Chapter 5. Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards. Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards.
The Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards began in 1995 as an effort to recognize individuals and businesses for innovations in green chemistry. Typically five awards are given each year, one in each of five categories:
Greener Synthetic Pathways,
Greener Reaction Conditions,
Designing Greener Chemicals.
Nominations are accepted the prior year, and evaluated by an independent panel of chemists convened by the American Chemical Society. Through 2006, a total of 57 technologies have been recognized for the award, and over 1000 nominations have been submitted.
James C. Liao, Ph.D., Easel Biotechnologies, LLC University of California, Los Angeles
Small Business Award:
Greener Synthetic Pathways Award:
The Dow Chemical CompanyBASF
Greener Reaction Conditions Award:
Merck & Co., Inc.Codexis, Inc
Designing Greener Chemicals Award:
Easel Biotechnologies, LLC and University of California, Los Angeles
Recycling Carbon Dioxide to Biosynthesize Higher Alcohols.
Ethanol made by fermentation can be used as a fuel additive, but its use is limited by its low energy content. “Higher” alcohols (those with more than two carbons in the molecule) have higher energy content, but naturally occurring microorganisms do not produce them. Dr. James Liao has genetically engineered microorganisms to make higher alcohols from glucose or directly from carbon dioxide. His work makes renewable.
The Canadian Green Chemistry Medal is an annual award given to an individual or group for promotion and development of green chemistry in Canada and internationally.
The winner is presented with a citation recognizing the achievements together with a sculpture.