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23rd Annual Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference & 9th International Conference on Green and Sustainable Chemistry (GC&E)

The 23rd Annual Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference & 9th International Conference on Green and Sustainable Chemistry (GC&E), hosted by the ACS Green Chemistry Institute, will be held in Reston, VA, USA on June 11-13, 2019.

With three days of programming, the Conference offers more than 40 technical sessions in seven concurrent tracks and multiple opportunities to network with hundreds of attendees from around the world. This year’s conference will focus on, “Closing the Loop” in the chemical life cycle.

Early Bird Registration is open through April 30, 2019.

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The 8th International Congress on Ionic Liquids – COIL 8

The 8th International Congress on Ionic Liquids (COIL-8) will be held in Beijing, China on May 13-17, 2019. The main theme of this congress is Ionic Liquids for Green World.

COIL-8 aims at providing an open, frontier and efficient platform for outstanding scientists, engineers, and industrialists to discuss the ionic liquid fundamental science, green process innovation and industrial application. Topics include but are not limited to: Properties, Thermodynamics and Simulation, Green Chemical Synthesis & Catalysis, Green Separation & Recycling, Functional Materials, Renewable Energy & Energy Storage, Biomass Processing & Bio-technology, Environmental and Biodegradation, Industrial Applications, and other related topics.

The call for paper is in progress, and the submission deadline is February 20, 2019. More information can be found on the website: http://coil-8.csp.escience.cn

Register before March 15 for discounted registration.

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Obituary: Professor Wilhelm Keim

Prof. em. Dr. Dr. h.c. Wilhelm Keim, (1934 – 2018)

Wilhelm Keim was born on 1 December 1934 in Oberhausen, Germany. He studied chemistry in Münster and Saarbrücken before he moved to the Max-Planck-Institute for Coal Research in Mülheim/Ruhr headed by Karl Ziegler, to work on his dissertation under the guidance of Günther Wilke. He obtained the PhD in 1963 for his work on π-allyl complexes of Ni, Pd and Pt. After two years as a postdoc with Thomas J. Katz at Columbia University, New York, he joined the Shell Oil Componay in the USA, where he rapidly rose through the ranks and became department head and research manager at a young age. During this time he and his team developed the Ni-catalysed oligomerisation of ethene, essential part of what we know as the Shell Higher Olefin Process, SHOP. With an annual capacity of more than 1 million tons of α-olefins, this process is one of the important large scale applications of homogeneous transition metal catalysis. The resulting alkenes are important intermediates for the production of surfactants and as co-monomers for low density polyethylene and other polyolefins.

In 1973 Wilhelm Keim moved back to Germany, accepting the offer of the Chair of Industrial Chemistry at RWTH Aachen as successor of Friedrich Asinger. He continued to carry out fundamental studies on alkene oligomerisation but also worked on a wide range of transition metal catalysed reactions employing homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysts. He became a leading figure in the catalysis landscape, sought after expert, and advisor to many companies over the years. Notably he was also member of the supervisory board of Degussa AG for several years.

Wilhelm was always an ambassador for fundamental research as well as for application oriented research and he managed to find a balance between both, fostering the collaboration and dialog between industry and university. He had a fine sense for new developments and the potential of new research areas and was among the pioneers exploring new types of solvents like ionic liquids and fluorinated solvents. Also his work on CO2 as a feedstock broke new ground. He was an inspiring teacher and mentor for more than 150 PhD students, always personally concerned about their career in industry and academia. Many of us continued to consult him for advice, from leading positions in industry and from academia alike. All of them form a well-connected network as the so-called “Keimlinge” (English translation: seedlings).

With his professional drive, his charismatic personality and wit, he also served the scientific community through organisations like GDCh, DECHEMA and DGMK for many years on the board or as chairman or president. He also was a founding member of the Petrochemical Division of DGMK. His many years of service and scientific achievements were recognised with the Carl-Engler-Medal in 1999 and he became an honorary member of DECHEMA. He was member of the Russian Academy of Sciences and Academia Europaea and Dr. h.c. of the University of Lille, France. He was also honorary professor at the Dalian University of Technology and University of Hangzhou, China, as well as adjunct professor at King Fahd University of Dharhan, Saudi Arabia.

