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Celebrate the 25th anniversary of Green Chemistry! Read our newly published issue 1, 2024.

It’s Green Chemistry 25th anniversary!

Over the past 25 years, Green Chemistry has provided a unique forum for the publication of innovative research on the development of alternative sustainable technologies. The journal publishes original and significant cutting-edge research that is likely to be of wide general appeal. For more information on the journal, please visit the journal homepage.

The journal retains an expert Editorial Board led by our Chair Javier Pérez-Ramírez and manuscripts submitted are professionally handled by our Publishing Editors or by our dedicated Associate Editors Aiwen Lei, Elsje Alessandra Quadrelli, Magdalena Titirici and Keiichi Tomishige. We also have an exceptional Advisory Board to support our journal.

What is happening?

What’s next for Green Chemistry?

In celebration of our 25th anniversary, Green Chemistry is committed to remaining at the frontiers of this ever-evolving interdisciplinary field, bringing together collaborative, insightful, and impactful research working to advance the field of green and sustainable chemistry. We are looking forward to hearing from you!

Stay tuned for more news!

We invite you to keep an eye out for the upcoming exciting news and celebrations for our 25th anniversary!

Follow the latest news on the Green Chemistry blog, on Twitter/X @green_rsc and our new LinkedIn Sustainable Chemistry Showcase.

From all of the Green Chemistry team, we thank you for your continued interest in and support of the journal!

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Cross journal Themed Collection: 25 years of The Netherlands’ Catalysis and Chemistry Conference (NCCC)

The Royal Society of Chemistry is delighted to support the 25th Netherlands’ Catalysis and Chemistry Conference (NCCC) taking place from 4–6 March 2024. As part of our partnership with this event, a number of our journals are inviting contributions to a cross journal themed collection, Guest Edited by Atsushi Urakawa (Technische Universiteit Delft), Petra De Jongh  (Universiteit Utrecht), Pieter Bruijnincx (Universiteit Utrecht), Moniek Tromp (Rijksuniversiteit Groningen), Caroline Paul (Technische Universiteit Delft), Sammy Verbruggen (Universiteit Antwerpen) and Matthijs Ruitenbeek (Dow Benelux BV).

Since its birth, NCCC has served as the premier forum to discuss advancements in catalysis research and to foster a dynamic exchange of innovative ideas among academic and industrial scientists in The Netherlands and in Flanders, Belgium. It has a strong focus on young and upcoming researchers, bringing them into contact with the more established and experienced researchers in the field.

Scope

This collection intends to showcase a variety of fundamental and applied catalysis research widely recognised by scientists worldwide as an extraordinary hub for catalysis that is driven jointly by a community of strong academic groups, industry and commercial activities. The scope of this collection covers the breadth of catalysis science & engineering . Preferred topics include but are not limited to:

  • Fundamental and applied studies in heterogeneous catalysis, homogeneous catalysis and biocatalysis
  • Developments in electro- and photochemistry
  • Alternative feedstock uses and carbon circularity (CO2 and biomass conversion)
  • Advanced materials characterization
  • Energy materials
  • Computational chemistry
  • Catalysis for materials circularity (new polymers and plastics recycling)

Journals involved

The following RSC journals are supporting the collection:

  • Chemical Science – A diamond open access journal that is home to exceptional research, with a wide-ranging scope that covers the full breadth of the chemical sciences.
  • Catalysis Science & Technology – A multidisciplinary journal focusing on cutting edge research across all fundamental science and technological aspects of catalysis.
  • Reaction Chemistry & Engineering – An interdisciplinary journal bridging the gap between chemistry and chemical engineering.
  • Green Chemistry – A multidisciplinary journal providing a unique forum for the publication of innovative research on the development of alternative green and sustainable technologies that is likely to be of wide general appeal.
  • PCCP – An international journal publishing original, cutting-edge research in physical chemistry, chemical physics and biophysical chemistry.
  • EES Catalysis – A premier journal, publishing high-quality experimental and theoretical catalysis research for energy and environmental applications.
  • RSC Sustainability – An inclusive journal publishing solutions-focused research dedicated to solving sustainability challenges.
  • RSC Applied Interfaces – A dedicated, interdisciplinary journal publishing articles that highlight the impact of applied interfacial and surface research.
  • RSC Mechanochemistry – An inclusive journal focusing on the publication of innovative research that advances the fundamental understanding and application of the use of mechanical force for driving and controlling chemical reactions and materials transformations in the gas, liquid, and solid states.

