Chemistry is at the heart of everything we do. Our daily routines, the products we use, our very quality of life, are all made possible by the chemical industry—the largest manufacturing sector in the world. At the same time, it is this industry that presents us with our most profound sustainability challenges. Intense energy consumption, CO2 emissions, and resource depletion are just some of the challenges facing the chemical industry that threaten our environment.
So how do we address this dilemma, and continue to enjoy our quality of life, without damaging the environment? The solution: Green Chemistry.
Green chemistry is “smart” chemistry that encourages the design of products and processes that reduce waste, provide safer products and reduce the use of energy and resources.
At GreenCentre Canada, we take a “hands on” approach to commercializing emerging Green Chemistry innovations originating from academia and industry. Our job is to transform these breakthroughs into green products, services, and industries to enhance our quality of life and preserve our environment for existing and future generations.
How do we do this?
Our collaboration with industry members combined with our real world experience in product, application and business development, intellectual property management, and scale-up manufacturing, offers researchers and entrepreneurs the expertise and resources they need to advance their technologies to market. For industry, we are a “one-stop-shop” to Canada’s best chemistry and material science technologies, offering convenient access to intellectual property and a suite of technical, business and IP related services.
Formed in 2009 and funded by the governments of Ontario and Canada, and industry, GreenCentre is a member of the Ontario Network of Excellence (ONE) and the Centres of Excellence for Commercialization and Research (CECR). GreenCentre’s product and application development activities are housed in a 10,000 square foot facility dominated by state-of-the-art web labs with solvent-handling systems, inert atmosphere glove boxes and standard analytical equipment. GreenCentre is located at Innovation Park at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada.
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