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Educating Leaders

The ACS GCI Pharmaceutical Roundtable puts a priority on educating and influencing current and future pharmaceutical leaders on the business and scientific value of green chemistry and engineering within the industry.

Online Learning Platform

The Roundtable is now steward of an educational website developed by a European public-private partnership dedicated to the development of manufacturing sustainable pharmaceuticals: the Chem21 Learning Platform. The platform is an excellent resource for medicinal and process chemists who are interested in learning about how to make the synthesis of active pharmaceutical ingredients greener.

Go to the Chem21 Learning Platform

Training Workshops

Roundtable member company chemists offer regular training workshops at ACS National Meetings, universities, member campuses and other locations. Check back frequently for upcoming events.

Upcoming Workshops

Workshops at the Spring 2020 National Meeting in Philadelphia, PA

March 22-25, 2020 – Workshop TBA


Roundtable members actively participate in scientific conferences around the world and present on green chemistry in the pharmaceutical industry.

Upcoming Presentations

6th Industrial Green Chemistry World – Convention and Ecosystem

October 16-17, 2019, India


Peter J. Dunn Award for Green Chemistry & Engineering Impact in the Pharmaceutical Industry

The Peter J. Dunn Award was established in 2016 by the ACS GCI Pharmaceutical Roundtable (ACS GCIPR) to recognize excellence in the research, development and execution of pharmaceutical green chemistry that demonstrates compelling environmental, safety and efficiency improvements over current technologies. The award was established in honor of Peter J. Dunn of Pfizer (for whom it was subsequently named).

The Award intends to recognize greener synthetic routes toward API or intermediates, reaction conditions, and chemical or manufacturing technologies as applied at meaningful scale to a pharmaceutical process.

The submission should highlight the accomplishment relative to the design principles of green chemistry at meaningful scale and detail its significance (e.g., in yield, waste reduction, robustness, environmental impact, reduction of toxic and/or hazardous chemicals, etc.).

The 2020 award will be presented at the 24th Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference in Seattle, Washington, June 16-18, 2020, where the recipient will be invited to share their technology in an oral presentation. The recipient’s transportation, lodging, and registration fees for the conference are reimbursable up to $2,500 USD (following ACS guidelines).


The Peter J. Dunn Award recognizes the accomplishments of individuals—whether they be individual contributions or as part of team efforts. Therefore, the ACS GCIPR strongly encourages individuals to apply.

The goal is to recognize both pioneering industrial scientists, as well as the best of green chemistry innovations, to inspire all pharmaceutical (or agricultural) scientists to ever greater sustainability. Innovations listed cannot be previous winners of the EPA’s Green Chemistry Challenge Awards.

How to Apply

Download the Nomination Form

The deadline for submitting applications is 5 p.m. (EDT), Friday, January 31, 2020. Please send your application in a single PDF file to with “Peter J. Dunn Award Application – [applicant’s last name]” in the subject line.

A panel of industrial peers will evaluate the applications.

Chemistry enhances lives across the globe and green chemistry is the path to enhanced sustainability. The ACS GCIPR looks forward to receiving your submission to be considered as the best at pharmaceutical green chemistry development.

ACS GCI Pharmaceutical Roundtable Student Travel Awards

The Roundtable provides $1,000 travel awards to graduate students and postdoctoral scholars who are selected to present in a “Making Organic Chemistry More Sustainable” symposium at the 24th Annual Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference to be held June 16-18, 2019 in Seattle, Washington. Please check back for more information in December 2019.

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