President, Warner Babcock Institute for Green Chemistry
John Warner received his BS (1984) in Chemistry from UMASS Boston and his MS (1986) and PhD (1988) in Organic Chemistry from Princeton University. In 1997 he accepted a position at the University of Massachusetts (Chemistry, Boston Campus, 1997-2004 and Plastics Engineering, Lowell Campus, 2004-2007). John is now President and Chief Technology Officer of the Warner Babcock Institute for Green Chemistry and the Beyond Benign Foundation. He has published nearly 200 patents, papers and books and is co-author of Green Chemistry: Theory and Practice. His recent patents in the fields of semiconductor design, biodegradable plastics, personal care products and polymeric photoresists are examples of how green chemistry principles can be immediately incorporated into commercially relevant applications. Warner is editor of Green Chemistry Letters and Reviews and associate editor of the journal Organic Preparations and Procedures International. Warner serves on the Board of Directors of the Green Chemistry Institute in Washington DC. He received The 2004 Presidential Award for Excellence in Science Mentoring from President Bush, the American Institute of Chemistry's Northeast Division's Distinguished Chemist of the Year for 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 2008.