The ACS Green Chemistry Institute®, supported by the National Science Foundation, is offering a full-day workshop for current graduate and undergraduate students. You can learn and practice how to evaluate the impact of chemicals and syntheses, and practice determining the greenest options. Most importantly, you will have the opportunity to assess your own research with synthetic and analytical experts. At the end of the day, you will get a chance to apply the ideas and tools learned in the workshop to your thesis, undergraduate lab, or even a class lab.

2015 Workshop Session


Dr. Peter Mahaffy, professor of chemistry at King’s University, will be leading the workshop with other subject matter experts. Through brief lectures and engaging activities, the workshop will cover the following sessions:



  • Green chemistry metrics—what are the key metrics that can help you assess your research?
  • Process Mass Intensity—a tool to track the efficiency and environmental footprint of processes.
  • Solvent Selection—what are the key considerations for choosing greener solvents?
  • Toxicity & Environmental Fate—how do structure/function relationships relate to chemical properties, biological activity, and environmental fate and effects?
  • Case studies — traditional vs. greener processes
  • Small group and one-on-one sessions— experts will evaluate your own research!


Join us to learn how to apply green chemistry and engineering principles in the lab today and create more sustainable solutions for tomorrow!

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How can I participate?

The workshop is for students (with student ID)
that have registered for the GC&E Conference,
and it is free to these students.

Monday, July 13, 2015, 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
American Chemical Society,
1155 Sixteenth St., NW
Washington, DC 20036
Hach Building, Marvel Halls A-E

Student Workshop Schedule
Time Topic Presenter / Facilitator
8:30-9:00 am Registration/Continental Breakfast
9:00-9:30 am Welcome and Introductions TBD
8:30-11:00 am Setting the Context and Green Chemistry Metrics TBD
11:00 am - noon Workshop: How to Use the Process Mass Intensity Calculator and Solvent Selection Guide TBD
12:00-12:45 pm Lunch
1:00-2:00 pm Environmental Fate and Effects; Health and Safety TBD
2:00-3:00 pm Workshop: Chemical Evaluation TBD
3:00-3:15 pm Break
3:15-4:00 Case Study TBD
4:00-5:00 pm Greening Your Research TBD
5:00-5:30 pm Closing Remarks TBD

Schedule subject to change