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Stephen Wise

Steve Wise is Senior Analytical Chemist and Program Coordinator for Food and Nutrition in the Chemical Sciences Division of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in Gaithersburg, Maryland. He received a B.A. in Chemistry from Weber State University (Ogden, Utah) and a Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry from Arizona State University (Tempe, Arizona). Steve began his career at NIST, then the National Bureau of Standards) in 1976 as a research chemist involved in chromatographic methods development for trace organic analysis. During his career at NIST, his research activities have focused on trace organic analysis including: (1) development of chromatographic methods for the determination of organic contaminants, e.g., polycylic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), and chlorinated pesticides, in environmental matrices such as sediment, marine tissues, and air and diesel particulate matter; (2) 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) development and implementation of environmental specimen banking procedures. He has authored or co-authored over 320 technical publications and presented over 250 talks describing these activities at national and international scientific meetings and universities.


  • Reference Material Achievement Award, Technical Division on Reference Materials, AOAC INTERNATIONAL, 2014
  • Fellow of the American Chemical Society, 2013
  • Department of Commerce Silver Medal Award, 2008
  • Harvey W. Wiley Award, AOAC International, 2006
  • NIST Chemical Science and Technology Laboratory Technical Achievement Award, 2003
  • Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbon Research Award, International Society of Polycyclic Aromatic Compounds (ISPAC), 2001
  • NIST Measurement Services Award, 1996
  • Department of Commerce Bronze Medal Award, 1989

Membership and Professional Activities:

  • Editorial Advisory Board, Fresenius' Journal of Analytical Chemistry, 1991–1994
  • 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
  • American Chemical Society, Division of Analytical Chemistry, Chair, 1996–1997
  • 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
  • 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


Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbon Structure Index

Lane C. Sander, Stephen A. Wise
NIST Special Publication (SP) 922 is an aid in the identification of the chemical structures of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). The Structure Index
Created July 30, 2019