Sponsored by GreenCentre Canada
This national individual award, sponsored by GreenCentre Canada, is presented to an individual working in Canada who has made significant contributions to advance green chemistry and/or engineering, including the technical, human health and environmental benefits.
The 2019 winner of the Canadian Green Chemistry and Engineering Award (Individual) is:
Memorial University of Newfoundland
Francesca Kerton established the Centre for Green Chemistry and Catalysis at Memorial University where she is developing environmentally-friendly technologies to reduce plastic pollution and food waste generation. She enjoys a global reputation for her pioneering research on sustainable chemistry related to the oceans and has built significant collaborations with researchers in France, U.K. and Singapore and the Canadian aquaculture industry. She was the first green chemist to highlight the potential that ocean-sourced biomass feedstocks offer and how complete use of seafoods (e.g. protein and shell) can reduce waste production and environmental contamination. Her textbook, Alternative Solvents for Green Chemistry, now in its 2nd edition, has garnered international praise as one of the most significant books in the field and is used as a reference in laboratories (academic and industrial) worldwide. Her publications on transformations of ocean-sourced biomass, biodegradable polymers and conversion of carbon dioxide are highly cited. She has been invited to participate in workshops and panel discussions with industry and government in order to influence future policy in this field. Kerton is in demand as a speaker on green chemistry research and education in academia and with the media.