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  • 11/10/2016

    Summer '16: Safer Chemicals: Fact or Myth?


    The Molecular Design research Network received a grant aimed at educated people on safer chemicals.  Karolina Mellor and Jason Lam developed a program under Yale Pathways to Science to discuss safer chemicals with local New Haven high school students. The weeklong course, held in the newly renovated environmental science building teaching labs at Yale, introduced concepts covered in this grant while offering a relevant and engaging approach to consumerism. Targeting multidisciplinary skill training and perspective building “at the nexus of toxicology and chemistry,” Mellor and Lam headed a group of 13 students from various backgrounds in this ambitious and explorative course.

    Lysol and GreenWorks, common household all purpose cleaners, were analyzed as case studies to tackle the question: “How do chemicals in daily consumer products impact our everyday lives?” Students designed chemical exposure experiments with Daphnia Magna, model aquatic organisms well studied by toxicologists analyzing possible impacts of different chemicals on living organisms. From observing the anatomy of Daphnia Magna to extrapolating mortality rates and dose response curves, these 13 students embarked on a hands-on interdisciplinary learning experience. “We wanted to emphasize the fact that many people take for granted the information offered to them in advertisements,”Mellor and Lam beamed when discussing the thought process behind their curriculum, “we wanted to teach them to be active conscious consumers in the products that they buy and to see the effects it has on the world around them.”

    In just 5 days, Mellor and Lam also put together a career panel featuring center members: Tamara De Winter, and Hanno Erythropel. Together they shared their research interests and their journey to where they are now working with green chemistry. The panel offered key advice on academic and career choices and the value of sustainable science. All in all, Mellor and Lam expressed great appreciation for the yale program and admiration for their experience with their students.

  • 11/10/2016

    Summer '16: Center Collaboration with the Chinese Academy of Mathematics and System Services


    During the summer, Dr.  Longzhu Shen traveled to China to build a collaboration relationship between the center and the Chinese Academy of Mathematics and System Sciences. The research theme is to construct theoretical models to estimate the potentials of chemicals to penetrate through cellular membranes, which is an important factor in understanding the chemical stress impact on the biological system.

    In addition, he has managed to connect the center to the Zhejiang University of Technology. Several combinatorial predictive and experimental toxicological projects are now under development.

  • 11/10/2016

    Dr. Longzhu Shen's upcoming presentation at the New York Academy of Science and Pepscio's "Journey through Science"


    Dr. Longzhu Shen has won an award to attend the Journey through Science event hosted by New York Academy of Science and Pepscio on Nov. 14, where he will give a poster presentation on NRF2 modeling.

    Dr. Shen has two papers published on Green Chem and recently co-chaired the molecular design session at the 2016 ACS GC&E. He has also presented a poster at the 2016 ACS Green Chem Gordon Conference. 

    Congrats Dr. Longzhu Shen! 

  • 11/10/2016

    A French Connection: Dr. Vincent Escande bridges Center and the French National Center for Scientific Research


    Dr. Vincent Escande from the University of Montpellier (France) joined the Center for Green Chemistry and Engineering at Yale for one year, as visiting researcher within the framework of a collaboration with the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS). The research collaboration lead to the development of new sustainable oxidation methodologies designed for industrial applications.

    Dr. Escande has finished his lab work with the center and we are so grateful to have worked with such an intellegent and motivated soul. Best of luck! 

  • 11/10/2016

    From Industrial Waste to Renewable Feedstock: Celebrating Dr. Chun Ho Lam's Research 


    Dr. Chun Ho Lam is a Donnelley and YIBS Postdoctoral Environmental Fellows. Dr. Lam will be giving a talk with the Yale Institute for Biospheric Studies on Nov. 11 to present his research exploring renewable feedstocks production via biomass degradation using earth abundant metal catalysts. In addition to research, he is also co-instructing the green chemistry stewardship program for the continuum college at University of Washington. 

  • 10/18/2016

    New ideas for green chemistry education


    Green Chemistry offers solutions to environmental problems which seem difficult to tackle. For example, the Green Chemistry framework has successfully been implemented in fields as diverse as agriculture, mining, transportation, communications, and manufacturing.

    To continue this success, it is imperative that we give the next generation of scientists the opportunities and training they need to implement green chemistry even further. While undergraduate and graduate students are given more and more opportunities to develop and grow their professional network during their studies, it is unclear if we are doing enough. Are we providing students with sufficient opportunities to learn about the newest advances in Green Chemistry and interact with the leaders of green chemistry? Are we attracting and retaining women and underrepresented groups?

    With this in mind, on September 18, 2016, the Center for Green Chemistry & Green Engineering at Yale and the University of Massachusetts Boston co-hosted a workshop for New England students and faculty that highlighted the achievements in the field and engaged students in the wider green chemistry discussion.

    The workshop consisted of several parts, where students had a chance not only to present their work to a diverse audience of scientists, business managers and industry leaders, but more importantly to interact with the early Green Chemistry innovators and learn about their career paths.  The event was attended by over a 75 people, from UMB, Yale, UMass Dartmouth, Hult Business School, Gordon College, UMass Lowell, Bridgewater State University, Northeastern University and Salem State University. Students attended multiple talks and participated in numerous networking breaks to learn about state of the art Green Technologies from the Warner & Babcock Institute, US EPA Region 1, Beyond Benign, Amgen and Pfizer. In addition to inspiring talks and networking opportunities, students also participated in the poster session.  Posters were assessed based on their merit and presentation. Winners received Yale and UMB themed prizes.

    The event was certainly well received by students and faculty. Dr. Jason Lam, a postdoctoral student at the Center for Green Chemistry & Green Engineering at Yale said “The conference was very educational and inspirational. Lectures delivered by well established green chemistry professors motivate me to think about how we can incorporate sustainable elements into our research projects”. 

    Text available through ACS GCI Nexus blog.

  • 9/28/2016

    Riley wins Fiessinger Doctoral Scholarship


    Congrats to Riley on receiving the 2016 Fiessinger Doctoral Scholarship from the Environmental Research and Education Fund (EREF). Riley’s proposal, entitled “Carbon Nanotube Enabled Technology for Reclamation of Rare Earth Elements from Coal Combustion Residues”, represents the ongoing work in the Plata Lab targeted at rare-earth element (REE) reclamation from industrial waste streams.


    *Taken from Plata Lab Website: http://platalab.yale.edu/news/riley-wins-fiessinger-doctoral-scholarship

  • 9/18/2016

    The Power of Alumni Celebrated at the University of Massachusetts at Boston


    The development of the field of green chemistry was possible because of individuals in academia, industry, government and NGOs who dreamt big and devoted their professional life to advancing and promoting Green Chemistry. Through their continuous work and commitment, these individuals impacted and shaped Green Chemistry science and education. They innovated, raised awareness and outlined endless possibilities in Green Chemistry through their words and actions.

