Prize winners at 8th Symposium on Ionic liquids, Japan

The 8th Symposium on Ionic liquids, Japan was held at Tokyo University of Agriculture and Science on the 23 and 24th Nov. The event was chaired by Prof Hiroyuki Ohno and was attended by 269 guests, with 114 posters and 28 talks.

PCCP poster award

Ms. Erika Nozaki

Niigata University,

“Water-in Salt” the Li+ Local Structure in Super Concentrated Li salt aqueous solution by Neutron/X-ray”

Green Chemistry poster award

Ms. Eri Hayashi

Yokoyama National University,

“Role of cation structure in CO2 Separation by Ionic Liquid/Sulfonated Polyimide Composite Membrane”

ChemComm poster award

Ms. Shiori Nomoto

Tokyo Institute of Technology,

“Evaluation of Madelung energy of Ionic Liquid using Ultraviolet Photoelectron Spectroscopy”

 

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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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Poster Prize Winners at EuGSC 2017!

The University of York, UK, hosted the 3rd biannual EuCheMS Congress on Green and Sustainable Chemistry (EuGSC) between the 3-6 September 2017. The Royal Society of Chemistry were delighted to support the event and offered poster prizes, sponsored by Green Chemistry, for the best poster submissions. The winners of the these prizes were:

Myriam Y. Souleymanou: “Enabling CO2 re-use for the production of organic cyclic carbonates”

Astrid E. Delorme: “Sustainable systems for alcohol oxidation: tuning the reactivity of TEMPO”

Eduardo Morais: “Heterogeneous catalysts for sustainable production of fuels from CO2

Eduardo Morais (centre) and Astrid E. Delorme (second-right), with Professors Ben Feringa (far-left), Michael North (second-left) and Paul Anastas (far-right)

Our congratulations to each of the winners!

 

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What are the greatest needs in green chemistry?

An appeal from the Green Chemistry Editorial Board

Applied research in the area of green chemistry can be most effective if it is directed at solving problems that cause significant environmental impact or inefficiencies in current human activities. It is therefore necessary to identify those problems.

Green Chemistry is planning a virtual special issue on the topic of the greatest needs for green chemistry research, in the hope that this information will be of service to the community. The issue will encompass Perspectives papers that identify the top green needs in any one area.

We are therefore appealing for your thoughts on what are the most pressing needs for green chemistry research:

  • What fields of research should be topics of such papers? (could be a field of economic activity, a field of research, a kind of impact, or a class of chemicals/processes/products)
  • Who would you recommend as the author(s) for the papers you’ve suggested above?

We welcome self-nominations and proposals for Perspectives which fall into this topic. Please note that all papers will be subject to the usual initial assessment and peer review processes.

Fill in the survey online at rsc.li/greenchemneeds by 31 October 2017

You can also contact us at green-rsc@rsc.org

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Superchemist front cover depicts research of tropylium salts in acetalization reactions

Tropylium salts as efficient organic Lewis acid catalysts for acetalization and transacetalization reactions in batch and flow

Acetalization reactions play significant roles in the synthetically important masking chemistry of carbonyl compounds. In their paper the authors demonstrate for the first time that tropylium salts can act as organic Lewis acid catalysts to facilitate acetalization and transacetalization reactions of a wide range of aldehyde substrates. This metal-free method works efficiently in both batch and flow conditions, prompting further future applications of tropylium organocatalysts in green synthesis.

As featured on the front cover of Green Chemistry Issue 17, Dr Vinh Nguyen tells us a little more about the artwork: “This graphic features a “superchemist” in safety goggles and white labcoat/cape holding a round-bottom flask. He is holding a heptagonal shield representing our tropylium ion. There are engravings on the shield denoting what chemicals can be used to protect the “carbonyl compound” on his chest.”

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8th World Congress on Oxidation Catalysis

The 8th World Congress on Oxidation Catalysis will be held in Krakow, Poland from the 3rd – 8th September 2017. WCOC 2017 follows the series of meetings devoted to oxidation catalysis, which are organized every four years and have became the forum for researchers in the field of selective oxidation and oxide catalysts to gather and discuss new challenges and advances in these fields, as well as to generate new contacts and collaborations.

Catalysis Science & Technology, Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics (PCCP), Green Chemistry and Reaction Chemistry & Engineering are delighted to be supporting the event.

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Green Chemistry publishes: a new way to remove 99% of harmful BPA from water

Green Chemistry Review gains worldwide press coverage.

An international team of scientists have designed a water treatment system that can remove the harmful chemical BPA from water with 99% effectiveness – as published in Green Chemistry.

Dr Matthew DeNardo, one of the review‘s authors and the primary author of the BPA sections tells us about how the work came together:

The Institute for Green Science at Carnegie Mellon University, which is led by Terrence J. Collins, the Teresa Heinz Professor of Green Chemistry, focuses on the multidisciplinary development of TAML processes for the removal of endocrine disruptors from waters. Production of this authentic, high-quality work, requires engagement of the many fields necessary to direct chemistry towards sustainability. For example, this manuscript would not have been possible without significant contributions from The Department of Environmental and Molecular Toxicology at Oregon State University and both The Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering and Centre for Green Chemical Science at the University of Auckland.

The mini-reviews, which Dr. Collins and I wrote together, unify the findings of several disciplines concisely to illuminate the emergent truths. It is fitting that this ‘level of thought’ is necessary to both demonstrate the massive challenge facing the chemical enterprise and the path towards better chemical design and stewardship. Composing these sections, which was both necessary and right, was met with generous financial and moral support, an all-too-rare response for which I will be ever-grateful to Dr. Collins and the Heinz Endowments. I am also deeply indebted to all of the authors for their efforts and patience.

