ISGC-2, International Symposium on Green Chemistry was a great success !

ISGC-2 was THE conference in 2013 about green chemistry, renewable carbon and environmentally responsible processes – La Rochelle – 21/24th of May 2013.

550 congressmen and congresswomen of 37 nationalities, 174 speakers from 37 different nationalities and 330 posters.

15 Keynotes with many chemical companies, BASF, Total, Arkema, Chimex, Borregard, Solvay-Rhodia, IFPEN, L’Oreal, Dupont…

See the scientific program :

ISGC2 was THE Green Chemistry Congress that marked the year 2013.

ISGC-2 was organised to facilitate interdisciplinary exchanges, to make it possible for academic and industrial researchers to meet, to disseminate the largest number of research results on the topics of -green chemistry and its widely-discussed ideas over the 4 days.

The pictures of ISGC2 congress

the pictures, 21/05/2013

the pictures, 22/05/2013

the pictures, 23/05/2013

the pictures, 24/05/2013

After the first edition held in Poitiers in 2003, the aim is to broaden the scope of investigation and gathering of eminent scientists in the public and private sectors involved in the field of green chemistry to compare points of view and highlight the actions and the most innovative results for the rational use of biomass.

A first assessment of the international symposium ISGC2

The Organizing Committee and the Scientific Committee ISGC-2, thanks to all participants for their scientific and technical quality contribution. A special mention to the speakers (plenary sessions and keynotes) that well highlighted in their respective fields, recent innovations in all areas of green chemistry. As such, interventions in the industrial sector were also very popular.

This has allowed a symposium green chemistry large scale scientific.

For all these reasons, and because we are at the beginning of a scientific and societal change, we decided to continue the dialogue at the international level. Go to the next international symposium on green chemistry: ISGC-3 ‘in 2015.

Joel & François Barrault JEROME
Chairmen of ISGC-2

Institute of Chemistry (IC2MP)

UMR CNRS-UP 7285, Poitiers, France

ISGC-2 Congress group.

The initial objectives:

The term green chemistry conveys the concept of chemistry for sustainable development. In other words, chemistry that ensures an economic, social and environmental balance of the area where it is located. In particular, it aims 1) at designing products and chemical processes to reduce and eliminate the use and synthesis of hazardous substances and 2) at optimizing the processes (waste valorisation, atom economy, energy and time efficiency…).

Since the definition of the 12 principles of green chemistry, as listed by P. Anastas and J. Warner, green chemistry has grown dramatically and nowadays operates in all areas of society from the societal aspect to the emergence of increasingly innovative and safer technologies, processes and products.

The 1st issue of ISGC, which was founded in 2003, it aims at evaluating the potential use of renewable carbon in chemical processes. Since then, research dedicated to the use of renewable carbon has experienced tremendous development and numerous scientific and technological advances have been made providing access nowadays to chemistry that is even more environmentally friendly and safer still.ISGC is a conference on green chemistry and industrial applications offered by scientific research on this topic.

Sponsors ISGC2

The Aim of ISGC-2

The aim of ISGC-2 is to open up the area of exploration of this conference and to bring together academic and industrial researchers, who are leaders in the field of green chemistry, and to highlight the recent innovative reactions, products and processes developed in the scope of increasingly sustainable and safe green chemistry. This issue will be distinguished by, amongst others, the presence of renowned researchers such as P. Anastas and J. Warner, the founders of the 12
principles of green chemistry, and many leading industrial groups in the sector. These will provide expertise on the economic issues related specifically to the rational use of «renewable» carbon in the context of sustainable development.

ISGC-2 is organized to facilitate interdisciplinary exchanges to enable meetings between academic and industrial researchers to disseminate to the largest number of research findings on topics of green chemistry and ideas discussed during the 4 days.

The scientific challenge: to disseminate knowledge.

Vidéo france 3 23th of May 2013.

Main Highlights

I. Opening of the Symposium by the Chairmen

History of green chemistry in Poitiers and Poitou-Charentes: J. Barrault
Organization and objectives of the Symposium: F. Jerome

Introduction J. Barrault and F. Jerome

Opening ISGC2 by Joel Barrault (IC2MP) and François JEROME (IC2MP).

Ouverture ISGC2

II. First conference by P. Anastas

Title: Green Chemistry-past achievements, current status and Future Opportunities.

Major observation: “We have in this world of matter and energy and that is how we use that our future depends”

Paul Anastas is one of the two founding principles of green chemistry.

