Paul T. Anastas, the ‘father of green chemistry’
February 10, 2011
Have we achieved â€śbetter living through chemistryâ€ť? Or has chemistry left us a toxic legacy that outweighs its benefits? PAUL T. ANASTAS recognizes the problematic legacy of chemistry, but heâ€™s also among the worldâ€™s leading researchers into how chemistry can be marshaled to cleaning the world. Anastas is the assistant administrator for the EPAâ€™s Office of Research and Development (ORD) and the science adviser to the agency. Heâ€™s widely hailed as the â€śFather of Green Chemistryâ€ť for his groundbreaking research on the design, manufacture, and use of minimally toxic, environmentally friendly chemicals. Heâ€™s also the EPA official who testified before Congress last summer about the controversial chemical dispersants used in the Gulf after the Deepwater Horizon oil disaster there. Anastasâ€™ work has him in the nexus of chemistryâ€™s contributions and catastrophes, and heâ€™s our guest on todayâ€™s Radio Times.