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    Coffee to biodiesel: A quest for green energy
    (2016) Ramitha, D.M.; Rupasinghe, Y.P.; Fischer, Abbey
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    Sustainability Metric Case Study on Biaryl Bond Formation
    (2016) Danielson, Korbyn M.; Topczewski, Joseph J.
    The most common metric used to measure chemical processes is yield, which does not take into account all inputs. A more holistic view of chemical reactions is needed and a metric based analysis could be used to systematically focus methodological improvements. This project looks at the synthetic efficiency of an industrially relevant bond forming reaction, biaryl formation, and attempts to inventory all inputs used in this reaction. The formation of phenylnaphthalene was studied as a model system to compare carbon-carbon bond formation reactions. The reactions were analyzed based on method, reaction conditions, catalyst composition, reagent loading, and other inputs (energy and solvent). The reactions were classified based on eight possible coupling permutations. The methods included reactions between nucleophilic or electrophilic naphthalene and phenyl derivatives as well as C-H bonds. Via this holistic metric based analysis, reactions with many dissimilar variables will be compared.
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    Immersed in Nature: Recommendations for Mental Health Research
    (2016) Barnes, Michael R.; Donahue, Marie; Shorb, Cameron M.
    With 81% of the population living in cities in the United States, urban populations growing worldwide, and well-being of these residents receiving greater attention, there has been increased demand for information about how our surrounding environment impacts mental health. Informed by research in environmental psychology and urban ecosystem services, our team launched a short-term, high-impact interdisciplinary project that engaged more than 10 researchers and 15 practitioners from urban planning and public health to explore the state-of-the-science and relationships between nature, mental health, and urban design. In this work, we engaged in two major activities: ● Constituted multi-institution, science and practice research network; and ● Reviewed literature on nature’s mental health impacts to identify strengths and weaknesses of existing evidence.