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Green Chemistry (GRS)
Gordon-Kenan Research Seminar


July 21-22, 2012


Renaissance Tuscany Il Ciocco
Lucca (Barga), Italy


Margaret Scheuermann

Meeting Description

The Gordon Research Seminar on Green Chemistry is a unique forum for graduate students, post-docs, and other scientists with comparable levels of experience and education to present and exchange new data and cutting edge ideas.

The focus of this meeting is designing green chemicals and greener approaches in chemistry. A multidisciplinary showcase, this premier GRS will be bringing together outstanding young researchers pushing the boundaries of green chemistry for a sustainable future.

Related Meeting

This GRS was held in conjunction with the "Green Chemistry" Gordon Research Conference (GRC). Refer to the associated GRC program page for more information.


Meeting Program

1:30 pm - 4:30 pmArrival and Check-in
3:00 pm - 3:15 pmIntroductory Comments by GRC Site Staff / Welcome by the GRS Conference Chair
3:15 pm - 4:00 pmGreen Chemistry is Supercritical
Discussion Leaders: Veronica Okello (Binghamton University, USA) and Gwenaelle Bescond (Synthomer, UK)
3:15 pm - 3:45 pmMartyn Poliakoff (University of Nottingham, UK)
"Engineering a Better World Through Green Chemistry"
3:45 pm - 4:00 pmDiscussion
4:00 pm - 5:30 pmPoster Session I
5:30 pm - 7:30 pmChemicals from Biomass
Discussion Leaders: Mark Garrett (Queen's University Belfast, UK) and Martina Peters (Bayer Technology Services GmbH, Germany)
5:30 pm - 5:50 pmKatalin Barta (Yale University, USA)
"One-Pot Catalytic Conversion of Cellulose and of Woody Biomass Solids to Liquid Fuels"
5:50 pm - 6:00 pmDiscussion
6:00 pm - 6:20 pmMika Shiramizu (University of California- Berkeley, USA)
"Deoxygenation of Biomass-derived Feedstocks: Oxorhenium-catalyzed Deoxydehydration of Sugars and Sugar Alcohols"
6:20 pm - 6:30 pmDiscussion
6:30 pm - 6:50 pmThomas Forder (University of Bath, UK)
"Initiator Design for the Production of Polylactide Copolymers"
6:50 pm - 7:00 pmDiscussion
7:00 pm - 7:20 pmPhilip Nuss (University of New Hampshire, USA)
"Attributional Life Cycle Assessment (ALCA) of Polyitaconic Acid Production from U.S. Northeast Softwood Biomass"
7:20 pm - 7:30 pmDiscussion
8:00 pmDinner
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 11:00 amCatalysis in Green Chemistry
Discussion Leaders: Daniel Minett (University of Bath, UK) and Ana Aguiar-Ricardo (Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal)
9:00 am - 10:00 amCareer Panel
Ana Aguiar-Ricardo (Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal), Gwenaelle Bescond (Synthomer, UK), Mark Harmer (DuPont, USA), Martina Peters (Bayer Technology Services GmbH, Germany), Martyn Poliakoff (University of Nottingham, UK), and Gary Sheldrake (Queen's University Belfast, UK)
10:00 am - 10:20 amGerrit Wienhöfer (Leibniz-Institut für Katalyse, Germany)
"Iron-Catalyzed Transfer Hydrogenation of Nitroarenes and Terminal Alkynes without Base"
10:20 am - 10:30 amDiscussion
10:30 am - 10:50 amShoshanna Barnett (University of Washington, USA)
"Copper-based Water Oxidation Electrocatalysts"
10:50 am - 11:00 amDiscussion
11:00 am - 12:30 pmPoster Session II
Coffee will be served in the poster area from 11:00 am - 11:30 am
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 2:45 pmToward a Sustainable Future
Discussion Leaders: Lindsay Soh (Yale University, USA) and Gary Sheldrake (Queen's University Belfast, UK)
1:30 pm - 1:50 pmFlorian Stempfle (Universität Konstanz, Germany)
"Monomer Generation and Synthesis of Linear Long-Chain Polycondensates from Unsaturated Fatty Acids by Isomerizing Alkoxycarbonylation"
1:50 pm - 2:00 pmDiscussion
2:00 pm - 2:30 pmMark Harmer (DuPont, USA)
"Making the most out of materials: From acid catalysts, to carbon nanotubes, to cellulose"
2:30 pm - 2:45 pmDiscussion
2:45 pm - 3:00 pmEvaluation Period
Fill out GRS Evaluation Forms
3:00 pmGordon Research Seminar ends. For those attending the associated Gordon Research Conference, please check in at the GRC Office beginning at 4:00 pm.
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