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Dr. Donald L. Hunston

Dr. Donald L. Hunston is a guest researcher in the Polymeric Materials Group of the Materials and Structural Systems Division (MSSD) of the Engineering Laboratory (EL) at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Dr. Hunston's research interests include the mechanical properties of composites, structural adhesives, sealants, coatings and other polymeric systems; interface properties and durability; and macro molecule-small molecule interactions in biological systems. From 1980 to 2001, he was in the Polymers Division at NIST where he served as Acting Deputy Chief from 1998 to 1999 and Leader of the Polymer Composites Group between 1983 and 1996. His work included the planning and direction of NIST's program on Polymer Composite Materials which was the government's largest in-house research effort devoted to commercial applications of composites. It sought to establish the science base required for improved manufacturing and better performance prediction. In addition to the usual technology transfer mechanisms (publications and workshops), the program hosted over 200 visitors per year. During 1994, he spent 6 months in the Advanced Technology Program Office where he was Chairman of the Technical Board for the Focus Program on Manufacturing Composite Structures which facilitated the introduction of composites in transportation, off-shore oil exploration, and infrastructure applications. He also spent 1 month during 1993 as a Member of the Advanced Manufacturing Board in DARPA's Technology Reinvestment Program.

Between 1971 and 1980, Dr. Hunston worked in the Chemistry Division of the Naval Research Laboratory where his duties included Acting Head of Adhesives and Composites Section between 1978 and 1980. Dr. Hunston's research has produced over 400 talks and more than 260 papers in the scientific literature.


  • Adhesion Society Distinguished Paper Award (2009)
  • Adhesion Society Best Poster Award (2009)
  • Fellow of the Adhesion Society (1999)
  • Department of Commerce Gold Metal (1995)
  • Department of Commerce Silver Metal (1990)
  • Department of Commerce Bronze Metal (1984)
  • Best Paper Award (Naval Research Laboratory, 1977)
Dr. Donald L. Hunston


Guest Researcher
Materials and Structural Systems Division
Polymeric Materials Group


Northwestern, Postdoctoral Fellowship, Biochemistry, 1971

Kent State University, Ph.D., Physical Chemistry, 1969

Kent State University, B.S., Mathematics and Chemistry, 1965


Phone: 301-975-6837
Email: donald.hunston@nist.gov