Using Water to Replace Organic Solvents: Switchable Water

Using Water to Replace Organic Solvents: Switchable Water

Business & Innovation Channel: Green Chemistry Series


A simple solution of salt and water can break emulsions and separate organic solutes. However, the energy required to remove the water of these solvents is very high and makes purifying the waste water more expensive. Join Dr. Philip Jessop, Technical Director of GreenCentre Canada for a discussion on aqueous solutions of switchable ionic strength and several of their many applications.

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What You Will Learn

  • What additive is contained in “switchable water” and how it works
  •  How the additive can be changed depending on the application
  •  How “switchable water” can be used to solve problems in mining, wastewater treatment, desalination, catalysis, and other applications.
  • And much more…


Webinar Details

Date: Thursday, March 28, 2013

Time: 2:00-3:00 pm ET

Fee: Free


Meet Your Experts

Dr. Philip Jessop is a Canada Research Chair at Queen’s University and the Technical Director of GreenCentre Canada.  His research interests include green solvents and the chemistry of CO2 and H2.  Recent distinctions include the NSERC Polanyi Award, a Killam Research Fellowship, and the Canadian Green Chemistry & Engineering Award.  Dr. Jessop helped create GreenCentre Canada, a centre for the commercialization of green chemistry technologies.



Dr. Joseph Fortunak is an organic chemist. He spent 21 years in the pharmaceutical industry, most recently as head of global chemical development at Abbott Labs.  Dr. Fortunak is a professor at Howard University, specializing in green chemistry and global access to medicines. He works with organizations including the WHO, UNITAID, the Clinton Foundation, and the Kilimanjaro School of Pharmacy.





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