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Board on Chemical Sciences and Technology

Project Scope:

The Board on Chemical Sciences and Technology (BCST) of the National Academies convenes top experts to conduct research and share their insights on pressing chemical science and engineering issues. Our goal is to provide our nation's decision makers with the highest quality scientific and technical advice. 

We work in eight areas: Basic Research; Chemical and Energy Industries; Biochemistry; Environmental Chemistry; Pharmaceutical Chemistry; Electrochemistry; National and Homeland Security; and Education and Workforce Development.

Core support for our board is provided by the National Science Foundation and the Department of Energy.

Status: Current


RSO: Walser, Maggie


Biology and Life Sciences
Math, Chemistry, and Physics

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Committee Membership

Scott Collick - (Co-Chair)
Scott Collick is R&D Vice President – Transportation and Industrial at DuPont. He leads a team of talented researchers in multiple locations around the world focused on developing innovative technology in engineering plastics, adhesives and silicones for demanding applications in the transportation, industrial, electronic and medical markets. Prior to his current role, He was a Core R&D Program Director (2014 – 2017) at Dow Chemical where he managed the long-term innovation portfolio for Dow’s packaging and specialty plastics (P&SP) business. He was the North American Technical Service and Development (TS&D) Director/Associate Director for Dow’s P&SP business (2007 – 2014) and was one of the key drivers of Dow’s Pack Studios initiative. Previous roles included R&D leader of polyethylene product development group (2005 – 2007), TS&D leader of the North America Engineering Plastics Electronics TS&D Team (2004 – 2005). Before that role, he was the product/market manager for colored engineering plastics (2001 – 2004) in automotive and electronics. Previous experiences include roles in Dow’s Core R&D supporting process separations in the area of distillation and pressure swing adsorption (1989 – 1996) and in polycarbonate process research (1996 – 2001). He joined Dow in 1989 after a BS in Chemical Engineering from Michigan Technological University. Scott also has an MBA from Central Michigan University and is a licensed professional engineer.
Jennifer Sinclair Curtis - (Co-Chair)
Jennifer Sinclair Curtis is Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering and Dean of the College of Engineering at the University of California, Davis. Her research focuses on the development and validation of particle flow models which have been extensively adopted by both commercial and open source CFD software packages. She is a Fellow of AAAS, AIChE and ASEE. Major awards include AIChE’s Particle Technology Forum’s Lifetime Achievement Award, a Fulbright Senior Research Scholar Award, AIChE's Thomas-Baron Award in Fluid-Particle Systems, ASEE’s Chemical Engineering Lectureship Award, ASEE’s CACHE Award for Excellence in Computing in Chemical Engineering Education, ASEE's Sharon Keillor Award for Women in Engineering, and the NSF Presidential Young Investigator Award. Professor Curtis received her PhD in Chemical Engineering from Princeton University (1989) and her BS in Chemical Engineering from Purdue University (1983) where she has been awarded Distinguished Engineering Alumnae.
Gerard Baillely
Gerard Baillely is Senior Vice President, Research & Development, Global Corporate Functions for the Procter & Gamble Company. Gerard joined P&G’s R&D organization in 1985, after graduating from Lycee Descartes Tours in France in Mathematiques, Superieures & Speciales as well as for Chemistry from the Ecole Superieure de Chimie Industrielle de Lyon. He leads multiple strategic R&D disciplines for P&G covering analytical, data science, advanced statistics, life sciences and modeling to drive innovation, quality, operational speed and efficiency. During his 35-year career, Gerard has created a portfolio of upstream products and initiatives that address unmet consumer needs across different categories. For the past 17 years, he held senior R&D positions for Fabric Care (NA Detergent, Global Liquid Platform), Oral Care (Global Dentifrice Platform, China and Latin America Business), and as a VP Home Care and P&G professionals as well as leading Corporate-wide R&D capabilities (Analytical, Data & Modeling Sciences, Bio and Life Sciences, Clinical and Digital Innovation). In addition to his R&D Corporate Function responsibilities, Gerard is also the Steward of the Chemistry and Life Science Communities of Practice that span across