With 2011 having been designated The International Year of Chemistry (IYC 2011), many organizations are celebrating chemistry and its contributions to the well being of humankind.

MATRIC has been invited by The Chemical Heritage Foundation (CHF) to sponsor a symposium Commercializing Green Chemistry and Biomass-Derived Product Lines,” moderated by Greg W. Clutter, chief operating officer, Mid-Atlantic Technology, Research and Innovation Center (MATRIC).   Participants in the “Green” chemistry revolution are not only seeking to address societal and environmental concerns, they are also tapping into a significant marketing opportunity.  Some recent estimates of the growth and scale of green chemistry estimate that this $3 billion industry will grow to nearly $100 billion by 2020.  The symposium will be held in Philadelphia on September 15, 2011, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

This symposium will highlight companies who are leading the way in this rapidly emerging marketplace and explore the challenges, results and opportunities of introducing new processes and technologies.  Panel members will include Dr. Dilum Dunuwila, Vice President of Engineering for BioAmber, Inc., Rodney Williamson, Director of Research and Development of the Iowa Corn Promotion Board, and Dr. John Sawyer, Chief Operating Officer of SGA Polymers. LLC. 

BioAmber recently won a 2011 EPA “Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award” related to its development of “green” succinic acid from renewable materials.  The Iowa Corn Promotion Board has developed a process to convert corn sugar into isosorbide, a potentially valuable bio-degradable polymer additive.  SGA Polymers was recently featured in an ICIS chemical industry publication about new, high potential green chemistry routes to acrylic acid and was mentioned along with major international players such as Arkema and Mitsubishi.

This installment of the Joseph Priestley Society (JPS) lecture series will include a keynote address by Keith A. Pauley, President and CEO, MATRIC, entitled MATRIC’s Innovation Life-Cycle Model: From Beakers to Business.”  CHF’s Joseph Priestley Society is named for the first internationally significant chemist to live in the United States. Well known for his innovative and entrepreneurial spirit, Englishman Joseph Priestley (1733–1804) advanced debate and understanding in topics from science and politics to education and religion. His chemical achievements include the isolation of oxygen and the invention of carbonated water.

For more information, or to register for the event, please contact Laura Naden, advancement and events administrator, at 215.873.8276 or lnaden@chemheritage.org.