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Lauren Greenlee

Research Interests:

Our research focuses on metallic nanoparticle synthesis and characterization for water treatment and alternative energy catalysis applications, as well as mixed matrix nanoparticle-polymer membrane synthesis for water filtration applications. Our expertise includes iron nanoparticle synthesis and core-shell nanoparticle synthesis with iron as the core material and an additional metal, such as nickel, palladium, gold, or platinum, as the shell. Nanoparticle characterization includes tools to evaluate size, morphology, composition, surface charge and functionalization, magnetization, lifetime, and catalytic activity. Our materials have uses in water treatment for contaminant adsorption and degradation and in fields such as fuel cells and batteries as nanoscale catalysts. To advance these fields beyond their current state, we are interested in nanoparticle design based on an understanding of how nanoparticle structure affects specific nanoparticle properties and performance. Membrane synthesis focuses on phase inversion membranes with polymers that are typically used in water treatment applications. We are particularly interested in understanding how to incorporate and disperse metallic nanoparticles into polymer membranes, as well as how to use nanoparticles to tune the surface and internal membrane structure. We are also interested in how nanoparticles change membrane chemical and mechanical properties, with direct applications to water transport, contaminant degradation, antifouling, and antimicrobial uses.

Professional Affiliations:

American Chemical Society (ACS)
American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE)
North American Membrane Society (NAMS)

Professional Activities:

NIST SHIP Co-organizer for Boulder campus
2012 - present

NIST SURF Committee member
2012 - present

Program Vice Chair, Membrane-Based Separations Area of the AIChE Separations Division
October 2011 – 2013, to succeed Chair in 2013 Chair

Materials Reliability Division Colloquium Series
September 2010 – 2011

Co-Chair, "Measuring Up to Sustainable Water", an invitation-only workshop on measurement needs in three specific areas for water: Infrastructure, Membranes, and Emerging Contaminants
September 9-10, 2010

2010-2013 Mentor – Greenhouse Scholars program – mentor an engineering undergraduate student at Colorado State University for entire undergraduate degree

2008-2009 Victory Tutorial program – weekly tutoring for a second grade student in math and reading (Texas)

Awards and Honors:

2010 Best speaker award and awarded a two-week visit in 2011 to another participating metrology institute – WMRIF 2nd International Workshop for Young Materials Scientists

2010 Nominated by NIST to attend the World Materials Research Institute Forum 2nd International Workshop for Young Materials Scientists

2010 Best Poster Award: NanoMemCourse 2010: Nanostructured Materials and Membranes for Health and Sustainable Water

2009 Travel grant to attend a Marie Curie Conference and Training Course: Nanostructured Materials and Membranes for Health and Sustainable Water, University of Twente, Enschede, Netherlands

2009-2011 National Research Council (NRC) 2-year post-doctoral fellowship at NIST

2008 NAMS (North American Membrane Society) Student Travel Award

2007 PEO Scholar Award

2006 National Science Foundation International Research & Education in Engineering Fellowship

2005 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship

2004 The University of Texas Thrust Fellowship

2004 The University of Texas, Department of Civil Engineering, Research Assistantship

2001 English Assistantship to France, French Ministry of Education

2001 International Association for the Exchange of Students for Technical Experience (IAESTE) International Internship

2000-2001 Omega Chi Epsilon Chemical Engineering Honor Society

2000 Howard Hughes Summer Research Grant

1998-1999 Mayo Clinic Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships 1998 General Electric Fellowship

1998 Freshman Excellence in Chemistry Award

1997 University of Michigan, College of Engineering, Engineering Scholarship of Honor

Greenlee, Lauren


Chemical Engineer
Materials Reliability Division
Cell & Tissue Mechanics

Employment History:

Staff Scientist, NIST - December 2011 - Present

Project Leader, NIST – May 2011 - Present

Chemical Engineer/Postdoctoral Fellow NIST – Materials Reliability Division December 2009 - 2011    

Graduate Research Assistant University of Texas at Austin August 2004 – November 2009  

Visiting Graduate Researcher Université Paul Cezanne (Aix-en-Provence, France) September 2007 – August 2008  

Research Associate OmniGene Bioproducts, Inc. April 2003 – August 2004  

High School English Teacher Lycée Banville (Moulins, France) October 2001 – April 2002  

Process Engineer Hoffmann-La Roche (Basel, Switzerland) June 2001 – September 2001


Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering August 2009 The University of Texas at Austin/Université Paul Cézanne

M.S. in Environmental Engineering August 2006 The University of Texas at Austin, EWRE

B.S.E. in Chemical Engineering May 2001 University of Michigan, College of Engineering


Phone: 303-497-4234
Email: greenlee@boulder.nist.gov
Fax: 303-497-5030