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Professor Buxing Han elected as Academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences

Professor Buxing Han has been elected as an Academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences

Professor Buxing Han (pictured) has been elected as an Academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences

Professor Buxing Han has been awarded the prestigious honour of Academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. Academician is a lifelong honour and the highest academic title given to Chinese scientists and experts working in scientific and technological fields. Professor Han has received this award for his contribution to the chemical sciences; his research interests include the chemical thermodynamics of green solvent systems and applications of green solvents in chemical reactions and material synthesis. We would like to take this opportunity to congratulate him on this great achievement.

Professor Han has also taken on the role of  Associate Editor for Green Chemistry from 2014, handling submissions in the areas of green solvents, CO2 and biomass conversion. He joins Professor C.-J. Li and our experienced in-house Editorial team in handling submissions to the Journal. We welcome him to this new role.

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Green Chemistry Advisory Board member Professor Richard Wool wins 2013 Presdiential Green Chemistry Challenge Award

Professor Richard Wool, Green Chemistry Advisory Board winners of the 2013 Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge AwardsGreen Chemistry Advisory Board member Professor Richard Wool has won the 2013 Presdiential Green Chemistry Challenge Award for Academic research. He has been recognized for his research in creating several materials from less toxic and renewable biobased feedstocks such as vegetable oils, chicken feathers and flax that can be used as adhesives, composites, foams, and even circuit boards and as a leather substitute. Professor Wool is currently the Director of the ACRES (Affordable Composites from Renewable Resources) Program at the University of Delaware.

Green Chemistry would like to extend our congratulations to Professor Wool on this achievement.

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Editorial celebrating 15 years of Green Chemistry

James Clark (Scientific Editor, 199-2003)

James Clark, Scientific Editor, 1999-2003

The first issue of Green Chemistry was published in January 1999; as 2013 comes to a close we are celebrating the completion of 15 years of publication. Over these 15 years articles published in the Journal have recorded the evolving priorities in green chemistry research.

To mark this significant milestone we invited past Chairs of the Editorial Board and Scientific Editors for their views on the area of green chemistry, and the changes they have seen since the Journal was launched.

The result is a wonderfully thought-provoking Editorial which is published in 2014 Issue 1 and we hope you enjoy reading.

Read the Editorial celebrating 15 years of Green Chemistry online for free here.

Walter Leitner (Scientific Editor 2004-2012 and Editorial Board Chair 2012-Present)

Walter Leitner, Scientific Editor 2004-2012 and Editorial Board Chair 2012-Present

Roger Sheldon (Editorial Board Chair 1999-2001)

Roger Sheldon, Editorial Board Chair 1999-2001

Colin Raston (Editorial Board Chair 2002-2005)

Colin Raston, Editorial Board Chair 2002-2005

Martyn Poliakoff (Editorial Board Chair 2006-2011)

Martyn Poliakoff, Editorial Board Chair 2006-2011


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Professor Joan Brennecke elected to the National Academy of Engineering

Joan Brennecke receiving her certificate of membership to the National Acadamy of EngineeringGreen Chemistry Advisory Board member Joan Brennecke, the Keating-Crawford Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Notre Dame, USA, has been elected a member of the National Academy of Engineering.  This honour has been awarded “for innovation in the use of ionic liquids and supercritical fluids for environmentally benign chemical processing.” 

Election to the National Academy of Engineering is one of the highest professional distinctions that can be awarded to an engineer.  An Academy membership honours those who have made outstanding contributions to engineering research, practice or education.

Green Chemistry would like to extend our warmest congratulations to Professor Brennecke on this achievement.

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From Waste to Wealth Using Green Chemistry

On Thursday the 27th September, Professor James Clark from the University of York, UK, gave a public lecture at The Chemistry Centre in London on “From Waste to Wealth using Green Chemistry“.

The world today faces the fundamental issues of increasing waste but decreasing resources as it tries to cope with the ever increasing consumption of a growing population.  Many of the raw resources and elements needed for the manufacture of important products used everyday are now running out.  For example, in our search for ‘carbon-free’ products we have then created additional problems by significantly depleting the world’s resource of other elements, such as germanium.  James Clark answering questions after his talk at The Chemistry CentreWe generate so much waste, but what do we do with it?  How can we deal with our waste more efficiently?

