Washington area green and sustainable chemistry conference to tackle ‘closing the loop’

WASHINGTON, May 30, 2019 — Journalists interested in how chemistry and engineering can contribute to a circular economy are invited to attend the 23rd Annual Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference and 9th International Conference on Green and Sustainable Chemistry, which will be held together from June 11 to 13, 2019, in Reston, Virginia.

The theme of this year’s conference is “Closing the Loop” of the chemical life cycle. The conference will feature keynote addresses from Udit Batra, Ph.D., CEO of MilliporeSigma; Lee Cronin, Ph.D., professor of chemistry at the University of Glasgow in Scotland; and Dana Kralisch, Ph.D., professor of pharmaceutical technology and biopharmacy at the University of Jena in Germany and CTO of JeNaCell GmbH. More than 400 oral and poster presentations will be given by leading scientists, engineers and business leaders from around the globe. They will discuss some of the most pressing and interesting topics in the scientific community today, including:

  • Advances in sustainable-plastic degradation
  • Transforming industrial garbage into everyday products
  • Waste carbon dioxide as a raw material
  • Alternative chemistries and technologies to increase the sustainable reuse and recycling of critical elements
  • Innovations in plastics to help protect our oceans
  • Case studies of entrepreneurs who are driving the circular economy
  • How to teach systems thinking in the chemistry classroom
  • Greener textiles, electronics and regenerative design for consumer goods
  • The role of artificial intelligence, machine learning, predictive analytics and computational tools in green chemistry
  • Innovative catalytic systems for efficient carbon dioxide conversion

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The Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference, hosted annually by the ACS Green Chemistry Institute®, has been a meeting ground for advancing sustainable science and solutions since 1997. The International Conference on Green and Sustainable Chemistry is hosted around the world biannually to bring the global green chemistry community together to share research and education initiatives.

The ACS Green Chemistry Institute® is an institute of the American Chemical Society dedicated to catalyzing the implementation of green and sustainable chemistry and engineering throughout the global chemistry enterprise and the Society. ACS GCI convenes industrial roundtables, holds an annual Green Chemistry & Engineering conference (, and offers educational resources including grants, awards, webinars and workshops — encouraging scientific innovations to solve environmental and human health issues facing our world today.

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