Twenty-seventh Annual Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference

Drilling and Fracturing Fluid Water Reuse and Alternate Sourcing: Key Chemistry and Chemical Technology Advances to Reduce Essential Resource Depletion

Symposium Organizers: Brian Price, Rockwater Energy Solutions, and Dave Horton, CES Energy Solutions

The oil and gas industry faces increasing demands to clarify the implications of energy transitions for their operations and business models, and to demonstrate the contributions that they can make to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The challenge for the oil and gas industry is to both engage and adapt to a changing policy and investment landscape, but also to evolve in ways which don’t simply support but contribute and perhaps even lead efforts toward carbon neutrality such as carbon capture, utilization and storage.  Becoming carbon-neutral is not the only challenge this industry is dealing with.  With oil-price volatility particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic, companies are actively looking to optimize their business in order to reduce costs and increase profitability across their core functions including upstream, midstream and downstream operations.  With funding already constrained in the traditional oil and gas markets and continued investment substantially now flowing to projects and companies with robust and materially relevant ESG practices, there is a significant push towards the ways to improve sustainability benchmarks.

While there have been significant efforts over the past 20 years to develop new commercial processes to bio-based and renewable as platform molecules, there have not been as many advances in water reuse.  The oilfield chemistry industry has increasingly sought to increase the volume of fracturing fluid water that is reused—given that between 1.5 and 16 million of gallons of water are used per well.  As much of this water is from fresh water sources and is ultimately removed from the geosphere through deep-well injection, it would be a considerable sustainability advance to recycle even a portion of the water used in hydraulic fracturing.  However, the technical demands of treating and reusing spent hydraulic fracturing fluids when combined with significant differences in the chemical composition of formation waters are considerable.

This session aims to introduce and discuss current advancements in both drilling and hydraulic fracturing water reuse, the chemical and formulation approaches that enable reuse, the post-drilling and fracturing chemical processes required to effectively treat water for reuse, and identify the challenges and opportunities for developing novel chemicals and chemical technologies via biological and/or chemical pathways.


Annual Green Chemistry & Engineering Product Innovation Showcase

Symposium Organizers: Paul Richardson, Pfizer; Saskia van Bergen, Washington State Department of Ecology; Christiana Briddell, ACS

Integrated into our popular GC&E Poster Session & Reception, the Showcase will feature companies who are using the design principles for sustainable and 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 are used in the design of the product.
  • Describe how the product improves (or is expected to improve) the health, safety and/or environmental impact compared to existing products. Please include metrics, third-party testing, certification, and description of chemistry when possible.
  • Describe the scientific or process innovations going into this product.
  • Include a picture or link to your product (or describe how you plan to include a hands-on component).
    • If you are a B2B, please give an example of an end consumer product.

Green Chemistry & Engineering Poster Session

Symposium Organizers: David J. C. Constable, Science Director, ACS Green Chemistry Institute

The GC&E Posters Session and Reception draws the entire Conference together for 2 hours of poster presentations and refreshments. This is an excellent opportunity to share your research!

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

Green and Sustainable Chemistry: Designing Sustainable Personal Care and Household Products

Symposium Organizers: Paul Scott, Executive Director – Green Chemistry & Sustainable Design, The Estee Lauder Companies, Inc.

Personal care and household consumers are increasingly savvy and, with recognition of the climate crisis at an all-time high, demand more sustainable, yet high performing product options of manufacturers. At the same time, the existing sustainability frameworks well understood by consumers (e.g natural ingredients or the lack of certain ingredients of concern) do not necessarily result in formulas that are more sustainable or more aligned with the principles of green chemistry. The pursuit of truly greener products requires understanding of the nuances of ingredient properties, performance, and economics, and engagement of the entire value chain. Quantification and communication of green chemistry performance via the thoughtful use of metrics facilitates this understanding, and can drive greener ingredient innovations and choices.

