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Ettigounder (Samy) Ponnusamy completed his PhD at the University of Madras (India) in 1982 and postdoctoral studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago (1983-87). In 1988, he joined Sigma-Aldrich as an R&D Scientist and worked on many high value projects at various capacity. Currently Samy is the Fellow in Green Chemistry at MilliporeSigma (formerly Sigma-Aldrich), leading the Green Chemistry Initiatives. Samy’s work was recognized by The Academy of Science St. Louis, awarded an outstanding scientist award in 2011 and also inducted as a Fellow of the Academy of Science St. Louis.
Samy has over 35 years of industrial and academic research experience in developing new products, greener process developments, polymer processing and greener manufacturing from laboratory to pilot plant scales utilizing green chemistry principles. Developed greener syntheses and characterizations of various polymers for targeted drug delivery applications and several of them currently used as active pharmaceutical ingredients by pharma industries. Also Samy and his team developed DOZN system, a Quantitative Green Chemistry Evaluator to calculate the relative greenness of chemical products/processes based on the Twelve Green Chemistry Principles. Also Samy leads the new Greener Alternatives Business Developments at MilliporeSigma. Samy is one of the elected Co-chairs for ACS Green Chemistry Institute’s Chemical Manufacturer Roundtable and also chairs sessions at the annual ACS GCI’s Green Chemistry and Engineering Conferences. Samy is the founder of the Worldwide Green Chemistry Team at Sigma-Aldrich in 2007 and currently leading the Green Chemistry initiatives at MilliporeSigma. Samy has published over 30 scientific papers and awarded 5 US/European Patents and also 3 US Patents pending.