The National Science Foundation’s Investment in Sustainable Chemistry, Engineering, and Materials

TitleThe National Science Foundation’s Investment in Sustainable Chemistry, Engineering, and Materials
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsWhite AA, Platz MS, Aruguete DM, Jones SL, Madsen LD, Wesson RD
JournalACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering
Volume1
Issue8
Pagination871 - 877
Date Published08/2013
ISSN2168-0485
Abstract

In 2012, the National Science Foundation (NSF) created a new cross-directorate initiative—Sustainable Chemistry, Engineering, and Materials (SusChEM)—within its Science, Engineering and Education for Sustainability (SEES) portfolio. SusChEM aims to support the discovery of new science and engineering that will provide humanity with a safe, stable, and sustainable supply of chemicals and materials sufficient to meet future global demand. While NSF has historically supported research in this area, the SusChEM effort elevates this interest to a priority. In particular, NSF will support the discovery of new science and engineering that will (1) improve the harvesting and processing of natural resources, (2) develop replacement and substitute chemicals and materials for those that are scarce, toxic, and/or expensive, (3) extend the lifetime of materials through improved durability, (4) reduce energy consumption through improved catalysis, and (5) discover low-energy means of recycling, repurposing, recovering, and reusing chemicals and materials. This article provides an overview of the sustainability challenges that the mathematical, physical, and geological science and engineering communities are well poised to address and presents the National Science Foundation’s vision of the SusChEM initiative.

DOI10.1021/sc400002r
Short TitleACS Sustainable Chem. Eng.