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World Conference on Green Chemistry: Toward Environmentally Benign Processes and Products

9-13 June 2001,
Boulder, CO,

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Collectively we reside on a planet with insufficient natural resources to support profligate consumption. Chemistry plays a key role in increasing the efficiency of resource utilization in the development of products and processes. The key to implementing industrial ecology for a sustainable world is a new mindset that brings pollution prevention and energy conservation to the fore as design principles.

This Chemistry Research Applied to World Needs (CHEMRAWN) XIV Conference, jointly sponsored by IUPAC, the American Chemical Society, and the Green Chemistry Institute, will explore the latest scientific and engineering approaches and develop worldwide strategy and policy recommendations to implement green chemistry. The conference, to be held on the campus of the University of Colorado in Boulder, will bring together world leaders in specific fields to provide a catalyst for the common interests of corporations, academic institutions, government agencies, and representatives of the public interest to determine a path for future action.

Objectives of the conference are to:

  • conduct an objective assessment of the technical state-of-the-art in green chemistry and engineering and the contributions it can make to world sustainability;
  • define scientific gaps, research priorities, economic and social issues in order to provide decision makers in industry, government, academia, and the non-governmental sector with the knowledge required to craft policy and accelerate application of green chemistry benefits to world needs; and
  • identify and promote an educational program for green chemistry that spans educational levels and national boundaries.

The meeting will consist of invited lectures and contributed posters. Poster papers are solicited on the many topics involving the design of chemical processes and products that will eliminate or reduce the use or generation of hazardous substances. Examples of some specific topics to be discussed include alternative reaction media (e.g., supercritical CO2) and separations, life cycle impacts, economic opportunities and case studies in large and small companies, environmentally benign food production, emerging biotech-based alternatives, green engineering, social impacts and sustainability, global innovations, green chemistry education, cleaner water and air, and success assessment and measurement.

The deadline for abstract receipt is 1 December 2000; abstracts (150 words) should be submitted to Prof. Bob Sievers, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Campus Box 215, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO 80309-0215, USA, on a standard ACS paper abstract form (available on the conference web site, http://cires.colorado.edu/env_prog/chemrawn) or electronically through the web site in the same format to be received at the University of Colorado by the deadline.

Scientists and policy makers from throughout the world will gather in Boulder to discuss sustainability issues, which may be addressed and improved by chemical research and wise policy development and implementation. Nobel Laureate Paul Crutzen of the Max Planck Institute in Mainz, Germany has agreed to give a plenary lecture. Other plenary speakers who have been invited and have tentatively accepted include Michael Fitzpatrick (Rohm and Haas), Joseph DiSimone (University of North Carolina), Zhu Qing Shi (Hefei, China), Joe Miller (duPont), Martyn Poliakopf (Nottingham, UK), Roger Beachy (Danforth Institute), Joe Thornton (author of Pandora's Poison, Columbia University), Neal Lane (President Clinton's Science Advisor), and Mary Good (President of AAAS). Additional information about the program and on-line registration will be available on the conference web site: http://cires.colorado.edu/env_prog/chemrawn .

Partial subsidy of the registration fee for students and limited support of travel by developing country scientists may be applied for from the conference organizers. Approximately 900 scientific participants from around the world are expected to attend this conference. For additional information, contact Dr. Dennis L. Hjeresen, Senior Program Manager, Environmental Management Programs, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Mail Stop J591, Los Alamos, NM 87545, USA; E-mail: [email protected]; Tel.: +1 505 665 7251; Fax: +1 505 665 8118; Web site: http://cires.colorado.edu/env_prog/chemrawn/enter.html .

> Published in Chem. Int. 22(6), 2000

* Sponsorship by IUPAC attests to the quality of the scientific program and indicates the host country's assurance that scientists from all countries may participate.
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