In 2001 Wilhelm Keim retired and became emeritus professor. He supported his successor, Walter Leitner, in such an exemplary manner that Walter always refers to him as “the best imaginable predecessor”. For many years he continued to advise companies and scientific organisations and kept contact to a huge community of colleagues and friends.

Wilhelm Keim died on 30 September 2018 at the age of 83. He leaves a hole in our hearts and will be dearly missed as an outstanding scientist, wonderful mentor and dear friend by so many colleagues in the community.

Arno Behr, Stefan Mecking, Dieter Vogt

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ISGC, the International Symposium on Green Chemistry, La Rochelle, May 13th-17th 2019

ISGC, the International Symposium on Green Chemistry, will be held in La Rochelle – France, May 13th-17th 2019. There will be 11 topics, plenary lectures, 260 oral communications and 40 industrial communications, 1000+ participants (academic institutions and private industry).

The call for communications is in progress. The deadline for papers is November 15th 2018 (and March 31st 2019 for poster submissions).

The main objective of ISGC-2019 is to gather the most eminent scientists involved in the field of green chemistry to debate on the future challenges of Chemistry keeping in mind the problems of access to a sustainable energy, the management of resources (carbon, water, metals, minerals), Human development, global warming, impact on the environment, competitiveness of our Industry. New in 2019, ISGC will also aim at improving public perception and awareness on sustainable chemistry through the organization of general conferences. Raising awareness and progressively educating our society on the issues surrounding sustainable development has become a priority to accelerate the emergence of eco-designed chemicals, technologies or services on the market.

For more information please see www.isgc-symposium.com

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Novel Enzymes 2018

The 6th Novel Enzymes Conference, focusing on the most exciting advances in applied enzymology. Emphasis will be given to discovery of new enzymes, engineering approaches (including novel assays), and newly developed enzyme applications.

Topics include:

  • Enzyme discovery
  • Enzyme mechanisms
  • Enzyme engineering
  • Enzyme applications

The conference will be held in Darmstadt, Germany, from 9 to 12 October 2018.

Register now!

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Green Chemistry Conference & UNIDO – Global Chemical Leasing Award

The Austrian Ministry of Sustainability and Tourism are pleased to invite you to the Green Chemistry Conference & UNIDO – Global Chemical Leasing Award which will take place in Vienna from Monday, 5 November 2018 until Tuesday, 6 November 2018.

This Conference brings together experts to present the current status of Green Chemistry worldwide and in the European Union. We are glad to announce the participation of international leading scientists in the field of Green and Sustainable Chemistry.

International perspectives and policy will be discussed – amongst others – by experts from UNIDO, ISC3, UN Environment, the EEA, ECHA and the European Commission.

Please note that participation at the conference is free of cost and registrations will be assigned in the order of receipt.

For registration please send an email to: greenchemistry-vienna@umweltbundesamt.at where you will be provided with further instructions.

The detailed agenda can be found here.

 

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Professor Ken Seddon OBE Memorial Seminar

On Friday 14 September, the Queen’s University Ionic Liquid Laboratories Research Centre (QUILL) at the School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Queen’s University Belfast hosted a Memorial Seminar for former Green Chemistry Advisory Board, Professor Ken Seddon OBE. Green Chemistry were very proud to sponsor the event.

The extremely-well attended seminar commemorated Ken’s larger-than-life personality and his contributions to science.

You can find out more about Professor Seddon’s contribution to the field of green chemistry in a special Obituary written by Dr John Holbrey and Professor Tom Welton OBE, published in Green Chemistry. Read it here.

 

 

Pictured are the speakers (L-R): Dr Gabriela Fedor, Evonik Industries; Professor Walter Leitner, Max Planck Institute for Chemical Energy Conversion; Professor Edwin Constable, University of Basel; Professor Jim Swindall CBE, Green Lizard Technologies Ltd; Dr Gosia Swadzba-Kwasny, Queen’s University Belfast; Professor Elaine Seddon, The University of Manchester; Professor Peter Licence, University of Nottingham; Professor Tom Welton OBE, Imperial College London; Dr John Holbrey, Queen’s University Belfast; Professor Douglas MacFarlane, Monash University; Professor Christopher Adams, XeF6 Consulting/Cardiff Catalysis Institute; Professor Peter Wasserscheid, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg; and Dr Donald Braben, University College London.

