John Wesley Frost

John Wesley  Frost
  • University Distinguished Professor
  • Chemistry


John Frost, professor of chemistry, is a prominent scholar who has focused his career on biocatalysis research, paving the way for advancements in green chemistry in the area of polymers and plasticizers characterized by novel materials properties and free of endocrine disruption activity. In 2005, Frost, along with colleague Karen Draths, founded locally-based Draths Corporation, which manufactures renewable nylon and polymer intermediaries. Frost is a faculty member in the Department of Chemistry.

Frost received his B.S. in chemistry from Purdue University and Ph.D. in chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In 2010, he was recognized by Michigan-based Corp! Magazine with a Science and Technology Award for his work at Draths Corporation, where he serves as co-founder and Chief Scientific Officer. He also has served as an organizer for the U.S. Department of Energy Catalysis Workshop and presented his ideas on biocatalysis in a report, “Opportunities for Catalysis Science in the 21st century.”

Frost’s honors include recognition by the Environmental Protection Agency with the Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award. He has also served as co-chairperson for the National Science Foundation and U.S. Department of Energy’s workshop on molecular energy and environmental science.