the Company. Externally, Gerard is a member of the board for Living Well Collaborative, a non-profit innovation organization promoting the development of products and services for the senior (50+) consumers. Gerard has been a member of the board of the Consumer Specialty Product Association between 2012 and 2016, a reputed industry agency that promotes the use and safety of consumer specialty products and works with lawmakers and regulators. Gerard has been twice recognized by CSPA for his contributions. Gerard is a member of the AOCS (American Oil Chemist’s Society) Board of Directors, and participates in activity programs that connect ACS (American Chemical Society) and the industry. Gerard has been appointed a member of the Board on Chemical Sciences and Technology within the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine. On November 15, 2018, Gerard was awarded the Chevalier de L’Ordre National du Mérite distinction by the President of France.
Ruben G. Carbonell
Ruben G. Carbonell, NAE is the Frank Hawkins Kenan Distinguished Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at North Carolina State University. He is the Chief Technology Officer of the National Institute for Innovation in Manufacturing Biopharmaceuticals (NIIMBL), a member of the Manufacturing USA Network of Manufacturing Institutes. He is also the Director of the Kenan Institute for Engineering, Technology & Science. Dr. Carbonell was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2014, for the impact of his work on molecular recognition applied to biological separations, and his work on multiphase transport processes. He is a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors, the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, and the Industrial and Engineering Chemistry Division of the American Chemical Society. He has won numerous awards, including the Holladay Medal for Excellence at NC State, the highest award given to university faculty. Dr. Carbonell received his BS degree in Chemical Engineering from Manhattan College in 1969 and his PhD from Princeton University in the same area in 1973.
John Fortner
John Fortner is an Associate Professor at Yale University within the Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering. His research program is focused on advancing water-related technologies and understanding/engineering interfacial processes, typically at the nanoscale, as they relate to critical environmental-based health, security, and energy challenges. Dr. Fortner held postdoctoral fellowships at Rice University and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETHZ). He obtained his BS from Texas A&M University and PhD from Rice University in environmental engineering.
Karen I. Goldberg
Karen I. Goldberg, NAS, is a Vagelos Professor of Energy Research at the University of Pennsylvania and the Director of the Vagelos Institute for Energy Science and Technology. Her previous faculty appointments were at Illinois State University, a primarily undergraduate institution, and the University of Washington. She served as Director of the first National Science Foundation Phase II Center for Chemical Innovation (CCI), the Center for Enabling New Technologies through Catalysis (CENTC) from 2007-18. Her research is focused on the mechanistic study of organometallic reactions and the development of new catalytic systems to efficiently produce chemicals and fuels from a range of available feedstocks. Goldberg was elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and a member of the Washington State Academy of Science in 2012. In 2015, she received the Carol Tyler Award from the International Precious Metal Institute and in 2016, the ACS Award for Organometallic Chemistry. She was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2017 and to the National Academy of Sciences in 2018. She received her A.B. degree from Barnard College of Columbia University and her Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of California at Berkeley. Goldberg has served on BCST since 2019.
Jennifer M. Heemstra
