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Peter J. Dunn Award for Green Chemistry & Engineering Impact in the Pharmaceutical Industry

  • Description

    The Peter J. Dunn Award was established in 2016 by the ACS GCI Pharmaceutical Roundtable (ACS GCIPR) to recognize excellence in the research, development and execution of green chemistry that demonstrates compelling environmental, safety and efficiency improvements over current technologies in the pharmaceutical industry and its allied industial partners. The award was established in honor of Peter J. Dunn of Pfizer (for whom it was subsequently named).

    The Award was established to recognize greener more sustainable synthetic routes and their associated processes to Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients (API) or intermediates, reaction conditions, and chemical or manufacturing process technologies as applied at meaningful scale.

    The submission should highlight the green and sustainable chemistry accomplishments at meaningful scale and must detail its significance (e.g., reduction in process mass intensity, waste reduction, robustness, environmental, health and safety impact reduction or elimination, reduction in the use of toxic and/or hazardous chemicals, solvents, reagents, etc.).  The innovations should be significant and ones that go beyond routine process development optimization. 

    The 2020 award will be presented at the Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference, where the recipient will be invited to share their technology in an oral presentation. The recipient’s transportation, lodging, and registration fees for the conference are reimbursable up to $2,500 USD (following ACS guidelines).

  • Eligibility

    New accomplishments relative to the design principles of green chemistry at meaningful scale are eligible for this award. Nominations must detail the significance (i.e., in yield, waste reduction, robustness, environmental impact, reduction of toxic and/or hazardous chemicals, etc.) of the chemistry or engineering.

    The Peter J. Dunn Award recognizes the accomplishments of individuals—whether they be individual contributions or as part of team efforts. Therefore, the ACS GCIPR strongly encourages individuals to apply.

    The goal is to recognize both pioneering industrial scientists, as well as the best of green chemistry innovations, to inspire all pharmaceutical scientists (or allied industrial partners) to ever greater sustainability.

    Note: Previous winning submissions from the EPA Green Chemistry Challenge award are not eligible.  

  • Application

    Download the Nomination Form

    The deadline for submitting applications is 5 p.m. (EDT), Friday, January 31, 2020. Please send your application in a single PDF file to with “Peter J. Dunn Award Application – [applicant’s last name]” in the subject line.

    A panel of industrial peers will evaluate the applications.

    Chemistry enhances lives across the globe and green chemistry is the path to enhanced sustainability. The ACS GCIPR looks forward to receiving your submission to be considered as the best at pharmaceutical green chemistry development.

  • Establishment & Support

    The Peter J. Dunn Award was established in 2016 by the ACS GCI Pharmaceutical Roundtable (ACS GCIPR) in honor of Peter J. Dunn of Pfizer. Dunn has been recognized for his leadership of the Pfizer Green Chemistry Program and his accomplishments in the greener total synthesis of sildenafil citrate.

  • Past Recipients


    Dan Bailey, Takeda Pharmaceuticals


    B. Frank Gupton, Floyd D. Gottwald Jr. Chair in Pharmaceutical Engineering at Virginia Commonwealth University


    Bruce Lipshutz, professor of chemistry and biochemistry at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and Sachin Handa, assistant professor of chemistry at the University of Louisville.


    Peter J. Dunn, Global Head of Green Chemistry, Pfizer

  • Contact

    Questions about the Peter J. Dunn Award should be directed to the ACS Green Chemistry Institute®: Email (preferred) or, telephone +1 (202) 872-6102.