The King attends a lecture on green chemistry

The King flanked by, from left, Anja-Verena Mudring, Professor of Physical Materials Chemistry at Stockholm University, Paul T. Anastas, holder of the King Carl XVI Gustaf Guest Professorship in Environmental Science, and Astrid Söderbergh Widding, Vice-Chancellor of Stockholm University.

The King flanked by, from left, Anja-Verena Mudring, Professor of Physical Materials Chemistry at Stockholm University, Paul T. Anastas, holder of the King Carl XVI Gustaf Guest Professorship in Environmental Science, and Astrid Söderbergh Widding, Vice-Chancellor of Stockholm University. Photo: Ingmarie Andersson/Stockholm University

On Thursday 13 February, The King visited Stockholm University to listen to a lecture about green chemistry with Professor Paul T. Anastas, the new holder of the King Carl XVI Gustaf Guest Professorship in Environmental Science.

Professor Anastas helped to establish the concept of green chemistry in the early 1990s, including by formulating the principles used to assess how environmentally friendly chemical processes are.

Green chemistry takes an overall view of everything from raw materials, chemical handing and processes to end-products, climate awareness and energy consumption.

Professor Anastas has worked for four US presidents as a synthetic organic chemist.

The King Carl XVI Gustaf Guest Professorship in Environmental Science

It was announced in December that Paul T. Anastas had been awarded the King Carl XVI Gustaf Guest Professorship in Environmental Science. The professorship is awarded each year by the King Carl XVI Gustaf 50th Anniversary Fund for Science, Technology and the Environment to a prominent foreign researcher.