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  • Mary Kirchhoff, Ph.D.
    02/08/18 - 9:45 AM to 11:00 AM

    Department Seminar: Mary Kirchhoff, Ph.D.

    Department Seminar

"Sustainability through Green Chemistry"

Green chemistry is the design of chemical products and processes that reduce or eliminate the use and generation of hazardous substances. Green chemistry is a science-based approach to pollution prevention that is also profitable. Life-saving pharmaceuticals can be produced while minimizing the amount of waste generated, plastics that biodegrade can be synthesized from plants, and reactions can be run in water rather than in traditional organic solvents by applying green chemistry principles to chemical products and processes. This presentation will highlight the principles and practice of green chemistry and provide examples that illustrate the role of green chemistry in achieving sustainability. 

Open Forum: "Non-traditional career pathways in chemistry"

4:30 p.m. 
Kate & Michael Bárány Conference Room
 (117/119 Smith Hall)

Mary Kirchhoff will share her experiences going from a college professor to working at the American Chemical Society and all the different career paths of chemists she has met on this journey.

About Mary Kirchhoff

Mary Kirchhoff, Ph.D., is Executive Vice President for Scientific Advancement Division at the American Chemical Society (ACS) and Director of the ACS Green Chemistry Institute. As the recipient of an American Association for the Advancement of Science Environmental Fellowship, she worked with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s green chemistry program. She is a co-author with Paul Anastas and Paul Bickart on Designing Safer Polymers, and co-editor with Mary Ann Ryan of ACS' Greener Approaches to Undergraduate Chemistry Experiments. She received her doctorate in organic chemistry from the University of New Hampshire.

  • Event Details

    Location: 331 Smith Hall
    Host: Professor Jane Wissinger
    • Executive Director Mary Kirchhoff, Ph.D., ACS Scientific Advancement Division
    • Mary Kirchhoff
    • Director of the ACS Green Chemistry Institute
    • American Chemical Society
    • Washington, DC