Twenty-seventh Annual Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference

Implementing Green and Sustainable Chemistry in the Semiconductor and Electronics Supply Chain

Organizers: Michael Kirschner, President, Design Chain Associates, LLC, San Francisco, CA, USA; Leo. T. Kenny, Ph.D., Senior Sustainability and Environmental Technologist and Principal, Planet Singular, Pleasanton, CA, USA

Integrating green and sustainable chemistry concepts into the electronics industry’s development and implementation gestalt is a challenge but is rife with opportunities:

  • How do we expand the industry’s green and sustainable chemistry capabilities?
  • Where can we build on what is already working, integrating materials design (or replacement, alternatives assessment) across the technology life cycle, preferably into existing systems, while minimizing the creation of new processes?
  • What research/development in materials and processes is being done and how can we drive its adoption?
  • How do we identify opportunities to precompetitively work together and leverage academic and research entities?
  • Overlap with other manufacturing industries occurs upstream within the supply chain – can we identify opportunities to co-develop?
  • How can we educate a non-chemistry-focused industry to drive demand for greener and more sustainable chemistry in its upstream supply chain?

This session will explore these areas and others.

(R)Evolutions Towards the Greening of Analytical Chemistry

Organizers: Christine Aurigemma, Senior Principal Scientist, Pfizer, Inc., San Diego, CA, USA; William Farrell, Associate Research Fellow, Pfizer, Inc., San Diego, CA, USA

As greener chemistry approaches continue to become better understood and more broadly accepted across the pharmaceutical industry, regulatory agencies are turning their focus to addressing the environmental impact of various analytical chemistry methodologies. Therefore, the need for greener analytical chemistry becomes more critical. This session will provide an evolutionary perspective of greener analytical processes, as well as a venue to highlight revolutionary approaches in technology and science from both academia and industry. A more thorough understanding of the safety, health and environmental impact of solvent handling and disposal practices, for example, has led to noteworthy improvement in areas such as chromatography and spectroscopy; process analytical technology; and automation and miniaturization to name a few. The enablement of sustainable analytical chemistry tools and their related technological advances discussed in this session will set the stage for the implementation of specific guidelines pertaining to process and method improvements as well as the reduction of environmental threats.

Greener Practices in Peptide and Oligonucleotide Synthesis

Organizer: Michael E. Kopach, Senior Research Advisor, Eli Lilly and Company, Indianapolis, IN, USA

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.

Product Showcase: Delivering Green Chemistry to the Market

Organizers: Richard Blackburn, Associate Professor, Textiles Technology Group Leader, University of Leeds, Leeds, UK; John Frazier, Senior Technical Director, Hohenstein Institute, Portland, OR, USA; Lauren Heine, Co-Executive Director, Applied Science and Engineering Programs, Northwest Green Chemistry, Seattle, WA, USA; Christiana Briddell, Communications Manager, ACS Green Chemistry Institute, Washington, DC, USA

Integrated into our GC&E Poster Session & Reception, the Product 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.

The Product Showcase will be held on June 12, 2019 from 4:35 – 6:35 p.m.

Green Chemistry & Engineering Poster Session

Organizer: David Constable, Science Director, ACS Green Chemistry Institute, Washington, DC, USA

The Conference’s central poster session contains a range of high-quality green chemistry and engineering research. Browse the posters and engage with the presenters while enjoying refreshments and popcorn. The GC&E Poster Session and Reception is June 12, 2019 from 4:35 – 6:35 p.m. in Grand Ballroom EFG. The Poster Session also houses the Product Showcase, running concurrently. Judging for the  Student Poster Competition will take place during this time.

Even numbered posters will be presented from 4:35 – 5:35 p.m.
Odd numbered posters will be presented from 5:35 – 6:35 p.m.
Product showcase posters will be presented from 4:35 – 6:35 p.m.

