Sustainable chemistry topic of April 3 lecture

Dr. Mo Hunsen

Dr. Mo Hunsen

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Dr. Mo Hunsen, chair of the Department of Chemistry at Kenyon College in Ohio, will talk about “Sustainable Chemistry and Business in the United States and Africa” at 3 p.m. Wednesday, April 3, in Room 1220 of the Chemistry Building on the campus of Western Michigan University.

Hunsen's research interests focus on green chemical and enzymatic catalysis in carbohydrate and polymer chemistry, and the use of natural, product-based prevention of cancer and Alzheimer’s disease. Hunsen has a passion for exploring how green and sustainable chemistry and technology could serve as a platform for green businesses that transform cheap and abundant natural resources to value-added products.

Hunsen is currently associate editor of Green and Sustainable Chemistry and on the editorial board of Organic Chemistry Current Research and the e-journal International Journal of African Development at WMU. He received a Ph.D. in organic chemistry from Michigan State University in 2001.

His talk is part of the second annual Distinguished Lecture on Africa Series made possible by WMU's Center for African Development Policy Research. The talk is being co-sponsored by WMU’s departments of Economics and Chemistry, the Graduate College, and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

For more information, contact Dr. Sisay Asefa, director of WMU's Center for African Development Policy Research, at or (269) 387-5556.

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