    Many of the early Green Chemistry innovators can trace their roots back to the University of Massachusetts Boston. Four notable Green Chemistry leaders, Drs John Warner, Amy Cannon, Nicholas Anastas and Buzz Cue were students at the University of Massachusetts Boston. UMB was not only place where they developed everlasting friendships but more importantly it is where they developed their passion for science.

    On September 18, 2016 these Green Chemistry pioneers participated in an event at their alma matter in celebration of 25 years of Green Chemistry field. The event was co-organized by Dr. Wei Zhang, who is the director of the Center for Green Chemistry at UMB.

    The event started with a warm welcome from UMB Provost, Winston Langley, UMB Vice Provost for Research & Strategic Initiatives Zong-Guo Xia and UMB Chemistry Department Chair, Robert Carter. The welcome remarks were followed with talks by UMB distinguished alumni, who reflected on their career paths in Green Chemistry, and their recent work. John Warner talked about green chemistry and entropy relationships and how this concept drives his work at the Warner and Babcock Institute. Buzz Cue presented his work at Pfizer to develop greener processes to produce Zoloft - an antidepressant and selective serotonin inhibitor. Nick Anastas and Amy Cannon focused on a variety of educational opportunities to incorporate green chemistry and toxicology concepts into the modern school curriculum and chemistry community. This event appropriately acknowledged the work of the early green chemists who dared to be different and worked in the green chemistry realm when it was a very young field.  

    Text available at the Nexus by ACS GCI

  • 8/25/2016

    Plata Lab at ACS Meeting in Philadelphia


    The Plata Lab just returned from an incredible week at the ACS National Meeting in Philadelphia, PA. Sharing research from ongoing projects in the lab, our group delivered a prolific five presentations: coming from Andrew, Brian, Riley, Mike, and Osman. 

    The Plata Lab also had the opportunity to meet and congratulate Mary Caroll - Desiree’s undergraduate advisor at Union College - upon her receipt of the prestigious ACS Fellow Award. Mary’s award comes well-deserved from a career of impactful research as well as an exemplary emphasis on teaching undergraduates. Congrats Mary!


    *Taken from Plata Lab Website: http://platalab.yale.edu/news/plata-lab-acs-meeting-philadelphia

  • 7/15/2016

    Fracking Flowback Water Paper Accepted to ES&T


    The Plata lab is excited to announce a newly accepted paper to Environmental Science & Technology: “Indications of Transformation Products from Hydraulic Fracturing Additives in Shale-Gas Wastewater”. This study analyzed a set of flowback water samples from a hydraulically-fractured natural gas well via GCxGC TOF-MS. The results describe the detections of anthropogenic petroleum additives, disclosed industrial additives, as well as suspected additives and transformation products. Congrats to Andrew and everyone who worked on this project!


    *Taken from Plata Lab Website: http://platalab.yale.edu/news/fracking-flowback-water-paper-accepted-est

  • 7/14/2016

    Osman Successfully Defends Ph.D. Dissertation


    Congrats to Dr. Osman Karatum for the successful defense of his Ph.D. dissertation! The entire Plata group traveled to Durham, North Carolina to cheer on Osman’s presentation and handily celebrated his tremendous effort afterwards. Osman represents the first Ph.D. from the Plata group and sets a high standard of success for the future!

    Great job Osman!


    *Taken from Plata Lab Website: http://platalab.yale.edu/news/osman-successfully-defends-phd-dissertation

  • 5/25/2016

    Oil Sands/SOA collaboration published in Nature


    In collaboration with Professor Drew Gentner and researchers at Environment Canada, the Plata Lab is proud to announce a study accepted to Nature. The study combined field testong and model analysis to provide clarity to the impact of oil sand extraction on air quality, and the results raise concerns about the impact of the emerging industry on human health and climate change. Brian contributed a rigorous analysis of the organic compounds released to the atmosphere during processing. Congrats Brian!


    *Taken from Plata Lab Website: http://platalab.yale.edu/news/oil-sandssoa-collaboration-published-nature

  • 5/24/2016

    Plata Lab collaboration published in Aquatic Toxicology


    The latest research from the Plata lab, in collaboration with the lab of Dr. Anne McElroy at SUNY Stony Brook, was published today in the Aquatic Toxicology. The study analyzed the effects of hypoxia on sheepshead minnows in oil contaminated seawater. Ph.D student Brian Drollette’s contribution to the manuscript came in the form of an exhaustive analysis of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in the water fraction and chemically-enhanced water fraction of seawater contaminated with crude oil using comprehensive two-dimensional gas chromatography.



    **Taken from Plata Lab Website: http://platalab.yale.edu/news/plata-lab-collaboration-published-aquatic-toxicology

  • 5/7/2016

    Paul Anastas receives 2016 RCS Award



    Often called “the father of green chemistry,” a field that promotes the design of products and processes that minimize environmental impacts and hazardous outcomes, Anastas is  the Teresa and H. John Heinz III Professor in the Practice of Chemistry for the Environment.
    Paul Anastas
    The Royal Society of Chemistry’s Green Chemistry Award, established in 2001, is awarded for the design, development or implementation of novel chemical products or processes which have the potential to reduce or eliminate the use and generation of hazardous substances.

    The award includes a £2,000 prize.

    Anastas holds joint appointments with the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, the Yale Department of Chemistry, and the Department of Chemical Engineering. He is also director of the Yale Center for Green Chemistry and Green Engineering.

    “Any recognition that I receive is simply a reflection of the miraculous work by the international green chemistry community,” Anastas said. “I am fortunate to have been a part of a scientific realization called green chemistry that has brought about innovation and understanding of how to use the power of chemistry to not only invent, discover, and transform matter, but also do it in a way that advances sustainability for people and the planet.”

    “When I look across the breadth of inventions that green chemistry has brought about over the course of the past 25 years, I am amazed as much by the good it has done for society as I am electrified by the future discoveries yet to be realized by the field of green chemistry.”



  • 4/30/2016

    Karolina Mellor and Grace Lasker lead Green Chemistry Day at Yale


    Our own Karolina Mellor and Grace Lasker from the University of Washington led a workshop for high school students in collaboration with Pathways to Science. The half-day workshop introduced the concept of green chemistry and safer chemical design and used  hands-on materials developed by the MoDRN education and outreach team.

  • 3/29/2016

    Nina Receives NSF Graduate Student Research Fellowship


    Congratulations to Nina for receiving the NSF Graduate Student Research Fellowship! 


    *Taken from Plata Lab Website: http://platalab.yale.edu/news/nina-receives-nsf-graduate-student-research-fellowship


  • 3/24/2016

    Paul Anastas featured in the Nexus Blog


  • 3/16/2016

    Environmental Engineering Department Ranked Top 10 in US 


    With cutting-edge research and internationally recognized faculty, Environmental Engineering at Yale has established itself in just a few years as a powerhouse in the field.