As a global society publisher, the RSC positions itself as a leading voice for the chemical sciences and puts catalysis science, as well as the themes covered in NCCC in the spotlight. We recognise the potential of the chemical sciences to provide innovative solutions to the most pressing challenges – and the importance of giving a platform to scientists whose discoveries catalyse global change.

To express an interest in contributing to the collection, please reach out to our Editorial team (journals@rsc.org)

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Open for Nominations: Green Chemistry Emerging Investigator themed collection

Green Chemistry is delighted to announce a call for papers for its latest Emerging Investigators Series. This themed collection aims to highlight the excellent research being carried out by researchers in the early stages of their independent career from across the breadth of green chemistry. This themed collection is an invitation-only initiative, with nominations curated by our Editorial Office. We will however consider additional applications and nominations on their own merit, and we encourage the green chemistry community to send in their nominees. Self-nominations are welcome!

The Green Chemistry Editorial Office will contact nominated Emerging Investigators throughout the year.

Regarding eligibility, contributors must:

  • Publish research within the scope of the journal.
  • Have completed their PhD.
  • Be actively pursuing an independent research career.
  • Be at an early stage of their independent career (typically this will be within 15 years of completing their PhD, but appropriate consideration will be given to those who have taken a career break or followed a different career path).

To best meet the needs of our contributing authors, there will be no fixed submission deadlines. Accepted articles will be published online in a citeable form, included in the web collection and collated in an online issue as soon as they are ready. We aim to promote all the papers and authors periodically.

By contributing as a corresponding author, the researchers will be internationally recognised as outstanding emerging scientists in the field. This collection provides an excellent opportunity to raise their profile and visibility in the community, and a short profile of each researcher will also be featured in the journal.

How to nominate

Nominations must be made via email to green-rsc@rsc.org including the following information of the nominee:

  • Full name
  • Current affiliation
  • Current email address
  • Researcher/group website (optional)

If you have any questions or queries about the lectureship, please contact us at green-rsc@rsc.org

We look forward to receiving your nomination!

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Congratulations to our esteemed Green Chemistry Editorial Board Members on being recognized as Highly Cited Researchers

Congratulations to the Green Chemistry Editorial Board Members that have been featured on Clarivate’s Highly Cited Researchers list for 2023:

Chair
Javier Pérez-Ramírez  (ETH Zurich, Switzerland)

Associate Editor

  • Aiwen Lei (College of Chemistry and Molecular Sciences, The Institute for Advanced Studies, Wuhan University, P. R. China)
  • Magdalena Titirici (Imperial College London, UK)

Editorial Board Member 

  • Serenella Sala (European Commission – Joint Research Centre)
  • Tao Zhang (Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China)

This prestigious recognition reflects the calibre of individuals who guide and shape the quality of research published in our journals. We would like to extend our congratulations to all members of the Green Chemistry community who have been recognised this year.

Follow the latest news on Twitter/X @green_rsc and our new LinkedIn Sustainable Chemistry Showcase and browse the latest HOT research in our 2023 Green Chemistry HOT articles collection.

Explore recent papers from our companion journal RSC Sustainability

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Featuring our paper: “The sustainability impact of Nobel Prize Chemistry: life cycle assessment of C–C cross-coupling reactions”

Published in Issue 25 and highlighted by Prof. Javier Pérez-Ramírez (Editorial Board Chair) and Dr. Michael Rowan (Executive Editor) for inclusion in our 25th Anniversary Collection, “The sustainability impact of Nobel Prize Chemistry: life cycle assessment of C–C cross-coupling reactionspaper is already receiving a great deal of attention in the community (DOI: 10.1039/D3GC01896B).

The paper presents a comprehensive study based on life cycle assessment (LCA) to evaluate the environmental profiles of carbon-carbon cross-coupling reaction (CCR) in terms of the materials involved and their energy consumption.

Cross-coupling reaction protocols are among the most important reactions for the synthesis of building blocks, and their great significance led to them being awarded the Nobel Prize in 2010. The objectives and value of this study were to evaluate the intrinsic potential of CCR protocols through LCA-based environmental assessment and to demonstrate that creation of large initial innovation likely multiplies to massive literature impact in the years after. The motivation behind this work was to help future innovations to be even more powerful with the authors hoping that this study will contribute to the improvement and optimization of future CCR research.

