ACS Green Chemistry Institute Advisory Board

The ACS GCI Advisory Board is comprised of members from non-profit organizations, industry, and academia to reflect a broad set of environmental interests and capabilities. The board convenes biannually and assists the Institute in accomplishing its strategic goals.


Advisory Board Members

Dr. Kathryn Beers

Dr. Kathryn Beers
Group Leader & Program Developer
National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

Kathryn L. Beers is group leader of the polymers
and complex fluids group in the materials science and engineering division at the National Institute of Standards and Technology. Her research interests include microreactors and microfluidics, macromolecular separations, advances in polymer synthesis and reaction monitoring, integrated and high throughput measurements of polymeric materials, degradable and renewable polymeric materials and sustainable materials. She was awarded the Department of Commerce Silver Medal in 2005 and the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers in 2007.

Thomas J. Burns

Thomas J. Burns
Staff Scientist, Technical Service
Novozymes North America, Inc.

Tom Burns is a Staff Scientist at Novozymes North America, where he provides technical and formulation support to the company’s customers across the Americas. Burns joined Novozymes in 1992 in technical service, formulating and evaluating the performance of enzymes in detergent products for use in both household and industrial laundry. From 2012-16 he served as co-chair of the ACS GCI Formulators’ Roundtable. Based at the company’s Brazilian office from 1998-2003, he worked as technical and business development manager, covering applications of bio-based products throughout Latin America. Previously, Burns was a formulation chemist at a household-cleaning products company in New York State. Burns began his career as a secondary-school science teacher in Latin America and speaks fluent Spanish and Portuguese.

Dr. Kathryn Beers

Dr. Elise Fox, CEI Chair
President, Fox Energy Innovations, LLC
Fellow Engineer, Savannah River National Laboratory

Dr. Elise B. Fox is a Fellow Engineer at Savannah River National Laboratory.  Dr. Fox’s research specialty is renewable energy policy.  Current projects include the reduction of soft costs of photovoltaics in the Southeastern US and expanding access to renewable energy for low to middle income communities. She served on the Subcommittee on Energy Use and Resources and the Subcommittee on Renewable Energy for the development of the South Carolina (SC) State Energy Plan in 2016. She received her B.S in Chemistry from the College of Charleston in 2001 and has graduate degrees from The Pennsylvania State University, M.S (2004) and Ph.D. (2006) in Materials with a minor in Energy and Geo-Environmental Engineering.  Her graduate work, under Professor Chunshan Song, involved catalytic hydrogen purification and production by the oxygen-assisted water-gas
shift reaction and the absorptive desulfurization
of fuels.

Thomas J. Burns

Dr. Laura McConnell
Principal Scientist, Bayer Crop Science
Regulatory Scientific Affairs

Dr. McConnell is an analytical chemist with more than 25 years of experience in environmental and agricultural science research. She currently serves as a Principal Scientist in the Regulatory Scientific Affairs group at Bayer CropScience in St. Louis, Missouri. Her role at Bayer focuses on communication, collaboration and engagement with the scientific community on topics relevant to the regulation of agricultural technologies. Previously, she was a Research Chemist and Lead Scientist in the USDA-ARS where she specialized in the investigation of the chemical and physical processes controlling the environmental fate of agriculturally-relevant pollutants. A primary focus of her research was the development of improved conservation practices to mitigate pollutant transport and to provide ecosystem services...

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Audrey Moores

Dr. Audrey Moores
Associate Professor
Centre for Green Chemistry and Catalysis
Department of Chemistry
McGill University

Dr. Audrey Moores is an associate professor and co-lead for the McGill Sustainable Systems Initiative-Materials theme at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. At École Polytechnique, she received a doctorate in chemistry under the supervision of Prof. Pascal Le Floch. Her research topic focuses on the development of catalytic processes based on earth abundant elements and low energy synthesis of materials. Audrey is also an associate editor of ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering journal and scientific director for the non-for-profit tech transfer company, GreenCenter Canada.

Dr. Laura Pence

Dr. Laura Pence, Chair
Department of Chemistry
University of Hartford

Dr. Laura Pence is a professor of chemistry at the Unviersity of Hartford. Her training is in the area of synthetic inorganic chemistry, with additional expertise in environmental chemistry. As a Congressional Science Policy Fellow in Washington, DC, Dr. pence gained a unique perspective on the intersection between government and science, which she shares in the classroom as well as in speaking about the importance of science advocacy. She is extremely active in the American Chemical Society: she has programmed for the Division of Chemical Education, chaired the Committee on Environmental Improvement and served on the Board of Directors and the Committee on Education.  

ACS GCI's Green Chemistry and Engineering Conference

The 26th Annual Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference will take place June 6-8, 2022 in Reston, Virginia.

The deadline for abstract submissions is February 14, 2022.