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 pharmaceutical green chemistry that demonstrates compelling environmental, safety and efficiency improvements over current technologies. The award was established in honor of Peter J. Dunn of Pfizer (for whom it was subsequently named).

    The Award intends to recognize greener synthetic routes toward API or intermediates, reaction conditions, and chemical or manufacturing technologies as applied at meaningful scale to a pharmaceutical process.

    The submission should highlight the accomplishment relative to the design principles of green chemistry at meaningful scale and detail its significance (e.g., in yield, waste reduction, robustness, environmental impact, reduction of toxic and/or hazardous chemicals, etc.).

    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.

    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 gcipr@acs.org 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

    2019

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

    2017

    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.

    2016

    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 gcipr@acs.org (preferred) or, telephone +1 (202) 872-6102.