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Joseph M. Antonucci, Ph.D.

Research Interests

  • Structure-property relationships in dental polymers composite
  • Adhesives and the interfaces in these dental materials and with tooth structure
  • Developing characterization and test methods for accurately determining critical properties of these materials
  • Bioactive polymeric materials for hard tissue regeneration 
  • Explore new mechanisms for reducing or eliminating polymerization shrinkage and its effects in polymeric dental and biomaterials
  • Explore new strategies for overcoming bacterial challenges to mineralized tissues such as teeth and bone

Awards and Honors

2009: NIST's Dean of Staff

2005: Jacob Rabinow Applied Research Award

2005: Award for Excellence in Technology Transfer from the Federal Laboratory Consortium for Technology Transfer

1991: Wilmer Souder Award in Dental Materials

1990: Chair of the Gordon Research Conference on the Science of Adhesion

1980: NIST Bronze Medal

1959 - 1961: NRC-NBS Postdoctoral Fellowship

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NIST's Dean of Staff and Research Chemist
Polymers Division
Biomaterials Group

Employment History:

2009 - present: NIST's Dean of Staff

2006 - present: Research Chemist, Biomaterials Group, Polymers Division, NIST

2002 - 2006: Project Leader, Biomaterials Group, Polymers Division, NIST

1988 - 2002: Assistant Group Leader, Dental and Medical Materials Group, Polymers Division, NIST

1973 - 1988: Project Leader, Dental and Medical Materials Group, Polymers Division, NBS/NIST

1961 - 1973: Research Chemist, Polymer Chemistry Section, Polymers Division, NBS

1959 - 1961: NRC-NBS Postdoctoral Fellow, Polymers Division, NBS


1959: Ph.D., Organic Chemistry, University of Maryland

1953: B.S., summa cum laude, Chemistry, St. John’s University (NYC)


Phone: (301) 975-6794
Email: joseph.antonucci@nist.gov
Fax: (301) 975-4977