Chair

  • Elise Fox

Members

  • Katherine Aubrecht
  • Jenelle Ball
  • Stephen Benn
  • Mark Benvenuto
  • Marie Bourgeois
  • Edward Brush
  • Dionysios Dionysiou
  • Jurgen Exner
  • Robert Giraud
  • Jillian Goldfarb
  • Carol Henry
  • Brett Howard
  • Catherine "Katie" Hunt
  • Keisuke Ikehata
  • Anastasia Ilgen
 
 
  • John Jayne
  • Michael Matthews
  • V. Faye McNeill
  • Cathy Middlecamp
  • Steven Moss
  • Clifford Murphy
  • Sherine Obare
  • Sara Orski
  • Melissa Pasquinelli
  • Michelle Rogers
  • Joseph Sabol
  • Brian Salvatore
  • Peter Smith
  • Jane Wissinger

Liaisons

  • Michelle Brann
  • Susan Olesik

Staff

  • David Constable
  • Ray Garant
  • Carl Maxwell
  • Jennifer MacKellar

Committee Bios

Members | Liaisons | Staff

Dr. Elise Fox, Member (2022) and Chair

Dr. Fox’s research specialty is renewable materials and renewable energy policy.  Recent projects include the reduction of soft costs of photovoltaics in the Southeastern US and expanding access to renewable energy for low to middle income communities. She served on the Subcommittee on Energy Use and Resources and the Subcommittee on Renewable Energy for the development of the South Carolina (SC) State Energy Plan in 2016 and the  2019 update. She was a member of the South Carolina Electric Vehicle Initiative in 2021. She received her B.S in Chemistry from the College of Charleston in 2001 and has graduate degrees from The Pennsylvania State University, M.S (2004) and Ph.D. (2006) in Materials with a minor in Energy and Geo-Environmental Engineering.  Her graduate work, under Professor Chunshan Song, involved catalytic hydrogen purification and production by the oxygen-assisted water-gas shift reaction and the absorptive desulfurization of fuels.

She is a Councilor for the ACS Division on Energy and Fuels (2015-2023) and previous Chair (2014).  She served as an Alternate Councilor (2014-2016) for Savannah River Local Section, served in the three-year chair succession (Chair in 2009).  Dr. Fox served on the Younger Chemist Committee [Member (2013-2014), Associate (2011-2012)] and has been a member of ACS since 1997.  She joined CEI in 2015 as an Associate and currently serves as Chair.  Dr. Fox was recognized as an ACS Fellow in 2017 and is an Advisory Board Member for the ACS Green Chemistry Institute.

Dr. Katherine Aubrecht, Member (2024)

Katherine Aubrecht is an Associate Professor in the Department of Chemistry and School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences at Stony Brook University, where she also serves as the Division Head for Sustainability Studies. Her scholarship focuses on the development and assessment of learning materials connecting chemistry to issues of sustainability. She is serving as a module developer for the ACS GCI Green and Sustainable Chemistry Module Development Project. She was one of the 2016 recipients of the ACS-CEI Award for Incorporation of Sustainability into Chemical Education. She received a B.A. in Chemistry from Reed College, a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from Cornell University, and conducted post-doctoral research at the University of Minnesota.

Ms. Jenelle Ball, Member (2024)

Jenelle Ball is a high school chemistry teacher in Chico, California. As a 30+ year teacher of chemistry, she still has a true enthusiasm for her profession. She currently teaches college prep chemistry and Advanced Placement Chemistry, and serves as the science department chair.

Ms. Ball received her BS in chemistry from California State University, Chico. Her MS in chemistry is from UC Santa Cruz and her MA in education is from UC Santa Barbara.

In 1982, Ms. Ball became a full member the ACS after having been a member and president of the Student Affiliates at CSU Chico. She is a long-time member of the California Section. In 2010, the California Section recognized her teaching efforts and selected her as the Lloyd Ryland Outstanding High School Chemistry Teacher. Many opportunities came from that recognition. In 2015, she received the James Bryant Conant Award from the ACS. In 2016, she served as a member of the Recommendations Task Force for the American Chemical Society Guidelines for Teaching High School and Middle School Chemistry. In 2017, Ms. Ball served as President of the American Association of Chemistry Teachers, and was recognized as the Outstanding Alumni from the College of Natural Sciences at CSU Chico. She has been the program organizer and co-organizer for many Teacher Day programs during the ACS Spring National Meeting. She is very excited to now be a councilor for the California Section and member of CEI.

Stephen Benn, Consultant (2022) 

Stephen Benn has worked with the UK scientific community for over 30 years trying to improve the relationship between Science and Parliament and on behalf of the Royal Society of Chemistry and (later) a coalition of 15 scientific societies (led by the Royal Society of Biology). He has organised all the major science events held in Parliament from 1988 to 2021 including Parliamentary Links Day, Voice of the Future, STEM for BRITAIN and the annual Receptions for Science and Engineering. He is Vice President of the Parliamentary & Scientific Committee (of which he is also Chair of its Council) which is Parliament’s oldest All Party Parliamentary Group (dating back to 1939). In 2021 he was elected (unopposed) as a Member of the House of Lords and has sat in Parliament since 6 September 2021. He is also a lifelong fan of the Cincinnati Reds.

