BCGC Newsletter February 2016

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The Berkeley Center for Green Chemistry

Helping to transform society's production and use of chemicals and materials

The University of California Berkeley Center for Green Chemistry is an academic program that advances green chemistry through interdisciplinary scholarship. BCGC pursues innovations in education, research and public engagement. We are faculty, researchers, and students in the Colleges of Chemistry, Natural Resources and Engineering, and the Schools of Public Health and Business.

BCGC February 2016 Newsletter

Associate Director Meg Schwarzman recovering from car accident
Our associate director Meg Schwarzman is recovering in the hospital after being hit by a car while biking near the Berkeley campus. She suffered very serious injuries but is now making good progress in her recuperation. The accident and the outpouring of community support for Meg were covered in an excellent article in the local news, which you can read on Berkeleyside here. BCGC executive director Tom McKeag is taking care of most Meg's professional duties, so if you need to contact her please email him at 

Green Chemistry in the News

BCGC green chemistry course alum publishes work on BPA exposure from thermal receipts
Congrats to Rebecca Simonne Hehn, a former student in Marty Mulvihill's green chemistry course at UC Berkeley. Her paper, "NHANES Data Support Link between Handling of Thermal Paper Receipts and Increased Urinary Bisphenol A Excretion," was just published in Environmental Science and Technology. The work in this paper was first inspired by the green chemistry course. Way to go Rebecca!

Corporate-funded research under scrutiny
The Center for Public Integrity has published an investigative series, co-published with, on how "industry-backed research has exploded — often with the aim of obscuring the truth — as government-funded science dwindles." You can read their story on the role of corporate research on toxic chemical regulations here, and listen to an interview with the author on "The Takeaway" here

Mars removes artificial coloring from all their products
Mars, Inc. announced last week that it will "
remove all artificial colors from its human food products as part of a commitment to meet evolving consumer preferences." You can read the company press release here.

Green Chemistry Community

Call for Papers Deadline TONIGHT – 2016 Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference
Submit an abstract by February 15, 2016 at 11:59 p.m. EDT, for the 20th Annual Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference (GC&E), to be held June 14-16, 2016, in Portland, Oregon, by the ACS Green Chemistry Institute®.
This year’s conference theme is “Advancing Sustainable Solutions by Design”. Share your innovations, insights, and strategies at the premier conference for green chemistry & engineering, presented by the ACS GCI. If you are interested in submitting an abstract, take a look at this year's session themes to find your best fit. Abstract submissions will close on Monday, February 15th.
Dates to keep in mind:
Student Awards: Breen and Hancock applications due February 19, 2016
Early Registration: Registration will open March 1, 2016
Student Workshop: Applications due March 15, 2016

Materials Education Symposium at Berkeley
The 7th North American Materials Education Symposium will take place at the University of California, Berkeley, March 17-18, 2016  The conference theme is : “Teaching Materials and Engineering Design.” You can see the program brochure here, and the speaker list here. You can register here, and the symposium offers a graduate student discount.

Three day Intensive Catalysis Course in Shanghai and Shenzhen Coming April 2016
Professors John Hartwig and Dean Toste will be presenting on successful and emerging catalytic technologies for industrial synthesis of medicinal compounds in Shanghai and Shenzhen this April. 
Please see this brochure for detailed information. You may also click here to register.

Application Deadline – March 15, 2016 - GCEC Student Workshop – Design Challenge - Color
20th Annual Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference June 14 – 16, 2016 Portland, Oregon
Eric Beckman (University of Pittsburgh), Julie Haack (University of Oregon) and Adelina Voutchkova-Kostal (George Washington University) are working together to create the first ever Green Chemistry Design Challenge at the 20th Annual Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference June 14 – 16, 2016 Portland, Oregon.
The Challenge:  Color dramatically influences human behavior from how we communicate to how we make decisions and is a ubiquitous component of consumer products.
In light of the economic, social and environmental impacts of color on society, students attending this year’s workshop will use the principles of green chemistry to design a comprehensive strategy for overcoming the challenges associated with dyes and pigments. The strategy should be economically viable, socially acceptable and have a net positive environmental impact compared to existing products/processes.

Attendees will learn about the history, chemistry, impacts, and business of color and will learn how to use a variety of tools to address the unintended biological activity of dyes and colorants. Student teams will have the opportunity to share their strategies as we explore the many facets of the problem.**Space is limited to approximately 40 participants**

This design challenge will take place during the 20th Annual Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference on June 13th (before the meeting begins) at the Hilton Portland & Executive Towers in Portland, Oregon. The challenge will  be guided by experts in the field, and will allow participants to engage with potential employers and experience how chemists, engineers, toxicologists and business experts can work together to think outside the box. The challenge is open to undergraduate, graduate students and post-doctoral fellows.

