Webinars and Videos

Featured Green Chemistry Webinar:

Addressing Sustainability Challenges with Earth Abundant Metal Catalysis

Date: October 27, 2022 | 2:00 PM EDT

How chemists interact with and ultimately use the elements on the periodic table is one of the primary sustainability challenges for the 21st century. Applications ranging from alternative energy to the synthesis of pharmaceuticals and every day products should rely on terrestrially abundant elements such as iron rather than rare ones that have a large environmental footprint associated with mining and purification.


ACS Green Chemistry Webinars

ACS Webinars is proud to partner with the ACS Green Chemistry Institute®, whose mission is to catalyze and enable the implementation of green chemistry and engineering throughout the global chemical enterprise. Learn about the amazing work being done by chemists to reduce waste and reduce demand on diminishing resources and improve our world. 

  • 2021 - 2022

    Addressing Sustainability Challenges with Earth Abundant Metal Catalysis
    How chemists interact with and ultimately use the elements on the periodic table is one of the primary sustainability challenges for the 21st century. Applications ranging from alternative energy to the synthesis of pharmaceuticals and every day products should rely on terrestrially abundant elements such as iron rather than rare ones that have a large environmental footprint associated with mining and purification.

    From Wood Pulp to a Candidate Medicine: Green Manufacturing Technologies Enable Production of Nemtabrutinib
    Green manufacturing technologies including biocatalysis, enzyme immobilization, and continuous manufacturing in a packed-bed reactor enabled Merck to produce investigational leukemia drug nemtabrutinib from a biorenewable starting material while reducing an 11-step synthesis down to just two steps! How can all pharmaceutical companies replicate this sustainability success and support the long-term supply of necessary medicines and vaccines?

    The Hidden Impact: Taking a Life Cycle View
    Do we have a method to holistically consider the impacts of our decisions on the planet? Life cycle assessment (LCA) allows us to determine whether an action is more or less sustainable that other possible actions. A thorough LCA measures multiple impacts, but can become very complex. However, this complexity is essential for quantifying claims and understanding nuances.

    Enabling Greener Pharma Manufacturing: Scaling a Photo-Flow Bromination for Belzutifan
    The pharmaceutical industry makes products that improve millions of lives. Recent developments in flow chemistry can help alleviate the environmental burden of manufacturing processes to bring these products to market in a sustainable way. Belzutifan (MK-6482) is an investigational selective inhibitor of hypoxia-inducible factor-2α (HIF-2α) that is being evaluated for the treatment of kidney cancer. Learn how the synthetic route designed for belzutifan reduced step count, eliminated waste, improved efficiency, and solved critical safety and robustness issues.

  • 2020

    Systems Thinking in Chemistry Education: Preparing Global Citizens for a Sustainable Future
    Chemistry is the central science. However, research indicates that current methods of chemistry teaching and learning do not always prepare students to understand and address the complex global challenges that they will encounter in their lives, such as climate change, energy for our future, food security, and planetary sustainability. It has recently been suggested that a systems thinking approach can not only help students learn chemistry content meaningfully, but to develop the knowledge and skills they need to take informed action to address these global challenges. Peter Mahaffy of The Kings University, Edmonton and MaryKay Orgill of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas introduce the essential characteristics of a systems thinking approach in chemistry education.

    Beyond Organic Solvents: Synthesis of a 5-HT4 Receptor Agonist in Water
    Organic solvents are integral to the way we do chemistry today, but they are also hazardous, and many are derived from non-renewable petroleum. Adapting reactions, workups, and isolations to aqueous conditions is a promising strategy for reducing our reliance on organic solvents. Join 2020 Peter J. Dunn Award winner Dan Bailey of Takeda Pharmaceuticals during this free interactive broadcast as he discusses the a process to manufacture an investigational drug substance almost entirely in water, including multiple controlled isolations from aqueous media.

    Grand Challenges and Opportunities for Greener Alternatives within the Oil and Gas Industry
    Today, the oil and gas industry meets almost half of the U.S.’s energy in a reliable and efficient manner. Increased public awareness and perception of the oilfield chemistry processes have led to concerns about water and chemical usage. As a result, how can the industry deliver the energy needs to our society while minimizing environmental impact? Leaders of the ACS GCI Oilfield Chemistry Roundtable, Dave Horton of CES Energy Solutions and Brian Price of Rockwater Energy Solutions.

    Undergraduate Chemistry Education for a Sustainable Future: Green Chemistry Module Development
    Many undergraduate chemistry programs are realizing the importance of incorporating green chemistry concepts and practices in their classrooms and labs. Benefits include safer laboratories, cost savings from the reduced volume and toxicity of waste, and more students who are highly engaged and inspired. Watch our August 5, 2020 webinar, to learn how you can join the effort to advance the Green Chemistry Roadmap Initiative.

    A Perfect Match: Vibrational Spectroscopy and Sustainable Chemistry
    John Wasylyk and Bob Wethman of Bristol-Myers Squibb discuss how spectroscopy-based analyses can provide real-time or near real-time data that lead to enhanced productivity and a faster method transfer process.

