Prajakatta Mulay, a graduate student from Dr. Judit Puskas’s group has recently been accepted to the American Chemical Society (ACS) Summer School on Green Chemistry & Sustainable Energy. The program will be held this year July 10-17 at the Colorado School of Mines in Golden, Colorado.
The ACS summer school on green chemistry is a competitive program offered to graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, and industry members from the United States, Canada, and Latin America. Hosted by the Colorado School of Mines, the program consists of five days of: lectures from green chemistry and sustainable energy experts, laboratories, collaborative projects, poster sessions, case studies, discussions, two poster sessions, a whitewater rafting trip, and lots of opportunity for networking with all the expenses paid. This program teaches global sustainability challenges with a focus on sustainable energy.
The research focus of Dr Puskas’s group is synthesis of green(er) biomaterials for healthcare applications and enzyme-catalyzed polymer functionalization for targeted drug delivery. Prajakatta is working on the synthesis of polymer-based diagnostic agent conjugates by enzyme catalysis for breast cancer targeted delivery. This project employs principles of green chemistry by using enzyme catalysis for synthesizing breast cancer diagnostic agents. Attending this summer school will definitely aid her current research and also help her in developing a broader outlook towards a green chemistry. She is also looking forward to meeting new people who share the same enthusiasm and aptitude towards green chemistry as me.