Dr. Mark Benvenuto, Associate (2021)

Mark Benvenuto is a professor of chemistry at the University of Detroit Mercy, and recently stepped aside as department chair, a position he held 18 years.  He maintains research interests in X-ray fluorescence of ancient and medieval artifacts, as well as of supplement materials not covered by the FDA.  He also maintains a research thrust into the synthesis of ligand-metal complexes for water remediation. Mark is an ACS Fellow of the Class of 2015.  Between his undergraduate and graduate school years, he spent several years as a lieutenant in the U.S. Army, mostly stationed in West Germany.

Dr. Marie Bourgeois, Member (2023)

Dr. Marie Bourgeois is a Research Professor and Toxicologist at the University Of South Florida College Of Public Health. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Clinical Chemistry from USF and an MPH and Ph.D. in Toxicology and Risk Assessment from the Environmental and Occupational Health Department at USF COPH in 2010.  Her research includes lactational transfer of pesticides, toxicity assessments of investigational compounds, and the effects of PARP inhibition on pharmacologically mediated hepatotoxicity.

Dr. Bourgeois was a Councilor (2014 – 2018) for the Tampa Bay ACS Chapter. She is currently serving as interim Secretary and has been an active member of ACS since 2006. She holds leadership positions in SOT at a regional and national level. She also is a member of the SETAC Human Health Risk Assessment Advisory Group and is an active promoter of K12 science education outreach.

Dr. Edward Brush, Member (2024)

Ed Brush is professor of chemistry at Bridgewater State University (BSU) in Massachusetts.  Ed received his Ph.D. in Bioorganic Chemistry from Penn State University, and B.Sc. in Chemistry from King's College of Pennsylvania.  Ed is faculty coordinator of Project GreenLab, an outreach initiative engaging students and educators in projects that apply the Principles of Green Chemistry to solve real world problems related to the use of chemicals in society.  Ed teaches organic chemistry and introduction to green chemistry at BSU, where he engages students through research, flipped classroom pedagogy, and the integration of Project-Based Learning into his lecture and lab courses focused on carbon capture. He has served as co-PI on a variety of departmental and institutional projects at BSU: to integrate and scaffold research through the chemistry curriculum; and integrate interdisciplinary Project-Based Learning (PBL) across the curriculum via connections to the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Ed serves on the advisory board for the Green Chemistry Commitment and is a member of the ACS Committee on Environmental Improvement. He has contributed to the ACS CPT Green Chemistry Supplement and was a guest editor for the Journal of Chemical Education special issue on “Systems Thinking, and Green and Sustainable Chemistry”. Ed has co-organized numerous symposia and workshops on green & sustainable chemistry at ACS national meetings, and represents the CEI on the thematic programming team for the ACS 2022 fall meeting in Chicago.

Dr. Dionysios D. Dionysiou, Associate (2022)

Professor Dionysiou was born on the Island of Cyprus. He is currently a Herman Schneider Professor of Environmental Engineering and has served as a UNESCO co-Chair Professor on “Water Access and Sustainability” at the University of Cincinnati (UC). His teaching and research interests include (i) physical chemical processes for treatment of surface water, groundwater, and industrial wastewater, (ii) AOPs, (iii) development of advanced functional materials, (iv) treatment of contaminants of emerging concern (i.e., pharmaceuticals and personal care products, biotoxins, heavy metals), (v) remediation of Harmful Algal Blooms/cyanotoxins, (vi) environmental nanotechnology and nanosensing, and (vii) water sustainability. Dr. Dionysiou is the author or co-author of over 600 refereed journal publications and 160 conference proceedings, book chapters, and editorials. He has also edited seven books. He has provided service as editor, associate editor, or member of the editorial board of more than 15 scientific journals. He served as committee chair or member for various functions in many professional societies. Dr. Dionysiou is fellow of the European Academy of Sciences, fellow of the American Chemical Society (ACS), fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC), fellow of the International Water Association (IWA), fellow of the Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors (AEESP), elected Board Certified Environmental Engineering Member (BCEEM) of the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists (AAEES), and recipient of several professional awards. Dr. Dionysiou has been featured in several international symposia, professional meetings, news media, and scientific publications. He has trained over 160 graduate and undergraduate students, postdoctoral associates, and visiting scholars in his laboratories. He is a Highly Cited Researcher (in Engineering and Environment/Ecology based on Clarivate Analytics, Web of Science, 2018, 2019, 2020, and 2021 as well as in Environmental Science and Engineering and Chemical Engineering based of Shanghai Ranking's Global Ranking of Academic Subjects by Elsevier, 2016).