This symposium will provide a forum to share case studies and success stories of designing more sustainable personal care and household ingredients and products through green and sustainable chemistry approaches. It will also create a dialog around remaining unmet industry needs. Some of the ideas to be discussed include:

  • The use of metrics (including the ELC Green Score Tool) to quantify green chemistry performance and facilitate greener product development and innovation.
  • The use of data analytics and Artificial Intelligence approaches in sustainable product design.
  • Examples of using a system thinking and life cycle approach ensure principles are considered throughout the whole value chain.
  • Examples of success stories in leveraging the principles of green chemistry and life cycle thinking to develop more sustainable ingredients, products, and processes.
  • Strategies for enabling and ensuring the economic competitiveness of truly greener processes and technologies in the consumer goods industry.

Designing Greener Products: Material and Chemical Innovations in Apparel and Footwear

Symposium Organizers: Laura Hoch, Material Innovation, Patagonia

Many processes used in the manufacturing of textiles, apparel, and footwear are very chemically intensive. The ubiquity of these products combined with the large global footprint of this industry makes it a compelling area to highlight opportunities for systems thinking and designing for sustainable use. This session is designed to showcase new chemical technologies and strategies for reducing impact during the manufacture of textiles, apparel, and footwear, as well as new processes and new ways to design products with sustainability and end of life in mind.

This session will provide a forum for innovators in both industry and academia to come together and share ideas and challenges. Suggested topics to be addressed include (but are not limited to):

Greener Wet Chemical Processing:

  • New dyes or dye processing technologies that can reduce water an energy use
  • Design of more sustainable dye molecules (e.g. biobased or biodegradable dyes, dyes with reduced hazards profiles, etc.)
  • More environmentally friendly functional finishes (e.g. non-fluorinated water repellants, biobased wicking finishes, metal-free antimicrobial finishes, etc.)
  • Safer solvents and auxiliaries
  • Tools to assess chemical hazards or environmental impact


  • Mechanical and chemical recycling technologies for post-industrial and post-consumer textile, apparel, and footwear waste
  • Technologies/strategies for handling complex mixtures of materials to enable recycling
  • Material and chemical considerations to design consumer products for recycling at end of life

New Materials

  • Novel fiber types, especially bioderived, biodegradable, or recyclable at end of life
  • Strategies for addressing microfiber pollution (e.g. novel coatings, polymer additives, etc.)
  • Safer, more sustainable adhesives

Educational Initiatives in Green Chemistry, Systems Thinking and the UN Sustainable Development Goals through an Equitable and Inclusive Chemistry Curriculum

Symposium Organizers: Ed Brush, Professor of Chemical Sciences, Bridgewater State University; Grace Lasker, Teaching Professor, University of Washington; Jane Wissinger, Distinguished University Teaching Professor, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis

This symposium will bring together the green chemistry community to discuss and explore key issues and big ideas in green and sustainable chemistry education. The world presents us with problems whose complexity and impact we can barely imagine, but that we must solve. As educators, our mission is to prepare our students to do exactly that. The integration and scaffolding of green and sustainable chemistry, systems thinking and the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into an equitable and inclusive undergraduate curriculum can inspire students to take ownership of their education, and graduate with the satisfaction that their classroom knowledge allows them to understand and contribute to solving big global problems. The SDGs are the world’s “to-do” list, a global agenda to improve the lives of people by addressing world-wide challenges of poverty, protecting the planet, and ensuring prosperity for all. Students can envision chemistry career paths that have excellent potential to make significant contributions in achieving these goals. Green chemistry provides the technical and practical knowledge required for the design of new chemical products and processes, while minimizing adverse impacts on human health and the environment. Systems thinking addresses the interconnectedness of local and global systems interjecting a holistic and life cycle approach to assure the design and use of sustainable chemistries. Framing chemistry education through the SDGs will help advance the chemistry enterprise in achieving sustainability, assist those being trained to enter the workforce, and help better communicate the societal benefits of green and sustainable chemistry technologies.

