Natural and Applied Sciences


About the Guest Lecturer

Dr. WarnerJohn Warner, the recipient of the 2014 Perkin Medal, widely acknowledged as the highest honor in American Industrial Chemistry, and was named a 2016 American Association for the Advancement of Science-Lemelson Invention Ambassador.

One of two founders of the field of green chemistry, Warner started in 2007 the Warner Babcock Institute for Green Chemistry, LLC, which is a research organization developing green chemistry technologies. He serves as president and chief technology officer. He also founded Beyond Benign, a non-profit dedicated to sustainability and green chemistry education. 

Warner is co-author to the defining text Green Chemistry: Theory and Practice with Paul Anastas. He has published nearly 300 patents, papers, and books. His recent work in the fields of pharmaceuticals, personal care products, solar energy, and construction and paving materials are examples of how green chemistry principles can be immediately incorporated into commercially relevant applications.

Warner has received several awards throughout his career, including the 2004 Presidential Award for Excellence in Science Mentoring, which is considered one of the highest awards for American science education. His other awards include the American Institute of Chemistry's Northeast Division's Distinguished Chemist of the Year in 2002 and the Council of Science Society President’s 2008 Leadership award.

Warner was named by ICIS as one of the most influential people impacting the global chemical industries. In 2011, he was elected a fellow of the American Chemical Society and named one of “25 Visionaries Changing the World” by Utne Reader.

He received his bachelor’s degree in chemistry from UMASS Boston, and his Ph.D. in Chemistry from Princeton University.