Dr. Jurgen Exner, Consultant (2022)

From 1993 to the present, Jurgen H. Exner has been principal and president of JHE Technology Systems, Inc., a consulting company specializing in generation and treatment of waste, site restoration, and legal support services. He was chair of the East Tennessee Section of ACS in 1981, has been on the executive committee of the Division of Environmental Chemistry since 1985, was the Division Treasurer from 1990-1993, chair-elect 1994-1995, and chair from 1996-1997.  He was chair-elect of the Division from 2006-2007, chair from 2008-2009. He was American Chemical Society Tour Speaker in 1992, 1986, and 1985 on “The Role of Technology in Hazardous Waste Remediation.”  He has been a Division councilor since 1999, an associate and member of the ACS Board Committee for Environmental Improvement from 1999-2009, and a consultant from 2010-2012 and 2014-2022.  He was CEI’s chair from 2003-2005 and interim chair of CEI from August to December of 2018. ACS Fellow (2011). Associate member of the IAC (2013).

He has been involved in assessing, developing solutions, and cleaning up many contaminated sites in the US, Europe, and Asia, and has special expertise in treatment of POP’s, persistent organic pollutants such as dioxins, PCB, and halogenated pesticides and in waste formation during chemical processing. He obtained a Ph.D. in physical organic chemistry from the University of Washington and a B.S. with high distinction from the University of Minnesota.  From 1984 to 1993, he was Senior Vice President, Technical Development, OHM Corporation, and Vice President, Technology, International Technology Corporation.

Dr. Robert Giraud, Member (2023)

Robert Giraud is an Engineering Technology Senior Principal Consultant at the Chemours Company.  Following six years of manufacturing technical support and process research in Louisiana, he joined the environmental section of DuPont’s company-wide engineering consulting organization in Delaware in 1987.  Since co-authoring the corporate Waste Minimization Guidance Manual later that year, he has collaborated with business R&D and plant technical staff across the company to craft integrated solutions for meeting evolving environmental requirements largely using what has come to be known as Green Chemistry and Engineering.  Robert has led or served on interdisciplinary teams recognized with an R&D 100 award, two USEPA National Partnership for Environmental Priorities Achievement Awards, and three DuPont Engineering Excellence awards.  In 2015, he was part of a small group honored by the Green Chemistry and Commerce Council (GC3) as a GC3 champion in recognition of leadership in advancing safer chemistry and a healthier planet.  He co-leads the AltSep sustainable separations initiative on behalf of the ACS Green Chemistry Institute Chemical Manufacturers Roundtable and the American Institute of Chemical Engineers.  Robert serves on the ACS Committee on Environmental Improvement, the Industrial Advisory Board to the ACS Division of Environmental Chemistry, the Scientific Advisory Board of the Nanoporous Materials Genome Center, and the Wilmington University Environmental Science and Policy Program Advisory Board.  As adjunct faculty at the University of Delaware, he teaches the Green Engineering course and advises chemical engineering student groups through the conduct of their senior design projects.  He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in chemical engineering from Tulane University and a Ph.D. in environmental engineering from the University of Delaware.

Dr. Jillian Goldfarb, Member (2022)

JDr. Jillian L. Goldfarb received her B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Northeastern University and Ph.D. from Brown University. She is an Associate Professor of Biological and Environmental Engineering at Cornell University. Her research tackles issues surrounding energy generation and its impact on the environment. She has developed new concepts for solid waste to energy and adsorbent conversion, proposed new byproduct conversion pathways for oil shale waste, and demonstrated the potential for multiple energy and product recovery pathways in a re-envisioned integrated biorefinery. On-going research projects include investigating the conversion of biomass to biofuels via pyrolysis and hydrothermal processes, fabricating sustainable materials for water treatment, and designing slow-release soil amendments from waste biomass. Her work is funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation, USDA, U.S.-Israel Binational Research Development Fund, the Eppley Foundation and the Towards Sustainability Foundation Prof. Goldfarb is Principal Editor (Americas) of Fuel. She is recipient of the 2017 ACS Green Chemistry Institute GreenX: Rising Star Award, a 2017 Fulbright Scholar, a 2019 IUPAC Young Observer, and a 2022 Visiting Professor of Excellence at the University of Trento, Italy. She is co-leading the Fall 2022 ACS National Meeting theme on behalf of CEI and ENVR.

Dr. Carol J. Henry, Consultant (2022)

Carol J. Henry is an adviser and consultant to public and private organizations, focusing on issues in toxicology, public and environmental health, risk assessment and risk management, research-management strategies, green chemistry and engineering technology and sustainable practices. She serves as the Environmental Health Advisor to Cummins, Inc., where she monitors developments in environmental health sciences and toxicology that relate to air pollution, focusing on topics which may have an impact on heavy-duty engine emission regulations.

Dr. Henry holds an appointment as professorial lecturer in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health (EOH) of the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health. She is a diplomat of the American Board of Toxicology, certified in general toxicology, a past President of the American College of Toxicology and the Chemical Society of Washington. She was elected an ACS Fellow in 2019.

Dr. Henry received a Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry from the University of Minnesota and a PhD in microbiology from the University of Pittsburgh. She was a postdoctoral fellow at the Max Planck Institute, Tübingen, Germany; Princeton University, Princeton, NJ; and Sloan Kettering Institute for Cancer Research, New York City, NY.