Jennifer M. Heemstra received her B.S. in Chemistry from the University of California, Irvine, in 2000. At Irvine, she performed undergraduate research investigating the folding of synthetic beta-sheet mimics, which instilled in her a love of supramolecular chemistry. She then moved to the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, where she completed her Ph.D. in 2005 studying the reactivity of pyridine-functionalized phenylene ethynylene cavitands. After a brief time in industry as a medicinal chemist, she moved to Harvard University to pursue postdoctoral research exploring mechanisms for templated nucleic acid synthesis. Dr. Heemstra began her independent career in 2010 and is currently a Professor in the Department of Chemistry at Emory University. Research in the Heemstra lab is focused on harnessing the molecular recognition and self-assembly properties of biomolecules for applications in biosensing and bioimaging. Specific accomplishments include the development of methods for high-throughput enantiopurity measurement for biocatalyst evolution, design of new stimuli-responsive biomaterials, and creation and use of tools to probe RNA localization and editing. In addition to her research, Dr. Heemstra is also actively engaged in science communication, outreach, and advocacy via her social media presence, monthly column in Chemical & Engineering News, and frequent seminars and workshops on topics surrounding mentoring, DEI, mental health, and science communication. Dr. Heemstra has been recognized with multiple awards, including the ARO Young Investigator Award, NSF CAREER Award, Cottrell Scholar Award, and ACS WCC Rising Star Award.
Jodie Lutkenhaus
Jodie L. Lutkenhaus is the William and Ruth Neely Faculty Fellow and an Associate Professor in the Artie McFerrin Department of Chemical Engineering at Texas A&M University. Dr. Lutkenhaus also holds a courtesy appointment in the Department of Materials Science & Engineering. Following a postdoctoral position at University of Massachusetts Amherst, she joined the faculty at Yale in 2008. In 2010, she moved to Texas A&M University and was later promoted to Associate Professor in 2015. Dr. Lutkenhaus has served on the Editorial Advisory Boards of Macromolecules, American Chemical Society Macro Letters, and American Chemical Society Applied Nano Materials. She has also served on the Editorial Board of Scientific Reports. She previously served in the American Chemical Society Division of Polymeric Materials: Science and Engineering as Member-at-Large and in the American Institute of
Chemical Engineers Materials & Engineering Science Division as 2nd Vice Chair. Dr. Lutkenhaus received her BS in Chemical Engineering in 2002 from The University of Texas at Austin and her PhD in Chemical Engineering in 2007 from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Shelley D. Minteer
Shelley D. Minteer is an Associate Chair of Chemistry and the Dale and Susan Poulter Endowed Chair of Biological Chemistry in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Utah. She received her B.S. in Chemistry from Western Illinois University in 1995 and her Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry from the University of Iowa in 2000 under the direction of Professor Johna Leddy. After receiving her Ph.D., she spent 11 years as a faculty in the Department of Chemistry at Saint Louis University before moving to the University of Utah in 2011. She was a Technical Editor for the Journal of the Electrochemical Society (2013-2016) and also an Associate Editor for the Journal of the American Chemical Society (2016-2020) before serving as the inaugural Editor-in-chief of the ACS Au Journals (2020-present). Dr. Minteer has published more than 400 publications and given over 500 presentations at national and international conferences and universities. She has won several awards and fellowships, including the Luigi Galvani Prize of the Bioelectrochemical Society, the International Society of Electrochemistry Tajima Prize and Bioelectrochemistry Prize, the Grahame Award of the Electrochemical Society, Fellow of the Electrochemical Society and the International Society of Electrochemistry, the American Chemical Society Division of Analytical Chemistry Award in Electrochemistry, and the Society of Electroanalytical Chemists' Young Investigator Award and Reilley Award. Her research interests are focused on electrocatalysis and bioanalytical electrochemistry. She has expertise in biosensors, biofuel cells, electrosynthesis, and bioelectronics.
Amy Prieto
Amy Lucía Prieto is a Professor of Chemistry at Colorado State University, and the Founder/CTO of Prieto Battery, Inc. She received her B.A. from Williams College in Chemistry and Philosophy, her Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley, and did her postdoctoral work at Harvard University. There she was named one of the first L’Oreal for Women in Science Fellows. Her research is focused on developing synthetic methods for materials that have application in energy storage and production, with a particular emphasis on sustainability. She is a member of the Royal Society of Chemistry, is an Associate Editor for the journal Chemical Communications, and has been awarded a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (awarded by President Barack Obama).

