Ragauskas Honored for Work in Green Chemistry by American Chemical Society

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Perhaps there’s no man at Georgia Tech who’s doing more to help prepare mankind for a green future than Art Ragauskas, professor in the School of Chemistry and Biochemistry. To recognize that, the American Chemical Society (ACS) selected him as the winner of the 2014 ACS Award for Affordable Green Chemistry.

“This award is a reflection of the students, researchers and research partners through out the world, along with the Georgia Tech community that I have the honor to collaborate and work with on high priority green research challenges,” said Ragauskas.

Ragauskas works in the realm of converting the kind of plant matter known as lingocellulose into biofuels as well as biobased chemicals and materials that can be used in applications ranging from health care to packing material.

Using plant materials to take the place of plastics in these materials can do wonders for the environment as it lessens our demand for petroleum and creates products that are biodegradable.

“As our fundamental understanding of biomass chemistry is advanced and leveraged with developments in plant genomics, biotechnology, modeling and society's need for sustainable technologies, yesterday's vision of biorefining is becoming today’s reality. My team and I, are honored to participate in this scientific endeavor,” said Ragauskas.

Ragauskas will be honored by the ACS at their National Meeting in Dallas next March.


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  • Created By: Colly Mitchell
  • Created: 10/07/2013
  • Modified By: Fletcher Moore
  • Modified: 10/07/2016


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