Dr. Brett E. Howard, Associate (2021)

Dr. Howard is a Senior Director at the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America in the Science and Regulatory Affairs division, where he focuses on improving access to cell and gene-based therapies.  Before PhRMA, Brett spent seven years at the American Chemistry Council working on issues concerning microplastics, exposure assessments, and sustainability. He previously obtained a JD from the University of Maryland and spent several years as a pharmaceutical patent litigator at a DC-based IP boutique.  Brett’s scientific background stems from graduate work in organic chemistry at the University of California, Irvine, where he received his Ph.D. for work on small molecule synthesis and chemical method development.  

Dr. Catherine “Katie” Hunt, Member (2022)

Katie Hunt is the former 2017/2018 Brenton S. Halsey Distinguished Visiting Professor in Engineering at the University of Virginia and the former R&D Director of Innovation Sourcing & Sustainable Technologies at The Dow Chemical Company.  Her chemistry degrees include a B.A. from Smith College and a Ph.D. from University of California, Davis. She began her nearly 30-year career in industry at Rohm and Haas (now Dow) after completing an NIH Postdoctoral Fellowship at Yale in MB&B.  A strong and vocal champion of STEM education, technology collaboration and scientific innovation, Dr. Hunt is a past president of the American Chemical Society and a former ACS Expert.  An active volunteer, she chairs the NSF MPS (Mathematical and Physical Sciences) Advisory Committee and serves on several sustainability-focused advisory boards including the Global Cool Cities Alliance (GCCA).

Dr. Keisuke Ikehata, Member (2022)

Dr. Keisuke Ikehata is an Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering in the Ingram School of Engineering, Texas State University, San Marcos, Texas.  He joined Texas State as one of four founding members of the new Civil Engineering Program in July 2019.  Dr. Ikehata received his PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada in 2003.  Prior to joining Texas State, Dr. Ikehata worked as a technical consultant/R&D manager at a water resources engineering firm in Orange County, California for more than eight years.  Dr. Ikehata is a registered professional environmental engineer in Alberta and Arizona.  His research interests and expertise include aquatic chemistry and biology, xenobiotics toxicology and risk assessment, water and wastewater treatment, disinfection and disinfection by-products, water reuse, desalination, and environmental microbiology and biotechnology.  Dr. Ikehata has published more than 160 technical publications, including peer-reviewed research articles, review papers, and invited book chapters.  Dr. Ikehata has been an active member of the American Chemical Society (ACS) since 1999. Dr. Ikehata was the Chair (2019) and an Alternate Councilor (2016-2019) for the Orange County Section of the ACS (OC ACS).  He was also an active member of the Environmental Committee of the OC ACS and severed as a program co-chair for the ACS Western Regional Meeting in San Marcos, California in 2015. 

Dr. Anastasia Ilgen, Associate (2024)

Dr. Anastasia G. Ilgen is a Principal Member of Technical Staff in the Geochemistry Department at Sandia National Laboratories. Dr. Ilgen is an experimental geochemist, specializing in molecular mechanisms of chemical reactions at solid-water interfaces. Her notable discoveries include identifying chemical complexation reactions which control fracturing in crystalline phases, with implications for geological carbon and nuclear waste storage. She developed new insights into the nanoconfinement-driven chemical changes to the structure and thermodynamics of surface complexation reactions for copper and lanthanide ions.

Anastasia has been a member of ACS since 2008, joining as a graduate student.  She Anastasia has been a member of the ACS and the Geochemistry Division since 2008. She served a four-year rotation as Program Chair-Elect (2015), Program Chair (2016), Division Chair (2017), and Past Division Chair (2018) of the Geochemistry Division as well as elected twice to serve as Councilor (2019-2021, 2022-2024). Anastasia received an M.S. equivalent degree in water quality and engineering from Kamchatka State Technical University, Russia in 2001.  She worked at the Institute of Volcanology and Seismology, Kamchatka, Russia (2001-2004). She received her Ph.D. in Environmental Chemistry from University of Alaska Fairbanks, AK, in 2010. 

Dr. John Jayne, Member (2022)

Dr. Jayne is a Principal Research Scientist with over 30 years’ experience in the field of atmospheric chemistry. He works at Aerodyne Research, Inc. (ARI), where he is the Co-Director for the Center for Aerosol and Cloud Chemistry and Vice President of Instrument Systems Development and Production.

Dr. Jayne received his PhD from Boston College in physical chemistry studying heterogeneous chemistry of cloud and fog water droplets with trace gas pollutants. Following his PhD work, he continued his studies in atmospheric chemistry as a Post-Doctoral Research Associate at MIT. Dr. Jayne received his Bachelor of Science degree from Hofstra University.

His research interests and experience include studies of gas phase kinetics, heterogeneous gas-particle kinetics and the chemistry related to atmospheric aerosol formation and processing utilizing mass spectrometric techniques. He is the co-inventor and developer of the Aerodyne Aerosol Mass Spectrometer (AMS) system designed to measure size and composition of submicron particles.  In 2004 he jointly received the Benjamin Liu Award for “Outstanding achievements for aerosol instrumentation and techniques” from the American Association for Aerosol Research. He has been involved in numerous field measurement programs focused on the chemical characterization and emission rates of gas and particulate pollutants. Today, his work at ARI continues with the further development and application of mass spectrometric techniques for gas and particle measurement relating to the study of atmospheric chemistry with a particular focus on characterization of secondary organic aerosol formation processes.