    Its achievements are reflected in the 2017 U.S. News & World Report’s Graduate Engineering Rankings, which lists the program at No. 9. in the category of “environmental engineering.” Yale’s program is tied with those from MIT and Johns Hopkins University.

    The program, which emphasizes a multidisciplinary approach to solving environmental problems, allows graduate students to pursue their educational and research interests across departmental lines and draw upon the resources of other departments and schools at Yale. Several faculty members also have close ties with the School of Forestry & Environmental Science.

    Menachem Elimelech, the founder of the environmental engineering program, attributed the program’s success to the dedication of the faculty.

    “I really believe that people make the difference,” said Elimelech, the Roberto C. Goizueta Professor of Chemical & Environmental Engineering. “We have active faculty who are carrying out high impact research in their field, playing leadership roles in the environmental engineering profession, and receiving important awards in recognition of their research.”

    Equally important, he said, are the many outstanding graduate students and postdocs who have gone through the program.

    “The vast majority of them - nearly 60 - are holding faculty positions in leading universities in the U.S. and abroad,” Elimelech said, adding that these placements “range from Harvard on the east coast to the University of California, Berkeley on the west coast." “I believe there is a strong correlation between the ranking of a graduate program in engineering or science and the ability of the program to place their graduates in faculty positions.”

    Grad students and postdocs have also taken positions in government and industry, including those at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Proctor & Gamble, the Boston Consulting Group, the U.S. Department of State, and the World Health Organization. Numerous graduate students have also received prestigious fellowships from the National Science Foundation and the Environmental Protection Agency.

    The Environmental Engineering faculty (from left to right): Menachem Elimelech, Julie Zimmerman, Jaehong Kim, Drew Gentner, Jordan Peccia, and Desiree Plata.

    Environmental Engineering at Yale began in 1998 as an interdisciplinary program within the Department of Chemical Engineering, built upon institutional strengths in environmental, biological, and engineering sciences and guided by Yale’s global perspective. To more accurately reflect the scope of the research and the degree offerings, the Department of Chemical Engineering was renamed in 2010 as the Department of Chemical & Environmental Engineering.

    Several of the program’s faculty members play a key role in the Nanotechnology Enabled Water Treatment Systems center (NEWT), an effort that brings together partners from industry, government and other universities to provide clean water to millions of people and make U.S. energy production more sustainable and cost-effective. NEWT, which began last year, is funded with an $18.5 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF).

    The environmental engineering program has produced research that has helped shape public discussion on some of the most important environmental issues today. These include water desalination and wastewater reuse; the impact of energy production and use on air quality and climate change; the environmental implications of the use of engineered nanomaterials; and sources of human exposure to bacteria and fungi in buildings and other man-made surroundings.

    The impressive ranking from U.S. News & World Report is just the latest honor for the program, which includes a faculty member named to the National Academy of Engineering, a Clark Prize and Eni Award winner, three winners of the Walter Huber Civil Engineering Research Prize, and a recent National Science Foundation CAREER Award. Several faculty members also serve as editors or on editorial boards of leading journals in the field of environmental engineering.

    Reflecting the program’s expansion, Environmental Engineering will soon be moving into a new, higher quality space. And with the continued support of Yale, Elimelech said, the program will continue to grow in stature and excellence.

    “We hope to continue with our impactful, collaborative, and relevant research in environmental engineering,” he said. “We have hired a few outstanding young faculty in the past few years and I believe their research will make an impact in the coming years, and will further enhance the reputation and visibility of the environmental engineering program.”

    Text by SEAS



  • 3/9/2016

    Desiree Receives NSF CAREER Award


    For a project that seeks to develop a means of controllably synthesizing nanomaterials – and foster better communications among scientists - Desiree Plata has received a 2016 Faculty Early Career Development CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation (NSF).

    More details here.

  • 10/11/2015

    Megan's research awarded!


    Megan O’Connor, a Yale Visiting Assistant Researcher in Plata’s lab, was named one of three finalists for the Odebrecht Award for Sustainable Development. The award recognizes innovative technologies and methods developed by university students that can promote sustainable and responsible development.

    O’Connor is developing a novel technology that uses filters to extract rare earth elements and specialty metals out of electronic waste for their reuse. Recycling these materials is critical because advanced electronics increasingly rely on yttrium, osmium, and indium and other specialty metals and rare earth elements. Also, these devices tend to have short lifetimes and recycling rates. In addition, this technology would reduce the need for mining rare earth minerals in politically unstable or environmentally undesirable locations and reduce emissions of toxic elements or nascent industrial minerals that have unknown toxicities or environmental impacts

  • 10/10/2015

    Congratulatons to Cammie who completed her Iron Man in Hawaii. 


    The event consisted of consecutive 2.4-mile swim,112-mile bicycle ride and 26.2-mile run – totaling 140.6 grueling miles. Cammie did it in just over 11 hours. 

    Congratulations Cammie!

  • 9/15/2015

    More funding for MoDRN


    Congratulations to MoDRN Education and Outreach team for securing 200K in funding. The team project lead by Drs. Zimmerman, Anastas, Mellor and Coish on Yale's side was recognized by NSF for its uniqueness and potential to disseminate safer chemical design principles.

    Great job MoDRN!


  • 6/22/2015

    University of Washington presents the Green Chemistry & Chemical Stewardship Online Certificate Program


    Online Certificate Program begins September 2015

    Explore the principles of green chemistry, an innovative approach for designing safer and more sustainable commercial products and industrial processes. Businesses are facing increasing market and regulatory pressures to use less toxic chemicals in their manufacturing processes and products, and there is a need to develop new solutions and more sustainable substitutes. Learn how to incorporate the principles of green chemistry into product design, material selections, and supply chain decision-making. Examine the connection between chemical toxicity and human health, and assess how these factors influence material and product decision making. Develop a new framework for reducing chemical risks and unintended adverse consequences. Incorporate best practices into your business model that leads to a safer and sustainable approach for the design, use and selection of chemicals.

    More details at www.pce.uw.edu. 

  • 6/16/2015

    Jerald L. Schnoor Honored at AEESP Conference


    Julie Zimmerman presented Jerald L. Schnoor, F. Wendell Miller Distinguished Professor of Environmental Engineering and Co-Director for the Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research at the University of Iowa, an award to honor him as editor of chief of the prestigious Environmental Science & Technology Journal (ES&T) for several years. 

  • 5/11/2015

    Anastas Awarded Merck Prize for Pioneering Work in Green Chemistry


    Paul Anastas, a Yale professor and pioneer in the field of green chemistry, has been awarded the 2015 Emanuel Merck Lectureship, an international award that recognizes scientists who have made significant contributions to chemical and pharmaceutical research. 
    Anastas, the Teresa and H. John Heinz III Chair for Chemistry and the Environment, is often called the “father of green chemistry,” a growing field that promotes the design of products and processes that minimize environmental impacts and hazardous outcomes.

