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
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 & 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

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.  

Carolyn Ribes

Carolyn Ribes

Business Analytical Leader,
Dow Chemical

Carolyn Ribes is the Business Analytical Leader for Industrial Intermediates & Infrastructure at Dow Chemical.  She received her B.S. in Chemistry in 1983 from University at Buffalo, SUNY, and her Ph.D. in Chemistry in 1989 from State University of New York at Buffalo.  She joined Dow in 1989 and has worked in Louisiana, Texas, and Argentina and is currently located in Terneuzen, Netherlands.  She has been a member of the American Chemical Society since 1982.

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Jitesh Soares

Ex Offico
Director, Scientific Advancement
American Chemical Society

Jitesh is the group leader for the ACS Division of Scientific Advancement, comprising the Office of Sustainability, Green Chemistry Institute, Technical Division Programming, and Office of Research Grants and Chemical Safety. He received a B.Sc. in Microbiology & Biochemistry from St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai; an M.Sc. in Biochemistry from the University of Mumbai, India; an M.S. & Ph.D. in Microbiology from Ohio State University. He joined ACS in 2010 in the ACS Publications Division where he held several positions overseeing a portfolio of journals in areas of biological, polymer, materials, nano, energy and computational chemistry and established several new products. Prior to working in the role of Director, Scientific Advancement in 2022, Jitesh served as the Assistant Director & Publisher in Portfolio Strategy & Development. 

ACS GCI's Green Chemistry and Engineering Conference

The 27th Annual Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference will be held June 13-15, 2023 in Long Beach, CA on the theme, Closing the Loop: Chemistry for a Sustainable Future.