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New Green Chemistry Editorial Board Member: Tao Zhang

We are delighted to welcome Professor Tao Zhang as our newest Editorial Board member.

Tao Zhang, Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China

Professor Tao Zhang received his PhD in 1989 from the Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics (DICP), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS). After one year at the University of Birmingham as a post-doctoral fellow, he joined DICP again in 1990 where he was promoted to a full Professor in 1995. He was the Director-General of DICP from 2007 to 2016. His research interests are mainly focused on the catalytic conversion of biomass and single-atom catalysis. He has won many important awards, such as the National Invention Prize, Distinguished Award of CAS, Excellent Scientist Award of Chinese Catalysis Society, Zhou Guangzhao Award, and HLHL Prize. Professor Tao Zhang is the author or co-author of more than 400 peer-reviewed scientific publications and 110 patents. He was elected as an academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2013 and was appointed as the Vice President of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2016.

Read some of Professor Zhang’s latest research here:

Sustainable production of pyromellitic acid with pinacol and diethyl maleate
Yancheng Hu, Ning Li, Guangyi Li, Aiqin Wang, Yu Cong, Xiaodong Wang and Tao Zhang
Green Chem., 2017, 7, 1663-1667. DOI: 10.1039/c6gc03576k

Production of renewable 1,3-pentadiene from xylitol via formic acid-mediated deoxydehydration and palladium-catalyzed deoxygenation reactions
Ruiyan Sun, Mingyuan Zheng, Xinsheng Li, Jifeng Pang, Aiqin Wang, Xiaodong Wang and Tao Zhang
Green Chem., 2017, 3, 638-642. DOI: 10.1039/c6gc02868c

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New Green Chemistry Editorial Board Member: Keiichi Tomishige

We are delighted to welcome Keiichi Tomishige as our newest Editorial Board member.

Keiichi Tomishige, Tohoku University, Japan

ORCiD orcid.org/0000-0003-1264-8560

Keiichi Tomishige received his B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. from Graduate School of Science, Department of Chemistry, The University of Tokyo. Following his Ph.D. course in 1994, he moved to the Graduate School of Engineering, University of Tokyo as a Research Associate. In 1998, he became a Lecturer, and moved to the Institute of Materials Science, University of Tsukuba in 2001. In 2004 he became an Associate Professor at the Graduate School of Pure and Applied Sciences, University of Tsukuba. Since 2010, he has been a Professor at the School of Engineering, Tohoku University.

His research interests are the development of heterogeneous catalysts for:

1) the production of biomass-derived chemicals,
2) direct synthesis of organic carbonates from CO2 and alcohols,
3) steam reforming of biomass tar.

 

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New Green Chemistry Associate Editor: Alessandra Quadrelli

We are delighted to welcome Dr Elsje Alessandra Quadrelli as our newest Green Chemistry Associate Editor.

Alessandra Quadrelli, CNRS and ESCPE Lyon, France

ORCiD http://orcid.org/0000-0002-8606-1183

Alessandra is the CNRS director of research in the “Surface organometallic chemistry” team of the C2P2 laboratory in Lyon (France). Her research in the C2P2 unit, under triple tutelage CNRS CPE and Université de Lyon 1, focuses on gaining molecular understanding of the interaction between organometallic precursors and solid surfaces, such as silica and more recently, metal organic frameworks and 2D supports, in route to heterogeneous catalysts and functional materials. As chairwoman of the Sustainability Chair of Chemical, Physics and Electronic Engineering School CPE Lyon, she teaches graduate and undergraduate courses an organizes the biyearly international conference “CO2 Forum” on large scale carbon dioxide utilisations”.

As a Green Chemistry Associate Editor, Alessandra will provide her expertise in particular in the fields of:

  • Surface organometallic chemistry
  • Supported catalysis
  • Inorganic oxides
  • MOFs
  • Small molecule activation

Submit your best green chemistry work in these areas to Alessandra now.

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New Green Chemistry Editorial Board Members: Michael Meier and Rajender S. Varma

We are delighted to welcome Dr Rajender S. Varma and Professor Michael Meier to the Green Chemistry Editorial Board.

Michael Meier, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany
Michael Meier is full professor at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT, Germany) since 2010. He received his diploma degree (M.Sc.) in chemistry in 2002 from the University of Regensburg (Germany) and his PhD under the supervision of Prof. Ulrich S. Schubert from the Eindhoven University of Technology (the Netherlands) in 2006. His research interests include the sustainable use and derivatization of renewable resources for polymer chemistry as well as the design of novel highly defined macromolecular architectures.

