FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | December 12, 2014

Augsburg College student wins competitive green chemistry travel award

WASHINGTON, Dec. 12, 2014— An Augsburg College undergraduate is one of four U.S. students chosen to receive the 2014 Ciba Travel Award in Green Chemistry. The $2,000 stipend will allow these students to participate in an American Chemical Society scientific conference with a specific green chemistry component.

Zach Swingen, majoring in organic chemistry, will participate in the 19th Annual Green Chemistry and Engineering Conference in North Bethesda, Maryland, July 14-16, 2015. There, he will present his research on the green synthesis of biodegradable materials.

The annual award, established in 2009, is administered by the ACS Green Chemistry Institute®.

The students – chosen from among 33 finalists – will have opportunities to expand their education by attending symposia, networking and presenting their research. This year’s awardees’ research areas include green chemistry and engineering, environmental science, polymers and renewable materials.

Swingen is from Black Earth, Wisconsin. The other winners include: Boris Dyatkin from Drexel University, Laurene Petitjean from Yale University, and Zarif Farhana Mohd Aris from the University of Massachusetts.


The ACS Green Chemistry Institute® is an impartial, scientific convener promoting the implementation of green chemistry and engineering across the global chemical enterprise. The Institute empowers people to reimagine chemistry and engineering for a sustainable future by offering educational resources, training and development opportunities for students, educators and researchers, and by convening industrial roundtables to promote industry collaboration around green chemistry issues. A part of the American Chemical Society, the Institute holds an annual Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference (, the longest running conference on green chemistry in the country.

The American Chemical Society is a nonprofit organization chartered by the U.S. Congress. With more than 161,000 members, ACS is the world’s largest scientific society and a global leader in providing access to chemistry-related research through its multiple databases, peer-reviewed journals and scientific conferences. Its main offices are in Washington, D.C., and Columbus, Ohio.

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