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Katherine E. Sharpless (Fed)

Open Access Officer

Katherine came to NIST in 1986 as a University of Maryland graduate student working on organometallic speciation measurements using liquid chromatography coupled to laser-enhanced ionization spectrometry. She began her career at NIST as an analytical chemist, measuring carotenoids and vitamins A and E in human serum. This activity evolved into the measurement of these same analytes in foods. She was responsible for development of many of NIST's food-matrix Standard Reference Materials. She has authored or co-authored more than 60 peer-reviewed publications describing these activities. Katherine is currently NIST's Open Access Officer, with responsibility for implementation of NIST's Plan for Providing Public Access to Results of Federally Funded Research, and has chaired NIST's Editorial Review Board since 2007.


NIST Standard Reference Materials Measurement Service Award, 1995
W.J. Youden Award in Interlaboratory Testing, American Statistical Society, 2000
CSTL Technical Achievement Award, 2003
Edward Bennet Rosa Award, 2005
AOAC Fellow, 2007
AOAC Technical Division on Reference Materials' Reference Material Achievement Award, 2007
William P. Slichter Award, 2015
Department of Commerce Gold Medal, 2017


Metrological Tools for the Reference Materials and Reference Instruments of the NIST Material Measurement Laboratory

Carlos R. Beauchamp, Johanna Camara, Jennifer Carney, Steven J. Choquette, Kenneth D. Cole, Paul C. DeRose, David L. Duewer, Michael S. Epstein, Margaret C. Kline, Katrice A. Lippa, Enrico Lucon, Karen W. Phinney, Maria Polakoski, Antonio M. Possolo, Katherine E. Sharpless, John R. Sieber, Blaza Toman, Michael R. Winchester, Donald A. Windover
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), formerly the National Bureau of Standards, was established by the U.S. Congress in 1901 and charged

NIST Reference Materials: Their Purpose and Their Future

Steven J. Choquette, David L. Duewer, Katherine E. Sharpless
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), formerly the National Bureau of Standards, was established by the U.S. Congress in 1901 and charged

Development of a kelp powder (Thallus laminariae) Standard Reference Material

Lee L. Yu, Joseph Browning, Carolyn Q. Burdette, George C. Caceres, Kaitlyn Chieh, William C. Davis, MIchael Ellisor, Brittany Kassim, Stephen E. Long, Karen E. Murphy, Rabia Oflaz, Rick L. Paul, Katherine E. Sharpless, Laura J. Wood, James H. Yen, Rolf L. Zeisler
A Standard Reference Material (SRM) of seaweed, SRM 3232 Kelp Powder (Thallus laminariae) has been developed to support food and dietary supplement measurements
Created October 9, 2019, Updated November 24, 2020