Rajender S. Varma, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, USA
Rajender S. Varma was born in India and received his Ph.D. from Delhi University, 1976. After postdoctoral research at Robert Robinson Laboratories, Liverpool, U.K., he was faculty member at Baylor College of Medicine and Sam Houston State University prior to joining the Sustainable Technology Division at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in 1999 with an adjunct appointment at Palacky University, Olomouc, Czech Republic. He has over 40 years of research experience in management of multidisciplinary technical programs and is extensively involved in sustainable aspects of chemistry that include photocatalysis, synthesis, environmental sciences, and development of environmentally benign synthetic methods using alternate energy input using microwaves, ultrasound, mechanochemistry, etc.; efficient technologies for greener remediation of contaminants; and environmental sciences. Lately, he has focused on greener approaches to assemble nanophotocatalysts and sustainable applications of magnetically retrievable nanophotocatalysts in benign media.

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Welcome Keiichi Tomishige, Burkhard Koenig and Karen Goldberg to the Green Chemistry Advisory Board

Keiichi Tomishige, Tohoku University, Japan, is focused on creating solid catalysts for converting biomass resources. For instance, environmentally friendly hydrocarbon resources such as rice straw and wood scrap are readily available and easily recycled, and could play a major role in the production of renewable chemicals and alternative fuels as oil reserves become exhausted. Likewise, natural gas harbors considerable potential as a liquid fuel if efficient conversion processes can be developed. However it is currently much easier to convert oil, so the aim therefore is to improve conversion efficiency. To this end, Keiichi Tomishige and his research group are continually designing, testing and analyzing new catalysts in a bid to find the optimum solution for each process. More information can be found on Keiichi Tomishige’s website.

Research activities of Burkhard Koenig, University of Regensburg, Germany, revolve around the use of intermolecular interactions in the molecular design of chemosensors, catalysts and pharmaceutically active compounds. Design, synthesis and determination of properties are the typical elements of all projects. More information can be found on Burkhard Koenig’s website.

Karen Goldberg, University of Washington, USA, has research interests including activation of strong bonds, anti-Markovnikov hydroamination of alkenes, harnessing and making molecular oxygen, a new generation of electrophilic oxidation catalysts and epoxidation with O2. More information can be found on Karen Goldberg’s website.

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EPA Announces Winners of 2016 Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards

Green Chemistry would like to congratulate the recent winners of the EPA Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards. The Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards promote the environmental and economic benefits of developing and using novel green chemistry. These prestigious annual awards recognise chemical technologies that incorporate the principles of green chemistry into chemical design, manufacture, and use.

2016 Award Winners

For Greener Synthetic Pathways
CB&I
Albemarle
AlkyClean® Technology:  An Inherently Safer Technology for the Production of Gasoline Alkylate

For Greener Reaction Conditions
Dow AgroSciences LLC
Instinct® Technology – Making Nitrogen Fertilizers Work More Effectively for Farmers and the Planet

For Designing Greener Chemicals and Specific Environmental Benefit: Climate Change
Newlight Technologies
AirCarbon: Greenhouse Gas Transformed into High-Performance Thermoplastic

For Small Business
Verdezyne
Renewable Nylon Through Commercialization of BIOLONTM DDDA

For Academic
Professor Paul J. Chirik of Princeton University
Catalysis with Earth Abundant Transition Metals

For more information please visit the EPA website.

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Advisory board member Professor Sir Martyn Poliakoff wins Lord Lewis Prize

A picture of Martyn PoliakoffMartyn Poliakoff is well-known both for his academic work and for his incredibly popular series of Periodic Videos. His research bridges the interface of chemistry and engineering, making chemical processes more environmentally friendly, by replacing the solvents used in reactions with greener alternatives. This work will provide society with more sustainable ways to produce the chemicals that we need. His major contribution has been in the use of supercritical fluids (gases compressed until they are as dense as liquids), particularly supercritical carbon dioxide or steam, as solvents for chemical reactions involving hydrogen or oxygen with organic compounds. The Lord Lewis Prize, which is awarded every two years, is given for distinctive and distinguished chemical or scientific achievements, together with significant contributions to the development of science policy.