Dr. Michael Matthews, Member (2023)

Mike Matthews is Professor of Chemical Engineering and Senior Associate Dean for research and graduate programs, and Vice Dean of the College of Engineering and Computing at the University of South Carolina. He also serves the university as Associate Vice President for Research. He attended Texas A&M University, receiving his PhD in 1986. Professor Matthews began his service to ACS in 1994 as the founding chair of the Green Chemistry & Engineering Subdivision of the Division of Industrial and Engineering Chemistry (1999-2004). He served as IEC Division Chair in 2007.  He was named an ACS Fellow in 2011, and became an AIChE Fellow in 2014. Matthews has published over 70 peer-reviewed journal articles and mentored 11 PhD and 14 MS students, along with approximately 70 undergraduate students. His research has been sponsored by NSF, NIH, EPA, DoD, and several companies. He won the 2008 William H Corcoran Award for Best Paper in Chemical Engineering Education, sponsored by Eastman Chemical and the Chemical Engineering Division of the American Society of Engineering Education. He won his university’s Outstanding Graduate Teaching Award in 2020, and his department’s Joe Gibbons Distinguished Teaching Award in 2019. Professor Matthews’ research is focused on fundamentals and applications of thermodynamics and diffusional mass transfer, with applications in biomedical engineering, green chemistry, and hydrogen energy. He holds six U.S. patents.

Dr. V. Faye McNeill, Member (2023)

V. Faye McNeill is a Professor in the Departments of Chemical Engineering and Earth and Environmental Science at Columbia University. She joined Columbia in 2007 and received tenure in 2014.  She received her B.S. in Ch.E. from Caltech in 1999 and in 2005 she received her PhD in Ch.E. from MIT, where she was a NASA Earth System Science Fellow. From 2005-2007 she was a postdoctoral scholar at the University of Washington Department of Atmospheric Sciences. She received the NSF CAREER and the ACS Petroleum Research Fund Doctoral New Investigator awards in 2009.  She was the recipient of the Kenneth T. Whitby Award of AAAR in 2015. She was a Co-Editor for Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics from 2007-2017, and she is a founding Associate Editor for ACS Earth and Space Chemistry.  She has served in elected officer positions at AAAR, AIChE Environmental Division, and AGU. She is currently the Vice President Elect of AAAR (President in 2023). She is a Member of the ACS Committee on Environmental Improvement.

Dr. Catherine "Cathy" Middlecamp, Consultant (2022)

CCathy Middlecamp is professor emerita in the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies and an affiliate in the Chemistry Department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is former the Director for Education and Research at the UW Office of Sustainability. Her scholarship focuses on designing, teaching, and assessing courses that connect chemistry to global challenges such as air quality, climate change, plastics in the environment, and nuclear waste.  In 2019, she received the George C. Pimentel Award in chemical education, her third national ACS award. Middlecamp served as the editor-in-chief for the 7th and 8th editions of Chemistry in Context, a project of the American Chemical Society.  She was the lead author for the chapters on air quality, acid rain, ozone depletion, nuclear energy, and sustainability. For more than a decade, she led workshops for faculty development with the author team. She is a fellow of the Association for Women in Science (2003), AAAS (2003), and the American Chemical Society (2009). Cathy did her undergraduate studies at Cornell University (1968-72), graduating Phi Beta Kappa. She was awarded a Danforth Fellowship for graduate study and earned her doctorate in chemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1976

Dr. Steven Moss, Member (2022) and Secretary

DDr. Steven Moss is a Program Officer for the Board on Life Sciences at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM). Dr. Moss joined NASEM in 2019, where his work focusses on convening groups of experts to discuss, and make recommendations related to, science policy issues in the life sciences and other related fields. His current portfolio of projects includes understanding the convergence of scientific disciplines, as well as projects on environmental sustainability in the chemical economy, synthetic biology, and the future of biotechnology. Prior to joining NASEM, Dr. Moss received his Ph.D. in chemistry and chemical biology from the University of California, San Francisco. Before starting his PhD, he received a B.S. in biochemistry from American University, and then worked as a laboratory technician for 2 years at the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Moss also serves as a member of the Public Affairs Committee for the Biophysical Society and serves as a judge for the International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) competition.

Dr. Clifford Murphy, Associate (2022)

Clifford Murphy received his B.S. in Chemistry from Saint Michael’s College, and his Ph.D. in Physical Inorganic Chemistry with Prof. Wayne E. Jones Jr. at Binghamton University.   Currently, Cliff is a Professor of Physical Chemistry at Roger Williams University where he mentors undergraduates in chemical research.   His recent projects have included development of a electrochemical chemosensor device for detection of nitrate, nitrite, and thiocyanate ions in seawater and investigating the photophysics of oxygen pulsimetry measurements in model solution systems containing hemoglobin and melanin. Cliff has been a member of the American Chemical Society since 1998 and is an active member with the Rhode Island Local Section of the American Chemical Society.

