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Dr. Stephen A. Wise

Steve Wise is Technical Program Director, Environment and Climate, and Food Safety and Nutrition in the Material Measurement Laboratory. He was formerly Chief of the Analytical Chemistry Division in the Material Measurement Laboratory at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). The Analytical Chemistry Division consists of approximately 100 professional staff and serves as the Nation's reference laboratory for chemical composition measurements and standards. The Standard Reference Materials (SRMs) and measurement services provided by the Analytical Chemistry Division impact U.S. industrial productivity; assure equity in trade; and provide quality assurance of measurements used for assessing and improving public health, safety, and the environment.

Steve began his career at NIST (then the National Bureau of Standards) in 1976 as a research chemist involved in the development of liquid chromatography methods for the determination of organic contaminants. During his career at NIST, Steve’s research efforts have focused on trace organic analysis including: (1) the development of chromato­graphic methods for the determination of organic contaminants, e.g., polycyclic aromatic hydrocar­bons (PAHs), polychlorinated biphenyls, and chlorinated pesticides, in environmental matrices such as sediment, tissue, and air particulate matter; (2) the development of Standard Reference Materials (SRMs) for trace organic constituents in environmental, clinical, food, and dietary supplement matrices; (3) investigations of chromatographic separation mechanisms and chromatographic selectivity for PAHs and related compounds; and (4) the development and implementation of environmental specimen banking procedures. He has authored or co-authored over 290 technical publications and presented over 220 talks describing these activities at national and international scientific meetings and universities.


  • Department of Commerce Bronze Medal Award (1989)
  • NIST Measurement Services Award (1996)
  • Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbon Research Award, International Society of Polycyclic Aromatic Compounds (ISPAC) (2001)
  • NIST Chemical Science and Technology Laboratory Technical Achievement Award (2003)
  • Harvey W. Wiley Award, AOAC International (2006)
  • Department of Commerce Silver Medal Award (2008)

Membership and Professional Activities:

  • International Society of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons, President (2003-2005)
  • American Chemical Society, Division of Analytical Chemistry, Chair (1996 –1997)
  • Editor, Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry, (2002 – Present)
  • Intercontinental Editorial Board, Accreditation and Quality Assurances (2002 – Present)
  • Topical Editor – Analytical Separation Techniques, Polycyclic Aromatic Compounds (2000 – Present)
  • Regional Editor – North America, Fresenius’ Journal of Analytical Chemistry (1995 – 2001)
  • Editorial Advisory Board, Journal of Microcolumn Separations (1992 – 2001)
  • Editorial Advisory Board, Analytical Chemistry (1997 – 2000)
  • Editorial Advisory Board, Fresenius' Journal of Analytical Chemistry (1991–1994)
  • Federal Working Group on Dietary Supplements (National Institutes of Health, Office of Dietary Supplements) (2005 – Present)
  • Vitamin D Federal Working Group (National Institutes of Health, Office of Dietary Supplements) (2007 – Present)
Dr. Stephen Wise


Technical Program Director, Environment and Climate, and Food Safety and Nutrition
Chemical Sciences Division

Employment History:

  • Technical Program Director, Environment and Climate, and Food Safety and Nutrition (2012 - present)
  • Chief, Analytical Chemistry Division (2005 – 2012)
  • Leader, Organic Analytical Methods Group (1995 – 2004)
  • Leader, Separation Science Group (1990 – 1995)
  • Leader, Liquid Chromatography Group (1984 – 1990
  • Research Chemist (1976 – 1984)


  • Chemistry, BA (1972), Weber State University, Ogden, Utah
  • Analytical Chemistry, Ph.D. (1976), Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona



Phone: 301-975-3112
Fax: 301-926-8671