CSR Members


WILLIAM CARROLL, Occidental Chemical Corporation

JENNIFER SINCLAIR CURTIS, University of California, Davis



TINA BAHADORI, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

MICHAEL R. BERMAN, Air Force Office of Scientific Research

CAROL BESSEL, National Science Foundation

CAROLE BEWLEY, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases

DONNA G. BLACKMOND, Scripps Research Institute

EMILIO BUNEL, Argonne National Laboratory

ALLISON CAMPBELL, WR Wiley Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory

RICHARD R. CAVANAGH, National Institute of Standards and Technology

JULIO DE PAULA, Lewis and Clark College

MILES FABIAN, National Institute of General Medical Sciences

MIGUEL GARCIA-GARIBAY, University of California, Los Angeles

JACK KAYE, National Aeronautics and Space Administration

JOANN SLAMA LIGHTY, National Science Foundation

KENNETH G. MOLOY, DuPont Central Research and Development

TANJA PIETRASS, U.S. Department of Energy

KATHLEEN J. STEBE, University of Pennsylvania

PATRICIA A. THIEL, Ames Laboratory and Iowa State University





Dr. William F. Carroll, Jr. holds a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from Indiana University, Bloomington, IN.   He received an M.S. from Tulane University in New Orleans, and a B.A. in chemistry and physics from DePauw University in Greencastle, IN.  He is currently Adjunct Professor of Chemistry at Indiana, having completed a 36-year career as an executive with Occidental Chemical Corporation.


Bill is a member of the Board of Directors of the American Chemical Society, having served as Chair of the Board between 2012 and 2014.  He is also a Past President (2005), one of three living members to hold both offices.  He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, and a member of the advisory board for the Tulane School of Science and Engineering.  In 2009, he was chair of the Council of Scientific Society Presidents.


On behalf of OxyChem he chaired numerous committees for industry associations, and served on expert groups commissioned by the United Nations Environment Programme, the US Environmental Protection Agency and three states--most recently the California Green Ribbon Science Panel.  He has received Distinguished Alumni Awards from both Indiana and DePauw.


He holds two patents, and has over seventy-five publications in the fields of organic electrochemistry, polymer chemistry, combustion chemistry, incineration, plastics recycling—and popular music chart analytics.


Jennifer Sinclair Curtis is Dean of the College of Engineering at University of California, Davis.  She has also previously served as Associate Dean for Research in the College of Engineering and Department Chair of Chemical Engineering at the University of Florida, Director of the Florida Energy Systems Consortium (a statewide collaboration in energy research involving all of Florida's 12 state universities), and Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs and Head of the Freshman Engineering Department at Purdue University.  Professor Curtis received a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Purdue University (1983) and a PhD in Chemical Engineering from Princeton University (1989).


Professor Curtis has an internationally-recognized research program in the development and validation of numerical models for the prediction of particle flow phenomena. She is the co-author of over 100 archival publications and has given over 160 invited lectures at universities, companies, government laboratories and technical conferences. She is a Fellow of AAAS, AIChE and ASEE. Professor Curtis is a recipient of a Fulbright Senior Research Scholar Award, AIChE's Thomas-Baron Award in Fluid-Particle Systems, the AIChE’s Fluidization Lectureship Award, AIChE’s van Antwerpen Award, the American Society of Engineering Education's Chemical Engineering Lectureship Award, the Eminent Overseas Lectureship Award by the Institution of Engineers in Australia, and ASEE's Sharon Keillor Award for Women in Engineering, and the NSF Presidential Young Investigator Award. She has served on the National Academy of Engineering's Committee on Engineering Education and has participated in two NAE Frontiers of Research Symposia (2003 and 2008).  She currently serves as co-Chair of the National Academies’ Chemical Sciences Roundtable, Associate Editor of the International Journal of Multiphase Flow and the AIChE Journal, and co-Editor of Chemical Engineering Education. 




