Sustainable Separation Processes

To meet the Energy Intensity of Chemical Processing Grand Challenge, the National Research Council called for the development of alternatives to distillation for more energy and cost efficient chemical separations.  Reducing the energy required to manufacture products is a fundamental and common goal of the American Chemical Society Green Chemistry Institute® (ACS GCI) Chemical Manufacturers Roundtable.  With a $500,000 NIST Advanced Manufacturing Technology Consortia (AMTech) Program Planning Award, the ACS GCI Chemical Manufacturers Roundtable has initiated a collaborative effort to accelerate the industrial application of less energy-intensive alternative separation processes.  

The collaboration base includes leaders in the chemical and pharmaceutical sector, universities, and professional organizations such as the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), including its Institute for Sustainability, Separations Division, and Computational Molecular Simulation & Engineering Forum, and the Industrial Fluid Properties Simulation Collective.

Recent Events
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Workshop 5: Organic Recovery from Dilute Solution

Wednesday, May 24, 2017, 7:00am EDT to Thursday, May 25, 2017, 4:00pm EDT
Sessions: Workshop Introduction Bulk solid/liquid separation prior to organic/water separation Influence of real world mixture composition (e.g., gases, dissolved solids, large molecules) on small soluble organic/water separations Small soluble organic/water separation behavior Develop project...Read more
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Workshop 4: External Fields

Thursday, February 2, 2017, 7:00am EST to Friday, February 3, 2017, 3:00pm EST
Sessions: Workshop introduction Multidisciplinary breakout discussions Report back and large group discussion Exploring opportunities Develop project plans for priority project ideas in small groups Small groups report back to whole group Scaling up for commercialization Develop project plans for...Read more