Emanuel Merck Lectureship Awarded to Paul T. Anastas

Emanuel Merck Lectureship Awarded to Paul T. Anastas

Author: ChemViews

Professor Paul T. Anastas, Yale University, New Haven, CT, USA, has been awarded this year’s Emanuel Merck Lectureship for his work on green chemistry. The award recognizes globally renowned scientists who have made contributions to chemical and pharmaceutical research. The prize, which is worth € 10,000, was presented on May 11, 2015, at the Technical University Darmstadt, Germany, during a special public lecture.

Paul T. Anastas
studied chemistry at the University of Massachusetts, Boston, MA, USA, and at Brandeis University, Waltham, MA, USA, where he gained his Ph.D. under the supervision of Robert Stevenson in 1989. He joined the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as a Staff Chemist in 1992 and went on to work at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy from 1999 to 2004. He was Director of the Green Chemistry Institute of the American Chemical Society (ACS) from 2004 to 2006. In 2007, Anastas joined the faculty at Yale University as Teresa and H. John Heinz III Professor in the Practice of Chemistry for the Environment, and he also serves as Director of the Center for Green Chemistry and Green Engineering at Yale. He rejoined the EPA in 2009 as Assistant Administrator for the Office of Research and Development (ORD) and Science Advisor to the agency, and returned to Yale University in 2012.

Among other honors, Professor Anastas has received the Greek Chemical Society Award for Contributions to Chemistry in 2002, the inaugural Canadian Green Chemistry Medal in 2004, and the Wöhler Prize from the Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker (GDCh, German Chemical Society) in 2012.

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