Dr. Sherine O. Obare, Member (2022)

Dr. Sherine Obare is the Dean of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and the North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. She is also a Full Professor of Nanoscience at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She received a B.S. in Chemistry from West Virginia State University, obtained a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of South Carolina, and was a Camille and Henry Dreyfus Postdoctoral fellow at the Johns Hopkins University. As a member of the Committee on Environmental Improvement (CEI), Obare chairs the ACS-CEI Award for Incorporation of Sustainability into the Curriculum, and also chairs the CEI Environmental Film Competition. She serves as Program Chair for the ACS Division of Environmental Chemistry’s Spring National Meeting. She is also Chair for the ACS Division of Environmental Chemistry (2022-2023).

Obare is an Environmental Chemist whose research focuses on the detection and remediation of environmental contaminants as well as understanding the fate, transport and toxicity of anthropogenic nanomaterials. Her research program has been funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Department of Defense, the National Institutes of Health and the Department of Education, among others. She also serves as a task group chair for the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) project titled ‘Chemical speciation of anthropogenic nanoparticles’. She is the co-editor of two new books titled “Green Technologies for the Environment” and the “Power and promise of Early Research”. She has trained over 100 students in her laboratory and is the recipient of the 2009 IUPAC Young Observer Award, the NSF CAREER award, and the NSF Division of Materials Research American Competitiveness and Innovation (ACI) Fellowship. In 2013, Obare was named as one of the top 25 Women Professors in Michigan, and was named ACS Fellow in 2019.

Dr. Sara V. Orski, Member (2024)

Dr. Sara Orski is a research chemist in the Materials Science and Engineering Division at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in Gaithersburg, MD.  Her research expertise is in synthesis and characterization of polymers and polymer thin films.  Current projects involve characterization of well-controlled branched polyolefins for next-generation standard reference materials as well as improving identification and measurement methods for plastics found in marine environments, with the goal of quantifying the degradation rates and mechanisms of different commercial polymers.

Sara Orski completed a postdoc in the NIST Sustainable Polymers Group as a National Research Council fellow in 2013.  She earned her Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Georgia in 2011 in Athens, GA, and her B.S. in Chemistry with honors in 2006 from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA.  She is actively involved with her local ACS section, the Chemical Society of Washington, where she serves as chair of the Younger Chemists Committee and as a councilor.  She is also active in ACS POLY where she serves as the Student Chapter liaison.

Dr. Melissa Pasquinelli, Member (2022)

Dr. Pasquinelli is Associate Dean of Academic Affairs in the College of Natural Resources at North Carolina State University, where she also works as a Professor in Forest Biomaterials and the Fiber and Polymer Science Programs. Her research expertise is in the design and application of computational approaches that predict and modulate the properties of systems at the nanoscale, including polymers, proteins, fibers, and nanoparticles. Particular research emphasis areas are environmental sustainability and toxicology.  She has also been actively serving in sustainability-focused roles throughout NC State. She incorporates environmental topics into the courses that she teaches at the undergraduate and graduate levels, such as computer modeling, engineering thermodynamics, and the sustainability of soft materials.  Through the NC-ACS Project SEED and EnvironMentors programs, she has also mentored research projects for over 20 high school students who have won awards in a variety of science competitions. She is a Councilor of the North Carolina Section and a 2018 ACS Fellow.

PPrior to joining NC State, she completed two postdoctoral positions; she worked for two years as a Computational Chemist with the Office of Research and Development at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in the National Center for Computational Toxicology, and she also worked as a Sloan Postdoctoral Fellow at Duke University. She received her Ph.D. in Theoretical Chemistry from Carnegie Mellon University in 2002, and her B.S. in Chemistry with honors in 1996 from Seton Hill University in Greensburg, PA.  

Dr. Michelle M. Rogers, Associate (2022)

Michelle Rogers joined Cargill, Inc. in April 2020 and currently is the Manager of Industrial and Regulatory and Scientific Affairs – North America. In this role she is responsible for developing the industrial regulatory strategy to ensure compliance while enabling business success along with managing a team of regulatory and hazard communication specialist. Prior to joining Cargill, Michelle spent 13 years working for The Lubrizol Corporation. Michelle joined Lubrizol as a research scientist where she developed novel detergents for engine oils. She then transitioned to the Product Safety and Compliance Department (PSCD). Michelle’s time in PSCD was focused on the EU and Korean REACH regulations along with the associated systems and process development.

Michelle is very involved with the American Chemical Society (ACS) on a national level, previously serving on the Women Chemists Committee (WCC) and as chair of Nomenclature, Terminology and Structure Representation (NTS) committee. She is also involved at the international level with International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC). Michelle has been involved with the Committee on Chemistry and Industry (COCI) and Division VIII – Nomenclature  and Structure Representative, where she currently serves as President. Michelle received her BA in Chemistry from Washington University in Saint Louis and her PhD in Organic Chemistry from University of Wisconsin – Madison. Her PhD work involved the development of new oxidative Palladium catalyzed C-C and C-N bond forming reactions. Michelle’s hobbies include: Needlepoint, bicycling, traveling, cooking and spending time with husband and 6 year old daughter.