Read the original Green Chemistry publication here.

Find out more about the breakthrough from science outlets including Environmental Health News, Phys.org, New Scientist and RSC News.

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5th Industrial Green Chemistry World (IGCW-2017) International Convention & Ecosystem

5th Industrial Green Chemistry World (IGCW-2017) Convention & Ecosystem is taking place in Mumbai, India between 5-6 October 2017. IGCW-2017 will bring together key stakeholders of Indian Chemical Industry including senior Govt. officials and encourage collaborative initiatives by offering industrial networking platform to Researchers, Scientists and Technocrats.

Green Chemistry Associate Editor, Professor Chao-Jun Li, is going to be at the conference as an invited speaker. Also present as a speaker will be Green Chemistry Advisory Board member Professor C. Oliver Kappe.

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Harvesting Renewable Energy with Chemistry themed collection now online

We are delighted to announce that the Green Chemistry themed collection on Harvesting Renewable Energy with Chemistry is now online and free to access until the end of July 2017.

Direct, efficient, and selective routes from renewable energies to targeted added-value chemicals are a crucial token of the necessary paradigm shift towards energy systems based on renewable resources. Guest-edited by Walter Leitner, Alessandra Quadrelli and Robert Schlögl, this special issue will highlight innovative concepts and recent developments in academia and industry at the interface between the energy and chemical sector.

Read the full collection online

It includes:

Editorial
Harvesting renewable energy with chemistry
Walter Leitner, Elsje Alessandra Quadrelli and Robert Schlögl
Green Chem., 2017, 19, 2307-2308. DOI: 10.1039/C7GC90045G

Critical review
Structural models of the biological oxygen-evolving complex: achievements, insights, and challenges for biomimicry
Satadal Paul, Frank Neese and Dimitrios A. Pantazis
Green Chem., 2017, 19, 2309-2325. DOI: 10.1039/C7GC00425G

Critical review
Syngas production from electrochemical reduction of CO2: current status and prospective implementation
Simelys Hernández, M. Amin Farkhondehfal, Francesc Sastre, Michiel Makkee, Guido Saracco and Nunzio Russo
Green Chem., 2017, 19, 2326-2346. DOI: 10.1039/C7GC00398F

Communication
Earth-abundant photocatalytic systems for the visible-light-driven reduction of CO2 to CO
Alonso Rosas-Hernández, Christoph Steinlechner, Henrik Junge and Matthias Beller
Green Chem., 2017, 19, 2356-2360. DOI: 10.1039/C6GC03527B

Paper
Water splitting using a three-dimensional plasmonic photoanode with titanium dioxide nano-tunnels
Ryohei Takakura, Tomoya Oshikiri, Kosei Ueno, Xu Shi, Toshiaki Kondo, Hideki Masuda and Hiroaki Misawa
Green Chem., 2017, 19, 2398-2405. DOI: 10.1039/C6GC03217F

Paper
Continuous niobium phosphate catalysed Skraup reaction for quinoline synthesis from solketal
Jing Jin, Sandro Guidi, Zahra Abada, Zacharias Amara, Maurizio Selva, Michael W. George and Martyn Poliakoff
Green Chem., 2017, 19, 2439-2447. DOI: 10.1039/C6GC03140D

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Green Chemistry 2017 Emerging Investigators themed issue now online!

We are delighted to announce that the inaugural Green Chemistry Emerging Investigators 2017 themed issue is now online and free to access until the end of August 2017.

This issue highlights the excellent research being undertaken by the rising stars of the green chemistry field from across the globe. All contributors were nominated by a member of the Green Chemistry Editorial or Advisory Board as an outstanding researcher in the early stages of their independent career, making a significant contribution to the advancement of green chemistry.

Congratulations to all of those whose work is featured in the collection and we hope you enjoy reading it.

Read the full collection online

It includes:

Editorial
Green Chemistry Emerging Investigators 2017 themed issue
Green Chem., 2017, 19, 2707-2710. DOI: 10.1039/C7GC90063E

Perspective
Green chemistry and polymers made from sulphur
Max J. H. Worthington, Renata L. Kucera and Justin M. Chalker
Green Chem., 2017, 19, 2748-2761. DOI: 10.1039/C7GC00014F

Tutorial Review
Metal–organic frameworks meet scalable and sustainable synthesis
Patrick A. Julien, Cristina Mottillo and Tomislav Friščić
Green Chem., 2017, 19, 2729-2747. DOI: 10.1039/C7GC01078H

Paper
Phenolic acetals from lignins of varying compositions via iron(III) triflate catalysed depolymerisation
Peter J. Deuss, Christopher S. Lancefield, Anand Narani, Johannes G. de Vries, Nicholas J. Westwood and Katalin Barta
Green Chem., 2017, 19, 2774-2782. DOI: 10.1039/C7GC00195A

Paper
Biphasic extraction of mechanocatalytically-depolymerized lignin from water-soluble wood and its catalytic downstream processing
Gaetano Calvaruso, Matthew T. Clough and Roberto Rinaldi
Green Chem., 2017, 19, 2803-2811. DOI: 10.1039/C6GC03191A

Paper
Base-catalysed, one-step mechanochemical conversion of chitin and shrimp shells into low molecular weight chitosan
Xi Chen, Huiying Yang, Ziyi Zhong and Ning Yan
Green Chem., 2017, 19, 2783-2792. DOI: 10.1039/C7GC00089H

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