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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