EPA announces winners of the 2013 Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards
11 December 2013
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the winners of the 2013 Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards. The Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards are presented in five categories: academic, small business, greener synthetic pathways, greener reaction conditions and designing greener chemicals.
In the academic category, Professor Richard Wool, University of Delaware, Newark, Del. was recognized for creating several materials from less toxic and renewable biobased feedstocks such as vegetable oils, chicken feathers and flax that can be used as adhesives, composites, foams, and even circuit boards and as a leather substitute.
In the small business category, Faraday Technology Inc. was recognized for developing a plating process that allows chrome coatings to be made from less toxic trivalent chrome. This reduces millions of pounds of hexavalent chromium without comprising performance for uses such as aircraft parts.
Winners in the “greener reaction conditions, designing greener chemicals, and greener synthetic pathways,” categories are:
Life Technologies for developing a more efficient, much less wasteful way to manufacture the key chemicals used to perform genetic testing. The new process prevents about 1.5 million pounds of hazardous waste a year.
The Dow Chemical Company for improving TiO2-based paints. Dow’s EVOQUE technology uses a polymer coating which, when applied to TiO2, improves dispersion of the pigment, decreasing the amount of the chemical needed and allowing it to work better. This technology will significantly reduce energy usage, water consumption, NOx and SOx emissions, and algae bloom.
Cargill, Inc. for developing a vegetable oil-based transformer fluid that is much less flammable, less toxic, provides superior performance compared to mineral oil-based fluids and has a lower carbon footprint.
The awardees will be honored at a ceremony in Washington, DC.During the 18 years of the Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge program, EPA has received about 1500 nominations and presented awards to 93 technologies.
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