    Read more

  • 5/11/2015

    Yale hosts the 2015 New Haven Science Fair


    The fair was held in University Commons from May 11-15, 2015. Our own Karolina Mellor was one of the judges. The Science Fair was started in 1995 with seven test schools. This past year over 8,000 New Haven students and 43 schools participated, and there were more than 160 volunteers involved mentoring and judging — including many from Yale. The program is dedicated to improving the quality of education, particularly science and math education, in the New Haven Schools Grades Pre-K through 12. 

  • 4/23/2015

    Molecular Desing Research Network (MoDRN) hosts the Nexus of Chemistry and Toxicology Workshop in Oregon


    • 2-day course for professionals who develop chemicals, formulations and are interested in safer chemical design.
    • Hands-on workshop which introduces decision making for design and selection of safe chemicals using state-of-the art tools in predictive toxicology.

    More information:http://modrn.yale.edu/event/nexus-toxicology-and-chemistry

  • 3/19/2015

    Yale and the Green Electronics Council host the Summit


    Sustainability issues risk becoming a casualty amid the ever-accelerating pace of technological development. The Yale / Green Electronics Council Summit will provide technology leaders an opportunity to discuss key issues, innovations and opportunities that will shape the future of green electronics for the next 10 years. During this one-day summit, thirty invited experts from fields representing all parts of the electronics lifecycle will inform the trajectory of electronics innovation. Summit materials will be available for follow-up dialogues and be part of the agenda for the Green Electronics Council’s Emerging Green Conference in September 2015. Hosted by Yale and Dr. Paul Anastas, the Summit is being produced with the Green Electronics Council, a non-profit that works with stakeholders around the world to develop a shared vision for more sustainable electronics and the practical tools to realize it.

  • 10/1/2014

    Congratulations to the MoDRN group on receiving $200k in supplemental funding


    MoDRN (Molecular Design Research Network) has just received additional funding for education and outerach activities promoting safer chemical design and choosing chemicals with reduced hazard. The group will deliver a number of activities for high school teachers and high school students with an aim to educate about resent achievements in chemistry as well as to attract students to caareers in science.

  • 9/17/2014

    Welcome to the Center, Professor Plata


    Professor Desiree Plata from Yale School of Engineering and Applied Science and her group have joined the Center for Green Chemistry and Green Engineering. She is an expert in fracking technology and has an interest in nanomaterials and developing new materials which include environmental metrics. Welcome aboard Professor Plata!

  • 6/2/2014

    Statement from Prof. Paul Anastas, Yale University Director, Center for Green Chemistry and Green Engineering at Yale Former Assistant Administrator for Research and Development, US EPA


    “Today is a great day for our children and the future because President Obama and the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency, under the leadership of Administrator Gina McCarthy, showed us all what leadership on the crucial issue of climate change looks like.  Taking the positive steps to control carbon emissions is essential and the flexible approach that has been put forward by EPA allows the innovations of industry, scientists, and engineers to dictate the best way to attain these important goals.  Science clearly shows that urgent action is required to address the worst possible consequences of climate change.  The actions announced today represent an important positive step by EPA and President Obama.”

  • 4/7/2014

    CONGRATULATIONS to Professor Julie Zimmerman on promotion to a Full Professor with tenure at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies!


    Dr. Zimmerman is recognized for her international leadership and outstanding scholarship that integrate experimental research with broader analyses of the principles of sustainability. Dr. Zimmerman is a versatile scholar who combines principles from chemistry, biology, materials science, and engineering to make significant contributions in multiple fields, especially the design of green chemicals and nanomaterials, the synthesis of biomaterials that can remove toxins from water, and the design and development of algal biofuels.


    In addition to being a talented scholar, Julie is a committed teacher and mentor. We are pleased to welcome her to the tenured ranks at F&ES as a Full Professor.


    Please join me in congratulating Julie!

  • 3/5/2014

    Our own Aaron Bloomfield defended his Ph.D!


    Yesterday, 03/04/2014, we celebrated Aaron's Ph.D defense. After almost 6 years of research at Yale, Aaron has given a great talk on a new cobalt catalyst - a project he worked on while being in the Anastas group. Please congratulate Dr Bloomfield when you see him!

    More details can be found in his recent publication.

  • 9/30/2013

    Press Release: Yale project targets new wave of safer chemicals


    Yale project targets new wave of safer chemicals
    By Kevin Dennehy, YaleNews

    Yale scientists will lead a new four-year, $4.4 million project intended to promote the design of a new generation of chemicals and materials less toxic to humans and the environment.

    The team, which also involves scientists from three other universities, will develop tools that help molecule designers predict toxic hazards when evaluating new and existing chemicals and modify their designs to reduce risks while maintaining efficacy.

    “For the last two centuries, chemists have been increasingly able to design molecules, chemicals and materials so that they perform particular functions, from color to adhesion to conductivity," said Paul Anastas, a professor of chemistry at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies and the project’s principal investigator. "One thing that we haven’t been able to do is to design chemicals so that they have reduced toxicity, reduced adverse impact on humans and the environment.

    "This project aims to get an understanding of the inherent basis of these adverse consequences."

    Researchers from Baylor University, George Washington University, and the University of Washington will also participate in the project, which is supported by the National Science Foundation and the Environmental Protection Agency.

    According to researchers, recent achievements in the science of toxicology and computational chemistry have made it possible to identify which mechanisms cause toxicity and design alternative strategies to reduce the potential risks.

    The team will assess the chemical and physical properties that make particular molecules toxic, modeling the specific pathways that cause oxidative stress, a disruption in the normal redox state of cells.  Oxidative stress is thought to be a critical node in the toxic pathway for numerous diseases.

    "The proposed work is very timely in terms of need and of our capabilities to successfully address the challenges," said William L. Jorgensen, Sterling Professor of Chemistry at Yale and a co-principal investigator for the project. "Rational drug design has been an active, productive field for many years. It is time to turn attention to rational design of safe chemicals for wide-ranging use and impact on peoples' daily lives."

    A primary goal will be the creation of computer software that helps designers assess whether a molecule is likely to cause toxicity, the specific factors that create that risk, and the modifications that would reduce potential toxic outcomes.

    In addition to potential commercial applications, the software could emerge as a resource for consumers, policymakers, and students, said Julie Zimmerman, the Donna L. Dubinsky Associate Professor of Environmental Engineering at Yale and co-principal investigator.

    "The idea is to train chemists and toxicologists early in their college careers about these approaches so that chemists actually learn what toxicology is and toxicologists learn how to use their knowledge to help chemists," she said.

    Ultimately, the researchers hope innovations in the rational design of chemicals and products will yield safer alternatives to chemicals found to cause unintended toxicity.

    "Designing chemicals that are important for society but that are also less toxic and more environmentally friendly is an important objective for sustainability," said Peter Crane, the Carl W. Knobloch, Jr. Dean of the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. "We are excited to play a leadership role in this groundbreaking work."

