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Green Chemistry Challenge Winners

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Award winners by year with links to technology summaries and podcasts (for some).

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2017 Award Winners

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2014 Award Winners

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2013 Award Winners

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2012 Award Winners

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2007 Award Winners

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2006 Award Winners

  • For Greener Synthetic Pathways
    Merck & Co., Inc. Exit
    Novel Green Synthesis for β-Amino Acids Produces the Active Ingredient in JanuviaTM (summary)
  • For Greener Reaction Conditions
    Codexis, Inc. Exit
    Directed Evolution of Three Biocatalysts to Produce the Key Chiral Building Block for Atorvastatin, the Active Ingredient in Lipitor® (summary)
  • For Designing Greener Chemicals
    S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc. Exit
    GreenlistTM Process to Reformulate Consumer Products (summary)
  • For Small Business
    Arkon Consultants Exit
    NuPro Technologies, Inc. (now Eastman Kodak)
    Environmentally Safe Solvents and Reclamation in the Flexographic Printing Industry (summary)
  • For Academic
    Professor Galen J. Suppes of University of Missouri-Columbia Exit
    Biobased Propylene Glycol and Monomers from Natural Glycerin (summary)

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2005 Award Winners

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2004 Award Winners

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2003 Award Winners

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2002 Award Winners

  • For Greener Synthetic Pathways
    Pfizer, Inc. Exit
    Green Chemistry in the Redesign of the Sertraline Process (summary)
  • For Greener Reaction Conditions
    Cargill Dow LLC (now NatureWorks LLCExit
    NatureWorksTM PLA Process (summary)
  • For Designing Greener Chemicals
    Chemical Specialties, Inc. (now VianceExit
    ACQ Preserve®: The Environmentally Advanced Wood Preservative (summary)
  • For Small Business
    SC Fluids, Inc.
    SCORR – Supercritical CO2 Resist Remover (summary)
  • For Academic
    Professor Eric J. Beckman Exit of the University of Pittsburgh
    Design of Non-Fluorous, Highly CO2-Soluble Materials (summary)

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2001 Award Winners

  • For Greener Synthetic Pathways
    Bayer Corporation
    Bayer AG (technology acquired by LANXESSExit
    BaypureTM CX (Sodium Iminodisuccinate): An Environmentally Friendly and Readily Biodegradable Chelating Agent (summary)
  • For Greener Reaction Conditions
    Novozymes North America, Inc. Exit
    BioPreparationTM of Cotton Textiles: A Cost-Effective, Environmentally Compatible Preparation Process (summary)
  • For Designing Greener Chemicals
    PPG Industries Exit
    Yttrium as a Lead Substitute in Cationic Electrodeposition Coatings (summary)
  • For Small Business
    EDEN Bioscience Corporation (technology acquired by Plant Health Care, Inc.Exit
    Messenger®: A Green Chemistry Revolution in Plant Production and Food Safety (summary)
  • For Academic
    Professor Chao-Jun Li  Exit of McGill University Exit
    Quasi-Nature Catalysis: Developing Transition Metal Catalysis in Air and Water (summary)

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2000 Award Winners

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1999 Award Winners

  • For Greener Synthetic Pathways
    Lilly Research Laboratories Exit
    Practical Application of a Biocatalyst in Pharmaceutical Manufacturing (summary)
  • For Greener Reaction Conditions
    Nalco Company Exit
    The Development and Commercialization of ULTIMER®: The First of a New Family of Water-Soluble Polymer Dispersions (summary)
  • For Designing Greener Chemicals
    Dow AgroSciences LLC Exit
    Spinosad: A New Natural Product for Insect Control (summary)
  • For Small Business
    BioFine, Inc. (now DPS BioMetics, Inc.)
    Conversion of Low-Cost Biomass Wastes to Levulinic Acid and Derivatives (summary)
  • For Academic Award
    Professor Terry Collins Exitof Carnegie Mellon University
    TAMLTM Oxidant Activators: General Activation of Hydrogen Peroxide for Green Oxidation Technologies (summary)

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1998 Award Winners

  • For Greener Synthetic Pathways
    Flexsys America L.P. (now Eastman Chemical CompanyExit
    Elimination of Chlorine in the Synthesis of 4-Aminodiphenylamine: A New Process That Utilizes Nucleophilic Aromatic Substitution for Hydrogen (summary)
  • For Greener Reaction Conditions
    Argonne National Laboratory Exit
    Novel Membrane-Based Process for Producing Lactate Esters – Nontoxic Replacements for Halogenated and Toxic Solvents (summary)
  • For Designing Greener Chemicals
    Rohm & Haas Company (now a subsidiary of The Dow Chemical CompanyExit
    Invention and Commercialization of a New Chemical Family of Insecticides Exemplified by CONFIRMTM Selective Caterpillar Control Agent and the Related Selective Insect Control Agents MACH 2TM and INTREPIDTM (summary)
  • For Small Business
    PYROCOOL Technologies, Inc.
    Technology for the Third Millennium: The Development and Commercial Introduction of an Environmentally Responsible Fire Extinguishment and Cooling Agent (summary)
  • For Academic
    Professor Barry M. Trost Exit of Stanford University Exit
    The Development of the Concept of Atom Economy (summary)
  • For Academic
    Dr. Karen M. Draths and Professor John W. Frost Exit of Michigan State University
    Use of Microbes as Environmentally Benign Synthetic Catalysts (summary)

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1997 Award Winners

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1996 Award Winners