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Professor Douglas M. Fox (Assoc)


Douglas M. Fox is a visiting scientist in the Functional Polymers Group of the Materials Science and Engineering Division at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). His primary appointment is a full professor in the Chemistry Department at American University.

Douglas M. Fox received his BS in Chemical Engineering and his PhD in Chemistry at Michigan Technological University, in Houghton, MI. He spent two years at the Naval Research Laboratory and two years at the U.S. Naval Academy investigating the physical and thermal properties of room temperature ionic liquids and polymer nanocomposites. His research and teaching focus is on “green chemistry”, environmental solutions, and the use of natural materials. His current projects utilize carbohydrates to improve the flammability, water resistance, and strength of materials.



Flourescently labeled cellulose nanofibers for environmental health and safety studies

Jeremiah Woodcock, Ilabahen A. Patel, Ryan Beams, Stephan J. Stranick, Jeffrey W. Gilman, Douglas M. Fox, Marina Mulenos, Christie Sayes, Maryam Salari, Deloid Glen, Philip Demokritou, Bryan Harper, Harper Stacey, Ong Kimberly, Jo Anne Shatkin
An optimal methodology for locating and tracking cellulose nanofibers (CNF) in vitro and in vivo is crucial to evaluate the environmental health and safety

Intumescent Polydopamine Coatings for Fire Protection

Douglas M. Fox, Whirang Cho, Laura J. Dubrulle, Phillip Grutzmacher, Mauro Zammarano, Douglas M. Fox
Polydopamine coatings containing additional bioderived flame retardants were used as coatings for polyurethane foam and cardboard. The ability to form

Patents (2018-Present)

Physiologically Stable Fluorophore And Performing Fluorescence Probing

NIST Inventors
Jeremiah Woodcock and Professor Douglas M. Fox
A physiologically stable fluorophore includes a terminal moiety including a terminal reactive site that reacts with a reactive group of a substrate; a stability linker covalently bonded to the terminal moiety; and a bridge moiety covalently bonded to the stability linker such that the stability

Physiologically Stable Fluorophore For Digestion Toxicology Studies

NIST Inventors
Jeremiah Woodcock and Professor Douglas M. Fox
The diversity of materials used industrially has been increasing, as well as the demand for more renewable feed stocks. As a result, new strategies to assay the impact on the environment and human physiology is needed. Typical methods involving radioactive isotopic labeling and fluorescent labeling
Created April 30, 2019, Updated December 8, 2022