SUSTAINABLE MATERIALS

Bridging Green Solvent Design, Impacts, and Application- Oral
Wednesday PM

Symposium Organizer: Lindsey Soh (Lafayette College); Aaron Scurto (University of Kansas)

There is a need to find and implement green solvent alternatives especially with regards to overwhelming percentage of the solvent use that is wasted during manufacturing.  This session will provide an opportunity to discuss the need for addressing the criteria requisite to find truly sustainable alternatives.  Specific topics that will be covered are Solvent design and application, Solvent testing, and Use in commercial applicants.

Design Strategies to Maximize the Net Environmental and Human Health Benefit of Emerging Approaches to Environmental Challenges- Oral
Thursday AM & PM

Symposium Organizer: Leanne Gilbertson (University of Pittsburgh)

From agriculture to electronics, the utilization of novel chemicals and materials to achieve enhanced functionality and environmental benefit in next generation products and processes is pervasive. The green chemistry and engineering community is well aware that these technological advancements often come at a cost. In the current global climate (i.e., strains on sources and production of sufficient energy, water, and food to meet demand), ‘costs’ are not solely economic in nature, but also include environmental and human health costs. Thus, there is an opportunity to take lessons learned from modern technologies to inform the design of emerging technologies in a way that ensures a net environmental and/or human health benefit. This session aims to focus discussion on the meaning of the proposed impact-benefit tradeoff approach, methods to quantify these tradeoffs across the life cycle, how the results from that analysis can be used to inform design of next generation technologies, and provide a survey of inspirational examples across sectors. As such, the session is seeking contributions that focus on the design of chemicals, materials, technologies and processes that offer a clear potential for realization of net environmental or human health benefit.

Designing Precursors for Functional Materials Through Sustainable Chemistry- Oral
Thursday AM

Symposium Organizer: Cory Perkins (Oregon State University); Bettye Maddux ( NSF Center for Sustainable Materials Chemistry)

Toward sustainable materials chemistry:  Solution-based, additive approaches to inorganic thin films.  This session will highlight research and innovation on inorganic complexes, clusters and nanoparticles and the chemistry that makes them useful as solution-based precursors for thin film formation.

Inorganic Thin-Films: From Sustainable Design to Advanced Functionalities- Oral
Thursday PM

Symposium Organizer: Cory Perkins (Oregon State University); Bettye Maddux ( NSF Center for Sustainable Materials Chemistry)

Toward sustainable materials chemistry:  Solution-based, additive approaches to inorganic thin films. This session will highlight current research, designs, and innovations for functional thin films produced from sustainable precursor materials.