Marlon Walker is a physical scientist in the Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) Program at NIST. He is the manager for the MEP-Assisted Technology and Technical Resource (MATTR) service, helping small and medium-sized manufacturers by connecting them, through the MEP Centers, with the technical expertise of staff, laboratory facilities, and other resources of NIST.
Prior to joining MEP, he was a research chemist in the Material Measurement Science Division in the Material Measurement Laboratory at NIST, with scientific interests in the direction of creation and non-destructive characterization of engineered “soft-surfaces” such as those made involving self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) and thin organic films. Recent efforts centered around surface modification strategies using oligo (ethylene oxide)-based self-assembled monolayers for resistance of non-specific protein adsorption. Past studies included using in situ spectroscopic ellipsometry to explore the interactions of certain additives critical to the copper electrodeposition process, research relevant to the microelectronic industry. He is heavily involved in STEM-related outreach efforts to organizations such as NOBCChE.
Marlon received his B.S. in Chemistry from Duke University, an M.S. degree in Nuclear Chemistry from Indiana University, and his Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from the Georgia Institute of Technology.