FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | February 20, 2014

Spotlighting black chemists and chemical engineers (video)

WASHINGTON, Feb. 20, 2014 — Their research may lead to a new generation of renewable fuels, medical devices and safer home products. The American Chemical Society (ACS) is continuing its celebration of Black History Month with a new video featuring several African-American chemists and chemical engineers doing cutting edge research today. The video is available at

The video, produced with the National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers (NOBCChE), highlights the efforts of Kristala Prather, Ph.D., associate professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, to reverse-engineer bacteria into biofuel factories. The video also features research on flexible polymers for smartphones and medical devices, as well as a range of research being done at the National Institute of Standards and Technology.

The previous video in the series, “Five Black Chemists Who Changed the World” is available at

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