2014 Sustainable Chemical Technologies Summit

Tuesday September 30 and Wednesday October 1, 2014

About the Summit

The Duncan and Suzanne Mellichamp Academic Initiative in Sustainable Materials and Product Design at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB), in partnership with the Center for the Sustainable Use of Renewable Feedstocks (CenSURF) and the Chemical Life Cycle Collaborative (CLiCC), will host the inaugural UCSB Sustainable Chemical Technologies Summit. It will be held at the Corwin Pavilion on the UCSB campus. This first-of-a-kind event will bring together internationally-renowned experts in green chemistry and engineering, environmental science and techno-economic analysis to discuss new strategies for sustainable manufacturing, with a special emphasis on chemicals and materials and considering their entire life-cycles.


Chemicals constitute the material basis of goods and services essential for human well-being in modern society. Chemical manufacturing supplies essential components in sectors as diverse as energy, clean water, high volume as well as high performance materials, consumer products and modern medicines. The Sustainable Chemical Technologies Summit will engage leaders from academia, government, and industry, to analyze barriers and define opportunities for new technologies to contribute to a safer, cleaner, and more sustainable chemical industry.

Organizing committee

Susannah Scott, Professor of Chemical Engineering and Professor of Chemistry & Biochemistry, holds the Mellichamp Chair in Sustainable Catalytic Processing at UC Santa Barbara. Her research focuses on the design of efficient catalytic reactions with high chemical selectivity and low energy requirements. She earned her Ph.D. at Iowa State University and a NATO postdoctoral fellowship held at the Institut de recherches sur la catalyse in Lyon, France. She joined the faculty of the University of Ottawa (Canada) in 1994 and moved to UC Santa Barbara in 2003. She directs the NSF Partnership in International Research and Education in Electron Chemistry and Catalysis at Interfaces (PIRE-ECCI), a collaborative graduate research and education program with partners in China, and was appointed as a Senior Visiting International Professor of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2012. She is the recipient of a Polanyi Prize in Chemistry, a Cottrell Scholar Award, and a Union Carbide Innovation Recognition Award. She was a Miller Visiting Research Professor at UC Berkeley in 2001. She serves as an Associate Editor for the journal ACS Catalysis.

Peter Ford, Professor of Chemistry & Biochemistry, is Director of the NSF Center for the Sustainable Use of Renewable Feedstocks (CenSURF), headquartered at UC Santa Barbara. His research focuses on photochemistry, catalytic reactions and mechanisms of transition metal complexes, including the catalytic conversion of biomass feedstocks to chemicals and fuels. Ford joined UC Santa Barbara’s Department of Chemistry after earning his Ph.D. at Yale and a postdoctoral fellowship at Stanford. He served as a Visiting Fellow at the Australian National Univ., Guest Professor at the Univ. Copenhagen, a von Humboldt -Stiftung US Senior Scientist at Univ. Regensburg and Univ. Muenster, and Guest Investigator at the US National Cancer Institute. In 1992, Ford received the Richard C. Tolman Medal of the American Chemical Society, followed in 2008 by the Inter-American Photochemical Society Award in Photochemistry, and in 2013 by the American Chemical Society’s National Award for Distinguished Service in the Advancement of Inorganic Chemistry.

Sangwon Suh is Professor of the Bren School of Environmental Science & Management and Director of the EPA’s Chemical Life Cycle Collaborative (CLiCC) at UC Santa Barbara. His research focuses on the sustainability of the human-nature complexity through understanding materials and energy exchanges between them. He obtained his Ph.D. at Leiden University in the Netherlands, and joined the faculty of the University of Minnesota in 2005. He accepted his current position at UCSB’s Bren School in 2010. Since 2009, he has served as one of the 28 members of the International Resources Panel of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), and is the coordinating lead author of the Assessment Report 5 by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). He is a member of the working groups of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the World Resources Institute (WRI)/World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) in their efforts towards carbon footprint standardization (ISO 14064 and GHG protocol). He received the Robert A. Laudise Prize of the International Society for Industrial Ecology in 2009.He serves as an Associate Editor for the Journal of Industrial Ecology and the International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment.

