Grand Seminar

Text, The Natural and Applied Sciences Grand Seminar 2017
Natural and applied sciences are proud to present the 2017 Grand Seminar featuring John Warner, Ph.D., green chemist and winner of the 2014 Perkin Medal, on Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017, at 6:30 p.m. in McGuire Hall at Loyola University Maryland. Dr. Warner will present “Green Chemistry: The Missing Elements.”

Imagine a world where all segments of society demanded environmentally benign products! Imagine if all consumers, all retailers and all manufacturers insisted on buying and selling only non-toxic materials! 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 products and materials that our economy is based upon. The way we learn and teach chemistry and materials science is for the most part void of any information regarding mechanisms of toxicity and environmental harm. Green Chemistry is a philosophy 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. Dr. Warner's presentation will describe the history and background of Green Chemistry and discuss the opportunities for the next generation of materials designers to create a safer and more sustainable future.  Learn more about Dr. Warner in this Loyola Magazine interview.

Beginning in 2011, natural and applied sciences hosts a yearly seminar with the goal of engaging Loyola students as well as providing an enlightening and informative event for the greater Loyola community. To watch previous Grand Seminar presentations, please visit the Past Grand Seminars website.

This event is free and open to the public; registration is not required, but encouraged due to seating. A Meet & Greet with Dr. Warner will take place before his talk in the College Center from 5:00 - 6:15 pm. All are welcome but registration is required for the Meet & Greet. The location and details will be sent via email closer to the date of the event. For questions, please contact sciences@loyola.edu.

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