Perkin Medal Honors Green Chemistry

Sept. 25, 2014
The Perkin Medal has been awarded for efforts in green chemistry for the first time in its 108-year history.
Perkin Medal Awarded

Dr. John C. Warner received the Perkin Medal from SCI.

For the first time in its 108-year history, the Perkin Medal – given for “applied chemical work resulting in outstanding commercial development” – was awarded for efforts in green chemistry. The award, acknowledged as America’s highest honor for applied chemistry, was presented to Dr. John C. Warner.

Dr. Warner, president and chief technology officer of the Warner Babcock Institute for Green Chemistry, received the award for his accomplished history of inventing and commercializing chemical technologies that are higher performing, more efficient and safer. Dr. Warner’s achievements span a diverse set of industries, including pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, renewable energy, oil and gas, electronics and construction materials.

Dr. Warner is regarded as one of the founders of green chemistry, co-authoring with Paul Anastas the text, Green Chemistry: Theory and Practice, in which the “Twelve Principles of Green Chemistry” are originally described. He also designed and created the world’s first Green Chemistry PhD program during his time as a professor at the University of Massachusetts. In 2004, the National Science Foundation presented Dr. Warner with the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science Mathematics and Engineering Mentorship.  Together with Amy Cannon, Dr. Warner co-founded Beyond Benign, a non-profit dedicated to providing tools to teach and learn green chemistry in order to provide a critical foundation for the creation of a sustainable future.

In the late 1980s, Dr. Warner pioneered the development of a unique approach to the tailored design and synthesis of functional materials: Non-Covalent Derivatization (NCD). With over 100 patents to his name, Dr. Warner has designed a wide range of commercially viable technologies in the fields of hair color restoration, asphalt rejuvenation and pharmaceutical technologies addressing oncology, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases.

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