Topical areas

Green Chemistry            Renewable Feedstocks               

Sustainable Products              Sustainability Assessment and Design

Confirmed speakers

  • Mahdi Abu-Omar, R.B. Wetherill Professor of Chemistry, and Professor of Chemical Engineering, Associate Director of the Center for the Direct Conversion of Biomass to Biofuels (C3Bio), Purdue University, "Sustainability through Catalysis: Making Biofuels and Chemicals from Biomass"
  • Bhavik Bakshi, Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, and Director of the Center for Resilience, The Ohio State University, "Seeking Synergies Between Technological and Ecological Systems for Sustainability"
  • Robert Brown, Professor of Mechanical Engineering, and Director of the Bioeconomy Institute, Iowa State University, "Thermal Fractionation of Biomass into Biorenewable Fuels and Chemicals"
  • Eugene Chen, Millennial Professor of Polymer Science and Sustainability, and Director of the Center for Sustainable Polymers and Monomers, Colorado State University, "Towards Green Routes to Sustainable Polymeric Materials, Fine Chemicals, and Liquid Fuels"
  • Peter Ford, Professor of Chemistry & Biochemistry, and Director of the Center for the Sustainable Use of Renewable Feedstocks (CenSURF), University of California, Santa Barbara, "An Overview of CenSURF, NSF Center for the Sustainable Use of Renewable Feedstocks"
  • John Holladay, Manager, Biomass Sector, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, "Energy Carriers for Sustainable Transportation"
  • István Horváth, Professor of Chemistry, City University of Hong Kong, "Green or Sustainable or Suitable Chemistry and Engineering?"
  • Shawn Hunter, Sustainability and New Business Development Leader, The Dow Chemical Company, "Developing Solutions to World Challenges Via Life Cycle Thinking: From the How to the What"
  • Thomas Jaramillo, Professor of Chemical Engineering, Stanford University, "Catalyzing New Routes for the Sustainable Production of Fuels and Chemicals"
  • Henry King, Science and Technology Leader for Sustainability, Unilever, UK, "Life Cycle Assessment in Unilever: Experiences and Challenges"
  • Cliff Kubiak, Harold C. Urey Chair in Chemistry, University of California, San Diego, "Earth-Abundant Transition Metal Catalysts for the Conversion of CO2 to CO, HCOOH, and Liquid Fuels"
  • Alissa Park, Lenfest Chair in Applied Climate Science, and Interim Director of the Lenfest Center for Sustainable Energy, The Earth Institute, Columbia University, "Towards Sustainable Energy and Materials: Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage"
  • Joe Powell, Chief Scientist Chemical Engineering, Shell Global, "Sustainable Energy and Chemicals: Responsibly Engineering the Future"
  • Susannah Scott, Mellichamp Professor of Sustainable Catalytic Processing, University of California, Santa Barbara, "Integrating Chemistry, Engineering, Economics and Communication for Sustainability"
  • Sabrina Spatari, Professor of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering, Drexel University, "Technological, Climate Change and Sustainability Aspects of Future Transportation Fuels"
  • Vojislav Stamenkovic, Technical Lead, Materials Science Division, Argonne National Laboratory, "Energy and Fuels from Tailored Electrochemical Interfaces"
  • Sangwon Suh, Professor in the Bren School of Environmental Science & Management, and Director of the Chemical Life Cycle Collaborative (CLiCC), University of California, Santa Barbara, "Toward the Open-Access Tool for Rapid Life Cycle Assessment of Chemicals"
  • André Taylor, Professor of Chemical and Environmental Engineering, Yale University, "High Performance Carbon- and Organic-Based Materials for Energy Conversion and Storage"

Contact Us

For more information on the 2014 Sustainable Chemical Technologies Summit, please contact Conference Manager Leslie Edwards at 805-893-3944, email edwards [at] engineering.ucsb.edu or Britta Dysart at 805-893-5177, email britta [at] engineering.ucsb.edu.

Summit Registration

Registration is now closed. Please join us in 2015!