Dr. Joseph E. Sabol, Associate (2022)

Joe Sabol is a consultant to the chemical, semiconductor, polymer, and related industries, specializing in technical and business development services. Sabol grew up on an apple farm in Racine County, Wisconsin, and received a B.S. in chemistry from Carroll College (now Carroll University, Wisconsin) and a Ph.D. in chemistry from Oklahoma State University (Stillwater). After a postdoc in chemical engineering at University of Minnesota, Sabol taught analytical, physical, and environmental chemistry and studied the transport, magnetic, and crystallographic properties of transition metal oxides, variants of Fe3O4. Sabol joined ACS in 1976, was named ACS Fellow in 2018, and currently is Division of Small Chemical Businesses Program Chair (2008-present) and Councilor (2016-2024), Upper Peninsula Local Section Treasurer (2008-present), and Great Lakes Region Director (2011-present) and Treasurer (2019-2022). Sabol served on Committee for Chemistry and Public Affairs (2015-2021). In 2003 Sabol was appointed to Marquette County [MI] Local Emergency Planning Committee and has been Chair since 2017.

Dr. Brian A. Salvatore, Associate (2022)

Professor Brian Salvatore received his B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor), his Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from the University of Pennsylvania, and trained as a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Chemistry at Yale University. He is a Professor of Chemistry and currently serves as Chair of the Department of Chemistry and Physics at LSU Shreveport. Professor Salvatore is an organic chemist with expertise in medicinal chemistry, environmental chemistry, and nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR). His research is focused on the synthesis of small molecules with cancer cell signaling properties. Professor Salvatore is an avid proponent of project-based learning, both at LSUS and in the after-school programs that he conducts with middle school and high school students throughout the community. He has also taken on an environmental advocacy role in the state of Louisiana, helping citizens communicate their concerns about the effects of pollution on their daily lives, including residents who live near Camp Minden, in Colfax, and Reserve, LA, and he was appointed to the Louisiana Environmental Education Commission by Gov. John Bel Edwards in 2017.

Dr. Peter Smith, Member (2023)

Pete Smith is a Professor of Chemistry and Chair of the Department of Biochemistry & Chemistry at Westminster College in New Wilmington, PA where he has worked since 2002. He earned his B.S. (1997) and Ph.D. (2000) in chemistry from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Before beginning his career at Westminster College, Pete was a Franklin Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow at the University of Georgia. Pete began his service to the ACS and its members in his local section (Penn Ohio Border Section) where he has served as chair (2006), secretary (2007 – 2009), member-at-large (2003, 2018 – 2020), and alternate councilor (2005 – 2012). In 2007, he began his national service as an Associate on the Younger Chemists Committee (2007 – 2009). From there, Pete has served the Division of Industrial & Engineering Chemistry as chair of the Green Chemistry & Engineering subdivision (2009), program chair (2014 – 2015), and councilor (2018 – 2020). He has also served as treasurer (2008 – 2014) and chair (2017) of the Division of Professional Relations. Additionally, Pete has served on the Committee for Chemical Abstracts Service (2012 – 2017) and as a member of three General Chemistry Exam Committees for the ACS Examinations Institute (2005, 2010, 2014).

Pete’s research focuses on creating new methods for the recovery of valuable materials from scrap and end-of-life high tech products. He and his students are currently developing more sustainable and benign methods for separating the rare earth components from the transition metals in scrap permanent magnets. As a complement to his research, Pete created and has been the primary professor for the green chemistry course offered at Westminster College.

Dr. Jane Wissinger, Member (2023)

Jane Wissinger is a Teaching Professor of Chemistry and Organic Chemistry Laboratory Director at the University of Minnesota. She received her B.A. from Susquehanna University (PA), M.S. from Georgia Institute of Technology, and Ph.D. in organic chemistry from Northwestern University (IL). She was employed as a research scientist at Rohm & Haas Co. for five years before beginning her academic career at the University of Minnesota. Wissinger’s teaching and research interests focus on the development of curriculum materials for the college and high school levels that exemplify modern green chemistry methodology, advances in sustainable polymers, and guided-inquiry pedagogy. She is a Senior Principle Investigator in the Center for Sustainable Polymers and active in promoting green chemistry education locally and on a national level through funded projects, publications, and conferences. Her contributions to education were recognized with a U of MN Morse-Alumni Distinguished Teaching Professor award (2014), ACS-CEI Award for Incorporation of Sustainability in Chemistry Education (2018), and 2021 Brasted Award for Excellence in College Teaching. Jane has served on a Green Chemistry Institute (GCI) committee for developing a Green Chemistry Education Roadmap and is a symposia organizer at national ACS meetings and the Green Chemistry & Engineering conferences. Jane is a member of the IUPAC Interdivisional Committee on Green Chemistry for Sustainable Development (ICGCSD) and task group members on several projects.