Read our interview with the corresponding authors below.

Could you briefly explain the focus of your article?

Life cycle assessment was conducted for the Nobel Prize of Chemistry 2010, inventing the C-C cross coupling, which was seminal for modern synthesis of innovative chemicals and pharmaceuticals. It was aimed to assess the original strategy only, and not how it was improved in the almost four decades after, separating idea and translation of idea.

How would you set this article in a wider context?

Sustainability is typically measured when innovations turn into applications, meaning one decade or more later. This also mean that the industrial translation of the innovation is assessed, rather than the innovation itself. We have developed an intrinsic sustainability assessment of the innovation itself, exemplified at the paramount Nobel Prize innovations.

Can you express your view on the importance of metrics and analysis (techno, economic, ecological, etc) to the chemistry community?

While metrical analysis can judge on the sustainability achievement of a chemical innovation after its demonstration, we see the true value in the assessment shaping a chemical idea during its nascence and guiding it in its early moments.

What aspects of this work are you most excited about at the moment and what do you find most challenging about it?

Knowing that Nobel Prize innovations have highest esteem and demand for ultimate seriousness in discussion, we are excited to arguably have made an informative and balanced assessment. Challenging was to separate intrinsic and extrinsic effects, seeing that we need to neglect the chemical yield for the first, while this is crucial value for any chemical synthesis and its metrics.

What is the next step? What work is planned?

We like to make a follow-up paper with more generalised methodology, meaning tailored metrics for intrinsic value of innovations; published in Green Chemistry journal. In addition we will aim to assess precise challenging real world molecules that have been prepared using this idea.

Why did you choose to publish in Green Chemistry?

It is a top-tier, highly respected journal in Chemistry, open for cross-discipline, blue sky research, and has transparent, professional journal management.

Meet the corresponding authors.  

Prof. Volker Hessel studied chemistry at Mainz University. In 1994, he went to the Institut für Mikrotechnik Mainz GmbH. In 2002, he was appointed as vice director of R&D at IMM and became director of R&D in 2007 and in 2005, he started working at the Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands. He has been working at the University of Adelaide, Australia, as deputy dean (research) at the ECMS faculty and professor in pharmaceutical engineering since 2018, and as a part-time professor University of Warwick/UK since 2019.

Volker received the AIChE Excellence in Process Development Research Award, IUPAC ThalesNano Prize in Flow Chemistry. He is program lead in the ARC Centre of Excellence Plants for Space (P4S), and is Research Director of the Andy Thomas Centre for Space Resources. He received several EU’s research excellence grants (ERC Advanced/Proof of Concept/Synergy, FET OPEN). He was authority in a 35-teamed Parliament Enquete Commission “Future Chemical Industry”.

Prof. Luigi Vaccaro is a Full Professor at the University of Perugia where he is leading the Green S.O.C. group, http://greensoc.chm.unipg.it. He is Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC) and he is currently appointed as Associate Editor of the RSC Advances and of Beilstein Journal of Organic Chemistry. His recognitions comprise the Europa Medal from the Society of Chemical Industry – London (2001), the ADP Award from Merck’s Chemistry Council for “Creative work in organic chemistry” (2006 and 2007), the G. Ciamician Medal of the Società Chimica Italiana (2007), the Lady Davis (2018) Visiting Professorship, the Pino Medal from the Organic and Industrial Divisions of the Italian Chemical Society. His research is aimed at developing different aspects of chemistry to define sustainable and optimized chemical processes. Luigi has published over 260 scientific contributions with an H-index of 58, and about 9000 citations.

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Green Chemistry Announcement: André Bardow, our new Editorial Board Member

We are delighted to announce that Prof. André Bardow (ETH Zurich, Switzerland) has been appointed as a new Editorial Board member in Green Chemistry

André Bardow, FRSC, is a Full Professor for Energy & Process Systems Engineering at ETH Zurich. Previously, he was a professor and head of the Institute of Technical Thermodynamics at RWTH Aachen University (2010-2020) and founding director (part-time) of the Institute for Energy and Climate Research (IEK-10) at Forschungszentrum Jülich, Germany (2018-2023). He holds a Ph.D. degree from RWTH Aachen University.

