NEXUS Newsletter
May/June 2012 Issue
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The Nexus Newsletter is a bi-monthly newsletter.  Dedicated to our readers, the Nexus newsletter is designed to connect the global green chemistry community, share information and support the ACS Green Chemistry Institute® and its mission: catalyzing and enabling the implementation of green chemistry and engineering throughout the global chemical enterprise.
In This Issue
Mark Your Calendars
The Winners Are In!
ACS GCI Roundtables Updates
ACS GCI Webinar Recap
Applied Separations Grant Award
Green Chemistry Workshops
ACS Entrepreneurial Initiative
New Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Chemistry
16th Annual Green Chemistry & Engineering...Conference Sponsors & Exhibitors
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Upcoming Events   


Green Analytical Chemistry Webinar

April 24, 2012, 11:00am EDT    


The Asian Conference on Sustainability,   

Energy & the Environment 

May 3-6, 2012

Osaka, Japan


Gordon Research Seminar and Conference   

on Green Chemistry       

July 21-27, 2012

Lucca (Barga), Italy


16th Annual Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference 

June 18-20, 2012
Washington, DC


**Save the Date! From fundamental research to practical applications and commercialization-you will find it here at the premier meeting place for Green Chemistry and Engineering. One location, three days, more than twenty technical session areas and a full day of programming  

devoted to students.     


Green Chemistry in Energy and Fuels Symposium 

American Chemical Society

August 19-23, 2012  

Philadelphia, PA


4th International IUPAC Conference on Green Chemistry

August 25-29, 2012
Foz do Iguaçu/PR, Brazil   


3rd Annual Greening Government Conference

October 16-17, 2012

Toronto, Canada    


4th International Conference on Sustainable Irrigation and Drainage: Management, Technologies and Policies 

December 11-13, 2012

Adelaide, Australia   


9th International Conference on Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability

January 23-25, 2013

Hiroshima, Japan


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 Bob Peoples


 A Request for Help   


Everyday we read stories in the news about the economic crisis in Europe, corruption in the financial sector, concerns about climate change, political stalemates, and about chemicals of concern in our environment.  Regulations have been written, laws passed, and standards developed to try and correct or prevent such problems in the future.  While most of us feel powerless to impact many of these challenges, there is one challenge for which we have a response.  We know green chemistry can dramatically reduce the use and generation of hazardous substances.  The principles of green chemistry and engineering are a proven systematic method to practicing chemistry in the 21st century. 


So why are we not moving faster to embrace and implement green chemistry?  I believe the answer is straight forward and the way to accelerate implementation is relatively easy. There is a lack of awareness that a better alternative exists.  Based on my personal interactions with large audiences, the vast majority of which are technical (chemists and engineers), the definition and concepts of sustainability and green chemistry are simply unknown.  You cannot take action to investigate, learn or deploy that which is not known to you. So a lack of awareness leads to a lack of implementation, it's pretty straight forward.


The question now becomes, how do we change this fundamental lack of awareness? That is where you come in. We have ideas, materials, energy, passion, and enthusiasm.  What we lack are the resources to deploy this knowledge in a systemic and high impact manner. Those resources manifest in the form of funding to employ a network of green chemistry ambassadors who will write, teach (students), and train (the existing workforce).  They will create new materials, business cases, articles, textbooks, tools, web content, videos, and much more. 


The sciences of green chemistry has proven over and over again, in fact via hundreds of examples, we know how to design and produce safer/greener chemicals. We can avoid articles about endocrine disrupters, BPA, phthalates, persistent molecules, bioaccumulation, and toxic releases in the future if we step up to our responsibilities today.  As scientists, chemists, public health specialists, environmental engineers, and chemical engineers we have a responsibility to learn and implement.  We also have an obligation to help deploy our wisdom, knowledge, and understanding across the globe.  To this end, we will launch a green chemistry for nature wristband effort.  For a simple $10 donation, you will receive a green chemistry wristband.  I ask that when people want to know about your wristband you explain to them you are taking control of your future by helping enable the chemistry of the 21st century.  Perhaps your Company would like to buy a block of wristbands for a class or a school.  Perhaps a civic organization might see the power that increased awareness can bring to our change movement.  Imagine the excitement a high school teacher would feel handing out such a visible reminder of the positive impact chemistry can have.


