Philip G. Jessop

Philip G. Jessop

CO2-Triggered Control of Oil/Water Mixtures


Philip G. Jessop is Professor of Inorganic Chemistry and Canada Research Chair in Green Chemistry at the Department of Chemistry of Queen's University, in Kingston, Ontario. Since 2009, he has also been working as the Technical Director of GreenCentre Canada.

Professor Jessop’s academic career started in 1991, when he received his PhD degree in Inorganic Chemistry from the University of British Columbia. After a postdoc position from 1991 to 1992 at the University of Toronto, between 1993 and 1996 he worked as a researcher for the Research Development Corporation of Japan, with Nobel Prize winner Dr. Ryoji Noyori.  Philip G. Jessop was then appointed Assistant Professor from 1996 to 2003 at the University of California, Davis, moving to Queen’s University in 2003. In 2007, he was promoted to Full Professor in the Department of Chemistry and School of Environmental Studies at Queen's.

His research interests are focused on the development of environmentally sustainable chemical processes by reducing pollutants and wastage of energy and materials. His interests also concern the design of green solvents, the reduction of solvent wastes and the recycling of carbon dioxide. He is currently one of the world’s most outstanding green chemistry scientists and his breakthrough discovery of CO2-triggered switchable surfactants was listed in the Canadian Chemical News trade journal as one of the twenty key chemical discoveries in Canada of the last 100 years.  He invented the first switchable solvents, meaning solvents that can be switched from one form to another very different form, by application of a trigger.

The relevance of Dr. Jessop’s scientific research has been recognised with many prizes. Among them, the Outstanding Faculty Advisor from the University of California in 1999; the Canadian Catalysis Lectureship Award in 2004; and the NSERC John C. Polanyi Award in 2009. In 2010 he won a Killam Research Fellowship (Killam Trusts) and the Prize for Excellence in Research from Queen's University. In 2012 he was awarded with the Canadian Green Chemistry & Engineering Award.

Professor Jessop currently leads the Jessop Research Group and is Technical Director for GreenCentre Canada, a non-profit centre for commercializing green chemistry discoveries from academia. He was Conference Chair of the 3rd Annual IUPAC Conference on Green Chemistry in 2010 and Co-chair of the CHEMRAWN-XVII and ICCDU-IX Conference on Greenhouse Gases in 2007. He serves on the Governing Board of the Green Chemistry Institute, the Board of Directors of the Canadian Green Science & Technology Network, and the Advisory Boards of the scientific journals Green Chemistry, ChemSusChem, ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering, and the Journal of CO2 Utilization.