André chairs the Technical Committee for Thermodynamics of VDI – The Association of German Engineers. Among the recognitions he has received are the Recent Innovative Contribution Award of the CAPE-Working Party of the European Federation of Chemical Engineering (EFCE), the PSE Model-Based Innovation (MBI) Prize by Process Systems Enterprise, the Covestro Science Award and the Arnold-Eucken-Award of VDI.

His research takes sustainable energy and chemicals development from the molecular level to process design and life-cycle assessment for the whole industry.

 


“The vision of a green future inspires me. I am excited to support the Green Chemistry community to move from vision to reality.”. André Bardow


Read some of André’s Open Access papers in Green Chemistry:

Read more of André’s Royal Society of Chemistry publications here


Please join us in welcoming André in his new role in Green Chemistry!

 

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Green Chemistry Announcement: Magdalena (Magda) Titirici, our new Associate Editor

We are delighted to announce that Prof. Magdalena (Magda) Titirici (Imperial College London, UK) has been appointed as a new Associate Editor in Green Chemistry.

Magda Titirici, FRSC, is a Chair in Sustainable Energy Materials at Imperial College London in the Department of Chemical Engineering. She studied Chemistry at the University of Bucharest and received her PhD from TU Dortmund. She was a postdoc at the Max-Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces where she also become an independent group leader for 5 years. Prior to Imperial, Magda worked at the School of Engineering and Materials Science at the Queen Mary University of London as a Professor of Sustainable Materials Chemistry.

Her research interests are the design and fundamental understanding of sustainable materials for energy storage and conversion technologies including batteries beyond Li-ion, sustainable chemicals from biomass electrolysis as well as the development of sustainable, critical metal-free electrocatalysts for oxygen and carbon dioxide reduction.

She is a Highly Cited Researcher in the field of materials chemistry and her work has been recognized by several awards such as the RSC Corday Morgan Prize, IoMM3 Rosenhain and Griffith Medal and Prize and the Royal Society Kavli Medal and Lecture. She is a Wallenberg Initiative Materials for Science and Sustainability (WISE) guest professor at Stockholm University in the Department of Materials and Environmental Chemistry and an international investigator at the Advanced Institute for Materials Research (AIMR) Tohoku University. She is also passionate to build a more tolerant, inclusive and diverse environment in academia where everyone can thrive.


“I am delighted to join the Green Chemistry family in our global quest for more sustainable materials, chemicals and technologies”. Magda Titirici


Read some of Magda’s Open Access papers in Green Chemistry:

Read more of Magda’s Royal Society of Chemistry publications here.


Please join us in welcoming Magda in her new role in Green Chemistry!

 

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Call For Papers: Advances in Electrosynthesis for a Greener Chemical Industry

Green Chemistry is delighted to announce a call for papers for its latest themed collection on Advances in Electrosynthesis for a Greener Chemical Industry to be promoted in late 2023 and Guest Edited by Jean-Philippe Tessonnier (Iowa State University), Season Si Chen (Tsinghua University), Vassiliki-Alexandra (Vanda) Glezakou (Oak Ridge National Laboratory), Adam Holewinski (University of Colorado, Boulder) and Juan Lopez-Ruiz (Pacific Northwest National Laboratory).

About this Themed Collection

This themed collection aims to highlight the recent advances on the electrosynthesis of chemicals and fuels. Electrosynthesis is a fast-expanding field of research that is poised to play a critical role in the decarbonization of the chemical industry and the transition to green transformations for chemical production. We encourage contributions on recent green advances in electrochemical transformations, including hybrid processes that combine electrochemical with photo- or biocatalytic (microbial) transformations, catalyst development, electrolyzer cell designs, computational studies, and techno-economic analysis (with a focus on environmental concerns or life-cycle analysis).

