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Green c hemistry CIC. Professor James Clark University of York. MANUFACTURING. RETAIL. PRODUCTION. 2 nd Green Chemistry and the Consumer symposium. Greening the Supply Chain. FEEDSTOCKS. Life Cycle for Supply Chain. E. C. E. C. E. E. C. E. Production. Manufacturing.

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Greenchemistry CIC

Professor James Clark

University of York


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MANUFACTURING

RETAIL

PRODUCTION

2nd Green Chemistry and the Consumer symposium

Greening the Supply Chain

FEEDSTOCKS


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Life Cycle for Supply Chain

E

C

E

C

E

E

C

E

Production

Manufacturing

End of Life

Feedstock

Retail

W

W

W

W

W

Recycle

Remanufacture

Refurbish


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The Green Chemistry & the Consumer project

  • New venture aimed at delivering knowledge and understanding of green chemistry to retailers & consumers

  • Covers all chemical-dependant consumer products including clothing, furnishing, electronic goods, personal care products and food

  • Objectives

    • to encourage direct involvement of the retail sector in green chemistry research

    • to engage representatives from throughout the supply chain

  • Main outputs

    • Quarterly newsletter

      • Current green chemical information that is comprehensible to a widely non-technical audience

    • Annual events


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Highlights to date

  • 1st symposium held in London in April 2003

  • Sample issue produced and circulated to 200 individuals and selected organisations

  • Core sponsorship secured from the RSC, M&S and GSK for forthcoming year

  • Advisory committee established with representatives from core funders as well as the CIA and Greenpeace

  • Positive feedback from The Rt Hon Alun Michael MP, the CIA, NFU, British Retail Consortium, Greenpeace and WWF as well the retail trade.


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Research areas relevant to consumer products

Packaging & Plastics

Lubricants

Dyes & Pigments

Solvents

Fragrances & Perfumes

Pesticides

Adhesives

Food additives

Textiles & Fabric Treatments

Electronics

Preservatives

Flame Retardants

Surfactants


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Highlights from the newsletter

Greener wood adhesives

The latest on the EU’s proposed chemicals legislation REACH

Polychromic plastics: one chemical, many colours

WEEE and RoHS explained & how Green Chemistry can help

Stopping corrosion - naturally

Fluorine takes the fizz out of sparkling wine

Unwrapping the packaging options

Green dyeing in any colour

Wanted: solutions and customers for UK farming

Corn cob packaging


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The New Green Chemistry CIC

  • One of 6 CICs funded by Yorkshire Forward

  • Hub at York University with Leeds and CSL as partners

  • Goal: Provide Industry with a flexible, reliable way to tap into University expertise to help improve their products and processes


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Green Chemistry CIC

  • Projects managed via Commercial manager

  • Senior researchers assigned specifically to work on the Projects

  • An expert academic assigned to advise on Projects

  • Pool of approx. 20 experts not just from Chemistry Depts, includes Chem.Eng. and Biochemistry


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Green Chemistry CICFacilities/Equipment

  • The York Clean Technology Centre and the Leeds Cleaner synthesis group have modern labs and a wide range of equipment

  • Additional facilities are available within the Universities (e.g. £25m SRIF Technologies Facilities York) and at CSL


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Green Chemistry CICServices based on expertise in:

  • Chemical synthesis

  • Catalysts, including biocatalysts

  • Surface chemistry

  • Alternative solvents

  • Alternative reagents

  • Analytical services

  • Renewable raw materials

  • Environmental Legislation


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Green Chemistry CICServices

  • 3 Tier approach

    • tier 1: short problem solving exercises to identify opportunities

    • tier 2: short lab based studies (indication of feasibility)

    • tier 3: longer lab based studies (demonstration of feasibility)


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Green Chemistry CIC Examples

  • A Catalyst that cannot be reused - conditions found that allow limited re-use, longer term studies to find better catalyst

  • An adhesive failing to stick properly-cause found and Company able to modify process

  • Bromination processes using toxic/dangerous phosphorus - improved conditions found, demonstrated and incorporated by Company

  • Chromium used for priming aluminium prior to bonding - investigations ongoing for replacement


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