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Steve Skerlos receives 2020 Green Chemistry Challenge Award



Steve Skerlos

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) and the American Chemical Society (ACS) has announced its selection for the 2020 Green Chemistry Challenge Award. The award has been honoring achievements for 23 years and in that time has only presented it to fewer than two dozen academics. 

The criteria for this award is inventing new technology never used before that has a practical and cost-effective approach to green chemistry, a solution to a real environmental or human health problem, and is transferable to other processes, facilities, or industry sectors. 

Steven Skerlos, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Mechanical Engineering and professor of civil and environmental engineering, has been announced as one of the winners of the 2020 Green Chemistry Challenge Award with his invention of Pure-Cut technology. Pure-Cut is a machining fluid that brings supercritical CO2 technology to machine cutting and uses little to no oil. It can be used on new or existing machining tools and provides a more efficient and greener solution to traditional cutting fluids. 

To learn more about Pure-Cut and how harnessing supercritical CO2 makes this product so powerful, visit the official website.

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