John M. Malin

Areas of expertise: chemistry of household products, chemistry in the home, chemistry of automobiles, energy transfer and storage
Feel free to ask him about: automobiles, fireworks, transition metal ions, chemistry in solutions, chemistry in developing countries (e.g., water, sewage, natural resources, greenhouse gases), ACS awards program
What he's been up to lately: answering questions about how magic sponges work (Wired), chemistry of fireworks, chemistry of hangovers (TV); creating chemistry demo videos
American Chemical Society
Region: Northern Virginia

John M. Malin, Ph.D., worked at ACS for 25 years, retiring in 2006. For 18 of those years, he was the Administrator for Awards and International Activities. He traveled to 35 countries and learned about chemistry that affects developing nations, such as water, sewage, natural resources, greenhouse gases, and food supplies. John currently resides in Arlington, Virginia.

Before his career at ACS, he taught and conducted research in topics such as physical chemistry, inorganic chemistry, and transition metal chemsitry. John worked in academia as a chemistry professor at the University of São Paulo and the University of Missouri-Columbia. He has also served as Program Officer in Chemical Dynamics at the National Science Foundation (NSF) and Assistant Program Administrator for the ACS's Petroleum Research Fund. He has served as president of the Chemical Society of Washington and as chair of the Chemical Research Applied to World Needs Committee of the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC). He was also chair of the IUPAC Management Committee for the International Year of Chemistry in 2011. Malin was awarded a National Academy of Sciences Overseas Research Fellowship at the Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil.

Malin obtained a B.S. in chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry from the University of California, Davis. He has published some 60 papers and articles on chemical and international subjects. Malin has received the NSF Superior Performance Award, the Cenu Vojtech Award of the Czech Chemical Society for service to chemistry in the Czech Republic and the Palacky University Medal, among others. He has been named a lifetime National Associate of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences/National Research Council.