    "Everybody talks about substituting for bad chemicals and assessing what the alternatives are," Anastas said. "There will not be substitutes and alternatives unless you invent them. And those alternatives and substitutes will not be nontoxic or non-harmful unless you design them to be that way."

    The $4.4 million grant, which was awarded by the National Science Foundation’s EPA/NSF Networks for Sustainable Molecular Design and Synthesis, was announced on Sept. 30.

    Read the press release in YaleNews

  • 7/9/2013

    Paul Anastas Establishes Research Collaboration with Qatar


    The Center for Green Chemistry and Green Engineering at Yale has announced the establishment of a research collaboration in Qatar made possible by QAFCO who sponsored the first Green Chemistry and Engineering Chair at TAMQ.  Prof. Anastas said, "I look forward to this exciting collaboration that will result in exchanges and mutual visits. It shows leadership in Green Chemistry and Green Engineering in the Middle East by TAMQ and QAFCO."

  • 6/18/2013

    Paul Anastas writes for MIT Technology Review


    Greener Plastics: Plastics have become synonymous with waste, but they can be made ­sustainably


    Read it here

  • 5/8/2013

    Listen to Paul Anastas on WNPR's Where We Live


    Paul Anastas is interviewed by John Dankosky on WNPR's radio show Where We Live. 

    "Paul Anastas asked the question: Is it possible to design chemical products manufacturing processes that reduce or eliminate the need for hazardous substances?

    Anastas thinks says so. He recently said the world is on an “unsustainable trajectory.” But he’s got a plan to address it.

    He’s has been pushing for safer principals in business and manufacturing with Green Chemistry, a term he coined while working at the Environmental Protection Agency."


    Listen to the whole interview here!

  • 5/1/2013

    Yale NSF-Funded Workshop on Molecular Design


    The Center for Green Chemistry & Green Engineering at Yale will be hosting an NSF-sponsored workshop in June on Molecular Design of Commercial Chemicals for Minimal Unintended Biological Activity.  

    The workshop will focus on identifying the scientific advances that are needed for development of practical computational tools and teachable design guidelines based on molecular properties.  

    The ultimate goal is to facilitate consideration of toxicological hazard as a routine design criterion for new molecules.  The results of the workshop will be made public in late summer.

  • 2/19/2013

    Professor Julie Zimmerman and PhD Candidate Lindsay Soh announced as Finalists for the Women in Innovation Awards Program


    The Connecticut Technology Council has announched the finalists for the 9th annual Women of Innovation Awards Program. Among the finalists were the Center's Associate Director and Associate Professor of Green Engineering, Julie Zimmerman as well as PhD Candidate, Lindsay Soh!

    Professor Julie Zimmerman is being recognized for Research Innovation and Leadership and Lindsay Soh for Collegian Innovation and Leadership

    Congratulations to them both!

    Learn more about this exciting award! 

  • 9/24/2012

    Paul Anastas receives P2 Champion award by the National Pollution Prevention Roundtable!


    The 2012 Most Valuable Pollution Prevention (MVP2) awards presented by the National Pollution Prevention Roundtable (NPPR) celebrates the successes of innovators in the areas of pollution prevention and sustainability.


    Read More!

  • 9/18/2012

    Yale’s Anastas to Receive E.O. Wilson Award


    Paul Anastas, a pioneer in the design of environmentally friendly chemicals and Yale professor, will receive the 2012 Edward O. Wilson Biodiversity Technology Pioneer Award for “helping advance the biodiversity of life on planet Earth.”

    E.O. Wilson, the renowned professor of entomology and evolutionary biology at Harvard University for whom the honor is named, will present Anastas with the award on Thursday, Oct. 4, at Montana State University in Bozeman, Mont.

    The award cites Anastas for “seminal contributions to the foundations of green chemistry.” Trained as a synthetic organic chemist, Anastas has focused his research on the design of safer chemicals, bio-based polymers and new methodologies of chemical synthesis that are more efficient and less hazardous to the environment.

    A leading writer on the subjects of sustainability, green chemistry and green engineering, he has published 10 books, including Benign by DesignDesigning Safer PolymersGreen Engineering; and his seminal work with co-author John Warner, Green Chemistry: Theory and Practice.

    At Yale, Anastas is the Teresa and H. John Heinz III Professor in the Practice of Chemistry for the Environment and director of the Center for Green Chemistry and Green Engineering. He served recently as Science Advisor for the Environmental Protection Agency, as well as Assistant Administrator for the EPA’s Office of Research and Development. 

    Prior to joining the Yale faculty, he was the founding director of the Green Chemistry Institute, headquartered at the American Chemical Society in Washington, D.C. From 1999 to 2004, he worked at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, where he served as assistant director for the environment. He began his career as a staff chemist at the EPA, and went on to become chief of the Industrial Chemistry Branch and director of the U.S. Green Chemistry Program. It was during his work at the EPA that he coined the term green chemistry.

    Anastas holds a B.S. from the University of Massachusetts at Boston and an M.A. and Ph.D. in chemistry from Brandeis University.


    Dave DeFusco
    Director of Media Relations and Outreach 
    Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies

  • 9/17/2012

    The Journal of Industrial Ecology invites you to submit articles for a special issue on Industrial Ecology as a Source of Competitive Advantage in Business by June 1, 2013. 


    The Journal of Industrial Ecology invites you to submit articles for a special issue on Industrial Ecology as a Source of Competitive Advantage in Business by June 1, 2013. Submission of abstracts for review and feedback prior to that date, while not required, is strongly encouraged.

    A complete call for papers can be found athttp://www.yale.edu/jie/CFPs/CFP_IE4comp_ad.html
    Industrial ecology (IE) is an ensemble concept that specifies ways in which firms can and are currently starting to deal with their environmental impact. It builds on a metaphor of natural ecological phenomena to analyze and develop tools and prescriptions for industrial systems that are, for the most part, larger than a single firm. The normative goal of industrial ecology is to optimize resource efficiencies and close material loops within this more encompassing system boundary as part of the pursuit of sustainable production and consumption. 
    The goal of the special issue is to explore how the concepts and tools of industrial ecology can and do serve as a source of competitive advantage for firms, groups of firms and industry sectors.  Analyses can range from the theoretical and conceptual to systematic empirical analysis to case studies of individual firms, business ventures or strategies. Case studies that specify in quantitative terms the nature and magnitude of the competitive advantage based on industrial ecology are especially welcome.

    Two sets of audiences are envisioned for this special issue: Those knowledgeable in business -­ both scholars and industry practitioners -­ seeking to apply their expertise to the novel environmental concepts that have emerged from industrial ecology and those familiar with industrial ecology, curious to understand how industrial ecology is or can be the basis for profitable business endeavors.

    The Journal of Industrial Ecology is an international peer-reviewed bimonthly, owned by Yale University, headquartered at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies and published by Wiley-Blackwell.  

