Will Hartwig is currently a Legislative Associate at the American Chemical Society and has served as an ACS Congressional Fellow prior. He earned a Ph.D. in organic chemistry at the University of Colorado Boulder in 2015 synthesizing unnatural morphinans to study the development of opioid tolerance and developing novel chemical reactions. As a graduate student, Will participated in and later led the CU chapter of the Forum on Science, Ethics, and Policy (FOSEP), organizing events where the public and scientists could discuss science policy topics.
After graduate school Will researched the conversion of biomass to useful chemicals using catalysis at the University of Tennessee as part of the Center for Direct Catalytic Conversion of Biomass to Biofuels (C3Bio). While at the University of Tennessee, Will founded a new chapter of FOSEP to continue foster discussion between scientists and the public.
During his time as a Congressional Fellow in the office of Rep. Diana DeGette (D-CO) He worked on a portfolio of energy and environment issues, drafted letters concerning executive branch actions and collected signatures from Members of Congress in both chambers, and collaborated with national and local stakeholders to prepare water-and land-use legislation for re-introduction.