Tina Bahadori is the National Program Director for Chemical Safety for Sustainability (CSS) at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. CSS research advances sustainable development, use and assessment of existing chemicals and emerging materials by developing and applying computational science, integrated chemical evaluation strategies, and decision-support tools. Before joining EPA in May 2012, she was the Managing Director of the Long-Range Research Initiative at the American Chemistry Council (ACC). Dr. Bahadori is a past president of the International Society of Exposure Science and was an associate editor of the Journal of Exposure Science and Environmental Epidemiology. She has served as a member of several committees of the National Academies, including one that developed a research strategy for environmental, health, and safety aspects of engineered nanomaterials. Tina holds a doctorate in environmental science and engineering from the Harvard School of Public Health. From MIT, she holds a Master of Science in Chemical Engineering and Technology and Policy, as well as Bachelor of Science degrees in Chemical Engineering and in Humanities.


Michael R. Berman is a program manager for Molecular Dynamics and Theoretical Chemistry at the Air Force Office of Scientific Research. Dr. Berman joined AFOSR in 1991. He is a staff member of the Directorate of Chemistry and Life Sciences. He frequently participates in government review panels and advisory boards, and has been active as session chair and presenter at national and international meetings. Dr. Berman has more than two decades of experience in scientific research and management in academia, industry and government. He is the author of 35 published scientific papers and is a member of the American Chemical Society, American Physical Society and Sigma Xi.


Carol Bessel is the Acting Division Director of the Division of Chemistry in the Directorate for Mathematical and Physical Sciences at the National Science Foundation. Dr. Bessel started as a permanent program officer in the Division of Chemistry in 2007. In 2010, she became the program manager for the Fuels from Sunlight Energy Innovation Hub and the Energy Frontier Research Centers Program in the Chemical Sciences, Geosciences and Biosciences Division of the Office of Science at the Department of Energy. She returned to NSF in 2012 and has served as the Acting Deputy Division Director in both the Divisions of Materials Research and Chemistry. Dr. Bessel has consistently earned accolades for her for program work, specifically for her leadership of the Energy Innovation Hub Program (DOE) and the joint EPA/NSF Networks for Sustainable Molecular Design and Synthesis Program (NSF). Prior to coming to the NSF permanently she was a Professor of Chemistry at Villanova University, where she conducted research on graphite nanofibers, reactions in supercritical carbon dioxide, and the synthesis of novel ruthenium coordination complexes. Dr. Bessel received her Bachelors and Ph.D. degrees in Chemistry from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1988 and 1993, respectively. She earned a prestigious National Research Council Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, D.C. (1993) as well as a Mary Ingraham Bunting Fellowship in Biomedical Research at the Radcliffe Institute of Advanced Studies at Harvard University (1999). Dr. Bessel has published over 30 papers in major research journals, and holds 1 patent.


Carole Bewley is a Senior Investigator at the National Institutes of Health, and Chief of the Natural Products Chemistry Section in the Laboratory of Bioorganic Chemistry, NIDDK. She received her Ph.D. in Oceanography and Marine Natural Products Chemistry from Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UCSD, and was a Cancer Research Institute Postdoctoral Fellow in protein NMR. Her current research program focuses on bioactive marine natural products, protein-carbohydrate recognition and HIV entry. Dr. Bewley has received the National Institutes of Health Director’s Award, is an editorial board member of Current Medicinal Chemistry–Anti-Infectives, and is a chartered member of Synthetic and Biological Chemistry (CSR/NIH) and Molecular Libraries (NIH Roadmap) study sections. She has been an active member of the American Chemical Society for 15 years, serves on Editorial Advisory Boards and as an expert reviewer for multiple ACS journals, and is a member of the Long Range Planning Committee, Division of MedChem for the ACS.


Donna G. Blackmond (NAE) received a PhD in chemical engineering from Carnegie-Mellon University in 1984. She was a professor of chemical engineering at the University of Pittsburgh from 1984-1992. In 1992, she left academia for industrial research, becoming an associate director at Merck & Co., Inc., where she was responsible for the setting up of a new laboratory for research and development in the kinetics and catalysis of organic reactions. From 1996-99, Professor Blackmond was a research group leader at the Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung in Mülheim an der Ruhr, Germany. She moved to the United Kingdom in 1999 to take up the position of professor and chair of physical chemistry at the University of Hull. She joined the faculty at Imperial College London in 2004, where she held joint professorial appointments in the departments of chemistry and chemical engineering & chemical technology as well as the chair in catalysis. Professor Blackmond holds a Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award. She received an Arthur C. Cope Scholar Award from the Organic Chemistry Division of the American Chemical Society (2005) and The Royal Society of Chemistry Physical Organic Chemistry Award (2009). She is currently a professor of chemistry at the Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, California. Professor Blackmond was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2013.


