The Institute for Green Science, led by Terry Collins, the Teresa Heinz Professor in Green Chemistry, has been established as a research, education and development center in which a holistic approach to green or sustainable chemistry is being developed, focused on pollution reduction. Research programs are evolving around the scientific and technological development of TAML® hydrogen peroxide activators, extensively patented, trademarked and commercialized by Carnegie Mellon University.
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- TAML activators in electrocatalytic oxygen evolution: CMU chemical engineers and chemists collaborate to show that TAML activators, when incorporated into carbon/nafion inks and painted onto the surface of a glassy carbon electrode act as long-lasting oxygen evolving elctrocatalysts.
Electrocatalytic Oxygen Evolution with an Immobilized TAML Activator, Demeter, Ethan; Hilburg, Shayna; Washburn, Newell; Collins, Terrence; Kitchin, John, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2014, 136 (15), pp 5603–5606 DOI: 10.1021/ja5015986
- Building the chemical dimension of a sustainable civilization: the Compass and the Code
Hear Professor Collins discuss his concepts for a Sustainability Compass and a Code of Sustainability Ethics. (GLGCN/MGCC Green Chemistry Webinar: December 11, 2013)
- Graduate student Matthew DeNardo has received one of four 2013 Ciba Travel Award in Green Chemistry
- Collins Named Fellow of the American Chemical Society (Press Release, September 12, 2013)
- Giving screening the green light
By working with toxicologists while they're designing new compounds, chemists can avoid problems further down the chain (Chemistry World, September 27, 2013)(download pdf)
- Terry Collins—Green Chemistry Leader
Echochem, The Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering Event, is presenting an interview with Terry Collins in the run up before the conference in November. (September 30, 2013)
- A new paper in the Journal of Clean Production calls for the submission of manuscripts to a special issue on systematic leadership toward sustainability. The authors are members of the Alliance for Strategic Sustainable Development, which is headquartered at the Blekinge Institute for Technology in Karlskrona, Sweden. Carnegie Mellon's Institute for Green Science is a founding institution.
"Systematic leadership towards sustainability", Göran Broman, Karl-Henrik Robèrt, George Basile, Tobias Larsson, Rupert Baumgartner, Terry Collins, Donald Huisingh, Journal of Cleaner Production (2013)
- TAML activators perform oxidative catalysis when hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) is made in situ by the glucose oxidase enzyme/dioxygen/D-glucose: banana extract can be used instead of glucose.
J. A. Miller, L. Alexander, D. I. Mori, A. D. Ryabov, T. J. Collins, "In situ Enzymatic Generation of H2O2 from O2 for use in Oxidative Bleaching and Catalysis by TAML Activators", New J. Chem. in press, 2013, DOI: 10.1039/C3NJ00525A
- Researchers in the IGS show that TAML/peroxide with surfactants can readily decompose some of the most persistent toxic residual contaminants of the nitroaromatic explosives industry.
TAML Activator /Peroxide Catalyzed Facile Oxidative Degradation of the Persistent Explosives Trinitrotoluene and Trinitrobenzene in Micellar Solutions, Soumen Kundu, Arani Chanda, Sushil K. Khetan, Alexander D. Ryabov, and Terrence J. Collins, Environmental Science and Technology, Environ. Sci. Technol., 2013, 47 (10), pp 5319–5326, DOI: 10.1021/es400062
- Carnegie Mellon-Developed Chemicals That Break Down Water Contaminants Pass Safety Test
Study Finds That TAML® Activators Don't Interfere With Development of Zebrafish Embryos (Press Release, July 22, 2013)
- IGS researchers and collaborators at Oregon State University show how to use zebrafish embryo developmental assays to search for developmental disruption and to identify safer TAML activators for use in water treatment:
Zebrafish Assays as Developmental Toxicity Indicators in the Green Design of TAML Oxidation Catalysts, Lisa Truong, Matthew A. DeNardo, Soumen Kundu, Terrence J. Collins, and Robert L. Tanguay, Green Chemistry, 2013, accepted for publication: DOI:10.1039/C3GC40376A
- An expanded interview on the relative merits of gas vs. renewable energy. (Gas Rush Stories Extra: Renewable Energy Experts, December 2012)
- International Collaboration of Green Scientists, Including Carnegie Mellon's Terry Collins, Proposes Safety Testing System for Development of New Chemicals (Press Release, December 7, 2012)
See also: The Amazing TiPED Team
- Designing endocrine disruption out of the next generation of chemicals, T. T. Schug, R. Abagyan, B. Blumberg, T. J. Collins, D. Crews, P. L. DeFur, S. M. Dickerson,T. M. Edwards, A. C. Gore, L. J. Guillette, T. Hayes, J. J. Heindel, A. Moores, H. B. Patisaul, T. L. Tal, K. A. Thayer, L. N. Vandenberg, J. C. Warner, C. S. Watson, F. S. vom Saal, R. T. Zoeller, K. P. O'Brien, and J. P. Myers, Green Chem., 2013,15, 181-19, DOI: 10.1039/c2gc350
- Terry Collins answers questions on the gas rush with other sustainability experts. (part 13 of the Gas Rush Stories, December 2012)
Recently the Institute for Green Science has developed an online course focused on green chemistry. A beta version of the course, An Introduction to Green Chemistry, is now available free of charge.