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    How Chemists and Engineers Will Make a Difference for a Healthy Planet
    David Allen of the Center for Energy and Environmental Resources at the University of Texas at Austin highlights how chemistry and engineering have contributed to improvements in environmental quality over the past 50 years.  

  • 2019

    The Future of Organic Synthesis is in Water: From Chemo- to Bio-catalysis
    Professor Bruce Lipshutz of UC Santa Barbara discusses how for chemical, economic, and environmental reasons, chemistry in water is our only path to sustainability. Present day synthesis produces unimaginable levels of organic solvent waste; chemo- and biocatalysis in water are solutions to this problem. Learn how to utilize combinations of chemo- and bio-catalysis, both in water, for synthetic gain. 

    Slimming the Waste-line in Large Molecule Syntheses
    Senior Research Advisor Michael Kopach of Eli Lilly and Company discusses why the opportunities for innovations in sustainable chemistry for peptides and oligonucleotide syntheses are much greater than for small molecule chemistry.

    Is Paper and Pulp Recycling the Solution to Our Single Use Package Problem?
    Richard Venditti, Professor in the Department of Forest Biomaterials at North Carolina State University, in a special broadcast for Chemists Celebrate Earth Week, demonstrates the potential of paper and pulp recycling as the renewable, biodegradable, and environmentally compatible solution that society desires.

  • Green Chemistry Webinars Archive


    Bioprivileged Molecules: A New Paradigm for Biobased Chemical Development
    Brent Shanks and Peter Keeling of the NSF Engineering Research Center for Biorenewable Chemicals at Iowa State University prove that the diverse-bioproduct potentiality of a bioprivileged molecule is vital in creating value from biomass. Discover how and why innovative bioproducts represent a powerful driver for the development of biobased chemicals beyond just replacing fossil carbon with renewable carbon.

    Riding the Wave of Green Chemistry: How to Enhance Awareness of Plastics in the Ocean
    Jane Wissinger of University of Minnesota and Reuben Hudson of Colby College discuss the accumulation of plastics in our oceans, highlight outreach and curriculum materials that teach polymer basics, and feature innovative ideas by chemists who apply green principles to develop more sustainable materials.


    How to Sustainably Innovate Throughout the Life Cycle of Drug Research and Development
    Paul Richardson of Pfizer shares how industry can further reduce its ecological impact and make a business case for green chemistry in Pharma.

    How to Create Sustainable Product Design that Satisfies Production Demand and Eco-Awareness
    Eric Beckman discusses how to create viable new products in harmony with traditional production methods and ecological impact.

    Nanomaterial Design Guided by the Principles of Green Chemistry
    James Hutchison discusses the foundations for greener nanotechnology and presents a case study that uses nanomaterial product innovation guided by green chemistry.

    Sustainability Challenges of the Textiles, Dyeing and Finishing Industries: Opportunities for Innovation
    Richard Blackburn discusses the techniques being scrutinized so that textiles become more efficient from the technical, economic and ecological perspective.

    Natural, Sustainable Innovation: L’Oréal’s Commitment to Renewable Materials and Eco-Friendly Processes
    Michel Philippe discuss the importance of using renewable raw materials, designing resource-efficient synthesis methods with minimal environmental impact, and developing substances with favorable environmental profiles designed with their subsequent degradation in mind.


    Cosmetic Chemistry: Novel Approaches using Natural and Renewable Ingredients
    Richard Blackburn of the University of Leeds investigates the possibility of isolating actives from plant materials.


    Outsmarting the Shortage: The Emergence of Base Metal Catalysis in Pharma
    J.Chris McWilliams shares how base metals can replace precious metals in the construction of organic molecules.

    Artificial Photosynthesis: Making Fuels Directly from Sunlight
    Join Nathan Lewis as he shares his work on transforming water, sunlight and carbon dioxide to make fuel.

    How to Create a Safer and More Sustainable Lab Through Green Chemistry
    David Finster and Jeffrey Whitford share how to adopt sustainable strategies that inherently produce a safer lab and chemical facility in both commercial and academic settings.

    Catalyzing Innovation through Molecular Design
    Brian Laird and Anthony Rappé discuss how their interdisciplinary research presents new approaches to designing and using catalysts that eliminate hazardous materials while minimizing waste and conserve resources.

    Making Plastic Greener Through Next Generation Polymers
    Marc Hillmyer explains how the next generation of plastics could be made from renewable resources such as plants.


Green Chemistry Videos

Featured Green Chemistry Playlist:

The 12 Principles of Green Chemistry

Presented by Dr. David Constable and Dr. Richard Williams, these videos spend about 20 minutes on each principle, and were recorded during the 2013 Green Chemistry & Engineering Student Workshop.

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ACS GCI's Green Chemistry and Engineering Conference

The 27th Annual Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference will be held June 13-15, 2023 in Long Beach, CA on the theme, Closing the Loop: Chemistry for a Sustainable Future.