Atlantic Centre for Green Chemistry

Atlantic Centre for Green Chemistry

The Atlantic Centre for Green Chemistry was established in 2010 at Saint Mary's University. The main purpose of the centre is to advance basic and applied research in the area of Green Chemistry that will in turn contribute to the application of chemical products and processes that use benign substances, reduce waste and energy consumption, and make the most efficient use of non-renewable resources; offering industry a clean sustainable alternative to traditional chemical and manufacturing processes. The Centre will advocate the benefits to industry and the public.

Green Chemistry, also called sustainable chemistry, is a chemical philosophy encouraging the design of products and processes that reduce or eliminate the use and generation of hazardous substances. Consumer goods and services, energy, transportation, agriculture and medicine are available to us because of the products manufactured by the chemical industry. This sector is looking to innovation that can address the global challenges of climate change and sustainability.

The Atlantic Centre for Green Chemistry aims to be a nexus for Green Chemical research, outreach, and education with a focus on:

  • Providing a research hub for the development of Green and Sustainable Chemistry within the Atlantic Canada
  • Facilitating research opportunities and funding for researchers interested in Green Chemistry
  • Developing outreach materials for chemistry teachers within the Atlantic Canada
  • Providing a research niche to recruit undergraduate and graduate students and members' institutions
  • Providing a unique applied research and instructional facility that is recognized by industry as a leader in Green Chemistry