Grand Seminar

Text, The Natural and Applied Sciences Grand Seminar 2017

Natural and applied sciences welcomed John Warner, Ph.D., green chemist and winner of the 2014 Perkin Medal, as the keynote speaker for fall 2017 Grand Seminar on Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017. Dr. Warner presented "Green Chemistry: The Missing Elements." 

Amanda Thomas, John Warner, and Bahram RoughaniImagine 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 describes the history and background of Green Chemistry and 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.

Watch Dr. Warner's Presentation

Grand Seminar

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.