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    Category: GeneralIdentifying Safer Solvents Using Hansen Solubility Parameters

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    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.

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    Category: GeneralTriple Regional P2 Roundtable

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    Day three of this event will feature a track on Tools for TAPs Breakout. A session in that track will focus on Green Chemistry and Energy Saving Tools and will cover tools from EPA that can be used to help businesses make green chemistry changes. Bradley Grams will be presenting. Bradley is the Federal Chemical Programs Coordinator for EPA Region 5 and the Great Lakes Basin, leading its Toxics Release Inventory (TRI), Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), and Contaminants and Materials of Concern field teams. He also serves as EPA's National Field Coordinator for chemical risk management, ensuring standardized program planning and implementation across all EPA regional field offices. Prior to his current position, he was a Civil Enforcement Officer for EPA’s hazardous waste, Superfund and TSCA programs, also in EPA Region 5, and a Research Assistant at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory. Brad is a Committee Member for the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), serving on their Supply Chain Optimization Working Group and informing stakeholders of international, Federal and State standards regarding chemical risk management in supply chains. He holds a Bachelors of Science in Chemistry and a Bachelors of Arts in Environmental Studies, both from The University of Chicago, and is currently pursuing graduate studies in public policy and public administration at Northwestern University, focusing on global health policy.

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