Green 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.
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.
The 2020 internship supported St. Paul-based host company Sasya in further developing fermentation biocatalysts that convert feedstocks into nutritional supplements which are in high demand in agriculture.
MPCA awarded the 2019 Green Chemistry & Engineering Summer Internship Grant to Healthy Building Network for a project expanding their Pharos and Data Commons tools.
MPCA awarded the 2018 Green Chemistry & Engineering Summer Internship Grant to remooble, a 2017 start-up company based in Maple Grove that develops safe and effective paint, ink and adhesive removers for retail sale.
MPCA awarded a $9,500 grant to Ecolab to support a green chemistry and engineering intern project at the company’s Eagan facility in 2017.