REVERSE PHOTOSYNTHESIS: A GAME CHANGER IN THE INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTION OF FUELS AND CHEMICALS:
December 5 2016
18:00 Central European Time / 12:00 EST
1-Hour Free Webinar
With Dr David Cannella, Postdoc at the Faculty of Science of the Copenhagen.
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Cellulosic biomass conversion into biofuels (ethanol) had for many years led the forefront research. Today we renamed these as advanced fuels, and despite several successful industrial demonstration plant applications, little of these products reach out the society. The reason is mainly due to the market competition against fossil fuels. Seeking new and more efficient ways of converting the renewable lignocellulosic biomass with enzymes into chemical building blocks (sugars and phenols), the energy of sunlight has been applied for accelerating the activity of the key role enzyme LPMO. LPMO or Lytic Polysaccharide Monooxygenase is a redox enzyme which cut the cellulose chains via an oxidation reaction: consuming a molecule of dioxygen and with the expenses of 2 electrons it cut the cellulose chain releasing one molecule of water. Working in synergy with hydrolytic cellulases, LPMO accelerates the conversion of cellulose to glucose or if used alone produce an array of oligosaccharides. LPMO is now a key component of industrial cellulase cocktails. Here it will be presented a new way of accelerating the activity of LPMO via transferring the electrons from the antenna pigments (chlorophyllin or thylakoids) upon excitation with sunlight. Given the utilization of plant photosynthetic components (pigments) and the consumption of their products (dioxygen and carbohydrate) this technology has been called in popular terms “reverse photosynthesis”.
Join this webinar with Dr David Cannella to learn about this new and exciting study published on Nature Communications this year!
David Cannella is a biotechnologist granted by the Danish Research Council for independent research (DFF), with a strong interest in sustainable conversion of biomass in valuable products and energy. Graduated at University of Rome-Sapienza, has obtained his PhD in second generation biofuels production at University of Copenhagen, Denmark where is now enrolled as PostDoc.
His multidisciplinary approach to research regards a mix of biochemistry, microbiology, bioprocesses integration, analytical chemistry and lately photo-biochemistry. At today he is seeking at light powered enzymatic biomass transformation into chemicals or food additives, and at the confirmation of the so “imprecisely called reverse photosynthesis” processes happening in Nature. He has been visiting various research institutes: CTBE-Brazil, Chalmers University-Sweden, University of Rome Sapienza-Italy.
Engaging the Community through Student-Lead Initiatives: Highlights and Opportunities
May 11, 2016, 11am-12pm EDT (5-6pm Central European Time)
A webinar discussion with Jennifer MacKellar (ACS Green Chemistry Institute), Cristiano Varrone (NESSE), and Green Chemistry Student Chapter Award winner University of Tennessee at Martin
Engaging both the scientific and general communities about green chemistry and sustainability fosters understanding and facilitates dialog around important environmental challenges. There are many opportunities for students with a passion for sustainability to engage with one another and with their local communities. This webinar from the Green Chemistry Commitment’s Education Series, highlights several ways that students can get involved and showcases several successful examples of student-lead initiatives. Speakers from ACS, NESSE, and the University of Tennessee at Martin will discuss their respective initiatives and how they have engaged with their communities.
Making the Transition Towards a Sustainable Economy
April 19, 2016
With Dr Piergiuseppe Morone, Full Professor of Economic Policy at Unitelma-Sapienza, University of Rome.
Significant changes are ahead of us: most notably, the world population is projected to increase by almost one billion people within the next decade and the ‘global middle class’ is expected to nearly triple by 2030. These trends add pressure to the world economic system and environment: greenhouse gases emissions keep growing at global scale, materials and energy sources are fast approaching their physical limits and the amount of waste produced under the current system seems to be reaching a new peak. Against this background, a transition from a society heavily based on mass-consumption, uncontrolled waste generation and heavy fossil-fuels exploitation towards one based on resource-efficiency, new production and consumption behaviours, waste reduction, reuse and valorisation, seems a desirable and much needed feat. This change involves a paradigm shift, which goes beyond technological change – it involves big societal and institutional changes as much as the development of radically new technologies and would give rise, in a long-term perspective, to the beginning of a new long wave of sustained (and sustainable) growth.
Professor Piergiuseppe Morone is an economist with an interest in evolutionary theory applied especially to sustainable innovation studies. He is Full Professor of Economic Policy at Unitelma-Sapienza, University of Rome with a strong interest in sustainability transitions and biobased economy, pushing his research at the interface between innovation, bio-economics and chemistry, an area of enquiry that has attracted growing attention among social scientists over the last decade. He is vice-chair of the Cost Action TD1203 on Food Waste Valorisation (http://costeubis.org) and member of the Editorial Advisory Board of Open Agriculture (http://www.degruyter.com/view/j/opag) an open access journal by De Gruyter Open.
Green Chemistry Careers in Industry
April 12, 2016
Webinar recording coming soon
From chemical manufacturing to formulations to final products, there are many paths to green chemistry careers— you just have to know where to look for them. In this webinar NESSE has teamed up with the GC3’s Education Group, the Green Chemistry Commitment, and ACS-GCI, to invite three professionals working in different sectors of the chemical industry to discuss how they got to where they are, how they use green chemistry, and what they would recommend to early-career scientists looking to pursue careers in the field.
This webinar is designed to help those looking for a career in green chemistry, so we want to hear from you!