We need your help and the sooner we get started the better it will be for each of us and our planet.


Thank you for your support,




Dr. Robert Peoples


ACS Green Chemistry Institute®
  Mark Your Calendars! 
16th Annual Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference  
June 18-20, 2012 - Washington, D.C. 

Important Conference Updates, News, and More!  

REGISTER NOW for the 16th Annual Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference!  Online registration is available now through Monday, June 8th.  After June 8th, onsite registration will be available at the Wardman Park Hotel, Washington, D.C.  Click here to register today!       


*The deadline to receive the conference housing discount is Saturday, May 26th or until all rooms are sold.  Make your hotel reservations early as conference rooms will sell quickly.  Click here to reserve your room today!      


VOLUNTEERS NEEDED:  Highly motivated volunteers are needed to assist with a vast range of conference duties.  Ideal volunteers are dedicated, responsible, proficient in basic computer skills, flexible, and an enthusiastic team player.  This is a wonderful rewarding and networking opportunity for anyone who has a passion for green chemistry and engineering.  If interested or for more information, please contact the ACS Green Chemistry Institute ® at [email protected] or call (202) 872-6102.  Thank you, we look forward to working with YOU!  


STUDENT MIXER:  All students and their advisors attending this year's conference are invited to participate in our first Student Science Mixer!  Held on Sunday, June 17, 2012, from 6PM - 8 PM (Location provided at registration).  This will be a unique opportunity for students to network with over 100 hundred global students and conference attendees with similar aspirations and educational goals.  Don't be left out, make sure you're in the MIX!


ACS GCI AT THE BALL PARK:  In efforts to make conference attendees enjoy Washington D.C. to the fullest, ACC GCI teamed up with the Washington Nationals and obtained a special discount ticket rate for the Wednesday, June 20th Tampa Bay Rays game.  Left and right field mezzanine seats are just $23.00 and left and right field baseline reserved seats are just $38.00. This will be an exciting opportunity and you don't want to miss it!  Click here for the official flyer and ticket purchasing information.  See you at the ballpark!   


NEW HYBRID SESSION: There will be a Hybrid Session at the 16th Annual Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference!  The session will center around, "Advancing Global Green Chemistry - The Role of Government, Business, and Academia," and will be streamed live from Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, June 20, 2012, from 9:30AM - 11:45AM (EST).  A global Q&A session with panelists will be open to all.  Participants from around the world will be able to register and submit questions for the panelists via a special email address.  Be sure to check the conference website at for upcoming information on this exciting event!    

 The Winners Are In!

The 2012 ACS GCI Joseph Breen Memorial Fellowship & Kenneth G. Hancock Memorial Award competitions attracted the brightest and the best green chemistry scholars.  Take a look at the winners listed below, you may just know someone!


This annual fellowship is awarded to support the participation of a young green chemistry scholar in a  green chemistry technical

meeting, conference, or training program.  The Breen Fellowship is sponsored by the ACS International Endowment Fund, and the 2012 winners are: 

  • Kadhiravan Shanmuganathan, University of Texas
  • Danniebelle Haase, University of Pennsylvania



This annual award recognizes outstanding student contributions to furthering the goals of green chemistry through research and or education.  The Hancock Award is sponsored by the ACS Division of Environmental Chemistry and by the National Institute of Standards and Technology.  The 2012 winners are:  

  • Keary M. Engle,Scripps Research Institute and Oxford University 
  • Sean M. Mercer, Queen's University

The ACS GCI Roundtables Updates & More!

2012 ACS GCI Pharmaceutical Roundtable Research Grant for Greener Medicinal Chemistry
The ACS GCI Pharmaceutical Roundtable announces a Request for Proposals to optimize the most widely employed cross-coupling reactions in greener solvents using substrates such as heterocycles that are widely used in the pharmaceutical industry. Proposals are invited from public and private institutions of higher education worldwide. One grant is planned to be awarded and the total award is limited to $50,000 for a grant period of 12 months. The deadline for receipt of proposals is Monday, June 4, 2012 at 5pm EDT.  Please see the RFP for more information.  You may also email [email protected].

