Wilmington native, founder of Warner Babcock Institute for Green Chemistry
WILMINGTON – Dr. John C. Warner, a Wilmington resident, has been awarded the 2014 Perkin Medal by the Society of Chemical Industry, the highest honor in American applied chemistry.
Joining a list of the greatest scientists and inventors in United State history who have received this award, Dr. Warner is one of the original founders of green chemistry, the science of designing materials and processes that reduce or eliminate the use and or generation of hazardous material.
“It is a great honor and privilege to be receiving this award,” said Warner, “I feel that this wonderful recognition is not really just to me, but to all the people who have been working tirelessly in the green chemistry community.”
Warner has had a successful career in the science field. He received his doctorate in organic chemistry from Princeton University then worked as a researcher for Polaroid. Following a stint teaching at UMass Boston, he founded the Center for Green Chemistry at UMass Lowell. In 2007, he founded the Warner Babcock Institute for Green Chemistry with investment firm executive James Babcock. The Institute, located at 100 Research Drive in Wilmington, studies the intermolecular forces in materials and applies the knowledge to manufacturing processes in order to create technologies that lead to better performance, are practical and cost-effective for their clients.