and moisture, and tolerate a variety of functionality, thus providing access to one-pot, multi-component processes. This session will...Read More »

Designing Safer Chemicals

Designing Safer Chemicals: Practitioner's workshop

This workshop will introduce chemists to the informed use of available tools and techniques for assessing chemical toxicity using experimental in vivo/in vitro data, chemical reactivity data, as well as in silico modeling.  It starts by introducing the nexus between mechanistic toxicology, computational chemistry, bioinformatics and environmental chemistry. These disciplines...Read More »

Designing Safer Chemicals: Interdisciplinary research frontiers

More than once we have seen cases of regretful substitutions of one chemical of concern for another. But do we have the tools necessary to avoid such regretful substitutions, and in cases where no viable alternatives exist, to design a safer alternative de novo? These questions will be addressed in...Read More »

Education

State-of-the-Art in Green Chemistry and Engineering Education: At the bachelor's degree-level and beyond

How do chemists and engineers develop skills, strategies and tools during and beyond the bachelor’s degree?  This session will showcase cutting edge experiences and programs that promote BS-level, continuing education and research training to drive innovation in green chemistry and engineering. Attendees will learn about innovative academic programs, in-house industrial...Read More »

Charting a Roadmap for Green Chemistry and Engineering Education

During the last two years, speakers have explored the future of green chemistry and engineering education and introduced the idea of developing a roadmap for education to meet the needs of a variety of stakeholders. As the roadmap evolves, green chemistry educators will need to integrate new topics into the...Read More »

Recent Advances in Laboratory Materials for Green Chemistry and Engineering: Rapidfire session

The purpose of the rapid-fire session is for educators and researchers to share experiments they’ve developed with others. Each speaker will have five minutes to present, followed by four minutes of questions.  In order to participate, speakers must bring an electronic copy of the materials to share. A networking opportunity...Read More »

Workshop: Creating learning objectives that infuse green chemistry and engineering into the curriculum

A hands-on workshop where educators can learn about effective practices to: (a) map the correlation between core chemistry topics and green chemistry and engineering contexts; and (b) create content, evidential and contextual learning objectives that integrate those topics and contexts. We will then select several core chemistry topics and see...Read More »

Enlisting Biology to Solve Chemical Problems

Enzymes: The ultimate green catalysts

Chemical reactions in living cells are catalyzed by enzymes. Many enzymes have been used to catalyze organic synthesis in vitro, often referred as “Biocatalysis.” Two important characteristics of enzyme catalyzed reactions are their selectivity and “greenness.” Enzyme catalyzed reactions are chemo-, regio- and stereo-selctive. Enzymes are produced from natural sources...Read More »

Green Chemistry Through the Metabolic Engineering and Synthetic Biology

This session will look at the recent successes in the production of chemicals, pharmaceuticals and fuels from diverse organisms, with a special emphasis on technologies that offer commercial promise.  Abstracts are encouraged, but not limited to, the following subject areas: Production of biofuels using new pathways and hosts; Production of...Read More »

Strategic, Sustainable Chemistries for Functional Materials

Strategic, Sustainable Chemistries for Functional Materials Session I

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. Session Chair May Nyman, Oregon State University Symposium Organizer Jim Hutchison, University of Oregon Poster Session Posters submitted...Read More »

Strategic, Sustainable Chemistries for Functional Materials Session II

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. Session Chair David Marsh, University of Oregon Symposium Organizer Jim Hutchison, University of Oregon ...Read More »

Green Engineering

Sustainable Separation Processes: Designing low energy intensity alternatives

Energy cost and availability is leading to an expansion of chemical manufacturing in the United States.  This new manufacturing capacity presents an urgent and unique window of opportunity to design, demonstrate, and advance greener innovative processes to ensure long term sustainability. The chemical industry is among the top few consumers...Read More »

Going Green With Continuous Chemistry

Continuous processing is well known as a means of improving the safety profile for a given manufacturing process while at the same time increasing  materials efficiency.   In fact, many   industries have routinely adopted continuous processing.   This session will focus on novel continuous chemistry designed to improve process...Read More »

Greener Synthetic Transformations

Safer Reagents for Synthesis

Safer reagents for synthesis is fundamental in employing Green Chemistry and Engineering in chemical synthesis across all disciplines. The 3rd, 4th and 5th Principles of Green Chemistry (Less Hazardous Chemical Syntheses, Designing Safer Chemicals and Safer Solvents and Auxiliaries) widely covers this topic. Challenges include, but are not limited to,...Read More »

Alternative Reaction Media

Organic solvents constitute the bulk of the waste generated from many manufacturing processes.  Although this solvent waste is typically environmentally unfriendly or toxic, recent attention has been geared toward the use of ‘greener’ organic solvents as the reaction media for a variety of chemical transformations.  This session will feature recent...Read More »

Harnessing Chemistry for Green Energy

Exploring Greener Approaches to Hydraulic Fracturing

The oil and gas exploration and extraction companies have recognized the need to reduce the potential for environmental impacts of their activities. Environmentally responsible companies have been using greener chemistry to reduce these environmental impacts. This session will describe how greener chemistry has made progress and improvements to the chemicals...Read More »