2nd Annual ACS GCI Roundtable Poster Reception June 19th Washington, D.C.
Hosted by the three ACS GCI Industrial Roundtables, this exclusive networking event is intended to encourage the development and marketing of industrially relevant greener alternatives. Sponsored by Florida Chemical and Health and Environmental Sciences Institute, the event brings together industry, government, academia, and other organizations to catalyze the discovery and application of green technologies.  Last year, more than 70% of survey respondents learned about a greener technology potentially relevant to their business.  Advance registration is required.  Please email [email protected] for more detailed information about the event and to inquire about registration.    

Could we have 10 minutes of your time?  

The ACS GCI Chemical Manufacturer's Roundtable developed a survey to gain a better understanding of the implementation of green chemistry in the global chemical manufacturing industry.  At the conclusion of the survey, all survey respondents will have an opportunity to request a summary of the relevant feedback. The survey is estimated to take approximately 10 minutes of your time. Please click here to complete the survey.  Thank you in advance for your time and perspective.


"Measures of Green Chemistry Performance"    

--An ACS Green Chemistry Institute ® Webinar 


On Thursday, March 8 2012, Dr. David Constable,Sustainability, Energy, Environment, Safety & Health Professional, conducted an informative ACS GCI Webinar on the "Measures of Green Chemistry Performance."  David's presentation was well received by the audience and was followed with a Q&A session.  Some of the questions and responses are highlighted below:   


Q: What one thing, other than the 12 principles, would you most like undergraduate chemistry majors to learn about Green Chemistry in industry?


A: How to think about solutions to the chemical problems they are trying to solve. Undergraduates still learn reactions and approaches to chemistry that are based in the 19th century, not the 21st. Green chemistry requires the synthesis of many scientific disciplines beyond the fundamentals of chemistry and undergraduates need to take all that they learn and think more systemically and holistically.


Q: How do we weigh the different aspects of green metrics for overall comparisons e.g.; if something is more energy efficient vs. products that use green feedstocks or materials that are more durable vs. biodegradable?


A: This is not an easy question to answer and you may think my answer is a bit evasive, but it's a lot like asking which is better, cancer or HIV? Our tendency as humans is to try to reduce the complexity of life down to a yes or no, white or black, a perfect digital (0 or 1) answer. The problem with "green" is that there are many shades of "green" and we don't find that very satisfying. What you have to do is to seek a relative, optimal solution in a multivariate universe with a full understanding that you are very likely going to shift impacts from one place to another.   This is an important point to make - we need to accept some basis for comparison and move forward with that. To arrive at that basis of comparison will require work and a statement of values; i.e., what do you or your company or organization or government value?


So, what do I mean by this? You mention energy efficient vs. green feedstocks.   Let's take energy first. Where does the energy come from? Natural Gas, Coal, Nuclear, petroleum, or perhaps a "renewable" source like Hydro, wind or solar? More likely it's a combination of many of the above since you are getting electrons off the grid and you've already lost 40% of the energy originally produced at source during transmission. Remember also that renewable forms of energy are not without environmental and social impacts, too. Which type of energy is most efficient, which causes the fewest overall impacts (not just carbon impacts), etc.? Then, as you compare the efficiency of your chemistry and chemical process, how do you compare its efficiency? To an industry standard, an accepted benchmark, or do you use some other basis for comparison?


And what exactly is meant by a "green feedstock?"   Where does that "green feedstock" come from? Is it a product of agriculture? Does it come from algae or bacteria that have been genetically modified? If it is based on agriculture, what about the competition for arable land for food, the impacts from competition for water, or the energy and material impacts inherent in fertilizer, pesticides/herbicides, etc., or in planting, harvesting, transporting and processing? How do you know its "green?"


The point is that one can make more sustainable decisions, but you need to be prepared to do the work transparently and objectively as possible to find the best answer.   One of the best tools is to use Life Cycle Inventory Assessment methodologies, but these generally don't include social and economic impacts throughout the life cycle, and valuation of the impacts is a reflection of values, policy, or regional concerns, often a very contentious issue.

In the end analysis a step in a "greener" direction, after talking many of these variables into account, is progress.


Q: I will receive my PhD in Inorganic Chemistry in December. Do you need to have a "green chemistry" background in order to pursue a sustainability or "green chemistry" career?


A: Green chemistry is more about how you solve chemistry/chemical problems; it is not just good science but the best possible science there is.   You may have to take some additional course work or teach yourself some things about the environment and toxicology, but this is something you can do without too much trouble.


