Nanotech 2011

Green Chemistry and Sustainability

James Clark

James Clark

Director, Green Chemistry Centre of Excellence for Industry

University of York

United Kingdom

James Clark obtained his BSc and PhD degrees in Chemistry from Kings College in London. Following research posts in Canada and the UK he moved to York, England where he was awarded a Professorship in 1994. He has been at the forefront of the Green Chemistry since its beginnings in the 1990s and founded the Green Chemistry Journal (, the Green Chemistry Network, GCN (, and the Green Chemistry Centre , GCC ( He is currently the Director of the GCC and the President of the GCN as well as the editor-in-chief of the Royal Society of Chemistry Green Chemistry Book Series. The GCC has over 70 graduates working on green and sustainable chemistry research, education, networking and industrial liaison; the Centre is structured into four technology platforms - Microwave Chemistry, Natural Solvents, Clean Synthesis and Renewable Materials as well as a Training Education and Networking Platform. James has published over 400 articles and is the author or editor of about 20 books, and has given Plenary lectures worldwide. He has been awarded numerous honours and distinctions including a Royal Academy of Engineering Fellowship, the John Jeyes and Society of Chemical Industry Environment medals, and the Prince of Wales award for Innovation as well as Clean Technology Awards from the EU and the Royal Society of Arts, Manufacture and Commerce. James has advised many multinational companies on sustainability and green technologies, and is a member of the UK Chemical Stakeholders Forum.

Co-chairing the symposium on Green Chemistry & Materials.

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