Green Chemistry Award 2016 Winner

Professor Paul Anastas
Professor Paul Anastas
Yale University


Awarded for his seminal work in the field of green chemistry in developing innovative methods in molecular design, leading to products and processes that reduce environmental impacts

About the Winner

Professor Anastas is a scientist, inventor, author, public servant, entrepreneur, and teacher. Trained as a synthetic organic chemist, Paul Anastas has spent his professional life advancing science for sustainability.

He is widely regarded as the "Father of Green Chemistry".  His work in coining and defining the term "Green Chemistry" in 1991 and successes in building a global community dedicated to the field is well documented. His personal research breaks disciplinary boundaries and fuses the elements of catalysis/synthesis/materials/molecular design with engineering/toxicology/systems design/humanities.  

His talents have brought him to positions in service of four U.S. Presidents including working in the White House in the Clinton and Bush Administration and was named by President Obama to the Senate-confirmed position as Assistant Administrator for Research and Development at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. 

Paul Anastas has published 15 books and over 125 scientific papers and patents and has co-founded three manufacturing companies and an international nor-for-profit organization.

Professor Paul Anastas holds the Teresa and H. John Heinz III Chair in Chemistry for the Environment at Yale University.  In 2007, he founded the Center for Green Chemistry and Green Engineering at Yale that is engaged in basic research, development, commercialization, curriculum development, and policy initiatives.

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