BCGC Newsletter March 2016

This will be the last email sent through our old mailing list! Please sign up for our new list here to keep receiving our newsletter and other emails. Thank you!

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 March 2016 Newsletter

Congratulations to the 2016 SAGE Fellows!!

The SAGE IGERT Fellowship at BCGC supports UC Berkeley graduate students conducting research related to green chemistry and green energy. The fellowship began in 2013 and now, three years later, there are 23 trainees and alum doing amazing green work on campus.

This year's six awardees are: David Garfield, Matt Smith, and Peter Waller from the College of Chemistry; Zachary Gima of Mechanical Engineering; and Kathy Tran and Beverly Shen from Environmental Health Sciences in the School of Public Health.

As we've done with all our past fellows, we interviewed the 2016 cohort about their research, and a few other fun things. We got all the trainees to describe their work in the simplest terms possible: using only the 1,000 most commonly used words in the English language (thanks to the Up-goer text editor). We also asked the students for a recommendation–a bright new green idea in the world that they’re excited about–and got some great responses. Head over to our greenchem blog and click through the gallery to learn more about all our SAGE fellows!

Green Chemistry Community

Webinar March 24: A Dive into GreenScreen® List Translator
Clean Production Action (CPA) released the next version of the GreenScreen® for Safer Chemicals Hazard Assessment Guidance last week, adding detailed information for using the GreenScreen® List Translator as a first step in identifying hazardous chemicals in products. 

You can learn more about the GreenScreen® List Translator at a webinar on March 24. In conjunction with the release of GreenScreen Hazard Assessment Guidance v1.3, Clean Production Action is teaming up with the Healthy Building Network for an informative discussion on use of the List Translator as an effective hazard screening tool. Learn about the List Translator methodology, how the Pharos Chemical and Material Library automates the process, and how you can apply these tools to promote use of safer chemicals in your organization. Go here to register.

New on the Innovation Forum - Ask the Innovators: What will it take to Mainstream Green Chemistry?
On March 28th join ACS Green Chemistry at the Green Chemistry Innovation Portal for the third Ask the Innovators event: “What will it take to Mainstream Green Chemistry?” The mainstreaming of green chemistry is defined as when all chemistry — including chemistry and engineering research, education, and policy — becomes green chemistry. For an introduction to this topic, see this recent report from the GC3. During our online discussion, you can ask the author of the report, along with experts from industry and academia about what they think are the barriers to mainstream green chemistry, and what will have to happen to overcome them. See an example of a previous discussion here.
Three simple steps to participate:
  1. Create a free ACS ID, or log in.
  2. Submit your question by replying to this post
  3. Come back on March 28, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. ET (8:30-10:00 a.m. PT), when our innovators will be online to answer your questions and engage in a live discussion.

Register now for the lowest rates to the 20th Annual Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference (GC&E) held June 14-16, 2016 in Portland, Oregon. Early Registration is open until April 29!

This premier conference on green chemistry and engineering annually hosts hundreds of participants from around the world in industry, government, and academia to share research breakthroughs as well as business and education strategies to ensure a green and sustainable future. Join the conversation and experience the growing momentum around green chemistry and engineering at the 2016 GC&E Conference!  For topics covered visit the program page on the Conference website.

From Julie Haack, at the University of Oregon (To subscribe to the U of O mailing list, please send an email request to with the subject heading “subscribe green chemistry”):
Quick Summary
  • ASAP – Registration for 11th Annual GC3 Innovators Roundtable, Hosted by Seventh Generation - Burlington, VT
  • March 6 - abstract submission deadline for BCCE 2016 
  • March 15 - application deadline for GCEC Student Workshop – Design Challenge – Color
  • March 23 – application deadline for 2016 GC3 Innovators Internship Program
  • April 8 - application Deadline for GCEC 2016 Business Plan Competition
ASAP –Registration for 11th Annual GC3 Innovators Roundtable, Hosted by Seventh Generation - Burlington, VT
May 24 - 26, 2016
Registration for the 11th Annual GC3 Innovators Roundtable is now open!  
The GC3 Innovators Roundtable is the premier business-to-business event that brings together leading companies across the value chain and in 11 sectors to discuss strategies and share best practices to advance green chemistry in business.  As always, we have organized stimulating and interactive sessions, keynotes and networking receptions. Take a look at the agenda.
Attendance at the Roundtable is capped to foster productive conversations.  Registration will close at 160 so register today to reserve your seat!
Questions?  Contact Jennifer Landry.
March 6 - abstract submission deadline for BCCE 2016 
BCCE 2016 abstract submission deadline extended
ABSOLUTE FINAL DEADLINE for submitting a paper to 2016 BCCE is Sunday, March 6, 2016 at midnight Eastern Standard time. The site will be shut down to the public at that time. Do not wait until the last possible minute, in case you encounter any problems submitting. If you have been thinking about submitting an abstract, do it right NOW!
March 15 - application deadline for 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) and John Frazier 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.
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.)
March 23 – application deadline for 2016 GC3 Innovators Internship Program
Calling all students! The GC3 is now accepting applications for the 2016 Innovators Internship Program.
The Green Chemistry and Commerce Council (GC3) Innovators Internship program places technically proficient students into sustainability-related internships with our member companies. The interns will spend 10-12 weeks over the summer working within a GC3 member company and learning the skills needed in sustainable industry. They will also have the opportunity to attend the GC3 Innovators Roundtable and network with major companies who are contributing to the advancement of green chemistry.
If you’re interested in participating in this year’s internship program, please visit our website for more information. Applications are due by March 23rd.
April 8 - application Deadline for 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

BCGC is on social media!
Want more green chemistry news, community, opportunity announcements, and BCGC updates? 
Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter, @bcgc_cal!

Questions? Comments? Newsletter submissions? Email Mallory Pickett:
Our website is:
Follow us on Twitter: @bcgc_cal
Like us on Facebook:

Want to change how you receive these emails?
You can update your preferences or unsubscribe from this list