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Environmental Chemist, Global Sustainability, Steelcase
Jon received his Bachelors of Science degree in chemistry from the University of St. Thomas (St. Paul, MN) in 2005 and his Ph.D. in Inorganic chemistry from the University of California – San Diego in 2012. His graduate research involved developing molecules for the electrocatalytic reduction of carbon dioxide and water to liquid fuels. Through this research, Jon published ten original research papers and one review article. Jon started at Steelcase in January of 2013 as a member of the Materials Chemistry team within the Global Environmental Sustainability group where he served as the Environmental Chemist until February 2016 when he transitioned to a role as a Leader of Sustainable Design & Development. His role at Steelcase involves collecting materials chemistry data from suppliers, evaluating that data against human and environmental health criteria, working with suppliers to eliminate chemicals of concern, working on material innovation projects, leading North American Sustainable Design & Development, and communicating with customers in order to provide transparency about Steelcase’s products.
Organic and Medicinal Green Chemist, Co-founder of Tetrahedron, France
Irene co-founded the French start-up Tetrahedron with Jean-Claude Yadan and Marc Moutet in 2003, with the goal to bring safe and innovative products to the healthcare market. As Director of Chemistry, she introduced new reactions and technologies for the development of more sustainable chemical processes, with a special interest in tools to identify hotspots and to measure the real impact of improvements in the spirit of green chemistry. By training an organic chemist and engineer with a Post-Doc in chemical toxicology, Irene led in former positions R&D projects within a French biotech company focused on Free Radical Biology and at L’Oreal, acted as Director of Chemistry of Oxis SA and co-founded a CRO in Medicinal Chemistry.
Environmental Regulatory Toxicologist, Valspar
Teresa represents Valspar, a global paints and coatings manufacturer headquartered in Minneapolis, MN. She manages Valspar’s Chemical Management Program, focusing on hazards reduction and transparency. She also assists each business unit in meeting their specific sustainability and green chemistry goals. Before working for Valspar, Teresa was a Senior Managing Toxicologist at NSF International’s Green Chemistry Programs which included: Chemical product formulation reviews for the EPA’s Design for the Environment Safer Labeling Program, CleanGredients™ reviews, risk assessments, inventory analysis, Sustainable Product Certifications, Eco-Efficiency Analysis and GreenScreen® Certified Assessments. She also spent two years at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in the design for the Environment (DfE) Branch of the Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics (OPPT). Teresa earned her Masters in Research in Clean Chemical Technology from the University of York, England and B.A. in Biology from Hamline University in St. Paul, MN.
Webinar recording coming soon
Alternatives to GDP: Measuring Wellbeing for a More Sustainable Future
March 24 2016
With Dr Ida Kubiszewsk, Senior Lecturer in Ecological Economics at the Crawford School of Public Policy.
In 2015, the United Nations announced the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a set of international objectives to improve global well-being. Developing integrated measures of progress attached to these goals offers the global community the opportunity to define what sustainable well-being means, how to measure it, how to build consensus around it, and how to achieve it. And yet, today, GDP is still the primary indicator by which human well-being is measured by, even though alternative measures of progress exist.
Join this webinar with Dr Ida Kubiszewski to learn about the alternatives to GDP being explored, where they are already being used and how we can all incorporate them into our work.
Dr. Ida Kubiszewski is a Senior Lecturer at the Crawford School of Public Policy at
Dr. Kubiszewski is the founding managing editor and current co-editor-in-chief of a magazine/journal hybrid called Solutions, a place to discuss solutions to the complex problems we are facing and is also the Managing Editor ofReviews in Ecological Economics.
Organised in collaboration with Engineers for a Sustainable World. Sign up for free here.
Student-Led Green Chemistry Initiatives
Tuesday, March 31, 2015
12:00–13:00 EDT, 16:00-17:00 GMT
At many universities, there is no formal way to gain a green chemistry education, but students with a passion for sustainability forge their own way forward. This webinar from the Green Chemistry Commitment’s Education Series and NESSE examines three groups founded by students who saw a gap in the resources available to them and set out to fill it. Speakers from NESSE, University of Toronto’s GCI, and University of York’s GreenSTEMS will discuss their respective initiatives and how they help students pursue green chemistry.
In Pursuit of Green Chemistry: Perspectives on Careers in Industry
Wednesday, March 11 2015
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time
1-Hour Complimentary Webinar
As a new field, green chemistry has yet to establish a fixed route for career success. From biopharma to electronics to textiles, there are paths to green chemistry careers—you just have to know where to look for them. In this webinar from the GC3’s Education Group and NESSE, three professionals working in different sectors of industry will discuss how they got to where they are, how they use green chemistry, and what they would recommend to early-career scientists looking to pursue careers in the field.
JULIAN SILVERMAN, Graduate Researcher, NESSE member
CORY ROBERTSON, Environmental Chemist, HP
DRUMMOND LAWSON, Environmental Chemist, Arcteryx
KRISTI BUDZINSKI, Green Chemistry/BioPharma Program Manager, Genentech
Planting the Seeds for Sustainable Chemistry
Thursday, September 4, 2014
What can be done to incorporate green chemistry in to all parts of the industry? Jennie Dodson and Cliff Coss of the Network of Early-Career Sustainable Scientist and Engineers (NESSE) discussed how they are working to build a community of confident and able early-career sustainable scientists. These professionals are connecting across disciplines, sharing knowledge and resources, forging collaborations, and finding solutions towards making research and its outcomes greener and more sustainable.
You can see the slidedeck and watch the webinar from this link: Planting the Seeds for Sustainable Chemistry