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Anastas to deliver keynote at TUR Planner Conference

Dr. Paul Anastas
Dr. Paul Anastas

Dr. Paul Anastas – widely known as one of the "Fathers of Green Chemistry" – will deliver the keynote address at the Toxics Use Reduction Planner Continuing Education Conference to be held on April 12, 2012 in Newton, Massachusetts. Dr. Anastas will speak on current trends in pollution prevention and Green Chemistry.

Trained as a synthetic organic chemist, Dr. Anastas' research interests have focused on the design of safer chemicals, bio-based polymers, and new methodologies of chemical synthesis that are more efficient and less hazardous to the environment. A leading writer on the subjects of sustainability, green chemistry, and green engineering, he has published ten books, including "Benign by Design," Designing Safer Polymers," "Green Engineering" and his seminal work with co-author John Warner, "Green Chemistry: Theory and Practice."

Since 2009, Dr. Anastas has served as Assistant Administrator for EPA’s Office of Research and Development (ORD) and as the Science Advisor to the Agency. In February, he announced his resignation so he could return to Yale University, where he is the Director of the Center for Green Chemistry and Green Engineering.

Dr. Anastas earned his B.S. from the University of Massachusetts at Boston and his M.A. and Ph.D. in chemistry from Brandeis University.