Designing new molecules for more sustainable household and personal care products

Organizers: Will Shearouse, David Constable

Formulating high-performance consumer products using green and sustainable chemistry approaches requires the development of innovative, effective components that possess little or a reduced toxicity profile, the potential for ready degradability after use, no potential for bioaccumulation, and an overall increased sustainability profile. This session is intended to provide a forum to share case studies and success stories of green and sustainable chemistry approaches to more sustainable ingredients used in formulated household and personal care products. A few of the ideas to be addressed include:

  • Descriptions of raw material innovations and how these may be formulated into products
  • Compelling examples of creating value through new chemical innovation that facilitates increased sustainability performance
  • Examples of how trends in ingredient disclosure has driven new chemical development
  • Examples of how systems thinking is used in chemical development to enhance positive benefits passed on to consumers and the environment

Research groups working in the following categories highlighted by the ACS GCI Formulators’ Roundtable’s 2015 Green Chem. publication, and prioritized by the Roundtable, are intended to be the main speakers in this session:

  1. Antimicrobials
  2. Surfactants
  3. Solvents (for use in formulated household and personal care products, not for synthesis)
  4. Chelants and sequestering agents

**This is intended to primarily be a graduate student session. Students accepted to speak in this session will receive a travel award, provided by the ACS GCI Formulators’ Roundtable.**
Get the details of the Travel Awards here.

Everyone else submitting an abstract for this session will be reviewed as part of normal abstract submission process.

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