EPA Green Chemistry Challenge Awards – Past and Present

Symposium Organizers: Chen Wen, Green Chemistry Challenge Awards Program, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; David J. C. Constable, Science Director, ACS Green Chemistry Institute

The Green Chemistry Challenge Awards are now in their 26th year and continue to recognize leading green chemistry innovations. With over 1800 nominations and 128 award winners, there is a compelling case to be made that innovations benefiting from the application of green chemistry and engineering have achieved sufficient commercial success to justify implementation in all chemical processing sectors. The goals of the panel are to describe the prestigious EPA Green Chemistry Challenge Awards, co-sponsored by the American Chemical Society, and showcase award winners from the current and past years. The winners will describe the innovative technology they were recognized for, share lessons learned from participation, and describe the benefits of being recognized by the Green Chemistry Challenge Awards Program.


Sustainable Production of Biobased Polymers

Symposium Organizers: Lindsay Soh, Associate Professor, Lafayette College; Melissa Gordon, Assistant Professor, Lafayette College; Joseph Stanzione, Associate Professor, Rowan University

This symposium will highlight the contributions made towards fundamentally understanding, developing, and commercializing biobased polymers via sustainable production processes as well as identify challenges to overcome. Specifically, we invite submissions from individuals across academia, government and industry that address various challenges in this field by: (1) designing complex polymers and polymer composites from a combination of biobased monomers and other biomass constituents, (2) understanding the fundamental processing-structure-property-toxicity relationships of the chemicals, monomers, and resins utilized to produce biobased polymers and polymer composites, (3) applying the principles of green chemistry and engineering towards biobased polymer production as effectively and economically as possible and (4) conducting quantitative economic and life cycle assessments of biobased polymers and polymer composites. Presenters will be asked to participate in a panel to share their perspectives on the growth, challenges, and potential of the field at the conclusion of the session. Abstract submissions from individuals across varied sectors, backgrounds and career stages are encouraged.

Sustainable Agriculture Practices and Product Design

Symposium Organizers: Amie Norton, Research Chemist, USDA; Deanna Scheff, Scientists, USDA; Leanne Gilbertson, Associate Professor of Environmental Engineering, University of Pittsburgh

Sustainable agriculture practices are designed to safeguard the environment and societal health.  The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) outlines three goals for sustainable agriculture: 1. Increase profitable farm income, 2. Promote environmental stewardship, and 3. Increase production for human food and fiber need. These goals become increasingly important with the expected future global population growth of 30% by 2050. As a result, demand for food production is anticipated to increase by 60-110%. One way to improve food security is by increasing efficient food production and distribution, which has inspired development of new solutions and the application of advanced methods to evaluate current agriculture practices. This symposium will focus on the application of chemical and material innovations that address current challenges in food production and distribution. Examples include development of green methods for valued added products, food processing and technology, antimicrobial resistance, chemical contamination in agriculture, sanitation and quality standards, artificial intelligence and nanotechnology in agriculture, and green technology in storage methods.

Innovation: The Future for Analytical Sustainable Practices in the Pharmaceutical Products Lifecycle

Symposium Organizers: William Farrell, Associate Research Fellow, Pfizer Global R&D – La Jolla; John M. Wasylyk, Associate Scientific Director, Bristol Myers Squibb

Co-Sponsor: ACS Green Chemistry Institute Pharmaceutical Roundtable

Analytical Chemistry remains a cornerstone for the drug product life cycle by providing quantitative and qualitative data essential to the drug substance and drug product pipeline. The provided data drives process knowledge and ultimately, process control and it remains critical that scientists consistently improve approaches via sustainable methods. This translates to a continual pursuit for better ways to deliver quality decision-making insight to our partnering teams through new and innovative approaches in capturing real-time data. Miniaturization, in-line and at-line tools that offer more controlled oversight of reaction chemistry while reducing waste, saving time and energy consumption.

To achieve these sustainability objectives, the adoption of new analytical tools, techniques, and more innovative approaches are required such as real-time analyses and process analytical technologies. Recent advances include miniaturized designs in the area of separation sciences and vibrational spectroscopy. These are intended to enable improved process control and understanding while reducing waste, time, and costly resources. This session will provide insights into the latest analytical chemistry approaches that enable the advancement of pharmaceutical products from early discovery through manufacture and will feature a mix of invited and submitted abstracts from a diverse array of speakers of both industrial and academic backgrounds.

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