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Green Chemistry
Gordon Research Conference


July 15-20, 2000


Connecticut College
New London, CT


Tracy C. Williamson & Istvan T. Horvath

Vice Chairs:
James K. Bashkin & Adrian P. Kybett

Meeting Description

The 5th Gordon Research Conference on Green Chemistry will be held at Connecticut College in New London, Connecticut, from Saturday, July 15, to Thursday, July 20. Please note that the schedule of this Conference differs from the normal Sunday through Friday format. Registration and check-in is Saturday afternoon and evening. The first session starts Sunday morning and the final session is Thursday morning.

This Conference will explore cutting-edge research in green chemistry, i.e. chemistry designed to reduce or eliminate the use or generation of hazardous materials associated with the design, manufacture, and use of chemical products. Green chemistry methodologies have been used with remarkable success in academia and industry in reducing or eliminating millions of pounds of hazardous substances from the products and processes that society needs, without sacrificing scientific innovation and creativity.

Sessions will cover the following major areas: Catalysis (homogeneous, heterogeneous, and bio-based); Green Synthesis and Processing (including bio-based synthesis and processing); Green Solvents and Reaction Conditions; Safer Chemicals and Materials; and Green Analytical Methods. Sessions will include presentations of 30 and 45 minute approximate duration as well as extensive discussion periods. In addition, there will be two 45 minute keynote presentations also followed by extensive discussion. Authors of other suitable abstracts will be invited to give poster presentations.

Meeting Program


John C. Warner, University of Massachusetts, Boston
Bioinspired Materials: Environmentally Benign Photoresists Based on DNA Mimics

Richard P. Wool, University of Delaware
Bio-based Composites

Vladimir V. Volkov, Topchiev Institute of Petrochemical Synthesis
Membrane Reactor Concept: Producing Useful Organic Chemicals and Alternative Fuels from Renewable Feedstock

Chair: Paul T. Anastas, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy

Gennaro J. Maffia, Widener University
Collagen Based Technologies

David J.C. Constable, SmithKline Beecham
So You Think Your Chemistry is Green, But How Do You Know?

Chair: Martin A. Abraham, University of Toledo

Kim D. Janda, The Scripps Research Institute
Application of Soluble and Insoluble Supports in Organic Synthesis

Takashi Tatsumi, Yokohoma National University
Beckmann Rearrangement by Large-Pore Zeolite and MCM-41 Catalysts

Robin D. Rogers, The University of Alabama
Ionic Liquids as Alternative Reaction Media: Challenges and Opportunities

Joan F. Brennecke, Notre Dame
Supercritical CO2 as an Environmentally Benign Solvent for Reactions: Phase Behavior Issues

Chair: Rebecca L. Lankey, Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science

Joseph Wang, New Mexico State University
Labs on a Cable, Chip, or Boats for On-Site Environmental Analysis

Albert Robbat, Tufts University
Detection of Sub-Surface Contaminants, Without Bringing Soil to Surface, by Ultra-Fast GC-MS

Chair: William M. Nelson, Illinois Waste Management and Research Center

Toshiyasu Sakakura, National Institute of Materials and Chemical Research, Japan
Carbonate Synthesis and Methane Activation in Dense Carbon Dioxide

Yong Ryu, CDTECH, and Abraham Gelbein
New Process for Producing Dimethyl Carbonate from Carbon Dioxide and Methanol. A Green Chemistry Alternative to Phosgene as a Chemical Intermediate

POSTER PREVIEW: George John, National Institute of Materials and Chemical Research, Japan
Liquid Crystals, Vesicales, and Nanofibers of Glycolipids derived from renewable resources

POSTER PREVIEW: Thomas Bryson, University of South Carolina
Near Critical Water as a useful media for organic transformations

POSTER PREVIEW: David Richardson, University of Florida
Bicarbonate-activated hydrogen peroxide

POSTER PREVIEW: Rakish Govind, University of Cincinnati
1) Production of volatile fatty acids from waste biomass; 2) Development of a PARIS (Program for Assisting the Replacement of Industrial Solvents) program to develop solvent alternatives

Chair: Paul T. Anastas, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy

Robert H. Crabtree, Yale University
Combinatorial Catalysis and Rapid Screening Methods

Chi-Huey Wong, The Scripps Research Institute
Enzyme and Carbohydrate Based Drug Discovery


Can Erkey, University of Connecticut
Homogeneous Catalysis in Supercritical Carbon Dioxide

Ferenc Joo, University of Debrecen
Tuning the Selectivity of Ruthenium-Catalyzed Hydrogenations in Aqueous Biphasic Systems

Terry J. Collins, Carnegie Mellon University
Catalytic Activation of Hydrogen Peroxide for Environmentally Significant Problems

Eric J. Beckman, University of Pittsburgh
Generation of Hydrogen Peroxide in CO2


Dr. F. Goudriaan, Biofuel BV
The Green Chemistry of the HTU Process for Liquefaction of Biomass

Wilhelm Barthlott, University of Bonn
The Lotus Effect: Anti-Adhesive Self-Cleaning Biological and Technical Surfaces


Gary Sheldrake, The Queen's University of Belfast
Dioxygenase-Catalyzed Oxidations: A Green Approach to Asymmetric Synthesis

Michael Antal, University of Hawaii at Manoa
Green Carbons

Zbigniew J. Witczak, Wilkes University
Levoglucosenone: New Chemistry and Applications: Green Chemistry Challenge

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