  • 5/9/2012

    Julie Zimmerman to receive the 2012 Walter L. Huber Civil Engineering Research Prize


    A Yale environmental engineering professor has received a Walter L. Huber Civil Engineering Research Prize for innovative research and developing sustainable, cost-effective technologies for the treatment of drinking water.
    Julie Zimmerman, associate professor of green engineering jointly appointed in the School of Engineering and Applied Science and the School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, will accept the prize in Montreal at the national meeting of the American Society of Civil Engineers in October. The award honors researchers under the age of 40 “who can be expected to continue fruitful careers in research.”
    “We are delighted by this recognition that Julie has received for her work,” said Peter Crane, dean of the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. “Her innovative research captures the essence of our school’s mission by its practical interdisciplinary nature.”
    Zimmerman joined the Yale faculty in 2007 and was promoted to associate professor last year. She has led a team of engineers at the Center for Green Chemistry & Green Engineering in developing a process that could cheaply, effectively and sustainably help address the problem of arsenic in drinking water.
    In July 2010, the British medical journal The Lancet confirmed that as many as 77 million people in Bangladesh alone have been exposed to high levels of arsenic, with grave short- and long-term health consequences that range from severe skin lesions to organ cancer and cardiovascular diseases.

    Zimmerman’s approach relies on titanium dioxide (TiO2), a nontoxic and commonly used industrial compound (it’s found in white paints and sunscreen) that’s already known as a useful agent in arsenic detoxification and removal. Particles of titanium dioxide are photo-oxidants that will, if exposed to ultraviolet light, tightly bind molecules of arsenic to their surfaces, simultaneously converting the more-toxic form of the poison, arsenic(III), into less-toxic arsenic(V).

    However, this use of titanium dioxide nanoparticles relies on energy-intensive post-treatment filtration. The novel approach pursued by Zimmerman utilizes green engineering to overcome this challenge while exploiting the desirable attributes of titanium dioxide by using recovered wastes from the shellfish industry to help make the treatment process in the field less expensive and less technologically complex.  
    Zimmerman’s version of the process embeds nanosized particles of titanium dioxide in beads of chitosan, the biopolymer that gives crab, shrimp and other crustacean shells their strength. Part of the advantage of using chitosan as a medium is the sheer abundance of its source and the appeal of transforming this seafood industry waste into a valuable resource.
    Arsenic contamination of drinking water has also been a problem in the developed world, including parts of the United States, and an array of technologies to remove it in centralized water treatment plants is well-established but often cost-prohibitive. The proposed approach addresses the economic, social and environmental challenges in the developed and developing worlds.

    The chitosan beads, impregnated with titanium dioxide, are themselves reusable. After clean water is poured off, the beads can be exposed to a moderately alkaline solution—pH 9 to 10, or about the alkalinity of milk of magnesia. That will release the arsenic back into the solution allowing for controlled end-of-life management while leaving uncontaminated beads still impregnated with titanium dioxide. This will allow for more arsenic removal.

    Zimmerman said improvements to the technology to increase performance and enhance resource efficiency will be explained in a forthcoming paper in the journal Water Research. She said they have expanded their scope to look at the removal of other metals of importance to water and wastewater treatment, including selenium and cadmium.
    “This work was originally focused on the challenges of arsenic poisoning in Bangladesh and West Bengal, India, but has proven to have broad applications in the developed world for small-scale water treatment systems and industrial wastewater systems,” she said.
    David DeFusco
    Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies

  • 2/10/2012

    Professor Julie Zimmerman featured in Yale “Women in Science and Engineering at Yale: the evolution” at the Center for Science and Social Science Information


    On display using the new media wall at the Center for Science and Social Science Information (Kline Biology Tower) is “Women in Science and Engineering at Yale: the evolution”.

    This exhibit features over 70 women scientists currently or historically engaged at Yale. Entries include portraits, research images, and citations to notable publications. To start, a timeline is presented with significant events. This is followed by historical tables illustrating the growth of women scientists at Yale as seen by enrollments, faculty appointments, and Ph.D.s awarded. Many “first” achievements are shown.
    Highlights of research contain a variety of images ranging from deep sea bivalves to arctic landscapes, a moon crater, butterfly wing eyespots, nesting fish, nanotubes, gibbons, black holes, a lead-lead collision, a dwarf galaxy, scanning electron micrographs and human facial muscles.

    Come and explore the research of yesterday and today! 

    The exhibit will be on display until mid-September.

    For questions on the exhibit contact Lori Bronars (lori.bronars@yale.edu) or Gwyneth Crowley (gwyneth.crowley@yale.edu).

  • 1/1/2012

    P2 Science, a New Green Surfactant Company Launched with Center Research


    Patrick Foley, PhD (ABD), a recent graduate from Yale University's School of Engineering & Applied Science, is now co-founder and Chief Scientific Officer for the new company, P2 Science, Inc.

    P2 Science is using patent-pending technology from the Yale Center for Green Chemistry and Green Engineering to develop and manufacture a new class of high performance surfactants, C-glycosides (CG’s).

    Foley is the lead Yale inventor of the C-glycoside technology and Neil Burns is the company’s founding CEO. Read P2's press release

  • 7/11/2011

    Wonder what it is like to work for the Center for Green Chemistry & Green Engineering at Yale? Check out Yale Engineering Undergrad, Emily's blog post "The Half-Blood Pricess" !


    Emily blogs for the Yale University's Bulldog Blog's

    Read The Half Blood Princess here!


  • 5/4/2011

    Yale Engineering Grad Students Contribute to Science and Engineering Education in Local Middle School


    In the window of Ms. Cashman’s 7th grade science classroom at the New Haven Engineering and Science University Interdistrict Magnet School (ESUMS) hangs a hydroponic vegetable garden designed and built by third-year Yale Engineering doctoral student Patrick Foley. Foley is part of new student-led program, developed to enrich local science and engineering education by pairing Yale Engineering grad students with ESUMS middle school teachers.

    Read more on the Yale School of Engineering and Applied Sciences website

  • 3/23/2011

    Paul Anastas receives Rachel Carson Environmental Award from NPA


    Dr. Anastas received the Rachel Carson Environmental Award from the Natural Products Association for his "outstanding contributions to the protection of the environment."

    Paul Anastas, the Teresa and H. John Heinz III Professor in the Practice of Chemistry for the Environment, and the Director of the Center for Green Chemistry and Green Engineering at Yale, is currently on public service leave from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies to serve as the Assistant Administrator for Research and Development and the Science Advisor for the US EPA.

    Read more about all of the exceptional 18th Annual NPA Award winners.

  • 3/15/2011

    Better by Design in ScienceNews


    Professor Julie Zimmerman and Dr. Adelina Voutchkova of the Center for Green Chemistry and Green Engineering at Yale are featured in the article Better by Design in the latest issue of Science News for their collaborative work on designing safer chemicals.

