On March 29th-31st 2011 Dr. Philip Jessop will visit UPEI as the 2011 Green Chemistry Lecturer. Supported by the Green Materials Laboratory under the direction of Dr. Michael Shaver and the Faculty of Science, Dr. Jessop will present two lectures on the topic of environmentally friendly chemical practices. A scientific presentation (Wednesday, March 30th, 12:30pm, KC Irving Bldg. Rm. 128) will detail the recent advances his group has made in this field while an evening public lecture will focus on the importance to green chemistry and the importance of this field to the future of our products, our environment and our lives.
CAN CHEMISTRY BE GREEN?
Popular opinion holds that chemistry is the source of most of the environmental and health impacts of industrial activity. However, the public may not be aware of the importance of chemistry to solving the problem. "Green chemistry" can reduce impacts on the environment while making our industries more economically competitive. The presentation will outline the origin of green chemistry, describe how one can assess if a new technology is "green", and mention, as examples of new technologies, the author's switchable solvents.
Wednesday, March 30th, 2011
KC Irving Chemistry Building, Room 104, 7pm
Dr. Jessop is the Canada Research Chair of Green Chemistry at Queen’s University in Kingston, Canada and the Technical Director of GreenCentre Canada. After his Ph.D. (British Columbia, 1991) and a postdoctoral appointment (University of Toronto), he did contract research for the Japanese government under the direction of Ryoji Noyori (Nobel Prize 2001). As a professor at the University of California-Davis (1996-2003) and since then at Queen’s, he has studied green solvents, CO2 utilization, and hydrogen chemistry. Distinctions include the Canadian Catalysis Lectureship Award (2004), a Canada Research Chair (2003 to present), the NSERC Polanyi Award (2008), a Killam Research Fellowship (2010) and the Queen’s University Award for Excellence in Research.
GREEN CHEMISTRY LECTURERS
2010: Dr. Andrew Dove (University of Warwick, UK)
2011: Dr. Philip Jessop (Queen’s University, Canada)