Megan L. Robertson
Megan L. Robertson is the Cullen College of Engineering Associate Professor in the William A. Brookshire Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Houston. Dr. Robertson received her Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley and subsequently worked as a Senior Scientist at Rohm and Haas (now Dow Chemical) in Spring House, Pennsylvania. She then went to the University of Minnesota as a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Department of Chemistry before joining the University of Houston. Dr. Robertson’s research interests span diverse areas including sustainable polymers derived from renewable resources, biodegradable polymers and polymer end-of-life, advanced resins for polymer composites, structure and dynamics of block copolymer micelles, antifouling polymers and polymer brushes, and thermodynamics of polymer blends. Dr. Robertson is the recipient of the Sparks-Thomas Award of the American Chemical Society, an Editor of the European Polymer Journal, and an advisory board member for the National Institute of Standards and Technology Center for Neutron Research, Center for Plastics Innovation, Center for Sustainable Polymers, ACS Applied Polymer Materials, and Polymer Chemistry (RSC). Dr. Robertson was formerly an organizer and participant of Frontiers of Science Kavli symposia sponsored by the National Academy of Science.
Saly Romero-Torres
Saly Romero-Torres is a Senior Director of Digital Quality Systems at Thermo Fisher Scientific Pharma Services. Prior to this position, she served as Senior Manager of Advanced Data Analytics at Biogen, where she led a team of mathematicians, statisticians and Advanced Process Control engineers. She has over 15 years of experience in the fielding of Process Analytical Technologies (PAT) and advanced manufacturing of bio-pharmaceuticals with a focus in the use of advanced sensors, advanced process control, data analytics, machine learning and operational excellence tools. In 2014, Dr. Romero-Torres founded Bio-Hyperplane LLC, a data analytics and consultation company. At Bio-Hyperplane LLC, Dr. Romero-Torres worked with a broad portfolio of industries including biopharma, automation software (semiconductors), data analytics software and instruments. Her personal mission is advancing pharmaceutical manufacturing processes to enhance plant operations and, more importantly, improving patients’ access to critical therapies. Dr. Romero-Torres currently serves on the National Academies committee on Identifying Innovative Technologies to Advance Pharmaceutical Manufacturing. She obtained a PhD in pharmaceutical PAT from Purdue University in 2006 and has worked for companies such as Schering Plough, Wyeth, and Pfizer.
Rebecca T. Ruck
Rebecca T. Ruck is Executive Director of Enabling Technologies, Small Molecule Process Research & Development at Merck Research Laboratories, Process Research & Development. Her team is composed of biologists, chemists and engineers and is tasked with leveraging its expertise in areas such as catalysis, biotechnology, crystallization, reaction modeling and flow chemistry to enable processes for Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients in the Merck pipeline. Prior to her current role, Dr. Ruck served as Director of three different teams at Merck: Process Chemistry, Catalysis & Automation, and Discovery Process Chemistry. Over the course of her career, she and her team have impacted projects across a wide range of therapeutic areas, including beta-lactamase inhibitors, hepatitis C virus and type II diabetes. Following graduate studies, Dr. Ruck served as an NIH post-doctoral fellow in the lab of Professor Robert Bergman at the University of California, Berkeley, studying zirconium-based organometallic reactions and mechanisms. She has a passion for driving Women in Chemistry activities and was named the 2018 winner of the American Chemical Society Award for Encouraging Women into Careers in the Chemical Sciences. Dr. Ruck earned her AB summa cum laude from Princeton University in 1998. She received a PhD from Harvard University in 2003.
Anup K. Singh
Anup K. Singh is the Associate Director for Engineering at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in Livermore, CA and leads ~ 2,400 professionals with responsibility for the full breadth of the Laboratory’s engineering needs including research and development, integrated systems, and services. The engineering directorate relies on multidisciplinary collaboration to achieve breakthroughs in areas vital to national security including nuclear deterrence, defense against weapons of mass destruction, and energy security. Many of the innovations pioneered by his organization have been translated into commercial products that improve everyday life in novel and practical ways. He also holds an appointment as adjunct professor at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston and serves as the director of Microfluidics at the Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI). Before joining LLNL, he was at Sandia National Laboratories for over 24 years where he held multiple leadership and technical positions. He has served on numerous review and advisory panels including the Department of Defense’s Defense Science Board, the National Research Council’s Chemical Science and Technology panel, the National Institutes of Health’s Instrumentation and Systems Development Study Section, and many review panels for the National Science Foundation, National Institute of Health, and DOE. He participated in National Academy of Engineering sponsored Indo-American Frontiers of Engineering Symposium in 2010. He is internationally recognized for his scientific leadership in microfluidics and has published more than 100 peer-reviewed publications, delivered more than 150 presentations at national and international conferences, and his inventions have led to more than 40 patents and patent applications. Many of his inventions have been licensed to companies engaged in medical diagnostics and sensor technology development.
Vijay Swarup
Vijay Swarup is Vice President of Research and Development at ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Company. One of his many research interests include the challenge of how to capture carbon dioxide before it is released into the atmosphere. Over his career, he has progressed through a variety of engineering, planning and managerial roles at company locations in Redwater, Alberta, Canada; Baytown, Texas; Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Houston, Texas; and Fairfax, Virginia. In 2006, he became the Global Technology Planning Manager for ExxonMobil Chemical. In 2008, he was appointed Global Olefins Marketing Manager for ExxonMobil Chemical Company. In 2010 he became Vice President of Basestocks, Specialties and Asphalt for ExxonMobil Lubricants and Specialties Company. He was appointed Manager of Planning and Business Development for ExxonMobil Chemical in 2012. In 2013, Dr. Swarup was appointed Corporate Strategic Research Manager, ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Company. In 2014, he was appointed Vice President, Research and Development, ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Company. Vijay holds BS degrees in Chemistry and in Chemical Engineering from Purdue University and a PhD in Chemical Engineering from Rutgers University.


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