The Franklin Institute seeks nominations for the 2019 Bower Award and Prize for Achievement in Science of individuals who have made significant contributions to green and sustainable chemistry—chemistry focused on the technological design of chemical products and processes that reduce or eliminate the use or generation of hazardous substances. Objectives of green and sustainable chemistry include: minimizing the use of chemical raw materials, reducing waste, lowering the toxicity of utilized chemicals, and improving lifecycle through the use of more sustainable or renewable raw materials to produce fuels or chemicals, thereby minimizing the environmental impact of chemical processes.
Nominations are encouraged in, but not limited to, the following subtopics:
- New chemical processes with reduced hazardous byproducts
- Applications of supercritical fluids in chemical processes as environmentally benign solvents for chemical reactions, extractions, and chemical analyses
- Utilization of ionic liquids as environmentally friendly alternatives to volatile and flammable solvents in chemical processes
- Use of catalysts that make chemical processes more selective, less energy intensive, or more economical in their use of feedstock
Nominations should clearly indicate the scientific impact—innovative, technical, and/or conceptual—and, when applicable, the societal impact of the nominee’s work.
- Prize: $250,000 USD
- Nominations are due by May 31, 2018.