Environment Prize 2011 Winner


Professor James Clark
James Clark
University of York

Awarded for fundamental and applied research contributions to the areas of green chemistry, clean technology and sustainability and for educational, publishing and public awareness contributions in the green chemistry area.


About the Winner


James Clark obtained his BSc and PhD in Chemistry from Kings College, London.  

Following postdoctoral research in Canada and the UK, he was appointed to a Lectureship in Chemistry at the University of York and on to a personal Chair in 1994. In 2006, he  was appointed Director of the  Green Chemistry Centre of Excellence a world-leading research, education and networking. 

James Clark is internationally known for his pure and applied research, educational  and outreach work on green chemistry.  

His current research interests involve the application of green chemical technologies to "valorise" waste including biomass. He leads a team of about 70 postgraduate researchers, academic, scientific and support staff with a current grants portfolio of over 4M and on-going collaborations with numerous companies in sectors including retail, chemical and pharmaceutical manufacturing, home and personal care, floor coverings and adhesives.  

James was the founding editor of the worlds leading green chemistry journal ("Green Chemistry") and is now editor-in-chief of the RSC Green Chemistry Book series.  He was the founder of the worlds largest private membership network for sustainable chemistry (GCN, Green Chemistry Network) and is now its  President.  He has published over 400 articles.

James' previous prizes and honours have come from the RSC, the SCI, the EU, the Prince of Wales awards, the RSA, and universities in countries including Greece and Mexico.  

He has given plenary and other prestigious lectures all over the world. He was appointed by the UK government to the UK Chemical Stakeholders Forum, represents European NGOs on EU Standards Committees, and is a member of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation Advisory Panel.


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