President & Chief Technical Officer
Warner-Babcock Institute for Green Chemistry
John received his BS in Chemistry from UMASS Boston, and PhD in Chemistry from Princeton University and spent nearly a decade working at the Polaroid Corporation, before serving as a tenured professor at UMASS Boston and Lowell (Chemistry and Plastics Engineering).
In 2007, John founded the Warner Babcock Institute, a research organisation that develops green chemistry technologies, and Beyond Benign, a non-profit organisation dedicated to sustainability and green chemistry education. He co-authored Green Chemistry: Theory and Practice with Paul Anastas and has published nearly 300 patents, papers and books.
Among his multiple recognitions, John received the 2004 Presidential Award for Excellence in Science Mentoring, and the Council of Science Society President’s 2008 Leadership award. In 2011, he was elected a Fellow of the American Chemical Society and received the 2014 Perkin Medal, widely acknowledged as the highest honour in American Industrial Chemistry. In 2016, he was named a 2016 AAAS-Lemelson Invention Ambassador.