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Green Chemistry
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Meeting Cycle

24 Months

Conference Description

This GRC, initiated in 1996 under the title "Environmentally Benign Organic Synthesis" and now known as "Green Chemistry" has become one of the most important multidisciplinary meetings in the area of sustainable chemistry. The conference is bi-annual and has traditionally alternated between US and European sites to facilitate attendance from the very large international community of scientists active in this area. Green Chemistry was defined by Anastas and Warner through the "12 Principles of Green Chemistry", and these are widely referred to today by scientists worldwide, in industry and academia, as the key elements to a sustainable future. This conference focuses upon the cutting edge developments required to design chemical products and processes that: have a smaller environmental impact, both in their manufacture and use; are produced in an energy-efficient manner with the least possible intrinsic hazards; and have been designed for inherent safety for human health and the environment. Key focus areas of Green Chemistry and Processing cover innovative synthetic methods, green separation and solvents, sustainable sources of energy, green chemistry in consumer products, renewable feedstocks, green chemistry and nanotechnology and the role of green chemistry in climate change.

This is a lively and exciting conference. Speakers are chosen to provide a broad, up-to-date overview of this rapidly evolving and multi-disciplinary field, as well as covering emerging discoveries, breakthroughs and hot topics. Issues of regulation and metrology are also discussed. In addition to exciting presentations by invited speakers, ample time is provided for stimulating discussions within the formal sessions and all attendees have the opportunity to contribute to the meeting outcomes. Contributed posters are also a part of the program with invited flash presentations from this group.

We are delighted that in 2012 the GRC will be preceded by the first Gordon Research Seminar in Green Chemistry and are looking forward to the participation of many in this next generation of Green Chemists in this GRC. We encourage broad participation in this highly inclusive meeting and look forward to interacting with a diverse group of individuals interested in Green Chemistry.

What is a GRC? Gordon Research Conferences (GRC) are 5-day meetings that bring scientists together from around the world to present and discuss unpublished research with other leaders in their field.

Related Conference

This Gordon Research Conference (GRC) series is related to the "Green Chemistry" Gordon Research Seminar (GRS) series. Although a related GRS will typically be scheduled in conjunction with its parent GRC each time it meets, that may not always be the case. Refer to the individual meetings in the Meeting History section below for more details. For more information about the associated Gordon Research Seminar (GRS) series, click here.

What is a GRS? Gordon Research Seminars (GRS) are 2-day meetings that bring graduate students and post-docs together to discuss their cutting edge research among peers and mentors. Each GRS immediately precedes an associated Gordon Research Conference (GRC), and topics addressed at the GRS relate closely to the GRC.

Meeting History

YearMeeting NameDatesConference SiteChair(s)
2018 Green Chemistry
Addressing the Challenges at the Energy-Materials-Food-Water Nexus Through Green Chemistry
Jul 29 - Aug 3 Rey Don Jaime Grand Hotel Bala Subramaniam
Anna Simpson
2016 Green Chemistry
Commercial Successes and Remaining Challenges After a Twenty Year Investment in Green Chemistry Principles
Jul 31 - Aug 5 Stoweflake Conference Center William J. Kruper
Alessandra Quadrelli
2014 Green Chemistry
Industrial Successes and Challenges
Jul 27 - Aug 1 The Chinese University of Hong Kong Kenneth Seddon
Mark A. Harmer
2012 Green Chemistry Jul 22-27 Renaissance Tuscany Il Ciocco Karen I. Goldberg
Steve Howdle
2010 Green Chemistry Jul 25-30 Davidson College Chao-Jun Li
Peter Licence
2008 Green Chemistry Aug 3-8 Bates College James E. Hutchison
Janet L. Scott
2006 Green Chemistry Aug 27 - Sep 1 Magdalen College Gary Sheldrake
Romas Kazlauskas
2004 Green Chemistry Jul 4-9 Roger Williams University John C. Warner
Robin Rogers
2002 Green Chemistry Sep 8-13 The Queen's College James K. Bashkin
Adrian P. Kybett
2000 Green Chemistry Jul 15-20 Connecticut College Tracy C. Williamson
Istvan T. Horvath
1999 Green Chemistry Jul 11-16 The Queen's College Roger A. Sheldon
James Clark
1998 Green Chemistry Aug 16-21 Kimball Union Academy William Tumas
1997 Environmentally Benign Organic Synthesis Aug 17-22 The Queen's College Stephen C. Devito
1996 Environmentally Benign Organic Synthesis Jul 21-26 New England College Paul Anastas
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