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Green Chemistry
Industrial Successes and Challenges
July 27 - August 1, 2014
The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Hong Kong, China

Application Deadline
Applications are no longer being accepted for this meeting. If you have been instructed to apply by the Conference Chair, please contact Michelle Knapp for further instructions.
Related Meeting Information
The Green Chemistry Gordon Research Conference will be held in conjunction with the Green Chemistry Gordon Research Seminar. Those interested in attending both meetings must submit an application for the GRS in addition to an application for the GRC. Please refer to the Green Chemistry GRS web page for more information.

The Chairs of this meeting believe that Green Chemistry is not truly green unless it is applied on an industrial scale - a scale which is capable of significantly influencing the global environment. The feature that distinguishes this GRC from its predecessors is the featuring of recent green processes implemented on an industrial scale, the emphasis on academic-industrial collaboration, and the discussion of the green chemical challenges for the future. The sessions are chaired and selected by recognized global leaders in the oil and gas industry, biomass processing, the polymer industry, comestibles, the pharmaceutical industry, green energy, and education and communication. The opening keynotes will discuss the greening of organic synthesis and the consumer industry, and the final session will focus on Global Green Challenges for the future. This will be the first GRC on Green Chemistry to be held outside of the USA and Europe, and the global nature of the field will be emphasized. We would particularly encourage students and early-stage researchers (both in industry and academia) to attend. Academic-Industrial dialogue is central to solving the challenges ahead, so we look forward to a healthy mix of attendees.


