ACS Award for Affordable Green Chemistry

Sponsor: Dow

Purpose: To recognize outstanding scientific discoveries that lay the foundation for environmentally-friendly products or manufacturing processes at a cost comparable to or less than that of current technologies, or discoveries that deliver new applications with compelling cost/benefit profiles. To identify and recognize discovery of new eco-friendly chemistries with the potential to enable products or manufacturing processes that are less expensive than existing alternatives.

Nature: The award will consist of $5,000 and a certificate. Up to $2,500 for travel expenses to the meeting at which the award will be presented will be reimbursed.

Eligibility: Nominee eligibility is neither contingent on the timeframe in which the technology was developed, nor on demonstrated commercial success. Discoveries must have significant commercial potential, however, to be considered for award. The award will be granted regardless of race, gender, age, religion, ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation, gender expression, gender identity, presence of disabilities, and educational background.

Nominees may include:

  • Individuals
  • Research teams (maximum 3 individuals)
  • Representatives from an organization (company, university, or national lab)
  • Professors or other academic-based teams whose work has been commercialized

Priority may be given to nominees that represent organizations in a position to directly commercialize, or organizations that can participate in commercialization through technology transfer (i.e., academic institutions that have technology licensing programs).

Green chemistry principles and criteria are based on those employed in consideration of the ACS Green Chemistry Institute's Kenneth G. Hancock Memorial Student Award in Green Chemistry and the Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award.

Affordability and practicality of a qualified application are evidenced by discoveries that:

  • Conform to existing manufacturing infrastructures with little or no additional investment in equipment or personnel to operate the manufacturing process,
  • Or are totally new products whose economics are compelling even after considering market prices for currently available alternatives, costs of starting materials, manufacturing yield and throughput, manufacturing labor, and equipment and facilities costs.

Deadline: November 1 (annual review).

Establishment & Support: The award was established in 2007 and is supported, beginning in 2009, through an endowment by Rohm and Haas Company, now a wholly owned subsidiary of Dow.

Contact Information

Awards Office
American Chemical Society
1155 16th Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20036-4801
Phone: 202-872-4575
Fax: 202-776-8008

Past Recipients

2021: Kerry Gilmore, Peter Seeberger, and Andreas Seidel-Morgenstern

2020: Dimitris I. Collias, Jane E. Godlewski, and Juan E. Velásquez Velez

2019: Richard A. Gross

2018: B. Frank Gupton and David Tyler McQuade

2017: Peter J. Dunn

2016: Martin D. Johnson, Joseph R. Martinelli, and Shannon S. Stahl

2015: John Frye, Todd Werpy, and Alan Zacher

2014: Arthur J. Ragauskas

2013: Hari B. Sunkara

2012: William J. Kruper

2011: Richard P. Wool

2010: Vincent J. D’Amico, Emiel H. van Broekhoven, and Juha J. Jakkula

2009: Geoffrey W. Coates

2019 recipients Richard A. Gross (center) is presented his award by sponsor representative James A. Helwick (right) and Bonnie A. Charpentier, ACS President (left).
Photo by Loris Guzzetta/ACS