The only way these problems can be met and dealt with is through a fundamentally different approach to the way we consume resources.  Professor Clark’s lecture shows how by considering our waste as an opportunity rather than a problem, we can fully move towards a truly sustainable resource consumption model and give our children some hope for the future.

The event, sponsored by GlaxoSmithKline, was strongly attended by an audience of 100 people from a broad range of different backgrounds.  The event generated lots of questions and some lively debates which continued long after the lecture had ended. 

Missed the lecture?  You can watch Professor Clark’s lecture in full on The Reaction website!

Professor Clark is the founding Editor of Green Chemistry and is also one of the Editors of the RSC Green Chemistry Book Series – find out more here.

You may also be interested in a few of Professor Clark’s recent Green Chemistry articles – free to access until the 9th November 2012:

Preparation and characterisation of bioplastics made from cottonseed protein, H.-B. Yue, Y.-D. Cui, P. S. Shuttleworth and James H. Clark, Green Chem., 2012, 14, 2009-2016

Thermosetting resin based on epoxidised linseed oil and bio-derived crosslinker, Nontipa Supanchaiyamat, Peter S. Shuttleworth, Andrew J. Hunt, James H. Clark and Avtar S. Matharu, Green Chem., 2012, 14, 1759-1765

A quantitative comparison between conventional and bio-derived solvents from citrus waste in esterification and amidation kinetic studies, James H. Clark, Duncan J. Macquarrie and James Sherwood, Green Chem., 2012, 14, 90-93

Switchable adhesives for carpet tiles: a major breakthrough in sustainable flooring, Peter S. Shuttleworth, James H. Clark, Robert Mantle and Nigel Stansfield, Green Chem., 2010, 12, 798-803

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Meet our Editorial Board: Walter Leitner (Chair)

Walter Leitner is a full Professor at Technische Chemie und Petrolchemie, Institut für Technische Chemie und Makromolekulare Chemie at the RWTH Aachen University and is the new Chair of the Green Chemistry Editorial Board.  As Walter takes up his new position, we asked for his thoughts on how sees the Journal, and the area of green chemistry, developing in the future…

Who or what initially inspired you to become a chemist?

I cannot fix this to a single person or event. To be honest, a large number of coincidences and external factors led me to study chemistry at Regensburg University, and it was mostly during my time as PhD-student with Henri Brunner and PostDoc with John Brown that I developed a strong research interest into catalysis and organometallic chemistry – and started to become fascinated by the idea of academic freedom!

You’ve recently been appointed as the new Chair of the Green Chemistry Editorial Board – what most excites you about the Journal?

The ever increasing scientific quality of the contributions and the incredible enthusiasm of the community – just coming back from the Green Chemistry Gordon Conference near Lucca in Italy, I am still nurtured by the same experience there!

Where would you like to see the Journal develop during your time as Chair?

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An interview with Martyn Poliakoff

Martyn Poliakoff is a Professor of Chemistry at the University of Nottingham, and the out-going Chair of the Green Chemistry Editorial Board.  As he steps down after leading the Journal for the last six years, Martyn took a few moments to talk to us about how he was inspired to become a chemist and how he sees the field of green chemistry developing in the future…

Who or what initially inspired you to become a chemist?

My father and grandfather were physicists.  From as young as I can remember, it was always assumed that I would become a scientist.  I was lucky to have inspirational physics and chemistry teachers, David Hepburn-Scott and Tony Roberts.  I was not good enough at maths to become a physicist but Tony Roberts really inspired me to focus on chemistry and I am still in contact with him nearly 50 years later.  (Find out more here)

What have you enjoyed most during your time as Chair of the Editorial Board of Green Chemistry?

I have really enjoyed meeting a variety of green chemists and also it has been a pleasure to promote the Journal across the world. 

What do you consider to be the most significant development on the Journal during your time as Chair?

