Co-Founder, Warner Babcock Institute for Green Chemistry
John is a chemistry inventor who works to design and create commercial technologies inspired by nature consistent with the principles of green chemistry. With over 300 patents, he has invented solutions for dozens of multinational corporations. His inventions have also served as the basis for several new companies. Examples include: Collaborative Medicinal Development (ALS therapy), Hairprint (hair color restoration), Collaborative Aggregates (asphalt warm mix rejuvenators), Ambient Photonics (lowlight indoor photovoltaic devices for IoT and BIPV).
John received his BS in Chemistry from UMASS Boston, and his PhD in Chemistry from Princeton University. After working at the Polaroid Corporation for nearly a decade, he then served as tenured full professor at UMASS Boston and Lowell (Chemistry and Plastics Engineering). In 2007 he founded the Warner Babcock Institute for Green Chemistry, with Jim Babcock (a research organization developing green chemistry technologies), and Beyond Benign with Amy Cannon (a non-profit dedicated to sustainability and green chemistry education). John is constantly giving keynote talks and workshops on Green Chemistry, Innovation, The Circular Economy, and Biomimicry. He continues to advise several international organizations.
14:00 Hrs - Student Lecture
Aimed for students and young researchers
Green Chemistry: The Missing Elements
Imagine if every consumer, every retailer, every brand owner and every manufacturer decided to buy, use, sell and make ONLY climate neutral, sustainable, green chemistry products. The unfortunate reality is that, even if this situation were to occur, our knowledge of materials science and chemistry would allow us to provide only a small fraction of the necessary products and materials that our economy is based upon., The way we learn and teach chemistry and materials science in academia is for the most part void of any information regarding mechanisms of toxicity and environmental harm. Green Chemistry is a science that seeks to reduce or eliminate the use of hazardous materials at the design stage of a materials process. It has been demonstrated that materials and products CAN be designed with negligible impact on human health and the environment while still being economically competitive and successful in the marketplace. This presentation will describe the history and background of Green Chemistry and describe how it relates to other approaches (sustainable chemistry, circular economy…) to create a sustainable future.
16:00 Hrs - Scientific Presentation
Aimed for more technical researchers
Green Chemistry, the Sustainability Pendulum
and the Circular Economy
The materials economy can be thought of as a pendulum with the field of chemistry at its apex. In one direction, the human-built world manifests through manufacturing and recycling. In the other direction, the natural world is a combination of extraction and degradation. The overlap between these two termini of the pendulum is a useful quantitative assessment of sustainability. This presentation will describe the 5 embedded cycles of use/reuse, assembly/disassembly, materials metabolism, regeneration and stable ecosystems. Examples from both the human-built world and the natural world will be presented to illustrate the issues and opportunities for green chemistry to design a sustainable future.
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Green Chemistry: The Missing Elements 14:00 - 15:00 Hrs
John Warner Lecture followed by questions and answers
Light Refreshments 15:00 -16:00 Hrs
Light refreshments and networking. Possibility for young researchers and students to ask questions.
Green Chemistry, the Sustainability Pendulum and the Circular Economy 16:00 -17:00 Hrs
Second lecture by John Warner followed by questions and answers
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