    Read the article here!

  • 3/4/2011

    Center's Acting Director, Julie Zimmerman and postdoctoral associate, Katalin Barta are featured in Yale Daily News article "Energy symposium draws students, congressmen"


    Professor  Zimmerman was a green engineering panel expert at the Yale Climate and Energy Congress’ Second Annual Spring Symposium were many Center members also presented posters.

    Read the article here: Energy symposium draws students, congressmen

  • 3/4/2011

    Postdoctoral associate, Valerie Fuchs featured in New Haven Independent article "Bottled Water Ban Advances"


    A hearing of the Board of Aldermen’s City Services and Environmental Policy Committee took place Tuesday, February 15 discussing the use of plastic water bottles in New Haven city buildings and schools.

    Valerie Fuchs, of the Yale Center for Green Chemistry and Green Engineering, submitted a report to the committee comparing the scientific merits of tap versus bottled water.

    Read the whole article here: Bottled Water Ban Advances

  • 1/20/2011

    Julie Zimmerman and Sarah Miller featured in environment Yale magazine


    The article discusses the areas of Green Chemistry and Engineering using abundant resources from coastal regions for the nontoxic solution to arsenic removal in contaminated water in developing countries.

    Read the article:
    Yale Chemists Use Seafood Waste to Remove Arsenic from Ground Water

  • 1/20/2011

    Paul Anastas of the EPA featured in two articles in the journal Nature


    The January 20, 2011 edition of Nature has a significant article on Green Chemistry and its impact, potential and realized.

    Sanderson, Katharine, It's Not Easy Being Green. Nature, 469, p18-20
    (DOI 10.1038/469018a)

    In the same issue, Paul Anastas, the "Father of Green Chemistry" and the Teresa and H. John Heinz III Professor in the Practice of Chemistry for the Environment at Yale FES is interviewed for a Q&A feature:??Box:

    Q&A: Paul Anastas

  • 1/20/2011

    The Center contributed web modules to the Institute for Green Science's free online curriculum.



    Stated broadly, this course helps students understand the notion of sustainability and how it applies to chemistry. It also explores the history of chemistry, outlines critical need for green chemistry, and the principles that guide its practice as an emerging and important field of science.

    To view the website:
    Learning Green: The Institute for Green Science

  • 12/1/2010

    Leanne Pasquini awarded The Ciba Travel Awards in Green Chemistry


    The Ciba Travel Awards in Green Chemistry is a new annual award that sponsors the participation of students in an American Chemical Society (ACS) technical meeting, conference or training program, having a significant green chemistry or sustainability component, to expand the students' education in green chemistry.

  • 12/1/2010

    Sarah Miller and Julie Zimmerman publish Novel, Bio-Based, Photoactive Arsenic Sorbent: TiO2-1 Impregnated Chitosan Bead in Water Research


  • 8/24/2010

    Leanne Pasquini and Lindsay Soh are awarded EPA STAR Fellowships


    Leanne Pasquini was awarded for her research titled: Engineering a Greener Tomorrow One Carbon Nanotube at a Time: An In Depth Study of Non-Toxic Single Walled Carbon Nanotube Design
    In her project, Engineering a Greener Tomorrow One Carbon Nanotube at a Time: An In Depth Study of Non-Toxic Single Walled Carbon Nanotube Design, Leanne will examine ways in which chemical alterations to the surface of  single walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs) decrease their toxicity and environmental implications.

    Lindsay Soh was awarded for her research titled: Extraction of Algal Lipids for Use in Biodiesel Production
    The objective of this proposed research is to contribute to the development of algal lipids into a viable biofuel energy source by optimizing lipid extraction techniques for efficiency, sustainability, decreased hazard, and selectivity.   In particular, this study will emphasis extraction improvements including cell disruption, greener solvent systems (ie. supercritical fluid extraction), selective extraction, and simplified extraction-fuel conversion processes.

  • 7/22/2010

    Greenleaf Biofuels donates algae photobioreactor to be used in Center algae biomass research


    Connecticut-based Greenleaf Biofuels is collaborating with the Center to study efficient and environmentally friendly methods for cultivating, harvesting, and productively using algae biomass.  Greenleaf's photobioreactor design features four 25-liter tanks, fluorescent lighting, and controllable air and CO2 inputs with pH monitoring.  The equipment will be used in projects including life-cycle analysis, flocculant studies, and extraction of chemical building blocks for bio-based products.  

    Pictured with the Center's Evan Beach and Zheng Cui are Greenleaf founder and CEO Gus Kellogg and Vice President of Strategic Operations Dan Phillips. Distribution Manager Charlie Beebe and Lauren Hill also contributed to the reactor design.

  • 7/1/2010

    Yale University's Laura Allen wins the 2010 Kenneth G. Hancock Award in green chemistry


    On June 21, Laura Allen, received the Kenneth G. Hancock Memorial Award  at the American Chemical Society Green Chemistry Conference in Washington DC. This national award honors outstanding student contributions in green chemistry, a field that promotes environmentally sound chemical procedures and processes. Laura's work telescopes a three  step organic chemical process of pharmaceutical interest into one step,  a strategy that also avoids the toxic reagents previously required.

    Laura is a fourth year graduate student in Dr. Crabtree's lab in the
    Chemistry Department. Dr. Hancock was an active advocate emphasizing the role of chemists in solving environmental problems in an economically viable way.

    To Read More Please Visit:

    The Crabtree Research Group

    ACS Press Release on Professor Crabtree's Research

  • 6/29/2010

    Center Members Present at the 14th Annual Green Chemistry and Green Engineering Conference


    The Center for Green Chemistry and Green Engineering at Yale was well represented at the 14th Annual Green Chemistry and Green Engineering Conference, co-hosted by the American Chemical Society and the ACS Green Chemistry Institute®.

    Dr. Paul Anastas, currently the Science Advisor and Assistant Administrator for Research and Development at the US EPA, gave the keynote address.

    Center members presented on their current research projects and the local and global impacts of green chemistry and green engineering, including:

    • “Plastics, additives and green chemistry,” Evan Beach
    • “Lifecycle assessment of algal biodiesel: A model to guide process design for industrial production,” Laura B. Brentner, Julie B. Zimmerman
    • “Green Chemistry in China,” Zheng Cui
    • “Pursuing Useful, Biologically Derived Small Molecules: C-Glycosides as Surface Active Agents,” Patrick Foley, Julie Zimmerman
    • “Green chemistry and engineering course for Yale/New Haven's summer SCHOLAR program,” Sarah M. Miller
    • “Toward implementation of a novel, bio-based arsenic sorbent,” Sarah M. Miller
    • “Exploring the environmental and human health implications of single walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs): A comparative bacterial toxicity study of pristine, hydroxy, and carboxy functionalized SWNTs,” Leanne Pasquini, Julie B. Zimmerman
    • “Towards molecular design for hazard reduction – Deriving fundamental relationships between chemical properties and toxicity,”Adelina Voutchkova, Jakub Kostal, Thomas Osimitz, John Emerson, Julie B. Zimmerman
    • “Towards molecular design for hazard reduction: Deriving fundamental relationships between chemical properties and toxicity,” Adelina Voutchkova, Jakub Kostal, John Emerson, Julie B. Zimmerman, Thomas Osimitz
  • 5/12/2010

    Leanne Pasquini Awarded the National Science Foundation’s Graduate Research Fellowship.