Contributors

SUNDAY
2:00 pm - 8:00 pmArrival and Check-in
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 7:40 pmWelcome / Introductory Comments by GRC Site Staff
7:40 pm - 9:30 pmGreen Chemistry - Setting the Scene
Discussion Leader: Roger Sheldon (TU Delft, The Netherlands)
7:40 pm - 8:20 pmSteve Ley (Trinity College, University of Cambridge, UK)
"On Being Green - Can Flow Chemistry Help?"
8:20 pm - 8:35 pmDiscussion
8:35 pm - 9:15 pmIstván Horváth (City University of Hong Kong, P.R. China)
"Green or Sustainable or Both?"
9:15 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
MONDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmOil and Gas Industry
Discussion Leader: Martin Atkins (QUILL Research Centre, The Queen's University of Belfast, UK)
9:00 am - 9:30 amMichael Jones (Fortune Oil)
"Energy - Future Trends and the Role of Technology"
9:30 am - 9:45 amDiscussion
9:45 am - 10:15 amXinhe Bao (Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, P.R. China)
"Direct Non-Oxidative Activation of Methane and Efficient Conversion of Natural Gas"
10:15 am - 10:30 amDiscussion
10:30 amGroup Photo / Coffee Break
11:00 am - 11:30 amTao Zhang (Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, P.R. China)
"Catalytic Conversion of Cellulose into Ethylene Glycol: Challenge and Prospective"
11:30 am - 11:45 amDiscussion
11:45 am - 12:15 pmChunming Xu (China University of Petroleum, Beijing)
"New Refinery Alkylation Process - Composite Using Ionic Liquid Alkylation (CILA)"
12:15 pm - 12:30 pmDiscussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmBiomass Processing
Discussion Leader: Yoon-Mo Koo (Inha University, Korea)
7:30 pm - 7:50 pmRoger Sheldon (TU Delft, The Netherlands)
"Green Chemistry and White Biotechnology for a Sustainable Bio-Based Economy"
7:50 pm - 8:00 pmDiscussion
8:00 pm - 8:20 pmBala Subramaniam (CEBC, Univeristy of Kansas, USA)
"Resource-Efficient Catalytic Technologies for Renewable Chemicals"
8:20 pm - 8:30 pmDiscussion
8:30 pm - 8:50 pmThomas Foust (National Bioenergy Center, USA)
"Biofuels as an Enabler for More Efficient Cars"
8:50 pm - 9:00 pmDiscussion
9:00 pm - 9:20 pmKa-Yiu San (Rice University, USA)
"Combining Chemical- and Bio-Catalyst for Efficient Bioconversion"
9:20 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
TUESDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmPolymer Industry
Discussion Leader: Qun Sun (INVISTA, USA)
9:00 am - 9:30 amCarlos Afonso (University of Lisbon, Portugal)
"From Carbohydrates to Polymer Building Blocks"
9:30 am - 9:45 amDiscussion
9:45 am - 10:15 amAkira Isogai (University of Tokyo, Japan)
"TEMPO-Oxidized Cellulose Nanofibers: Science and Applications"
10:15 am - 10:30 amDiscussion
10:30 amCoffee Break
11:00 am - 11:30 amAnthony J. Ryan (The University of Sheffield, UK)
"Underwater Nanotechnology: Functional Particles from Aqueous Polymerisation"
11:30 am - 11:45 amDiscussion
11:45 am - 12:15 pmAmy Landis (Arizona State University, USA)
"Advancing Tools and Methods for Sustainability Assessment of Polymers"
12:15 pm - 12:30 pmDiscussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmComestibles
7:30 pm - 7:45 pmDiscussion Leader: Sean Simpson (Lanzatech, USA)
7:45 pm - 8:00 pmDunming Zhu (Chinese Academy of Sciences, P. R. China)
"Engineering of Amino Acid Dehydrogenases for Green Synthesis of Unnatural Amino Acids"
8:00 pm - 8:10 pmDiscussion
8:10 pm - 8:25 pmLars Nielsen (University of Queensland, Australia)
"Bits, Bugs and Bucks - In Silico Biotechnology"
8:25 pm - 8:35 pmDiscussion
8:35 pm - 8:55 pmJean-Baptiste Barbaroux (Global Bioenergies, HK)
"Artificial Pathways to Light Olefins: New Opportunities in Industrial Biology"
8:55 pm - 9:05 pmDiscussion
9:05 pm - 9:20 pmLi Li (Evonik Industries AG, P. R. China)
"Importance of BioTech for Our Future"
9:20 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
WEDNESDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmPharma
Discussion Leader: David Constable (Green Chemistry Institute, ACS, USA)
9:00 am - 9:30 amJanet Scott (University of Bath, UK)
"Intelligent Selection of Greener Solvents"
9:30 am - 9:45 amDiscussion
9:45 am - 10:15 amChao-Jun Li (McGill University, Canada)
"Coupling Without Coupling Reactions"
10:15 am - 10:30 amDiscussion
10:30 amCoffee Break
11:00 am - 11:30 amNicholas Turner (University of Manchester, UK)
"Redesigning Synthetic Chemistry Routes Using Biocatalysis"
11:30 am - 11:45 amDiscussion
11:45 am - 12:15 pmJoseph Fortunak (Howard University, USA)
"Green Chemistry: Increasing Global Access to Medicines"
12:15 pm - 12:30 pmDiscussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:00 pm - 7:30 pmBusiness Meeting
Nominations for the Next Vice Chair; Fill in Conference Evaluation Forms; Discuss Future Site and Scheduling Preferences; Election of the Next Vice Chair
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmEducation and Communication
Discussion Leader: Mary Kirchhoff (ACS, USA)
7:30 pm - 8:10 pmReinhilde Veugelers (KU Leuven)
"How to Power the Green Innovation Machine? Stimulating Supply or Demand?"
8:10 pm - 8:30 pmDiscussion
8:30 pm - 9:20 pmChristine O'Connell (Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science, USA)
"Putting Yourself into Science: The Importance of Communication and Connection in Green Chemistry"
9:20 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
THURSDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmGreen Energy
Discussion Leader: Peter Wasserscheid (University of Erlangen, Germany)
9:00 am - 9:35 amAndreas Jess (University of Bayreuth, Germany)
"Energy Demand and Mix for Global Welfare and Ecosystem Health"
9:35 am - 9:45 amDiscussion
9:45 am - 10:20 amOliver Kappe (University of Graz, Austria)
"Organic Synthesis in Continuous Flow - A Tool for the Manufacturing of APIs?"
10:20 am - 10:30 amDiscussion
10:30 amCoffee Break
11:00 am - 11:35 amJulien Bachmann (University of Erlangen, Germany)
"Systematic Increase of Electrocatalytic Turnover Based on the Geometry of Nanostructured Electrodes"
11:35 am - 11:45 amDiscussion
11:45 am - 12:20 pmSuojiang Zhang (Chinese Academy of Sciences, P.R. China)
"Green Process System Engineering"
12:20 pm - 12:30 pmDiscussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmGlobal Green Challenges
Discussion Leader: Suojiang Zhang (Institute of Process Engineering, CAS, P. R. China)
4:00 pm - 4:20 pmGuohua Chen (The Hong Kong University of Science & Technology, P. R. China)
"Green Production of Materials for Lithium Ion Batteries for Energy Storage"
4:20 pm - 4:30 pmDiscussion
4:30 pm - 4:50 pmAh-Hyung (Alissa) Park (Columbia University, USA)
"Sustainable Energy Pathways with Integrated CO2 Capture and Storage"
4:50 pm - 5:00 pmDiscussion
5:00 pm - 5:20 pmHaoran Li (Zhejiang University, P. R. China)
"Environmentally Benign Aerobic Oxidation of Isophorones: From Academia to Industry"
5:20 pm - 5:30 pmDiscussion
5:30 pm - 5:50 pmWei Liu (Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, USA)
"Advancement of Molecular Sieve Membranes for Energy-Intensive Separation and Reaction Processes"
5:50 pm - 6:00 pmDiscussion
6:00 pmDinner
FRIDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 amDeparture

Any opinions, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material/event (or by members of the project team) do not reflect the views of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, the Innovation and Technology Commission or the Vetting Committee of the General Support Programme of the Innovation and Technology Fund.

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