Joseph Breen Memorial Fellowship


ACS International Endowment Fund. The award is administered by the ACS Green Chemistry Institute®.


To sponsor a young international green chemistry scholar to participate in an international green chemistry technical meeting, conference or training program.


The amount of the award is based on the estimated cost of travel, accommodation, and fees associated with the event, up to $2000.


“Young” international scholar is defined as undergraduate students, graduate students, post doctoral fellows, and above, but below the level of Assistant Professor and within the first seven years of a professional career. Applicants residing within the U.S. or abroad are eligible for this award. The applicant must demonstrate research or educational interest in green chemistry.

Establishment & Support

The American Chemical Society (ACS) established the Joseph Breen Memorial Fund through the ACS International Endowment Fund in 2000. This fund commemorates Joe Breen’s commitment and accomplishments for the advancement of green chemistry.

Read more about Joe Breen, a founder of the worldwide green chemistry movement and the first Director of the Green Chemistry Institute.

2016 Breen Award Winner
2016 Breen Award Winner Sarah Kwan, an environmental engineering Ph.D. student at Yale University, was selected for her research which focuses on reducing asthma severity in Cherokee Nation children. Kwan studied how cleaning influenced the bacterial and fungal microbial communities on desk surfaces in schools in order to find engineering solutions that reduce indoor air contaminants. Presented by David Constable, ACS GCI Director.
2016 Breen Award Winner
2016 Breen Award Winner John-Hanson Machado, an undergraduate student at George Washington University, was selected for his work developing a protocol for curating large sets of experimental data in order to select reliable training sets for predictive modeling. Presented by David Constable, ACS GCI Director.