January 15, 2016:  Application submission opens
March 15, 2016:  Application deadline (by 11:59 p.m. ET)
April 1, 2016:  Selected participants will be notified via email
April 29, 2016:  Registration deadline
(Registration for the conference after this date will result in forfeit of your seat.)

Application Deadline April 8, 2016 – GCEC 2016 Business Plan Competition
20th Annual Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference June 14 – 16, 2016 Portland, Oregon
The ACS Green Chemistry Institute® is hosting the 2016 Business Plan Competition during the 20th Annual Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference, held in Portland, OR, June 14-16.  Early stage companies dedicated to green chemistry and engineering solutions are encouraged to apply. This unique opportunity is the only business competition exclusively for green and sustainable chemistry and engineering.


Green Chemistry Opportunities

Postdoctoral position at Yale University, New Haven
 Analytical/Purification Scientist
Education: PhD analytical chemistry
Full time position
Length of employment:  1 year with the possibility of 1 year renewal
Salary range:  $42,000-$51,000 plus benefits
Location:  Yale University, New Haven

Job Description:
A postdoctoral position is immediately available within the Center for Green Chemistry and Green Engineering at Yale University. The Center is seeking an analytical/purification scientist to support the research efforts of a multi-disciplinary team. The primary responsibilities of the successful candidate will be analytical testing, compound purification, and compound characterization.
Job Duties and Responsibilities:
The successful candidate will:
·      Perform analytical and preparative scale chromatography of research molecules (small/large, chiral/achiral, milligram to gram scale).
·      Perform analytical testing, including method development and validation of analytical procedures.
·      Perform compound characterization. Analyze samples using appropriate instrumentation (NMR, HPLC, GC, MS, UV, IR, etc.). Summarize and interpret data.
·      Maintain and optimize a wide range of analytical and prep scale chromatographic instrumentation (HPLC, LCMS, GCMS, GC-FID etc).
·      Interact with Center scientists to support, refine, and further develop ongoing and emerging projects.
·      Follow established laboratory safety procedures.
·      Conduct activities under the supervision of the Center’s principal investigators.
Job Requirements
·      PhD in analytical chemistry.
·      In-depth knowledge of analytical and separations chemistry.
·      Demonstrated expertise in modern chromatography and analytical methods.
·      Expertise in data analysis/interpretation.
·      Expertise in data management, documentation, and appropriate software.
·      Excellent communication skills (verbal/written), interpersonal skills, and problem-solving skills.
·      Self-motivated.
·      Ability to work in a collaborative environment but comfortable working independently.
Julie Beth Zimmerman, PhD
Center for Green Chemistry and Green Engineering at Yale


Postdoctoral Research & Teaching Fellowship Position at the University of Kansas (KU) Center for Environmentally Beneficial Catalysis (CEBC).
Initial review of applications begins March 1, 2016
For more information, please visit:

A National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded postdoctoral research & teaching fellowship position is available at the University of Kansas (KU) Center for Environmentally Beneficial Catalysis (CEBC).

The postdoctoral fellow will spend a quarter of her/his time working closely with faculty as an agent of change to redesign an undergraduate course. The remaining time will be spent performing original research related to green chemistry and gaining new technical and communication skills.

Research and Training
The research will relate to catalysis for converting plant-based biomass into fuels and chemicals, as part of a new NSF EPSCoR Track II award.  With collaborators at the University of South Carolina, the team is developing tools to rationally design and synthesize bifunctional catalysts.
The research, teaching and strong mentoring community will empower the postdoctoral fellow to compete for grant funding and eventually succeed in a tenure-track academic career.  The successful candidate will have a strong interest in incorporating effective learning approaches, such as flipped classrooms and active learning. Candidates from groups underrepresented in the sciences are strongly encouraged to apply.

Required Qualifications
Candidates must have an earned doctorate in chemistry or chemical engineering by the start date. They must also be able to work well with individuals from diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds, as well as have excellent communication skills.

Additional Preferred Qualifications
Experience in curriculum development, undergraduate teaching and research mentoring.

Start Date and Salary
The proposed start date is August 2016 (flexible). The salary is competitive and based on NSF guidelines. The postdoctoral fellow will begin with a 1-year appointment, with reappointment for two more years contingent on satisfactory progress. 

Application Procedure
Initial review of applications begins March 1, 2016, and will continue until the position is filled. Please submit to Claudia Bode ( the following: (1) a letter of application; (2) a curriculum vita; (3) evidence of teaching experience; and (4) contact information for three professional references. 


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