Moving towards Green and Sustainable Chemistry Education: Rapid Fire Session

Organizers: Michael Wentzel, Associate Professor of Chemistry, Augsburg University, Minneapolis, MN, USA; Nicholas Kingsley, Associate Professor of Chemistry, University of Michigan-Flint, Flint, MI, USA

In this fast-paced and engaging symposium educators of all levels will 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, systems thinking and more can be used to inspire innovation in today’s students.

Learn how instructors are integrating new green chemistry materials in their curriculum to prepare students for their future careers especially those involving life cycle analysis. The rapid-fire session format gives each presenter up to seven minutes to highlight their work followed by three minutes for questions. Speakers will 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.

Polymers and Plastics in the Classroom: Educational Materials Demonstrating Life Cycle Thinking

Organizers: Jane E. Wissinger, Professor of Chemistry, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, USA; Michael Wentzel, Associate Professor of Chemistry, Augsburg University, Minneapolis, MN, USA

The topic of plastics, both society’s dependence on them and their effect on human health and the environment, is one that resonates with students of all ages. Plastics are uniquely familiar as materials that, in some cases, can be recycled, yet most are accumulating in alarming quantities on land and in our oceans. New green and sustainable chemistry innovations in polymers and nanomaterials provide compelling lessons to engage learners in systems thinking. This symposium will share educational materials which illustrate components/examples of “closing the loop” through use of renewable feedstocks, green reaction conditions, applications in areas such of remediation or more environmentally-friendly products, and end-of-life considerations such as design for degradation and/or recycling. Case studies will include K-12, undergraduate, and graduate instruction as well are outreach initiatives.

Chemical Technologies for Implementing the Circular Economy

Organizers: John C. Warner, President and Chief Technology Officer, Warner Babcock Institute for Green Chemistry, Wilmington, MA, USA; Mats Linder, Project Manager, New Plastics Economy, Ellen MacArthur Foundation, Isle of Wight, UK

Many companies and organizations are signaling their desire to adopt materials and processes consistent with the Circular Economy. Much attention is being placed on various societal processes to “close the loop” on materials. Unfortunately, the reality is that most materials and processes have been designed without a circular economy in mind, and simply cannot be fit into a “closed loop” model without significant green chemistry inventions. This session will explore various cutting-edge technologies that either (1) help bring exiting materials into a more closed loop or (2) provide new materials that are more consistent with the goals of the circular economy.

Making Chemistry Greener and Safer

Organizers: Peter A. Reinhardt, Director, Office of Environmental Health & Safety, Yale University, New Haven, CT, USA; Ralph Stuart, CIH, CCHO, Environmental Safety Manager, Keene State College, Keene, New Hampshire, USA

Some innovative green chemistry research can overlook chemical safety considerations in the laboratory. This may occur because of an incomplete picture of the whole system involved in assessing both chemical safety and environmental considerations of research. In recent years there have been significant developments in chemical safety informational tools, as well as hazard assessment methods for the laboratory and pilot plant that can be expanded to address both laboratory safety and green chemistry objectives. Better understanding and utilization of these tools and methods will help advance green chemistry and laboratory safety, in teaching and in research. This symposium will look at the interactions between laboratory safety and green chemistry practices and information tools by presenting case studies and exploring these emerging tools.

Sustainability Success Stories in Industrial Chemical Processing

Organizer: Samy Ponnusamy, Fellow & Global Manager – Green Chemistry, MilliporeSigma

Based on the overwhelming responses from the 2018 session, Industrial Applications of Green Chemistry & Engineering Principles, this session will continue that momentum and expand the conversations and exchanges into result-oriented actions. This session will highlight industry innovations based on green chemistry and engineering principles, focusing on the development, design and life cycle processes. Case studies will be presented to illustrate how companies in different sectors have successfully implemented green chemistry and engineering principles into their processes in “closing the loop”. 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 stakeholders.

From the session, attendees should be able to understand how academia/industry innovates; industry develops products and processes, and the many factors that contribute to the launch and commercialization of new greener technologies to market. Presenters will be from both 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/products to aid global chemistry enterprise.

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