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Kathryn L. Beers

Research Interests

Microreactors and Microfluidics, Advances in Polymer Synthesis and Reaction Monitoring, Macromolecular Separations, Integrated and High Throughput Measurements of Polymeric Materials, Degradable and Renewable Polymeric Materials, Sustainable Materials

Awards and Honors

  • 2007 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE)
  • 2006 Department of Commerce Science and Technology Policy (ComSci) Fellow
  • 2005 Department of Commerce Silver Medal
  • 2000 National Research Council Postdoctoral Fellowship
  • 1998 Visiting Research Fellowship, University of Ulm, Germany
  • 1994 Mellon College of Science Fellowship

Research Opportunities

  • Postdoctoral appointments available. Please inquire directly. 

Memberships & Activities

  •  Member, American Chemical Society, 1993-present
    • ACS Division of Polymer Chemistry (POLY), Vice Chair, elected 2012
    • ACS POLY, Alternate Councilor, elected 2006-2007, 2010-2011        
    • ACS POLY, Secretary, elected 2007-present
  • Member, Materials Research Society, 2001-present
  • Member, Sigma Xi, 2004-present  
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Group Leader
Materials Science and Engineering Division
Polymers and Complex Fluids

Employment History:

2013-present: Group Leader, Polymers and Complex Fluids Group, Materials Science and Engineering Division, NIST

2008-2012: Project Leader, Renewable Polymers Project, Polymers Division, NIST

2008-2009: Director, NIST Combinatorial Methods Center (NCMC; www.nist.gov/combi), Polymers Division, NIST

2007-2008: Assistant Director for Physical Sciences and Engineering, Office of Science and Technology Policy, Executive Office of the President

2002-2007: Project Leader, Polymer Formulations, NCMC, Polymers Division, NIST

2000-2002: National Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow, Polymers Division, NIST 


Ph.D., Chemistry, Carnegie Mellon University, 2000

M.S., Polymer Science, Carnegie Mellon University, 1998

B.S., Chemistry, The College of William and Mary, 1994


Phone: 301-975-2113
Email: beers@nist.gov
Fax: 301-975-4924