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Green Chemistry

John Warner

John Warner

President and Chief Technology Officer
Warner Babcock Institute for Green Chemistry & Beyond Benign Foundation

John Warner received his BS in Chemistry from UMASS Boston and his MS and PhD in Organic Chemistry from Princeton University. He worked at the Polaroid Corporation in exploratory research and media research for 10 years. In 1997 he accepted a position at the University of Massachusetts (Chemistry, Boston Campus and Plastics Engineering, Lowell Campus), where he helped start the world’s first Green Chemistry PhD program. John is now President and Chief Technology Officer of the Warner Babcock Institute for Green Chemistry (a research and development laboratory designing industrial solutions) and the Beyond Benign Foundation (a non-profit group dedicated to promoting Green Chemistry education and outreach). He has published nearly 150 patents, papers and books and is co-author of Green Chemistry: Theory and Practice. His recent patents in the fields of semiconductor design, biodegradable plastics, personal care products and polymeric photoresists are examples of how green chemistry principles can be immediately incorporated into commercially relevant applications. He received The 2004 Presidential Award for Excellence in Science Mentoring from President Bush, the American Institute of Chemistry’s Northeast Division’s Distinguished Chemist of the Year for 2002 and the Council of Science Society President’s 2008 Leadership award. Warner is editor of Green Chemistry Letters and Reviews and associate editor of the journal Organic Preparations and Procedures International. Warner serves on the Board of Directors of the ACS Green Chemistry Institute in Washington DC and is chair of California’s science advisory board for Green Chemistry and Chemicals Policy Initiative.
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