NGC organized two sessions for the 20th annual ACS Green Chemistry & Engineering conference (June 14-16, 2016, Portland, OR). Held by the ACS Green Chemistry Institute®, this event is the premier conference on green chemistry and engineering. Our Executive Director, Dr. Lauren Heine, also presented in the session, "Workshop on Data Uncertainty in Predictive Toxicology and Alternative Assessments". The recordings are available on-line.
Our first session, "Green Chemistry in Consumer Products: From Demand to Supply" explored drivers that promote the development and adoption of green chemistry and engineering in consumer products. Our presenters shared case studies and success stories of how the implementation of different kinds of policy, including government policy, retail policy, sectoral supply chain initiatives, and NGO movements, has promoted the design of greener and more sustainable consumer products.
Our second session, "Green Chemistry Design for a Rainbow of Colorants," challenged chemists to design solutions to providing color in materials using green chemistry and green engineering principles and practices. Colors augment materials across all industries, from aerospace and electronics to the built environment, apparel, footwear and packaging. Modern-day dyes and pigments are expected to adhere to exacting product standards such as color fastness, yet many of these same requirements lead to the production of hazardous byproducts at some point in their life cycle. For example, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), generated as byproducts during the production of many pigments, are persistent, bioaccumulative, and toxic.