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Posted: Jan 03, 2012

Funding opportunity: Sustainable molecular design of chemicals

(Nanowerk News) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as part of its Science to Achieve Results (STAR) program, is seeking applications for an interdisciplinary center focusing on the sustainable molecular design of chemicals (Centers for Sustainable Molecular Design). Funding Opportunity Number: EPA-G2012-STAR-C1. Solicitation Closing Date: April 25, 2012, 11:59:59 pm Eastern Time.
Note: The term "chemicals" broadly refers to any and all types of materials, including individual chemicals, compounds or mixtures of compounds, endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs), and nanomaterials.
The aim of the center will be to develop a set of parameters and strategies that will establish design criteria regarding the properties of chemicals that will lead to the development of intrinsically less hazardous substances when compared to those currently used in society. These newly acquired criteria and design principles will direct researchers towards the generation of novel chemicals that will minimize, and preferably eliminate, associated potential environmental and human health impacts that may occur during the life cycle of that chemical. The advent of these novel chemicals and their respective discovery of correlations between a chemical's inherent properties and their adverse impacts require the development of improved methods for the design of next generation chemicals.
The Center will explore methods, establish knowledge bases, and develop guidance for eliminating and avoiding those attributes or properties of a chemical that most significantly influence their potential impacts. It is also anticipated the guidance for improved design and understanding of inherent chemical properties resulting from research supported under this Request for Applications (RFA) will enable continual improvements in the quality of life without detrimental impairment of public health or the ecosystem. Furthermore, the developed guidance and capability to reduce a substance's ability to manifest hazard will result in substances which are in direct accordance with the principles of sustainability.
Source: EPA
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