III. Inauguration Symposium

J. Barrault & F. Jerome: Chairmen ISGC-2

  • D. Leroy V. AC-pdt La Rochelle
  • S. Royal: Presi dent of the Poitou-Charentes
  • J. Barbier: Presi dent of Pole Eco-industries
  • S. Petit: Director of IC2MP
  • J. Moreau: Dr. Scientific Institute of Chemistry / Representative

Dr. INC and CEO of CNRS

Inauguration ISGC2.

P. Anastas: “Green chemistry in the world, a profound change, an opportunity for the chemical industry and other sectors. Today, they do not ask how much it will cost them, but how green chemistry will allow them to increase their profits. “

Shared by JF Minster, Scientific Director of Total for that opinion “green chemistry has become a market tool, not only in Europe but in the world including China.” He previously presented a lecture entitled: Biomass resources for energy and bioproducts: a world view.

Segolene Royal, President of the Poitou-Charentes Paul Anastas and one of the founders of Green Chemistry.

Ségolène Royal and Paul Anastas

Speech Segolene Royal:

“ In keeping with our Environmental Excellence Policy, it is our pleasure to welcome the International Symposium on Green Chemistry here in La Rochelle, in the Poitou-Charentes region. The symposium, which brings together specialists from all over the planet, is an opportunity for internationally renowned speakers to showcase their research on various aspects of green and sustainable chemistry through a number of top-notch presentations. Not only will this high-level scientific event vindicate our environmental excellence programme, but it will also, hopefully, open up new avenues for green chemistry. It is the future of our planet which is at stake.

A place of environmental excellence, Poitou-Charentes has made Eco-Industries and Eco-Activities top priorities for our region’s economic development. This is why we have created the Regional Eco-Industry Pole, which brings together over 1,000 companies and laboratories, and focuses on three major areas :

  • reducing the consumption of fossil-fuel carbon
  • substituting renewable carbon for fossil-fuel carbon
  • using by-products and waste, viewed as a source of raw materials for the future (circular economy)

The earliest activities of the Eco-Industry Pole resulted in the creation of the Eco-Housing Cluster, which has now become independent in building energy-efficient, or even positive-energy housing and offices, but also in renovating existing buildings.

We have also created Valagro Renewable Carbon, a mixed-economy concern and research laboratory specializing in the fields of oil chemistry, lignocellulose chemistry, polymers, bio-sourced materials and fermentation biochemistry.

Thanks to this concern, the Poitou-Charentes Region has now filed upwards of 50 patents for the industrial development of a green, environment-friendly chemistry. The mere fact that chemical products are present in all sectors of industry proves that research on sustainable chemistry is of paramount importance for the muchneeded ecological conversion.

Moreover, the Poitou-Charentes Region has fostered a Green Chemistry Institute, whose mission is to bring together all the skills in our region, whether public or private, pure or applied, in order to facilitate the ecological conversion of our economy.”

Ségolène ROYAL

Honorary MP, ex-Minister

President of the International Association of French-Speaking Regions

President of the Poitou-Charentes Region

Speech by Jacques Barbier

“The division of eco-industries was established in 2005 to help public and private partners, in particular SMEs, to develop a sustainable economy. To date, the division comprises about 1,000 members, representing at least 25,000 jobs.
Green chemistry and sustainable development is one of the priority actions of the pole due to the will of the Poitou-Charentes region of support actions for the future through the “green growth” program.

Speech by Joel Moreau CNRS (extract):

Multidisciplinarity is a great asset to the organization for
address major scientific issues … The issues of green chemistry lead chemists to exceed the boundaries of their discipline. Green chemistry, renewable carbon, eco-efficient processes, … are also among the 16 priority research and innovation identified by the CNRS, …

The Institute of Chemistry of CNRS initiated about 10 years ago, an interdisciplinary program in Chemistry for Sustainable Development to coordinate different laboratories to expand the fields of investigation and develop international collaborations … our colleague Francois JEROME hosted by the axis “Green Chemistry and Catalysis” …
To address in particular the major economic and social issues, the organization is developing multidisciplinary research programs, “Challenges” are actions CNRS
combine academic partners. New “Challenges” will be quickly put in place for multidisciplinary scientific issues central to the concerns of green chemistry approaches: water, carbon dioxide …

CNRS par IC2MP IV. Preparation of an international network of centers and institutes green chemistry

A meeting and discussions were held during the symposium to examine the possibility of creating such a network. Very favorably was issued by all potential partners contacted, including:

