Green Chemistry: From the Bench Top to Industry, A Chemical Engineer’s Perspective

Read the full post at the Green Chemistry Initiative Blog.

As a chemist, do you ever think about how to scale up your chemical reactions, or your chemical processes? For most of us, the answer is no. However, this idea of industrial scale is something that is constantly addressed in the Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry department. Consequently, the 12 Principles of Green Chemistry become fundamental to scale up a reaction from the bench top in a research lab to mass production in a chemical plant.

 

Companies Urged to Think Green When Designing New Catalysts for Shale Gas

Read the full story from BNA.

As chemical and energy companies develop new chemical catalysts for shale gas they should think green, says David Constable, director of the American Chemical Society Green Chemistry Institute.

Mold Might Be The Future Of Recycling For Rechargeable Batteries

Read the full story in Forbes.

Tossing a worn-out smartphone battery in the trash also means chucking the ever-more-valuable materials inside— namely, lithium and cobalt. As the world works to deal with this growing stream of e-waste, one team is evaluating the potential of a natural battery recycling method— fungi, or more specifically, mold.

Forget Going for the Gold; We’re Going for Green! How U.S. E.P.A. Programs Accelerate Innovation in the Chemical Enterprise

Read the full post from the American Chemical Society.

At this year’s Green Chemistry and Engineering Conference in Portland, OR, I had the opportunity to interview David Widawsky, Director of the Chemistry, Economics, and Sustainable Strategies Division at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). We discussed regulation, innovation, the future of green chemistry and much more.