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UO-produced Video Points Students Toward Sustainable Industry

Jim Hutchison tackles both the definition and its application in the production of metals in a newly produced educational video for the Materials Research Society.  "The video was developed to encourage undergraduates to consider sustainability as part of their studies early in their academic careers," Hutchison said. "It starts by making the case that sustainability is an important challenge for future generations. It then describes the need to consider the lifecycle of materials and products as an integral part of sustainable design."  Follow link below to complete article and video.

Recent Hutchlab Paper Offers New Insights on Controlling Nanoparticle Stability

EUGENE, Ore. — (Dec. 9, 2013) — University of Oregon chemists studying the structure of ligand-stabilized gold nanoparticles have captured fundamental new insights about their stability. The information, they say, could help to maintain a desired, integral property in nanoparticles used in electronic devices,

where stability is important, or to design them so they readily condense into thin films for such things as inks or catalysts in electronic or solar devices.

In a project — detailed in the Nov. 27 issue of the Journal of Physical Chemistry C — doctoral student Beverly L. Smith and James E. Hutchison, who holds the Lokey-Harrington Chair in Chemistry at the UO, analyzed how nanoparticle size and molecules on their surfaces, called ligands, influence structural integrity under rising temperatures.

Hutchison to serve as Associate Editor for new journal - Environmental Science: Nano

The Royal Society of Chemistry is very pleased to announce Jim Hutchison as one of the Associate Editors for their journal Environmental Science:  Nano...A unique journal dedicated to nanomaterial interactions with biological and environmental systems.

New Labs for Integrative Science

A new facility dedicated to integrative science activities at the University of Oregon is now under construction. The Lewis Integrative Science Building is slated for completion by fall 2012 and will house facilities for nanotechnology, solar energy, neuroscience, and molecular biology research. Check out the construction webcam and find out more about the research and researchers on the integrative science website.

Logo Design Contest: Win $150

The Green Product Design Network (GPDN)–one of the UO's "Big Ideas"– is sponsoring a logo design competition and invites UO students in any discipline and community members to enter. The designer(s) of the winning logo will receive a $150 prize.

The GPDN logo will be used on written correspondence and reports produced by the GPDN, and will serve as our avatar on Facebook, Twitter and Ning (and any future social media tools). Information about the Green Product Design Network and details about the logo contest are available at both the GPDN's Facebook page and Ning site.

The deadline for submission is 5 p.m. on Friday, November 5, 2010.  Please visit the links above for more information about how to submit your entries.

Science Pub Eugene

Nanotechnology: New Science for Society and the Environment with Jim Hutchison
Thursday, October 14, 2010
7:00–9:00 p.m.
Cozmic Pizza
199 W 8th Ave.
Come early if you want to order food and drinks and get a seat!
Cheap and clean energy. Reduced environmental pollution. Greater computing power. Solutions to world hunger and national security. Cures for devastating diseases such as cancer. All of these could result from nanotechnology, a promising new field involving the design and manipulation of matter at the molecular and atomic levels. But there are plenty of uncertainties about how nanomaterials might affect human health and the environment. Learn more about nanotechnology’s potential benefits and how scientists are dealing with the risks.

Jim Hutchison's research interests include preparation and study of nanoscale materials. His work has been instrumental in developing the UO’s nation-leading program in “green” (environmentally-benign) organic chemistry.
NOTE: This is an updated performance of the Science Pub on Nanotechnology held in June 2007.

Green Chemistry Report Released

Oregon Green Chemistry Advisory Group (convened by the Oregon Environmental Council) releases report Advancing Green Chemistry in Oregon on August 2, 2010. See the report here.

The report is the outcome of a six-month study by the Oregon Green Chemistry Advisory Group, which was convened by Oregon Environmental Council and is comprised of leaders from industry, academia, public agencies and non-governmental organizations, including Jim Hutchison. The advisory group believes its recommendations will further the development of green chemistry in Oregon—and help the state maintain its place as a leader of sustainable business.

Excerpt from Bend Bulletin, "Making chemistry less chemical" on August 2, 2010 regarding the release of the report:

"At the core, green chemistry is about designing new materials that are safer for human health and the environment," says Jim Hutchison.

A common example, he said, is the compostable plastics that are made from corn instead of petroleum products, or cleaning solutions that aren't toxic to the environment.

"Every consumer product is chemical in some way," Hutchison said. "If we can think about the impacts that those have on the environment and on human health, and think about design at the front end so we design materials that maximize performance and minimize the impact, that's really the goal."

That can be anything from reducing the amount of water or energy used to make a product, he said, or determining how to reduce waste in the manufacturing process.

Growing Green Chemistry in Oregon

Join Oregon Environmental Council and Zero Waste Alliance to learn about green chemistry and how it can help Oregon businesses create and produce cleaner, safer chemicals, materials and products.

NEW DATE: Wednesday, October 13
7:30 to 9:30 a.m.
Location: UO's White Stag Building, Portland OR

Oregon companies are already using green chemistry to make greener footwear, plywood and cleaning products—and there are even more opportunities for businesses in the state to boost their environmental performance, competitiveness, and profitability. Green chemistry can help expand Oregon's knowledge-based economy and strengthen our nationally-recognized leadership in sustainable industries.

Take advantage of this opportunity to learn about the benefits of green chemistry from leading experts including:

  • Paul Anastas, US EPA
  • Jim Hutchison, University of Oregon
  • John Frazier, Nike, Inc.

Tickets: $35.00, includes refreshments.

Click here for registration info.

Technology Start Ups Workshop

Four-Day Workshop: Innovation to Venture

Date: June 12-15, 2010
Location: Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR
For more information: Workshop Website

Oregon Nanoscience and Microtechnologies Institute and the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance are hosting a 4-day intensive workshop in June. The workshop is open to founders of technology start ups, including student and faculty-led teams, interested in advancing their technology down the commercialization path.

Greener Nanoscience Conference

GN10: 5th Annual Greener Nanoscience Conference

Time: June 16, 2010 at 6pm to June 18, 2010 at 5pm

Location: White Stag Building/UO Portland

City/Town: Portland, Oregon

Website or Map: Conference Website
Organized By: The Safer Nanomaterials and Nanomanufacturing Initiative (SNNI)

This conference brings together academics, industrialists and policymakers to discuss approaches to developing economically viable, environmentally benign methods to advance nanotechnology. If you are interested in learning about nanotechnology or how to adopt strategies to develop inherently safer, greener nanomaterials, then this conference is for you.