Emilio Bunel received his Ph.D. in chemistry from the California Institute of Technology in 1988. He began his professional career at DuPont Central Research as a member of the Catalysis Group. He was responsible for the discovery and subsequent development of new processes for the synthesis of Nylon intermediates required in the manufacture of Nylon-6,6 and Nylon-6. In 2001, Bunel was hired by Eli Lilly to establish the Catalysis Group within the Discovery Research Organization. This group was responsible for the preparation of organic compounds using transition metal catalyzed reactions. The molecules prepared spanned all the aspects of the pharmaceutical endeavor from early lead optimization to process development. In 2003, he became an associate director at Amgen, Inc. His work included the establishment of the Catalysis Group in support of route selection/process development efforts to manufacture active pharmaceutical ingredients for clinical testing. Most recently, Emilio was employed as the director of research at Pfizer, Inc., where he directed the Catalysis Group in support of medicinal chemistry and process development. After spending so many years in industry, Bunel decided to get back to where science is discovered and not just used. Argonne has a talented group of scientists and engineers, but with funding shifting to applied science, the division must tailor itself to that atmosphere. He also emphasized the importance of having a strong basic research program as well.


Allison Campbell is nationally recognized for her contributions toward materials development through her research in the field of biomaterials, and she is credited with co-inventing a bio-inspired process to "grow" a bioactive calcium phosphate layer, from the molecular level, onto the surfaces of artificial joint implants (total hip and knee) to extend implant life and reduce rejection. She is also recognized for her work in understanding the role of proteins in biomineralization. Dr. Campbell has authored numerous peer reviewed technical papers, been an invited speaker at national and international meetings, and has several patents based upon her research. Additionally, she is an avid promoter of science education, sharing her enthusiasm for science with young students through a number of hands-on education programs.


Richard R. Cavanagh is the Director of the Office of Special Programs at the National Institute of Standards and Technology. He directly supports the NIST Director and Associate Director for Laboratory Programs by (1) coordinating and providing oversight of high-profile programs that span the mission and expertise of two or more NIST laboratories: (2) helping ensure that research supporting forensics, homeland and national security projects/programs is congruent with NIST’s research capabilities and overall programmatic priorities,  (3) overseeing and enforcing NIST policy on Human and Animal Subjects Research, and (4) overseeing the development and implementation of NIST’s policies regarding Scientific Integrity and Research Misconduct.


Dr. Cavanagh has held several leadership responsibilities in addition to those at NIST. He is a Fellow of the American Vacuum Society and of the American Physical Society. He has served on the General Committee of the Physical Electronic Conference, Chaired the Gordon Research Conference on Dynamics at Surfaces, served on the Executive committee of the AVS Surface Science Division, and was a member of the Executive Committee and Governing Board of the Council for Chemical Research.  He was the chairman of the Versailles Project on Advanced Materials and Standards (VAMAS) from 2011 to 2014.


Julio de Paula came to Lewis & Clark College as Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and Professor of Chemistry in May 2005. From 2010 to 2013 he was an Associate Vice President and Director of Special Projects, and Professor of Chemistry. From 2011 to 2012 he was a Program Director in the Chemistry Division of the National Science Foundation. He is currently Professor of Chemistry at Lewis & Clark and a member of its Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Program. Born in Brazil, de Paula came with his family to the United States in 1976. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, and his doctorate in Chemistry from Yale University. He was awarded a National Institutes of Health Fellowship to conduct postdoctoral work at Michigan State University. Before joining Lewis & Clark, de Paula was a professor of chemistry at Haverford College. Professor de Paula is the recipient of a Christian and Mary Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching and a Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award. In 2005, he was the Knapp Visiting Distinguished Professor of Liberal Arts at the University of San Diego.


Miles Fabian is a program director in the Division of Pharmacology, Physiology, and Biological Chemistry. Fabian manages research grants in the areas of bioorganic and medicinal chemistry, as well as institutional training grants in chemical biology. Prior to joining NIGMS, Fabian was a founding scientist at Ambit Biosciences in San Diego. He earned a B.S. in chemistry from the University of Nebraska and a Ph.D. in biophysical chemistry from the University of California, San Diego. Fabian conducted postdoctoral research at Yale University.


