Dr. Philip Jessop, FRSC, is the Canada Research Chair of Green Chemistry at Queen’s University in Kingston, Canada and the Technical Director of GreenCentre Canada.
After his Ph.D. (UBC, 1991) and a postdoctoral appointment (Toronto, 1992), he did contract research in Japan with R. Noyori (Nobel Prize 2001).
As a professor at the University of California-Davis (1996-2003) and since then at Queen’s, he has studied green solvents and the chemistry of CO2 and H2.
He invented the concept of switchable solvents and has developed many other switchable materials.
Recent distinctions include an Eni Award, the Canadian Green Chemistry & Engineering Award and the NSERC Polanyi Award.
He chaired the 2007 CHEMRAWN/ICCDU Conference on Greenhouse Gases and the 2010 3rd IUPAC Conference on Green Chemistry and helped create GreenCentre Canada, a National Centre of Excellence for the commercialization of green chemistry technologies.
Switchable Solutions Inc. and Forward Water Technologies Inc. are spin-off companies based upon Dr. Jessop’s switchable solvents.