Monash Chemical Society

The Monash Chemical Society (MCS) was founded in 1965 by the School of Chemistry at Monash University. It hosts speakers from within the membership, other Monash departments, and Melbourne, interstate and international institutions. A wide range of topics are included within each year's seminar program.

2018 Lecture Series

Monash Chemical Society Lecture

Prof John Warner

Warner Babcock Institute for Green Chemistry

“Green Chemistry: Inventing a Circular Economy”

Wednesday the 21st of February, 2018

@ 4:00 pm in lecture theatre S4

The natural world is a beautiful and intricate system of intertwined and overlapping materials ecosystems.  One important reason these naturally interdependent cyclic systems exist with exquisite complexity is because of the very fact that they all co-emerged over hundreds of thousands of years in the presence of one another. Evolutionary forces drove symbiotic relationships by selecting for and against mechanisms and materials that were conducive to the success of the entire multi-component matrix. As human society seeks to create a circular economy, we unfortunately have the disadvantage that our various industrial “species” have developed with a level of independence, essentially unaware of adjacent processes. We are forced into a position of creating connectivities that were not part of the considerations in the original design. While there have been some examples of the circular economy designed and deployed in many industrial settings, the vast majority of industrial products and processes continue to exist disconnected and unsustainable over the long run. The pathway to create most of these technological ecosystems will require the inventive application of green chemistry (the molecular level mechanistic underpinnings of sustainability). This presentation will describe examples of how organizations seeking a circular strategy benefit from integrating the principles of green chemistry with product design, manufacturing and supply chain management.

John Warner is the recipient of the 2014 Perkin Medal, widely acknowledged as the highest honour in American Industrial Chemistry, and was named a 2016 AAAS-Lemelson Invention Ambassador. He is one of the founders of the field of Green Chemistry, co-authoring the defining text “Green Chemistry: Theory and Practice” with Paul Anastas. He has published nearly 300 patents, papers and books. His recent work in the fields of pharmaceuticals, personal care products, solar energy and construction and paving materials are examples of how green chemistry principles can be immediately incorporated into commercially relevant applications.

All welcome

Refreshments will follow the lecture in the Foyer.

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