Miguel Garcia-Garibay has been a Faculty member in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry since 1992. He came to UCLA after doing Postdoctoral research at Columbia University, which followed his PhD studies at the University of British Columbia, in Canada. The earlier portions of Dr. Garcia-Garibay education were completed in his native, Mexico, at the Universidad Michoacana, where he did research on natural product isolation and characterization. Dr. Garcia-Garibay was promoted to full professor in the year 2000 and he has served as Vice Chair for Education in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry since 2005. Dr. Garcia-Garibay is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of the American Chemical Society and the Journal of Organic Chemistry. He has been a member of the CNSI since 2005. His current research efforts are aimed to the development of artificial molecular machinery in highly organized crystalline media, and to the development of green chemistry by taking advantage of organic reactions in molecular nanocrystals.


Jack Kaye currently serves as Associate Director for Research of the Earth Science Division (ESD) within NASA’s Science Mission Directorate (SMD).  He has been a member of the Senior Executive Service since August, 1999, managing NASA’s Earth Science Research Program.  Earlier positions in his more than 28-year career at NASA include being a Space Scientist at the Goddard Space Flight Center and Manager of the Atmospheric Chemistry Modeling and Analysis Program at NASA HQ.  In addition, he has held temporary acting positions as Deputy Director of ESD and Deputy Chief Scientist for Earth Science within SMD.  His academic training is in chemistry (B.S. Adelphi University, 1976; Ph.D., California Institute of Technology, 1982). He also held a post-doctoral research associateship at the US Naval Research Laboratory.   As Associate Director for Research, Dr. Kaye is responsible for the research and data analysis programs for Earth System Science, covering the broad spectrum of scientific disciplines that constitute it. He represents NASA in many interagency and international activities and has been an active participant in the US Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) in which he has served for several years as NASA principal and Vice Chair of the Subcommittee on Global Change Research (from Jan., 2009 through May, 2010 he served as the Acting Chair for these activities).  He also serves as NASA’s representative to the Subcommittee on Ocean Science and Technology.  He recently completed a six-year term as a member of the Steering Committee for the Global Climate Observing System and currently serves an ex officio member of the National Research Council’s Roundtable on Science and Technology for Sustainability.  He has received numerous NASA awards (most recently, the Outstanding Leadership Medal in 2009), as well as been recognized as a Meritorious Executive in the Senior Executive Service in 2004 and 2010, and named as a Fellow by the American Meteorological Society in 2010. He was elected to serve as co-secretary of the Atmospheric Sciences Section of the American Geophysical Union (AGU) for 1998-2000 and earlier served on the AGU Publications Committee.  The AGU has recognized him on two occasions with a Citation for Excellence in Refereeing.  He has published more than 50 refereed papers, contributed to numerous reports, books, and encyclopedias, and edited the book Isotope Effects in Gas-Phase Chemistry for the American Chemical Society. In addition, he has attended the Leadership for Democratic Society program at the Federal Executive Institute and the Harvard Senior Managers in Government Program a the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.


JoAnn S. Lighty, director of the Division of Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental, and Transport Systems (CBET) in the Directorate for Engineering (ENG), is also professor and former chair of the department of chemical engineering at the University of Utah.  She joined the National Science Foundation (NSF) in October 2013. 


At the University of Utah, Lighty served in a variety of leadership capacities.  She led the department of chemical engineering from 2007 to 2013 and served as associate dean for academic affairs for the College of Engineering from 1997 to 2004. During the intervening years, Lighty directed the Institute for Combustion and Energy Studies (now the Institute for Clean and Secure Energy).


Lighty's research has focused on the formation of fine particulate matter from combustion systems; the fate of mercury in fossil fuel combustion; carbon capture technologies; and on the formation and oxidation of soot. She received her Ph.D. and B.S. in chemical engineering from the University of Utah.  Lighty has authored or co-authored more than 60 publications and 6 book chapters based on her research and expertise. While serving on committees for the Environmental Protection Agency and the National Research Council, she contributed to reports on important national issues including air quality, hazardous waste management, and water quality. Lighty has received numerous honors and recognitions, including educator awards from the Society of Women Engineers and the Utah Engineering Council, and election to Fellow by the American Institute of Chemical Engineers.


