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ACS: The Best of Both Worlds: Green Chemistry in Academia and Industry


Westin Boston Waterfront Marina, Ballroom II

August 21, 2018 8:30 am to 5:00 pm
August 21, 2018 8:30 am to 5:00 pm

Symposium title: Best of Both Worlds: Green Chemistry in Academia and Industry.

Location: Westin Boston Waterfront Marina, Ballroom II.

Hours: Full day , 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. We will have 1 hour lunch break.


  • 8:30 - 8:35 Introduction (Academia)
  • 8:35 - 9:35 Paul Anastas and John Warner
  • 9:35 - 10:15 Thomas Webster
  • 10:15 - 10:25 Break
  • 10:25 - 11:05 Robin Rogers
  • 11:05 - 11:45 Amy Cannon
  • 11:45 - 1:00 Lunch
  • 1:00 - 1:05 Introduction (Industry)
  • 1:05 - 1:45 Javier Magano
  • 1:45 - 2:25 Scott Plummer
  • 2:25 - 3:05 Buzz Cue
  • 3:05 - 3:15 Break
  • 3:15 - 3:55 IYCN/NESTS/NESSE - Lori Ferrins, Andrew Gnann
  • 3:55 - 4:30 Panel
  • 4:30 - 5:00 Closing Remarks


Industry and academia in chemistry can seem like two completely unrelated career paths. However, green chemistry and sustainability have successfully bridged the two paths, as both concepts have far-reaching benefits for any chemist. This full-day symposium highlights career paths for young chemists by showcasing collaborations between academia and industry that have resulted in technological, economic, and sustainability advancements within the chemical enterprise. Leaders in the field of green chemistry will share insight about what green chemistry means for them and about the connections between industry and academia that they have experienced in their careers. The morning session will be comprised of members of academia focusing primarily on careers in academia and how they access green chemistry in their research and in collaborations with industry, while the afternoon session will be comprised of speakers from industry who employ principles of green chemistry to improve products and to thrive economically through the benefits of sustainable practices. A panel with members from both academia and industry will bring the day to a close, providing an opportunity for green chemistry discussion among panel members and for audience members to have their questions answered. Young chemists will benefit by learning what progress has been made and what progress still needs to be made to realize the future that application of green chemistry and sustainable practices promises.

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Daniela Graf