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Green Chemistry’s latest Impact Factor: 8.586

Green Chemistry is pleased to announce its latest Impact Factor is 8.586*.

Green Chemistry continues to lead the field as the home of innovative research for the development of alternative sustainable technologies.

Led by Editorial Board Chair Philip Jessop (Queen’s University, Canada), we welcome urgent Communications and full Papers demonstrating key advances in sustainability, as well as Reviews and Perspectives. The broad scope and interdisciplinary nature of the research published in the journal, coupled with rigorous peer review and rapid times to publication of 54 days** from receipt to acceptance, ensures your work will quickly attract the attention it deserves.

We would like to thank all our authors, readers, reviewers and Editorial & Advisory Board members for making Green Chemistry a unique forum for research that enables a greener sustainable future

Find the all the RSC’s journals newly published 2017 Impact Factors* here.

*The Impact Factor provides an indication of the average number of citations per paper. Produced annually, Impact Factors are calculated by dividing the number of citations in a year, by the number of citeable articles published in the preceding two years. Data based on 2017 Journal Citation Reports® (Thomson Reuters).

** 2017 average

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Outstanding Reviewers for Green Chemistry in 2017

We would like to highlight the Outstanding Reviewers for Green Chemistry in 2017, as selected by the editorial team, for their significant contribution to the journal. The reviewers have been chosen based on the number, timeliness and quality of the reports completed over the last 12 months.

We would like to say a big thank you to those individuals listed here as well as to all of the reviewers that have supported the journal. Each Outstanding Reviewer will receive a certificate to give recognition for their significant contribution.

Dr Mark Harmer, SAC Tech

Christoforos Kokotos, University of Athens, ORCID: 0000-0002-4762-7682

Dr Nicholas Leadbeater, University of Connecticut, ORCID: 0000-0003-1823-5417

Professor Yong Rok Lee, Yeungnam University, ORCID: 0000-0002-4048-8341

Dr Yoshinao Nakagawa, Tohoku University, ORCID: 0000-0002-1390-0310

Dr Mika Sipponen, Aalto University, ORCID: 0000-0001-7747-9310

Dr Jinliang Song, Institute of Chemistry Chinese Academy of Sciences, ORCID: 0000-0001-9573-600X

Professor Luigi Vaccaro, Universita degli Studi di Perugia, ORCID: 0000-0003-4168-2303

Dr Jean Jacques Vanden Eynde, MDPI AG, ORCID: 0000-0003-4770-4104

Dr Zhijie Wu, Chinese University of Petroleum

We would also like to thank the Green Chemistry board and the green chemistry community for their continued support of the journal, as authors, reviewers and readers.

 

If you would like to become a reviewer for our journal, just email us with details of your research interests and an up-to-date CV or résumé.  You can find more details in our author and reviewer resource centre

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Introducing new Green Chemistry Editorial Board member: François Jérôme

François Jérôme, University of Poitiers, France

François received his PhD degree in chemistry from the University of Burgundy (France) in 2000 in the group of Prof. R. Guilard. Then, he moved as a postdoc to the University of California of Davis (USA) and the group of Prof. K. M. Smith followed by a second postdoctoral position at the University of Rennes 1 under the guidance of Prof. P. H. Dixneuf where he worked on ruthenium-catalyzed reactions. In 2002, he joined the CNRS as a permanent researcher in the Laboratoire de Catalyse en Chimie Organique located at the University of Poitiers. In 2011, he was promoted as a CNRS research director at the Institut de Chimie des Milieux et Matériaux de Poitiers. In 2015, he created the research federation INCREASE, hosted by the CNRS, gathering scientists from academia working together with chemical companies on the design of sustainable chemicals.

He is now deputy of the Institut de Chimie des Milieux et Matériaux de Poitiers, member of the executive committee of the French division of Catalysis and chairman of the International Symposium on Green Chemistry (ISGC); editions 2013, 2015, 2017 and 2019.

His main research interests concern the development of technologies capable of activating and converting concentrated feed of renewable polyols (glycerol, mono- and polysaccharides) to specialty chemicals.

 

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