Rich Kearney

Senior Scientist

Rich Kearney, Senior ScientistDr. Rich Kearney joined WBI in early 2012 as an experienced polymer chemist with expertise in polymer coatings, imaging systems utilizing polymers, and analysis of polymers and polymer-containing materials and products. Rich started his career at Polaroid Corporation in the R&D and the graphics imaging division working on polarizer research and the development of formulas for a digital printing plate system. From there he worked at Presstek for 15 years focusing much of his research on coatings technology. Rich got his B.Sci. from the University of California, Riverside, and his M.Sci. and Ph.D. from Cornell University.

Why Green Chemistry?

I entered the professional world of Chemistry when there was no name for “Green Chemistry” – but a noticeable perspective was developing in the field that would allow the idea of Green practices to blossom. We were already aware of the more negative environmental aspects of the use of Chemistry – pollution, environmental impact, human impact – and there was a slowly growing focus on containment and prevention of hazards that was beginning to be the word of the day. Many of us younger (at the time) scientists were starting to be indoctrinated into a new sense of responsibility about how we practiced our profession. This was the beginning of an evolutionary process that lead to the very idea of Green Chemistry itself – and like others in my generation, I was already primed to accept it for the good idea it is, once it had been fully articulated. My response to the idea of Green Chemistry was not so much, “Wow, what a great new perspective!” as much as “Well, it’s about time!”

Sam Ellman

Senior Scientist

Sam Ellman, ScientistSam Ellman joined WBI in 2020, bringing with him a broad base of materials synthesis and characterization experience. Prior to joining, his primary focus was on the synthesis of novel biodegradable polymer poly(pro-drugs) for the continuous treatment of chronic diseases. Sam’s passion for environmentalism and green chemistry were what initially spurred him to become a chemist, so he greatly enjoys working on the cutting edge of green innovation at WBI.  Sam received his M.Eng. in Materials Science and his B.S. in Chemistry from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Harshini Ramakrishna

Senior Scientist

Harshini Ramakrishna, ScientistDr. Harshini Ramakrishna is a recent graduated from North Carolina State University where she earned her Ph.D. major in Fiber and Polymer Science with a Minor in Biomedical Engineering. Dr. Ramakrishna has combined knowledge of medical textiles and polymeric materials chemistry.

Chris Livesey

Senior Scientist

Chris Livesey, ScientistChris Livesey joined WBI in 2021, bringing with him a wide range of experience from different parts of the chemical industry. Prior to joining WBI, Chris has had a proven track record of success in everything from product development and commercialization to synthesis and chemical characterization. Chris is driven by the thrill of innovation and is inspired by the urgent need for modern sustainable chemistry. Chris received his B. Sc. In Biochemistry from Rowan University.