DESIGNING GREENER CHEMISTRY APPROACHES TO CHEMICAL MANUFACTURING PROCESSES

Ensuring Commercial Success in Sustainable Technology Transfer by Design- Oral
Tuesday AM

Symposium Organizer: Tom Burns  (Novozymes); Phil Sliva (Amway); ACS GCI Formulators’ Roundtable

It has been said that new product market introductions have about an 80% failure rate. While this exact number may be an urban legend, there is no question that there is a significant risk of failure for “green” product introductions, which frustrate the movement towards greater availability of more sustainable consumer products. Successful research efforts promising more-sustainable alternatives often do not translate into viable options in the marketplace, meaning sustainability opportunities are not realized, and significant investments of funding, time, and intellectual capital may never reach their full potential and expected returns. The symposium will focus on how to promote and improve the design and transfer of more sustainable technologies across the supply chain. The symposium will bring together innovators (from academia, government, small and large business) and industrial implementers to present success stories of how customer-driven product design requirements are driven back through supply chains to ensure successful commercialization.

Sustainable Chemical Separations: Accelerating Industrial Application of Less-Energy Intensive Alternatives- Oral
Wednesday AM

Symposium Organizer: Amit Sehgal (Novecare); Ettigounder Ponnusamy (MilliporeSigma); ACS GCI Chemical Manufacturers Roundtable

Separation processes central to chemicals manufacturing consume over a third of energy used in the sector. Reducing the energy required for these separations is necessary to assure the sustainability and global competitiveness of the chemical enterprise.  However, successful design and implementation of low energy intensity separations processes requires a paradigm shift.  Instead of relying on relative volatility and traditional enthalpically-driven processes such as distillation, we envision capitalizing on  exploration of the full range of intrinsic molecular properties (e.g., shape, size, dipole moment, polarizability, charge, chemical reactivity, or pairwise interactions (intra/inter-molecular and molecular-material) to drive separations. This session invites talks that focus on current and innovative strategies to explore intrinsic molecular properties that may be exploited for industrially feasible chemicals separations, identification of potential techno-economic risks, and strategies to overcome challenges.