  • P. Anastas – Green Chemistry Institute / USA
  • J. Clark – Center for Excellence in Green Chemistry / UK
  • P. Jessop – Center for Green Chemistry / University Montreal / Canada
  • CJ LI – McGill University – green chemistry center of Quebec / Canada
  • P. Seidl – Green Chemistry Center / Brazil
  • F. Shuth – Max Planck Institute in Mülheim, Germany
  • W. Leitner – Institut für Technische Chemie / Germany
  • B. Salts – Leuven University, Belgium
  • B. Weckhuysen – President of the Catalysis Society / Netherlands
  • T. Zhang – Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics / China
  • S. Kobayas hi – Prof. University of Tokyo / Japan

V. Best Poster Award

A vote was held during the poster sessions. The votes led to the award of two prices (year subscription to the journal Green Chemistry and dedicated to green chemistry manual).

VI. Publication of articles in the journal Green Chemistry

Green Chemistry

The editor of Green Chemistry (RSC Publishing) has exceptionally agreed to publish a special edition with a selection of papers presented at the Symposium. This special edition should
seem at the end of 2013.

Sarah Ruthven, Paul Anastas, Karine Vigier, Francois Jerome

Sarah Ruthven, Editor of Green Chemistry, Paul Anastas, Karine Vigier (IC2MP), François-Jérôme (IC2MP).

VII. Main conclusions of the Round Table

Moderators: Peter and James Clark Monsan
Participants: P. Jessop, F. Schuth, T. Stadler, T. Zhang and A. Piccirilli

The topics covered in this round table were as follows (details in appendix):

  • The availability and use of renewable raw materials (including co-products and waste)
  • Performance and cost of energy and products from renewable
  • Resources fossil versus renewable resources
  • Carbon Dioxide
  • , biogas
  • Need to establish demonstration units
  • Creation of a (standard labels) specific regulations
  • Priorities to implement R & D

VIII. Exhibition “Green Chemistry” – Espace Mendes France

expo EMF

IX. Fair Exhibitors

ISGC is also a lounge exhibitors. It offers the opportunity for companies and institutions to showcase their technical expertise and
their innovations.

Exposants ISGC2

23 exhibitors presented materials and activities throughout the Symposium. A significant attendance, despite use of dense time, has led to many discussions, the discovery of activities and negotiating projects.




150 oral presentations and 330 posters were the scientific program.

The full conference program can be viewed and downloaded from the website:

  • The fundamental aspects of the use of renewable raw materials were presented.
  • Possible approaches towards energy, large intermediaries, products

fine chemicals, as well as some aspects of the formulation have been many giving presentations material discussions.


  • Many areas of applications including scientific and technical locks were presented

by industry stakeholders. This was particularly appreciated by all participants.

  • The concepts of biodiversity and renewable resources should be specified.
  • The use of recycled materials as well as the concept of circular economy should be the object of attention. It is indeed important deposits but quality extremely variable. This underlines the notion of variability of renewable resource based on the place of production and changes in climatic conditions.

  • The enhancement and carbon sequestration: major scientific and technological challenges.
  • Need for research on new modes of activation. Increased use in catalysis, the association

of catalysis, to the simultaneous action of physical and catalytic activation.

  • More focus on the development of biotechnology.
  • Search for new reaction media

  • Process engineering applied to the biomass must be education-focused industrial engineering.
  • The transfer of results (laboratory pilot-industry) should be considered more systematically.

Establishment of demonstration units.

  • Synergy between Research, Development, Industry, Economy, Environment and Society.

Go to the next international symposium on green chemistry:. ISGC-3, 2015

ISGC2 – photos of Congress

F. Aulenta Keynotes BASF.

F Aulenta Keynotes BASF -

Chairman Keynotes BASF.

Chairman keynotes BASF

Room 3 questions …

Room 3 questions

Flash Communication de Profesor Christophe Coutanceau (IC2MP).

ISGC2 – Flash Com du Pr C. Coutanceau IC2MP par IC2MP

Flash Communication de Kevin LOUIS IC2MP.

Flash Communication Kevin Louis ISGC2 La… par IC2MP

Discover the program: 154 Communications 366 posters

Closing ISGC2 Congress by François JEROME with all the conference team (IC2MP).

François JEROME (IC2MP), concluding remarks and the ISGC2 team.

Affiche ISGC-2

For all these reasons, and because we are at the beginning of a scientific and societal change, we decided to continue the dialogue at the international level. Go to the next international symposium on green chemistry: ISGC-3 ‘in 2015.

Joel & François Barrault JEROME
Chairmen of ISGC-2

Joël BARRAULT and François JEROME


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