Green and safer product chemistry grants

Green chemistry intern checking liquid in a labGreen Chemistry & Engineering Internship grant

Claros Technologies (St. Paul), a company developing advanced materials, was selected as the host for the 2021 grant. The intern will assist Claros with green chemistry-based improvements to desorption of per and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) from their high-efficiency sorbent. The project will also explore improvements in its subsequent process to destroy the removed PFAS through defluorination.

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Background

Through these grants, both the host organization and an intern gain experience in advancing the practice of green chemistry and engineering, applied to one or more products or components in any way that supports improved, safer product chemistry.

Grant projects may include work like this:

  • Life cycle comparison of candidate materials
  • Support safety and/or performance testing of alternative materials or designs
  • Work with design, manufacturing, and cross-functional teams to assess the supply and cost of new materials
  • Catalog supplier safety data sheets and certifications as part of green/sustainable purchasing initiatives
  • Update inventories of chemical regulations and support audits of internal and supply chain compliance
  • Learn and perform hazard and alternatives assessment processes
  • Support sales and marketing of reformulated products

MPCA staff work with partners across North America to recruit students or recent graduates from scientific/technical programs at universities and colleges, creating a pool of candidates from which the company awarded a grant may select for interviews and an eventual offer for their position. Organizations may also recruit independently. The intern works with a mentor within the organization for 10-12 weeks during the summer—or beyond that, if the host and intern agree.

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