Energy, Materials & Chemistry

Biosystems are fascinating new concept models for the creation of sustainable, green chemistry that requires the assembly of inorganic, organic and bioorganic components on multiple composition and property length scales. The information exchange that is required for biosystem functionality must take place and be cooperatively integrated from the atomic/molecular length...Read More »

Pharmaceutical Green Chemistry

The Next 10 Years of Pharmaceutical Green Chemistry Session I

The ACS GCI Pharmaceutical Roundtable has the mission “to catalyze the implementation of green chemistry and engineering in the pharmaceutical industry globally”.  With broad membership across the sector, the Pharmaceutical Roundtable is celebrating its 10 year anniversary.  This special symposium will highlight key accomplishments over the last 10 years then...Read More »

The Next 10 years of Pharmaceutical Green Chemistry Session II

The ACS GCI Pharmaceutical Roundtable has the mission “to catalyze the implementation of green chemistry and engineering in the pharmaceutical industry globally”.  With broad membership across the sector, the Pharmaceutical Roundtable is celebrating its 10 year anniversary.  This special symposium will highlight key accomplishments over the last 10 years then...Read More »

Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award Winners

2015 PGCCA Award Winners

Recipients of this year’s Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards will be honored and afforded an opportunity to present their award lectures at this special session. Session Chair: Bethany Drake and Justin Roberts, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Symposium Organizer: Bruce Lipshutz, University of California, Santa Barbara ...Read More »

Prior Award Winners

Prior awardees of the prestigious Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards  from both academia and industry will present their latest work Session Chair: Bethany Drake and  Richard Fehir, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Symposium Organizer: Bruce Lipshutz, University of California, Santa Barbara ...Read More »

Sustainable Consumer Products

Sustainable Apparel and Footwear

Global consumers use and dispose of a large quantity of apparel and footwear products. The American Apparel and Footwear Association (AAFA) reported the US consumption of apparel and footwear was 19.5 billion garments and 2.2 billion pairs of footwear (AAFA, 2009).  The demand for manufactured fibers nearly doubled and this...Read More »

Defining Greener and More Sustainable Consumer Products

The increasing demand for environmentally-benign cleaning, cosmetic and personal care formulas has consumers asking for products that are not only greener, but that also are cost-competitive and perform as well or better than their existing counterparts. This demand has infiltrated the supply chain, necessitating chemical manufacturers to develop alternatives for...Read More »

Sustainable Feedstocks

Feedstocks from CO2 and Natural Gas

This session focuses on feedstocks from CO2, natural gas, such as methane, waste materials from food waste and food processing lines with minimum impact on human health and the environment.  We invite abstracts and presentations with a scope of developing sustainable natural gas feedstocks, converting CO2 and natural gas into...Read More »

Biorenewable Feedstocks

Sustainable feedstocks focuses on the development of low cost and widely available feedstocks and intermediate chemicals from renewable resources (i.e., woody biomass, crop residues, nonfood crops with low impact on food sources), particularly focus on chemicals and resins derived from plant oils, proteins, lignin, bio chars, carbohydrates. We invite abstracts...Read More »

Sustainable Materials

Lignin Based Materials

Sustainable materials focuses on the development of biobased polymers and composites derived from renewable resources (lignin, cellulose, proteins, starch, plant oils, crops, natural fibers, etc.) with minimal energy requirements, while avoiding negative impacts on human health and the environment.  Applications to plastics, adhesives, composites, resins, foams, engineered structures and other...Read More »

Biobased Plastics and Composites

Sustainable materials focuses on the development of biobased polymers and composites derived from renewable resources (lignin, cellulose, proteins, starch, plant oils, crops, natural fibers, etc.) with minimal energy requirements, while avoiding negative impacts on human health and the environment. Applications to plastics, adhesives, composites, resins, foams, engineered structures and other...Read More »

Tools Metrics and Strategies for Green Chemistry

Tools and Metrics for Evaluation/ Implementing Green Chemistry Strategies

As methods of sustainability assessments mature, academic and industry groups increasingly apply green (sustainability) metrics for comparative analysis of alternative processes/products and for developing scenarios of future environmental and economic impacts of emerging technologies. In this session we are particularly interested in sustainability assessment methods that deal with uncertainty in...Read More »

Life Cycle Analysis

This session will showcase recent advances in the application of life cycle assessment to green chemistry, including evaluation of new synthesis pathways, trade-offs across environmental and health impacts, life cycle benefits of green chemistry practices, and model/database development. Session Chair Matt Eckelman, CTO of Sustainability A to Z, LLC and Assistant Professor, Northeastern...Read More »

HYBRID SESSION

Catalyzing Innovation: Network for Sustainable

Molecular Design and Synthesis


This hybrid webinar will take place July 15, 2015 as part of GC&E. Registration is open to all audiences and will be broadcast live online. Stay tuned for more details on registration!

Session Speakers:
Brian B. Laird
Brian B. Laird

Professor and Chair, Department of Chemistry, University of Kansas

Anthony K Rappé
Anthony K Rappé

Professor, Department of Chemistry Colorado State University

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