Akos Kokai, PhD

Photo of Akos at Ryōan-ji rock garden

I’m a scientist who wants to help build a sustainable and just society.

What I do

I work with NGOs and companies to mobilize knowledge for decision-making about chemical and material sustainability. I participated in developing the Chemical Hazard Data Commons, a project that is now part of the Healthy Building Network’s Pharos. I helped Apple develop a framework for prioritizing chemicals of concern in the electronics industry.

I’m a graduate of UC Berkeley’s Department of Environmental Science, Policy & Management, where I worked with Professor Alastair Iles. While at the university, I helped teach courses in the Berkeley Center for Green Chemistry, where I also held a fellowship in the NSF Systems Approach to Green Energy program. Earlier, I did research in green chemistry and chemicals policy at UC Berkeley’s Center for Occupational and Environmental Health. My prior academic background is in organic, organometallic & supramolecular chemistry.

I really enjoy making music, growing plants, and meditation. ▸▸


You can find me on GitHub, ORCID, Zotero, LinkedIn, and Twitter.

Mentors and collaborators

I’ve been grateful to work with and learn from so many amazing people, some of whom I thank here by name:

Interdisciplinary environmental studies | Alastair Iles, Meg Schwarzman, Christine Rosen, Rachel Morello-Frosch

Systems change | Mike Wilson, Marty Mulvihill, Tom Lent, Ann Blake, Art Fong, Ken Geiser

Chemistry | Bob Bergman, Ken Raymond, Andrei Yudin, and many supportive colleagues

Technology | ekansa, mahmoud, merges, evmar, and everyone who has kindly shared their knowledge and time