Green Chemistry should be integrated into every course taught in chemistry, and this question would be moot. We need to get beyond the point where chemists, engineers and other scientists think that "green" is synonymous with impeding "good" science, progress and prosperity.   Educators at all levels need to expand their repertoire and learn a few new things so that students are equipped to think sustainably without too much trouble.


Q: How many colleges are teaching and incorporating Green Chemistry principles?


A: In my opinion, until Green Chemistry is integrated into every chemistry course, not enough colleges are teaching it. Green chemistry should not be seen as something you bolt onto course work as an elective or at the end of your college training.


Click here to view the full-length webinar. 

Applied Separations will Award the 2nd Annual Supercritical Fluids Education Grant

At the 16th Annual Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference, Applied Separations, in conjunction with ACS GCI, will award the 2nd Annual Supercritical Fluids Education Grant, worth over $30K, to an institute of higher learning to support an education in Supercritical Fluids and their importance to Green Chemistry.


By using Applied Separations' Supercritical Fluid Extraction system, the Spe-ed SFE Prime, a system designed for teaching supercritical fluids in the classroom, professors will be able to educate their students about this green technology and its applications in foods and natural products where solvents can't be used, as well as nanotechnology, materials science and so much more.


Students can be shown how to easily replace petroleum-based or halogenated solvents with supercritical carbon dioxide. Carbon dioxide is one of the most commonly used supercritical fluids because it is green, safe, inexpensive, readily available and an ideal substitute for many hazardous and toxic solvents. Supercritical Fluids are already being used in many industrial processes such as decaffeinating coffee, and countless ways to use apply this technology are being employed every day.


Click here to apply for the grant or to learn more about Applied Separations and its advancements with Supercritical Fluids. You can also call (610) 770-0900.

Green Chemistry Workshops at the
244th ACS National Meeting


The ACS Green Chemistry Institute® will offer three dynamic workshops at the upcoming 244th ACS National Meeting in Philadelphia, PA.  The workshops will range from introducing the concepts of green chemistry, taking a deeper dive into case studies and the tools of green chemistry, to a full-day advanced workshop with in-depth case studies on the application of green chemistry across a variety of application areas.  Workshop topics and registration costs are listed below.  For more information, please contact ACS GCI at  [email protected] or (202) 872-6102.  You may also register via the web-links provided below.  Don't delay, register today!   


Introducing: The American Chemical Society
Entrepreneurial Initiative

The ACS Entrepreneurial Initiative (EI) has been developed to enable ACS members to transform their innovative ideas into successful business ventures and create new, sustainable jobs in the American chemical enterprise. As part of this initiative, the  Entrepreneurial Training Program  (ETP) and the Entrepreneurial Resource Center (ERC) are programs that have been designed to cater to the needs of ACS members at the early stage of their entrepreneurial endeavors. Access to these programs is granted upon satisfactorily completing the application  and meeting the standards required for entry.  

GSK & University of Nottingham Collaborate to Create Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Chemistry

GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and The University of Nottingham today formalised a collaboration to establish a new laboratory to accommodate a Centre of Excellence for sustainable chemistry, and to construct an innovative carbon neutral sustainable chemistry laboratory. This agreement represents progress on GSK's 'green chemistry' commitment first announced in 2010.

The GlaxoSmithKline Carbon Neutral Laboratory for Sustainable Chemistry will be based on the University's Jubilee Campus and its construction is being supported by a £12m grant from GSK.


The laboratory will be a Centre of Excellence for sustainable chemistry and will focus on research that is of particular relevance to the pharmaceutical industry and which complements established expertise at the University of Nottingham. It will also deliver advanced undergraduate teaching and outreach to the wider scientific community to embed sustainable chemistry principles in the next generation of scientists.


Click here for the full story.  


Story Credits:
Professor Christopher Moody, School of Chemistry, The University of Nottingham
Phone:+44 (0)115 846 8500 
Tim Utton - Deputy Director of Communications
Email: [email protected]
Phone: +44 (0)115 846 8092  
Location: King's Meadow Campus  

16th Annual Green Chemistry & Engineering  

Conference Sponsors & Exhibitors


ACS GCI would like to sincerely thank all of this year's conference sponsors and exhibitors for their continued support of green chemistry!  Click here for sponsorship and exhibitor information.  We want to see YOU listed below!    

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