To read more about Professor Sir Martyn Poliakoff and the 2016 Lord Lewis Prize please click-through to the website.

Related content:
All 2016 Royal Society of Chemistry prize and award winners: http://rsc.li/awards-prizes-2016
Collection of articles published by prize and award winners: http://rsc.li/rscwinners2016-collection

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Editorial board member Paul Anastas wins prestigious Green Chemistry award

A picture of Paul AnastasProfessor Anastas is widely regarded as the ‘father of green chemistry’ and holds the Teresa and H. John Heinz III Chair in Chemistry for the Environment at Yale University. His talents have brought him to positions in service of four U.S. Presidents including working in the White House in the Clinton and Bush Administration and was named by President Obama to the Senate-confirmed position as Assistant Administrator for Research and Development at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. In 2007, he founded the Center for Green Chemistry and Green Engineering at Yale that is engaged in basic research, development, commercialization, curriculum development, and policy initiatives.

To read more about Professor Anastas and the 2016 Green Chemistry Award please click-through to the website.

Related content:
All 2016 Royal Society of Chemistry prize and award winners: http://rsc.li/awards-prizes-2016
Collection of articles published by prize and award winners: http://rsc.li/rscwinners2016-collection

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Christian Stevens wins Emerging Technologies Competition 2015

Green Chemistry Advisory Board member Christian Stevens has won first prize in the Energy & sustainability stream of the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Emerging Technologies Competition 2015. In this third year of the competition, applications were also accepted from outside the UK which enabled Christian and Wouter Ducheyne, of Ghent University and Caloritum in Belgium, achieve this success.

Their winning technology is a ‘Chemical pump for recovery of industrial waste heat’ and was developed jointly by the University of Ghent and Caloritum. It is an industrial chemical heat pump that can recover waste heat between 75-150°C and increase this to a useful heat level of over 200°C. This is a bio-inspired technology, being based on the phosphate transfer in the ATP-ADP cycle that occurs in the human body. Addressing a problem that cost the EU over €52bn per year, the patented technology can be implemented in production processes ranging from the petrochemical industry to food production and power generation.

The Emerging Technologies Competition is the Royal Society of Chemistry’s flagship annual innovation event and saw thirty teams pitch their emerging technologies to experienced judging panels. There are three streams to the competition: Healthcare, Energy & sustainability, and Materials and the top three teams in each stream received a prize at the ceremony on Monday 29th June 2015. First prize winners receive a cash prize of £20,000, a profile in Chemistry World magazine, and a personalised package of tailored business support from one or more of the competition partner companies – all of which are major multinationals (such as Croda, Procter & Gamble, Pfizer, GSK etc.) with considerable experience in bringing new products to market.

We would like to congratulate Christian Stevens and Wouter Ducheyne for achieving this accolade.

Pictured: Christian Stevens (left) and Wouter Ducheyne (right), pitching at the annual innovation event.

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New Green Chemistry Board Member: Martina Peters

We are pleased to welcome Dr Martina Peters as a new Green Chemistry Editorial Board Member.

Martina Peters studied Chemistry at RWTH Aachen University in Germany and at the University of Colorado at Boulder, USA. She finished her PhD with Prof. Walter Leitner at RWTH Aachen University in 2008 and continued as PostDoc at the CAT Catalytic Center at RWTH Aachen. In 2010 she joined Bayer Technology Services as project manager, focusing on chemical utilization of CO2 as C1-building block for polymers. In 2012 she became head of “Chemical Catalysis” at Bayer Technology Services, a team providing chemical expertise for different areas of application within Bayer. Since mid-2014 Martina is a senior strategists at Bayer AG in the area of Technology and Manufacturing Strategy. In her free time she enjoys doing sports, especially mountain biking.

Take a look at some of her contributions to Royal Society of Chemistry Journals (free to access until 30th August 2015):

Life cycle assessment of CO2 capture and utilization: a tutorial review, Niklas von der Assen, Philip Voll, Martina Peters and André Bardow , Chem. Soc. Rev., 2014,43, 7982-7994, DOI: 10.1039/C3CS60373C

Screening of new solvents for artemisinin extraction process using ab initio methodology, Alexei A. Lapkin, Martina Peters, Lasse Greiner, Smain Chemat, Kai Leonhard, Marcel A. Liauw and Walter Leitner, Green Chem., 2010,12, 241-251, DOI: 10.1039/B922001A

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