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The Midwest Bioeconomy and Safer Products Summit: Regional Innovations Solving Global Problems
8:00 am – 4:30 pm
In its fifth year, the Minnesota Green Chemistry Forum's premier event has expanded its focus to the greater Midwest, uniting the traditional green chemistry and bioeconomy sectors.
Strong manufacturing, retail, and human resources, supportive policies, abundant forestry and agriculture resources, and solid industries, companies and innovation make the Midwest well-positioned to be a leader in the bioeconomy. The market for products that are safer for humans and the environment has been growing at a rapid rate based on strong consumer and business demand. This growth will have broad economic impact in the Midwest.
The Midwest Bioeconomy and Safer Product Summit will examine green chemistry, innovation and sustainability initiatives and will provide lessons learned from market pioneers on getting ahead of the regulatory curve via product and brand innovation and from business entrepreneurs on commercializing biobased chemical production. The Summit will also provide the networking necessary to thrive in this new era of consumer goods and will bring together academics and legislators with nationally recognized consumer brands, manufacturers, retailers, regulators and green chemistry experts to provide the timeliest information on the rapidly evolving state, federal and international chemical legislation landscape.
Identifying Safer Solvents Using Hansen Solubility Parameters
Understanding solubility is fundamental to dealing with the safety implications of chemicals and their replacements. A safe plasticiser is no use if it is not compatible with the polymer. A safe solvent replacement is no use if its solubility properties are very different. A safe dispersing agent is no use if it cannot compatabilise. The Hansen Solubility Parameter approach to all such problems is tried and tested and using the HSPiP software package it is easy to address complex solubility problems for safety and formulation purposes. TURI has invited Prof Steven Abbott, one of the authors of HSPiP, to give a webinar using the software live to quickly show some of the basics of HSP then to address common applications for the software like finding a solvent blend to replace a current solvent, identifying plasticisers that are more compatible with a given polymer, using smart "read-across" between chemicals and making rational choices about protective gloves. There will be time for an on-line Q&A session.
Professor Steven Abbott has an Oxford/Harvard chemistry PhD and has worked in the chemical and coatings industry. He is now independent and is well-known for his AbbottApps where he attempts to give away as much of his knowledge as possible in the form of apps that explain solubility, adhesion, surfactants, nanocoatings, and much more.