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Green ChemisTree Foundation led a five-day Green Chemistry Awareness Workshop in Sri Lanka, under the “Yale-UNIDO Train the Facilitator Programme”

pic3Sri Lanka experienced a wave of Green Chemistry knowledge through an intensive Workshop organised under the aegis of “Global Green Chemistry Initiative (GGCI)” led by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) in partnership with the Centre for Green Chemistry and Green Engineering at Yale University, USA.

Green ChemisTree Foundation is honoured to have received the opportunity of conducting this Workshop, as led by Mr. Nitesh Mehta, Co- Founder and Director of Green ChemisTree Foundation and assisted by Ms. Karolina Mellor, Project Manager at Centre for Green Chemistry and Green Engineering at Yale University. The Workshop was hosted by the National Cleaner Production Centre (NCPC), Sri Lanka, under the dynamic leadership of Mr. Mr. Gamini Gunasekera, Chairman, NCPC; Mr. Samantha Kumarasena, CEO, NCPC; and their enthusiastic team at NCPC.

This intensive facilitators’ training initiative was attended by a diverse group of senior representatives from Academia, Industry, Govt. bodies, Institute of Ceylon; and Gujarat Cleaner Production Centre.

The workshop covered all depths of green chemistry right from its role in sustainable development to green chemistry principles and their industrial implementation. The workshop gave the participants an insight into various concepts like Life Cycle Assessments, GC&E tools, techniques and metrics, etc. The content for the Workshop was designed by Center for Green Chemistry & Green Engineering at Yale, and incorporated relevant topics such as toxicity, catalysis, solvent and its impact on process greenness, green solvents, industrial ecology, use of renewable resources, etc.

The five day intensive workshop triggered the understanding and the necessity of implementing green chemistry, making way for ideas from diverse sectors that participated. The participants from academia started to think in the direction of initiating a dedicated course on Green Chemistry, while Govt. bodies flagged an idea of Sri Lanka to become a “green-knowledge-economy” driven country. Industrial participants shared as to how the workshop have opened up them to various tools and techniques for working towards developing green products and processes. The key outcome from this deliberation has been the start of pro-active dialogue amongst diverse stakeholders to come together for collectively working towards creating sustainable development through Green Chemistry implementation in Sri Lanka.


Reduction Chemistry made profit-centric by Newreka’s Platform Technology #2

You may remember reading about Newreka’s Platform Technology #1. It is now time to discuss Platform Technology #2 for Nitro to Amine reduction.

Chemistry : Aromatic Nitro to Amine reduction

Applicable : When the nitro is soluble in water and amine is soluble in alkaline solution

‘Greener’ alternative to conventional approach :

  • The nitro is reduced in water in the presence of Newreka’s proprietary catalyst “G-Cat”
  • The pH is made alkaline, i.e. neutralization takes place. The spent G-Cat is filtered out and the product is isolated
    and then filtered out
  • The acidic mother liquor then undergoes “R-Cat” processing and purification to remove organic and inorganic
    impurities. It is then recycled into the reaction vessel where it originally came from.

Products that can benefit from this technology :

  Molecule   Nitro   CAS no   Amine   CAS no
  MPDSA   1,3-Dinitro-4-sulphonic
  89-02-1   1,3-diamino-4-
sulphonic acid
  DASDA   4,4’-dinitro stilbene-2,
2’-disulphonic acid
  3709-43-1   4,4’-diamino stilbene-
2,2’-disulphonic acid
  PABA   4-nitro benzoic acid   62-23-7   4-amino benzoic acid   150-13-0
  DCAP   2,6-dichloro-4-nitro
  618-80-4   2,6-dichloro-4-amino
  FC ACID   4-amino-4’-nitro diphenyl
amine-2-sulphonic acid
  91-29-2   4,4’-diamino diphenyl
amine-2-sulphonic acid
  DABA   3,5- dinitro benzoic acid   99-34-3   3,5-diamino benzoic acid   535-87-5
  4-CAP   4-chloro-2-nitro phenol   89-64-5   4-chloro-2-amino phenol   95-85-2
  OAPSA   2-nitro phenol 4 sulphonic
  96-93-5   2-amino phenol 4-
sulphonic acid

Successfully Industrialized :

10+ recycles at Dye and Dye intermediate plant with E-Factor over 25