Preferred topics include but are not limited to:

  • Electrosynthetic reactions with substantial waste reduction and/or safety benefits over conventional thermochemical transformations, such as hydrogenation, oxidation/epoxidation, amination, halogenation, and other coupling reactions
  • Conversion and utilisation of biogenic feedstocks such as lignocellulosic biomass and its components, fermentation broths, bio-crudes, and bio-oils
  • Conversion and utilisation of aqueous waste streams, including nitrate-rich agricultural runoff, biomass pyrolysis water, and food processing waste streams
  • Conversion of synthetic waste such as (micro)plastics
  • Generation of renewable ammonia, natural gas, hydrogen, syngas, and fuels from biogenic and synthetic feedstocks
  • Capture and conversion of CO2 into products and energy carriers
  • Novel processes for sustainable energy storage and release
  • Development of new electrolyzer designs and configurations such as paired electrolyzers for greener processes

This call for papers is open for the following article types:

  • Communications
  • Full papers
  • Reviews

Open for Submissions until 15th June 2023

First papers published!

Read some of the first articles published in this Themed Collection:

And have a look at this Open Access Perspective

Read the full themed collection here

There is still time, submit your work!

If you would like to contribute to this themed collection, you can submit your article directly through the journal’s online submission service at https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/gc. Please answer the themed collection question in the submission form when uploading your files to say that this is a contribution to the themed collection and add a “Note to the Editor” that this is from the Open Call. The Editorial Office reserves the right to check suitability of submissions in relation to the scope of both the journal and the collection, and inclusion of accepted articles in the final themed collection is not guaranteed.

Submissions to the journal should present a significant advance in green chemistry. Please see the journal’s website for more information on the journal’s scope, standards, article types and author guidelines. To be published, work must present a significant advance in green chemistry, focusing on an advance in the sustainability of the conditions, the efficiency of the process or provide insight into an important green process. Papers must contain a comparison with existing methods and demonstrate advantages over those methods before publication can be considered.

If you have any questions about the journal or the collection, please contact the journal inbox.

Looking forward to your submissions!

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Green Chemistry Announcement: Keiichi Tomishige, our new Associate Editor

We are delighted to announce that Prof. Keiichi Tomishige (Tohoku University, Japan) has been appointed as a new Associate Editor in Green Chemistry.

Keiichi Tomishige received his B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. from the Graduate School of Science in the Department of Chemistry at The University of Tokyo. During his Ph.D. course in 1994, he moved to the Graduate School of Engineering in the same university as a research associate. In 1998, he became a lecturer, and then he moved to the Institute of Materials Science at the University of Tsukuba as a lecturer in 2001. Since 2004 he has been an associate professor at the Graduate School of Pure and Applied Sciences in the University of Tsukuba. Since 2010, he is a professor in the School of Engineering at the Tohoku University.

His research interests are the development of heterogeneous catalysts for: 1) production of biomass-derived chemicals, 2) non-reductive CO2 conversion with alcohols and amines, and 3) hydrogen production by reforming of biomass.


“I am very happy to continue working with the Editorial Team and to play a new role as an Associate Editor of Green Chemistry, and hope connecting to carbon neutrality and carbon recycling”. Keiichi Tomishige


Read some of Keiichi’s Open Access papers in Green Chemistry:

And have a look at his latest Critical Review in Green Chemistry:

Read more of Keiichi’s Royal Society of Chemistry publications here.


Pease join us in welcoming Keiichi in his new role in Green Chemistry.

 

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Introducing new Green Chemistry Editorial Board member: Aiwen Lei 

 

We are delighted to welcome Prof. Aiwen Lei (Wuhan University) as our newest Green Chemistry Associate Editor.

Aiwen Lei received his PhD degree in chemistry from the Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry in 2000 in the group of Prof. Xiyan Lu. In 2000 he moved as a postdoc to Pennsylvania State University and the group of Prof. Xumu Zhang, where he worked on asymmetric catalysis. This was followed by a second postdoctoral position in 2003 at Stanford University under the guidance of Prof. James P. Collman, where he worked on porphyrin catalysed asymmetric epoxidation.

In 2005 he became Professor of Organic Chemistry at the College of Chemistry and Molecular Sciences, Wuhan University. In 2015 he was admitted as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry. He is currently serving as an Associate Dean of the Institute for Advanced Studies (IAS) at Wuhan University. He features on the Clarivate 2022 Highly Cited List.

His main research interests concern the development of oxidative coupling reactions, especially involving oxygen as the terminal oxidant, and mechanistic studies for in-depth understanding of chemical reactions. His most recent Green Chemistry paper concerns potassium persulfate-induced site-selective phenoxazination/phenothiazination of electron-rich anilines.

Please join us in welcoming Aiwen Lei!

 

 

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