John C. Warner, PhD, is a chemist, educator, entrepreneur, and one of the founders of the field of green chemistry.
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Learn. Do. Invent. Manage.

John Warner’s career has touched all aspects of the materials economy. While at the Polaroid Corporation, he invented several technologies that served as the foundation for his concepts on DOING chemistry.

As a professor at the University of Massachusetts, he pioneered efforts to reform chemistry education, creating the world’s first PhD program in Green Chemistry, providing the foundation for his concepts on LEARNING Chemistry.

As an inventor and entrepreneur at his research institute, the Warner Babcock Institute for Green Chemistry, he has created green chemistry technologies for a variety of industry sectors and has a unique view on INVENTING chemistry.

Additionally, he has served in leadership roles on a number of governmental chemicals policy initiatives and sees the interconnections with MANAGING chemistry.


John is passionate in his quest to change the way we do, learn, invent and manage chemistry in order to create a sustainable future with reduced impact on human health and the environment. He has spoken around the world to audiences ranging from non-technical community groups to industrial chemists.

Keynote on October 17th 2010 at the Bioneers Conference in San Rafael, CA.

Keynote on October 29th 2014 at the Bioneers Conference in San Rafael, CA

Asking the Right Questions
John Warner radio interview as heard on This I believe, March 24, 2008