Meet the Scientists

Ivan Amato

Ivan Amato is managing editor of Chemical & Engineering News, the American Chemical Society’s weekly news magazine. During a 22-year science journalism career, Amato has worked for several magazines, including Science and Science News, and has written many freelance articles for publications ranging from the Nickel Quarterly and Analytical Chemistry to Time magazine and the Washington Post. Amato is the author of three books, the last one a celebration of science imagery titled Super Vision: A New View of Nature. He lives in Silver Spring, Maryland, with his two teenage sons and his wife, Mary Amato, a children’s book author. Several years ago, he mothballed his power mower and turned to a push mower to keep his lawn under control, but now notices that his own carbon dioxide emissions have increased due to the extra exertion.

Paul T. Anastas, Ph.D

Paul T. Anastas, Ph.D., is Professor in the Practice of Green Chemistry at Yale University in New Haven, Conn. In addition, he is Director of the university’s Center for Green Chemistry and Green Engineering. From 2004 to 2006, Anastas served as Director of the ACS Green Chemistry Institute in Washington, D.C. He was previously the Assistant Director for the Environment in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, where he worked from 1999 to 2004. Anastas has published widely on topics of science through sustainability, such as the books Benign by Design, Designing Safer Polymers, Green Engineering, and his seminal work with co-author John Warner, Green Chemistry: Theory and Practice.


Rajender S. Varma, Ph.D.

Rajender S. Varma, Ph.D., a former chemistry professor, is a U. S. Environmental Protection Agency chemist in Cincinnati. Dr. Varma spent much of his career working in a number of multi-disciplinary technical programs ranging from natural products chemistry and therapeutics to development of genosensor technology. He also has worked on the development efficient ways to capture mercury from coal-fired power plants and on the development of green chemical protocols using microwaves. More recently, Dr. Varma worked on creating greener production of nanomaterials and nanocomposites for safer applications in chemical catalysis and environmental applications.

Joseph DeSimone, Ph.D.,

Joseph DeSimone, Ph.D., is the Chancellor’s Eminent Professor of Chemistry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the William R. Kenan, Jr. Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering at North Carolina State University. He has spent much of his career applying his expertise to a range of fields including green manufacturing, medical devices and nanomedicine and has successfully transferred many of his solutions from the lab to the marketplace. Among DeSimone’s notable inventions is an environmentally friendly manufacturing process that relies on supercritical carbon dioxide instead of water and bio-persistent surfactants (detergents) for the creation of fluoropolymers or high-performance plastics, such as Teflon®. More recently, he worked on a team to design a polymer-based, fully bioabsorbable, drug-eluting stent, which helps keep a blocked blood vessel open after a balloon-angioplasty and is absorbed by the body within 18 months. For his contributions to science, he was named recipient of the 2008 Lemelson-MIT Prize.

James E. Hutchison, Ph.D.

James E. Hutchison, Ph.D., joined the faculty at the University of Oregon (UO) in the fall of 1994. He is currently Professor of Chemistry and Associate Vice President for Research and Strategic Initiatives. His research interests are in materials chemistry and nanoscience. He led the development of the UO's nation-leading program in "green" (environmentally-benign) organic chemistry and launched the university’s pioneering Center in Green Nanoscience. Dr. Hutchison is a member of the leadership team for the Oregon Nanoscience and Microtechnologies Institute (ONAMI) and founded, and now directs, the ONAMI’s Safer Nanomaterials and Nanomanufacturing Initiative. He is a member of the Governing Board of the ACS Green Chemistry Institute. He has won a number of awards, including an NSF-CAREER award and the 2003 Oregon Academy of Science Outstanding Teacher of Science and Math in Higher Education. Hutchison is an Alfred P. Sloan research fellow and a Camille Dreyfus teacher-scholar. He is the author of over 85 refereed publications, three book chapters and a text book, Green Organic Chemistry: Strategies, Tools and Laboratory Experiments.


Julian D. Marshall, Ph.D.

Julian D. Marshall, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of environmental engineering in the department of civil engineering at the University of Minnesota. His primary area of interest focuses on urban air pollution, especially transportation emissions. Specifically, his research involves modeling and simulations of people's exposure to air pollution; comparing air pollution exposures among racial and socioeconomic subpopulations; the air quality and health impacts of urban planning; and, the use of geographic information systems (GIS) in modeling air pollution. Dr. Marshall also is actively involved in the study of sustainability engineering; energy and environment; and, the environmental impacts of development, especially in rapidly-developing Asian economies.