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UCSB professor receives Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award
Date:6/21/2011

tually completely dependent on organic solvents. These are viewed as toxic, hazardous, and costly, while depleting our petroleum reserves as well. There is every reason to believe that they can be replaced as reaction media, in many cases, with new technology that is water-based or even seawater-based. It is time to get organic solvents out of organic reactions."

The award ceremony coincides with the Green Chemistry and Engineering Conference in Washington, from June 21-23. Lipshutz will make a technical presentation at the conference.

Pierre Wiltzius, Worster Dean of Science at UCSB, noted the importance of the award. "My congratulations to Professor Lipshutz for receiving the prestigious 2011 Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award," said Wiltzius. "This recognizes his important research in green chemistry aimed at reducing hazardous substances and pollutants in chemical products and processes."

Rick Dahlquist, chair of UCSB's Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, said: "Professor Lipshutz has used his extensive experience in synthetic organic chemistry and, in particular, metal-catalyzed reactions, to develop new technologies that enable several especially useful organic reactions to be run in water only, at room temperature, thereby avoiding costly and environmentally suspect petroleum-based organic solvents. We look forward to his continued development of environmentally friendly methods that allow numerous chemical industries to synthesize important new compounds using these green processes."

Lipshutz joined the faculty at UCSB in 1979.


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Contact: Gail Gallessich
gail.g@ia.ucsb.edu
805-893-7220
University of California - Santa Barbara
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