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Technical Program Co-Chairs:
Kim Baines, University of Western Ontario, Canada
Jeremy Melanson, National Research Council of Canada

The following Workshops will occur at the conference:

Kazim Agha, Partner, Ridout & Maybee LLP, Canada
Sebastian Alamillo, Kingston Process Metallurgy, Canada
Tim Clark, GreenCentre Canada, Canada
Boyd DavisKingston Process Metallurgy, Canada

Invited Speakers:

Sebastian Alamillo, Kingston Process Metallurgy, Canada

Tim Clark, GreenCentre Canada, Canada

Boyd Davis, Kingston Process Metallurgy, Canada
Kazim Agha, Ridout Maybee, Canada
Andrew Corbett, LGC, Canada
Ines Holzbaur, Amorchem, Canada
TBD, NGen, Canada

Innovators are constantly discovering promising new chemical technologies and entrepreneurs are becoming empowered and encouraged to bring them to market.  This is imperative as any anticipated or quantified benefit associated with a particular technology will never realize its potential while it remains a lab-scale research project.  It is only through their development, scale-up and commercial deployment that these innovations can deliver on their promise.

Chemistry-based innovators are driven to see their discoveries impact the world.  However, most of them, particularly those that work in academia, don’t understand how to meaningfully go about it.  This workshop will provide an illuminating overview of the opportunities and pathways that exist for the budding entrepreneur to commercialize technologies in the chemistry space.  The four presenters, representing different points along the commercialization continuum, will examine problem-solving strategies for start-ups as well as resources that are available to support them.

The structure of the workshop:

  • Prior to the live portion, please watch the pre-recorded presentations
  • Introduction
  • Panel discussions
  • Workshop – Breakout rooms
  • One-on-one discussions (to be setup between resource person and participant)

The topics:

  1. Pre-start-up stage
  2. Post start-up stage
  3. Technology development/validation stage
  4. Financing
  5. Intellectual property
  6. Scale-up stage

One-on-one guidelines:

  • Non-confidential overview of the technology
  • An assessment of the development stage
  • Discussion of what is required (technical, business development, etc.) to advance the technology
  • Provide some direction regarding next steps

Angela Wilson, Michigan State University, USA
Fabienne Meyers, IUPAC, USA

This workshop will consist of three successive panel discussions lead by the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry Distinguished Women in Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Award awardees and on their careers, experiences, research, and leadership. The workshop will provide an opportunity for the audience to interact with leaders in chemistry and chemical engineering.

Pietro Tundo, Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, Italy
Natalia Tarasova, D. I. Mendeleev University of Chemical Technology of Russia, Russia
Buxing Han, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China

The workshop is organized by Interdivisional Committee on Green Chemistry for Sustainable Development (ICGCSD), IUPAC, and is for the PhosAgro/UNESCO/IUPAC “Green Chemistry for Life” Project and the IUPAC-Zhejiang NHU International Award for Advancements in Green Chemistry. During the workshop, professor Pietro Tundo will give a speech on behalf of the Chairs of the Workshop; the two sponsors, PJSC PhosAgro and ZHE JIANG NHU COMPANY LTD., will introduce their companies, the projects and the awards; each of the four winners of the IUPAC- Zhejiang NHU International Award for Advancements in Green Chemistry will present a lecture related with their awards. The representatives of the ICGCSD will present the projects dedicated to the different aspects of Green Chemistry and Sustainable Development Goals.

Award lectures:

Professor David Milstein: Design and Application of Environmentally Benign, Sustainable Catalytic Reactions

The development of sustainable, environmentally benign synthetic and energy-related methodologies is a major goal of modern catalysis. We have designed and developed fundamentally-new, environmentally benign reactions, catalyzed by pincer-type complexes of transition metals, including base-metals, capable of a new mode of metal-ligand cooperation. Several of these reactions either produce hydrogen gas or consume it. Applications of these reactions in green chemical synthesis and in hydrogen storage will be described.

Dr. Lichen Liu: Generation and stabilization of subnanometric Pt catalyst in zeolites

Structure-reactivity relationships for nanoparticle-based catalysts have been greatly influenced by the study of catalytic materials with either supported isolated metal atoms or metal clusters comprising a few atoms. The stability of these metal species is a key challenge because they can sinter into large nanoparticles under harsh reaction conditions. High stability can be achieved by confining the isolated metal atoms or clusters in crystalline porous materials, such as zeolites. In this talk, I will show the generation and structural evolution of subnanometric Pt catalysts in zeolites and the implications of these materials for activation of small molecules, such as light alkanes.