    Leanne Pasquini, PhD Candidate, Environmental Engineering, and member of the Center for Green Chemistry and Green Engineering at Yale has been awarded the National Science Foundation’s Graduate Research Fellowship.

    “The National Science Foundation's Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) helps ensure the vitality of the human resource base of science and engineering in the United States and reinforces its diversity.  The program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based master's and doctoral degrees in the U.S. and abroad.” [Excerpt from NSF Website]


    Leanne’s fellowship will support her research on Nanotube Design.

    Proposed Project Title: Engineering a Greener Tomorrow One Carbon Na notube at a Time: An In Depth Study of Non-Toxic Single Walled Carbon Nanotube Design

    The overall goal of this project is to examine the toxicity and environmental implications, including the fate and transport, of pristine and functionalized single walled carbon nanotubes. This will be accomplished by first fully characterizing purchased and synthesized tubes using Thermogravimentric Analysis (TGA), Raman Spectroscopy, Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM), Energy Dispersive X-Ray Analysis (EDX), Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM), and X-Ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS).  Once the tubes are characterized, a comprehensive comparative toxicity analysis will be completed using a fluorescent filter dye assay and E. coli k-12. To determine how changes in environmental conditions (namely pH) affect the physicochemical and toxic behavior of the nanotubes, they will be introduced to environments of varying pH followed by full characterization as before. The results collected will provide evidence to the scientific community and decision-makers involved in regulation and policy related to nanotechnology, as well as the general public supporting the future utility of functionalized SWNTs as a “greener” option to current carbon-based nanotechnology.

  • 5/7/2010

    Patrick Foley, Nicolas Eghbali and Paul Anastas publish “Silver-Catalyzed One-Pot Synthesis of Arylnaphthalene Lactone Natural Products” in the Journal of Natural Products


    Material and energy inefficiencies in total synthesis can arise from a lack of step economy. Multicomponent syntheses have the potential to optimize step economy and, in turn, to minimize not only waste, but also exposure to hazardous chemicals. Therefore, multicomponent syntheses are of immense interest to the field of Green Chemistry.  

    This work reports a multicomponent synthesis of arylnaphthalene lignan lactones, which are valuable natural products with promising anticancer and antiviral properties.

    Click Here to Read This Article

  • 4/1/2010

    Professor Julie Zimmerman Publishes New Environmental Engineering Text Book


    The Center’s Acting Director Professor Julie B. Zimmerman and James R. Mihelcic publish new environmental engineering text book: Environmental Engineering Fundamentals, Sustainability, Design

  • 7/20/2009

    Green Chemistry Conference report in Chemical and Engineering News


    The 13th Annual Green Chemistry and Engineering Conference is featured in the July 20 issue ("Green Chemistry in the Mainstream").

    Read More

  • 7/1/2009

    Andrew Klein Wins Fulbright Scholarship


    Center researcher wins scholarship to spend a year abroad studying sustainable biorefinery operations in East Africa.

    Andrew Klein (Yale Class of 2009) conducted his senior research project in the Anastas laboratory.  The Fulbright Scholarship will allow him to expand upon the themes of his undergraduate work, applying green chemistry and green engineering principles to biofuel and other biorefinery production processes in East Africa, in partnership with the Center at Yale.

  • 6/30/2009

    Hot Academic Jobs of the Future


    The Chronicle of Higher Education predicts Green Chemistry will be one of the "hottest" academic fields in the coming decade.

  • 6/1/2009

    Professor Paul Anastas Publishes Green Chemistry Education Series


    Paul Anastas publishes book series titled Green Chemistry Education: Changing the Course of Chemistry

  • 3/30/2009



    Green Chemistry was featured in the 3/25 edition of Greenwire.

  • 12/15/2008

    Paul Anastas and John Warner named among the ICIS Top 40 Power Players in the global chemical industry


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  • 9/18/2007

    Green Chemistry featured in Sept. 18 edition of Financial Times


    The article, titled “Green chemistry: Voluntary restraint is the target,” features the success of SC Johnson’s GreenList and NatureWorks’ bio-plastics.  Quoted in the piece are Paul Anastas, Peter Dunn (head of Green Chemistry at Pfizer) and Joel Makower (executive editor of Greenbiz.com).

    Go to the Financial Times website

  • 7/3/2007

    Paul Anastas awarded an Honorary Doctorate by Queen’s University Belfast


    Queen’s University Belfast honored Professor Paul Anastas with a Doctorate of Science for distinction in green chemistry.

    From the University’s website:

    The scientist described as “the conscience of the chemical community” was today honoured by Queen’s University.

    At this afternoon’s graduation ceremony, Professor Paul Anastas was awarded a Doctorate of Science for distinction in green chemistry.

    Delivering the citation, Professor Robbie Burch, Head of Queen’s School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, said: “Nowadays we readily accept that preserving the world we live in for the benefit of future generations is very important, but much of the credit for opening our eyes to the challenges is due to Professor Paul Anastas.”

    Read More at the Queen’s University Belfast website.

  • 6/11/2007

    Green chemistry featured in June 2007 edition of Chemical Reviews


    Paul Anastas and Istvan Horvath (Eotvos University, Hungary) served as guest editors for the June 2007 issue of Chemical Reviews, which features articles covering a range of green chemistry topics.

  • 5/21/2007

    Center co-sponsoring Green Chemistry Conference in China


    The Center for Green Chemistry & Green Engineering at Yale is co-sponsoring the 8th International Symposium on Green Chemistry in China

    Beijing, China
    May 21-23, 2007

    Visit the 8th International Symposium on Green Chemistry in China website

  • 3/1/2007

    Center receives foundation grant for strategic planning


    The Center has received a foundation grant to bring together Green Chemistry leaders for strategic planning for advancement of the Green Chemistry community.

  • 2/22/2007

    Harvard and Yale hold GC&E workshop


    On Feb 22-23, 2007, experts from across the spectrum of green chemistry and green engineering practice convened in Cambridge to elucidate the barriers to the implementation of Green Chemistry

  • 2/1/2007

    Center receives grant for designing safer chemicals


    The Yale Center has received a grant from the ACS-PRF Fund to develop a framework for designing safer chemicals.

  • 1/8/2007

    Center participates in South African Green Chemistry Conference


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  • 1/1/2007

    Open for Business


    The Center for Green Chemistry and Green Engineering at Yale launched operations on January 1, 2007.