Grand Seminar: Green Chemistry – The Missing Elements

The Natural and Applied Sciences division highlights the relevant topic of green chemistry and the groundbreaking keynote speaker for Loyola’s Grand Seminar.

Loyola University’s natural and applied sciences division is excited to present the fall 2017 Grand Seminar featuring keynote speaker John Warner, Ph.D., one of the founders of Green Chemistry.  This annual lecture has brought world-renowned scientists to campus to speak about matters effecting the global community since 2011.


What is green chemistry and why is it important? A new generation of scientists is researching and developing better, safer ways to design and manufacture chemicals.  Rather than cleaning up toxic waste sites and pollution from chemical manufacturing, what if there was a way to avoid creating that pollution in the first place? If the next generation of materials designers are given the knowledge and tools to create products with negligible impact on the environment and human health, we can begin making strides toward a safer, more sustainable future.

Dr. Warner received the 2014 Perkin Medal, considered the highest honor in American Industrial Chemistry, along with other prestigious awards. He is the president and chief technology officer of the Warner Babcock Institute for Green Chemistry, LLC, a research organization dedicated to creating environmentally-benign technologies and processes for industry that are functional and cost-effective. Warner is also the founder of Beyond Benign, a non-profit organization committed to providing educators, scientists and the greater community with the tools and knowledge to teach and practice green chemistry.

Check out “John Warner and Green Chemistry” by assistant professor of chemistry Courtney Hastings on The Art of STEM blog to learn more about Dr. Warner’s research and the evolving field of green chemistry.  And join the natural and applied sciences in welcoming Dr. Warner for his talk “Green Chemistry: The Missing Elements” at Grand Seminar, Tuesday, November 7 at 6:30 pm in McGuire Hall. There will be a meet and greet prior to the seminar beginning at 5:00 pm.  This event is free and open to the public but registration is required.  Visit for more information.

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