ACS Award for Affordable Green Chemistry
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:
- 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).
American Chemical Society
1155 16th Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20036-4801
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