Professor James Clark Wins Prestigious Royal Society of Chemistry Award

Posted on 09 May 2018

Professor James Clark, Director of the Green Chemistry Centre of Excellence (GCCE) has won the Royal Society of Chemistry Green Chemistry Award for 2018.

Professor James Clark

Professor Clark’s work focuses on getting value from waste and in particular turning waste into molecules and useful products. His team has made new solvents from forestry waste products, for many applications including cleaning and industrial processing. They have also used orange peel, potato peels and seaweed to make other useful chemicals and materials. They collaborate with industries across the globe to make sure that their methods work.

Professor Clark said: 

“[I am] delighted to receive the award from the organisation that helped me start the green chemistry movement in the UK 20 years ago this year!

The Green Chemistry Award is for the design, development or implementation of novel chemical products or processes which have the potential to reduce or eliminate the use and generation of hazardous substances. Professor Clark receives £2000 and a medal, and will complete a UK lecture tour.

There were two other winners of Royal Society of Chemistry Awards from the Department of Chemistry, University of York this year: Dr William Unsworth who has won the Hickinbottom Award and Professor Simon Duckett who has won the Tilden Prize.

Find out more about the Royal Society of Chemistry's 2018 awards.