Green Chemistry Network Centre (GCNC) was established in the Department of Chemistry,University of Delhi under the recommendation of World Leaders in Green Chemistry headed by Professor Paul Anastas (known as the father of Green Chemistry) with the following aims and objectives :
Build a Network for exchange of expertise, discussion and knowledge between industrialists and academics and between chemists and engineers with interests and expertise relevant to Green Chemistry.
Prepare and disseminate the teaching materials on Green Chemistry for school, college and university levels, with the simultaneous design of laboratory experiments for these levels as well.
Design trainings not just to expose the chemists to the concepts, principles and methodologies of Green Chemistry but also to empower them to bring this new knowledge back to their institution or industries.
Promoting research by taking up Green Chemistry Research Projects from Industry and Government agencies.
Since its inception, this network centre has been working enormously for the development of Green chemistry particularly in India, under the flagship of Prof. R.K. Sharma (Coordinator, GCNC) who has not only contributed by coordinating with various institutions for popularizing Green chemistry but also developed various technologies by virtue of performing research in this
field. In the mission of spreading awareness of Green Chemistry across India, GCNC has been actively involved in organizing workshops and conferences of both national as well as international stature on crucial issues related to Green Chemistry and Sustainable Development every year. For Green Chemistry Networking in India, GCNC even received prestigious IUPAC CHEMRAWN GCI-DEN Grant Award.
Improvement the quality of water has also been one of the prime objectives of this network center and thus within this context Prof. Sharma along with his enthusiastic team members of GCNC have developed sustainable and socio-economic solutions for the problems associated with metal contaminated wastewater. Apart from this, GCNC has also been involved in designing novel organic-inorganic hybrid catalysts for expediting industrially significant organic transformations that lead to the synthesis of bioactive compounds showing antitumour, anticancer and antiblastic activities.