Rowan engineering team takes top paper award

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Rowan University College of Engineering students Anthony Furiato ('08), of Shrewsbury; Kyle Lynch ('09), of Cranford; and Timothy Moroz ('08), of Toms River, won the 12th Annual Green Chemistry and Engineering Conference student paper competition for "Green Engineering Design for the Recovery of Solvents in API Manufacturing."

Rowan University College of Engineering students Anthony Furiato ('08), of Shrewsbury; Kyle Lynch ('09), of Cranford; and Timothy Moroz ('08), of Toms River, won the 12th Annual Green Chemistry and Engineering Conference student paper competition for "Green Engineering Design for the Recovery of Solvents in API Manufacturing."

The paper, which Lynch presented in June at the conference in Washington, D.C., earned the chemical engineering students a $1,000 prize. The students' paper, completed in conjunction with Rowan chemical engineering professors Drs. Mariano Savelski and C. Stewart Slater, focused on work they did with Pfizer, Inc. to improve the environmental profile of the manufacturing process for the active ingredient in the top-selling arthritis pain medication Celebrex® (celecoxib).

Working with scientists and engineers from Pfizer's Global Manufacturing Division headquarters in New York City, its Global Engineering group in Peapack, N.J., and its manufacturing site in Barceloneta, Puerto Rico, the team evaluated alternative approaches for solvent recovery in an effort to help reduce the net quantity of solvent waste from the manufacturing process.

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