I think there have been three important developments during my tenure.  Firstly, the greatly increased Impact Factor; the friendly rivalry with ChemComm has been a great spur to us all. Secondly, the increased rejection rate (including at least one paper of mine!) indicates not only that the Journal has become a more attractive place to publish but also that the standard of Green Chemistry publications is increasing.  Thirdly, the appearance of at least three new journals in this area clearly demonstrates that the foresight of the RSC in recognising the potential of green chemistry.  I am determined that our Journal shall remain the market leader.

What do you see as the biggest challenge facing the field of green chemistry?

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New Editorial Board Chair for Green Chemistry

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Walter Leitner as the new Chair of the Green Chemistry Editorial Board. 

Walter Leitner

Walter Leitner

Walter is a full professor at Technische Chemie und Petrolchemie, Institut für Technische Chemie und Makromolekulare Chemie at the RWTH Aachen University and has been involved in the development of the Journal through his role as Scientific Editor. We look forward to the start of a new era with Walter as Chair of the Green Chemistry Editorial Board.

Martyn Poliakoff

The start of a new era must, unfortunately, see the end of another and after six years as Chair of the Editorial Board Martyn Poliakoff is stepping down.  Green Chemistry is privileged to have been guided by one of the most prominent green chemists and we wish to thank Martyn for all his hard work and endless enthusiasm he has brought to the Journal.  Martyn bids the journal farewell in a recently published editorial entitled ‘Paul Anastas and the Robin Hood Question’
Intrigued? Find out more by reading the Editorial here.

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Green Chemistry Chair receives two more scientific acolades

Professor Martyn Poliakoff from the University of Nottingham and Chair of the Green Chemistry Editorial Board, has been awarded the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Nyholm Prize for Education and has been elected as a foreign member of the Russian Academy of Sciences.

The Nyholm Prize for Education, in honour of Sir Ronald Hyholm, has been awarded to Professor Poliakoff for his work in bringing a whole new audience to chemistry through the Periodic Table of Videos.  Professor Poliakoff said:

“I was really happy to be awarded the Nyholm Prize which I regard as a prize for the whole of the Periodic Table of Videos team. It is particularly gratifying as Sir Ronald Nyholm, in whose honour this prize is named, was a hugely important figure in both chemical research and chemical education.”

Professor Poliakoff will present a talk entitled ‘From Test Tube to YouTube’ at the RSC Education Division Nyholm Symposium at the University of Nottingham on Wednesday the 8th February. 

Professor Poliakoff has also been elected as a foreign member of the Russian Academy of Sciences, an honour which is particularly special due to his own strong links with the country. 

Green Chemistry would like to extend our warmest congratulations to Professor Poliakoff.

 

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Green Chemistry Board Members are RSC Prize Winners

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Professor Martyn Poliakoff

The RSC Prize Winners 2011 have recently been announced and Green Chemistry Board Members Martyn Poliakoff and James Clark have both been honoured.  The RSC Prizes have been designed to be of the broadest relevance to the chemical sciences community as a whole, rewarding those whose careers are defined by exceptional work, excellence and dedication. 

Professor Martyn Poliakoff from Nottingham University is Chair of the Green Chemistry Editorial Board.  He was recently nominated to be the next Foreign Secretary of the Royal Society. Professor Poliakoff has been awarded the Nyholm Prize for Education which is for outstanding accomplishment in education relating to the chemical sciences.  He was chosen due to his enthusiastic leadership in taking chemistry to the widest possible audience, using not only traditional channels but also the power of YouTube.

Professor James Clark

Professor James Clark

Professor James Clark was the founding Editor of Green Chemistry and is still involved with the journal on our Advisory Board.  He has been awarded the Environment Prize which is for outstanding contributions to the chemical sciences in the area of environment, sustainability and energy (sponsored by Proctor & Gamble).  Professor Clark was chosen for his fundamental and applied research contributions to the areas of green chemistry, clean technology and sustainability and for educational, publishing and public awareness contributions in the green chemistry area.

We would like to congratulate Professor Poliakoff and Professor Clark.

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