Green Your Beaker: Tel Aviv University Hosts International Conference on Green Chemistry

Once upon a time, scientists conducted experiments and with little forethought poured noxious chemicals from their beakers and test tubes down the drain. In recent years, with concerns for the environment and human health high on the agenda, institutions around the world have been addressing ways to "green their chemistry". On June 6-7th Tel Aviv University's Porter School of Environmental Studies will host: "Green Chemistry — applications, research, and trends" which will include sessions on commercial applications of green chemistry, raw materials recycling, renewable fuels; environmental and health aspects of home and commercial chemicals and global policies in this area. The main purpose of the conference is to introduce academia, industry, government and NGOs in the region to the field — among others, via introducing novel research and trends from abroad.

Some models that will be explored include the new European REACH directive for assessment and registration of chemicals; new laws in California to assess human exposure to chemicals; and new legislation in Michigan to promote alternative, cleaner business methods.

Speakers will include:

Prof. Terry Collins — Director of the institute for green oxidation chemistry, Carnegie-Mellon University, USA

Dr. Dave Henton — NatureWorks LLC, USA

Prof. Richard L. Smith, Jr. - Regional Editor, Journal of Supercritical Fluids, Research Center of Supercritical Fluid Technology, Tohoku University, Japan

Prof. Peter Sundin — Director of the international program in chemical sciences, Uppsala University, Sweden

The area of "Green Chemistry" came to light when 3 chemists (Yves Chauvin, Robert H. Grubbs and Richard R. Schrock) received the Nobel Prize for their research in the field. And since then, the business world is running after developing products that are considered environmentally safe.

In addition to the health risks, chemicals and chemical processes present huge environmental problems, not to mention the contribution of energy intensive processes in industry to global warming.

For more information and to submit papers, please contact smadari@tauex.tau.ac.il. ::Press Release

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