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Liaisons

Ms. Michelle Brann, Younger Chemists Committee

Michelle Brann is a PhD Candidate in Physical Chemistry at the University of Chicago. Her research currently investigates the accretion, release, and aggregation of gases within cometary ices at the molecular level by employing ultra-high vacuum and Reflection Absorption Infrared Spectroscopy.

She received her B.A in Chemistry with honors from Wellesley College in 2015. Her senior honors thesis characterized how the alga C. reinhardtii responded to stress as a continuation of her two summers spent at NASA Ames Research Center. Aside from research, Michelle was a varsity golfer earning All-Academic Conference Awards.

After graduating, she spent one year as a research associate at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in the National Security Directorate. She balanced tasks relating to five distinct projects ranging from biofouling to explosive detection, biofilm growth, trace metal collection, and nuclear safeguards. During that year, she coauthored several patents and publications.

Michelle is a member of the ACS Younger Chemist Committee (YCC) and is excited to be a liaison to CEI. Within YCC she is part of the Communications Subcommittee and is responsible for maintaining the YCC website. She is also a YCC facilitator and organizer for the Younger Chemist Leadership Development Workshop at LDI.

Dr. Susan Olesik, Committee on Committees

Susan Olesik currently serves as the Dean of Natural and Mathematical Sciences and Distinguished University Professor at Ohio State University.  She has served as an ACS Councilor since 2018 representing the Analytical Division. She has served on the Divisional Activities Committee (DAC), is a former chair of the ACS Analytical Division (ANYL) and now serves on the Committee on Committees (ConC).  Her research is in three areas of analytical chemistry — Enhanced-fluidity Liquid Chromatography (EFLC), development of carbon stationary phases (one of these columns was a component of the Cassini-Huygen’s probe of Titan), and design of nanoscale materials for chromatography-mass spectrometry.  

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Staff

Mr. Ray Garant, CEI Staff Liaison; ACS External Affairs & Communications, Public Policy | Email Mr. Garant

Ray Garant is assistant director for public policy at the American Chemical Society Office of Public Affairs.  His responsibilities include oversight of the ACS Science & the Congress Project, a program of congressional staff briefings to improve decision maker’s understanding of the relationship between science and public policy, and development of the Society’s public policy positions and messages. Ray was a congressional science fellow in 1993 and a senior legislative assistant in 1994 to former Representative Phil Sharp (D-IN).  He followed environmental, judicial, and health-care issues. 

Ray began his Washington career as a Science Policy Fellow at ACS headquarters in 1990.  Prior to that, he worked as a materials researcher at the Ames Laboratory of the Department of Energy, a student assistant for acoustics and oceanographic sciences at the U.S. Naval Underwater Systems Center, and manager of an Iowa State University project to communicate science to the public.

He has a B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth and an M.S. in Inorganic Chemistry from Iowa State University under the direction of John Verkade.

Dr. David J.C. Constable, ACS Green Chemistry Institute, Science Director | Email Dr. Constable 

David J.C. Constable is the Science Director of the American Chemical Society’s Green Chemistry Institute. In this role he works to catalyze and enable the implementation of green chemistry and engineering throughout the global chemistry enterprise.

David has held a variety of industry roles in Energy, Environment, Safety and Health focusing on influencing scientists, engineers and decision makers responsible for chemical research, development and manufacturing in the Chemical, Pharmaceutical and Aerospace and Defense industries. He has developed a variety of programs, systems, tools, and methodologies that integrated sustainability, life cycle inventory assessment, green chemistry, and green technology activities into existing business processes.  

Mr. Carl Maxwell, ACS External Affairs & Communications, Environmental Policy | Email Mr. Maxwell

Carl Maxwell is responsible for advocacy on energy and environment policy, both in authorization of government regulation and policy, and the year-to-year funding of government programs of priority interest to ACS members regarding energy and the environment.

Carl served in the office of Senator Susan Collins (R-ME), Senator Bob Smith (R-NH), and Congressman Jim Turner (D-TX) where he handled science, energy, telecommunications, judiciary, and social security issues.  He also served as Senior Legislative Assistant to Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), overseeing tax, trade, energy, and science policy.  A native of Austin, Texas, Carl is a political science graduate of Bates College (B.A) in Lewiston, ME.

Ms. Jennifer MacKellar, ACS Green Chemistry Institute, Program Manager

Jennifer MacKellar joined ACS in early 2013 as the Program Manager in the ACS Green Chemistry Institute. She is responsible for coordinating technical programing for the annual ACS GCI Green Chemistry & Engineering conference, developing project initiatives for the ASC GCI and serving as a resource for the green chemistry stakeholder community.

Jennifer brings over seven years of government experience to ACS. She has worked at NIH as both an intramural research fellow and as a contractor in the NIH Office of Extramural research focusing on science policy and communications.  Additionally, she spent nearly two years at NSF working in the Molecular and Cellular Biosciences division.  Jennifer has a M.Sc. in Molecular and Integrative Physiology from the University of Michigan and B.S. in Molecular Biology (with a minor in Chemistry) from the University of Denver.

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