Francois Amar

Professor of Chemistry, University of Maine

B.A. (summa cum laude) 1975, Chemistry , Temple University
M.S. 1977 & Ph.D. 1979, Chemistry, University of Chicago

Research Projects


  • Member, Center for Research in STEM Education (RiSE Center), University of Maine
  • American Chemical Society
  • National Collegiate Honors Council
  • Fulbright Association


In his role as Dean of the Honors College, Francois is pursuing several initiatives that connect strongly to the mission of the Mitchell Center. The first of these is the Sustainable Food Systems Research Collaborative (SFSRC), an Honors-centered research cluster that fosters undergraduate, community-engaged research that can leverage the expertise of UMaine faculty in collaboration with gifted undergraduates to work on difficult problems that are important to community partners.

Francois also participated in the teaching of an Honors tutorial entitled, Sustainable Food Systems: Principles, Policies, and Practices, along with several colleagues from Honors and Cooperative Extension in Spring 2015. He has been a co-author of several presentations about the SFSRC and is helping to author one or more publications about the collaborative.


Collaboration and Innovation: The University of Maine’s Sustainable Food Systems Research Collaborative, Mark Haggerty, François Amar, John Jemison, Melissa Ladenheim, Linda Silka, Stephanie Welcomer, Shannon Brenner, Collaboration and Innovation Across the Food System, University of Vermont, Burlington, VT, June 18-22, 2014.