Kenneth Moloy is a Research Fellow at DuPont Central Research and Development.  He received a Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry from Northwestern University in 1984 and a B.S. (Chemistry) from Indiana University in 1980.  Following graduate school he joined Union Carbide’s Technical Center in South Charleston, WV, working in long range R&D.  In 1995 he moved to the DuPont Experimental Station in Wilmington, DE.  Dr. Moloy’s expertise lies in the areas of organometallic chemistry, catalysis, organic chemistry, and process chemistry.  Dr. Moloy has chaired the Gordon Research Conference on Organometallic Chemistry and also the Organometallic Subdivision of the ACS Division of Inorganic Chemistry.  Dr. Moloy recently participated on a NAS committee to revise “Prudent Practices in the Laboratory”, due for publication in 2011.


Tanja Pietrass is the Director of the Chemical Sciences, Geosciences, and Biosciences Division in the Office of Basic Energy Sciences, Office of Science, U.S. Department of Energy.  She previously served as the Deputy Division Director and Acting Director of the Chemistry Division at the National Science Foundation, and as Program Director in the Experimental Physical Chemistry, Chemical Structure and Dynamics, and Chemical Measurement and Imaging programs in the same Division.


Prior to her service at the National Science Foundation, she was a faculty member and Chair in the Chemistry Department at New Mexico Tech, where she rose through the ranks to Full Professor. Her research interests centered on solid-state nuclear magnetic (NMR) resonance spectroscopy and optical techniques to enhance the nuclear spin polarization with applications to gas sorption in porous materials, surface characterization, optical pumping in semiconductors, heterogeneous catalysis, and ion mobility in batteries. She was a NATO DAAD postdoctoral fellow and received the New Mexico Tech Distinguished Research Award. Dr. Pietrass is the author of approximately 55 peer-reviewed articles and is a member of the American Chemical Society.


Kathleen J. Stebe is the Richer & Elizabeth Goodwin Professor and Chair of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania. Her research expertise is in nanostructured materials and surface and colloidal science. Stebe's primary research interests are in non-equilibrium interfaces, with applications ranging from microfluidics to nanotechnology. One aspect of her research program focuses on interfaces between fluids and how surfactants can be used to influence interfacial flows. Other aspects address tailoring of solid-liquid interfaces with applications ranging from patterned electrodeposition to capillary-driven assembly and ordering of nanomaterials. Her honors and awards include:  Fellow - Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study - Harvard University - 2002, Robert S. Pond Sr. Excellence in Teaching Award - Whiting School of Engineering - Johns Hopkins University - 1993, American Physical Society Francois N. Frenkiel Award for Significant Contributions in Fluid Mechanics by Young Investigators - 1992, Stanley Katz Memorial Award for Excellence in Research - Department of Chemical Engineering - City University of New York – 1989. Stebe received a PhD and MSE in chemical engineering in 1989 from The City University of New York, and a BA in economics from the City University of New York in 1984. 


Patricia A. Thiel is the John D. Corbett Professor of Chemistry, and a Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and of Materials Science & Engineering at Iowa State University. She is also a Faculty Scientist in the Ames Laboratory. She is active in research, teaching, and administration. In research, she is known for her work in three main areas: nanostructure evolution on surfaces; surface properties and structures of quasicrystals (a complex type of metallic alloy); and the chemistry of water adsorbed on metal surfaces. Thiel is an enthusiastic teacher of physical chemistry. She has held several administrative posts, including chair of the Department of Chemistry. Thiel earned her B.A. in Chemistry from Macalester College, and her Ph.D. in Chemistry from the California Institute of Technology in 1981. After postdoctoral work at the University of Munich as a von Humboldt Fellow, she joined the technical staff at Sandia National Laboratories, Livermore, then moved to Iowa State University in 1983. In her early academic career, Thiel was recognized with awards from the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and by a National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator Award. Later, she received the American Chemical Society's Arthur W. Adamson Award, and the American Physical Society's David J. Adler Lectureship. She was also named Fellow of several societies: the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Materials Research Society, the American Physical Society, and the American Vacuum Society.