Dr. Jingxiang Low: Metal Oxide-based Photocatalysts for Greenhouse Gas Conversion

Imitating photosynthesis in nature, photocatalytic conversion of greenhouse gases (such as CO2 and CH4) into high-value hydrocarbon fuels is of great significance from both the scientific and economic points of view. Amidst the development of such a technology, metal oxides have been extensively applied and studied due to their suitable band structure and excellent stability. However, the single metal oxide is confronted with low light utilization efficiency and rapid photogenerated electron-hole recombination, leading to low photocatalytic performance. To overcome these limitations, we have made a great effort in the following fields: (1) the morphology tuning of metal oxides for enhancing the light utilization of photocatalyst; (2) the loading of catalyst on metal oxides for enhancing the photogenerated charge carrier separation; (3) the design of metal oxide-based heterojunction photocatalyst for enhancing the photogenerated charge carrier utilization efficiency. The resultant systems exhibited efficient visible-light photocatalytic performance and improved power conversion efficiency in solar energy, which underpins important solar-energy conversion applications including solar fuel generation and environmental remediation application.

Dr. Gabriele Laudadio: New synthetic methods enabled by photochemistry and electrochemistry in flow

The employment of traceless reagents like photons or electrons in synthetic organic chemistry has recently witnessed a renaissance, since these techniques allow more selective, sustainable, and effective transformations. However, the scale-up of photochemical or electrochemical reactions may be difficult because of mass transfer or light penetration issues. These limitations can be overcome by combining these approaches with continuous-flow technology, which creates a safe and reliable platform for scalable, fast, and efficient processes. Regarding photochemistry, decatungstate-catalyzed hydrogen atom transfer (HAT) reactions in continuous-flow were developed, namely i) a C(sp3)–H oxidation employing oxygen as sole oxidant, ii) a room temperature, photochemical alkylation of Michael acceptors with volatile gases. Regarding electrochemistry, the continuous-flow technology was adopted for the synthesis of valuable functional groups from inexpensive commodity chemicals, leading to reliable electrochemical protocols to obtain sulfonamides, sulfonyl fluorides and substituted aziridines.

Raychelle Burks, American University, USA
Francesca Kerton, Memorial University, Canada

Social media is used in many ways by chemists, chemical companies, and chemical research institutions. We can communicate our science to the public, stay up-to-date with the chemical enterprise, discover new opportunities for collaboration, advance our careers, and much more. The ChemRAWN committee of IUPAC aims to bring chemistry into action in society worldwide in ways that benefit everyone. As ChemRAWN is an abbreviation of Chemical Research Applied to World Needs, it is critical that we engage with the widest audience and social media can provide an equitable global arena to develop and share ideas.
An effective and engaging social media practise can be tailored to fit a chemist’s use, context, and concerns. This workshop, which will use a speed networking format, aims to inform and inspire chemists to develop their own social media strategy, create a personal brand and use social media for effective science communication. Chemists with a range of backgrounds and experiences will lead platform-targeted discussions (‘dates’) on platforms including Facebook, LinkedIn, Slack, Twitter, Instagram, Basecamp, and YouTube.

João Borges, University of Aveiro, Portugal / IYCN
Christine Dunne, Cooley LLP, USA /ACS YCC
Lori Ferrins, Northeastern University, USA / IYCN
Kristin Nuzzio, PPG, USA/ ACS YCC

An interactive workshop that will support the development of professional skills in younger researchers. A combined effort between the International Younger Chemists Network (IYCN) and members of the ACS Younger Chemists Committee, this workshop will be divided into 40-minute sessions and will feature training topics that are pre-selected by the target audience (via a survey of IYCN members). Topics could include: 1) experimental design, documentation and troubleshooting; 2) collaborating across boundaries; 3) leadership execution. Participants who attend will subsequently be guaranteed admission into a related, follow-up mixer.

Organizers of this symposium represent members of the International Younger Chemists Network and the ACS Younger Chemists Committee. They will use their respective networks and resources to devise an impactful session on the development of professional skills.