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43rd IUPAC Council Meeting

Nominee for Bureau

Elsa Reichmanis (USA)

Elsa Reichmanis

Dr. Reichmanis’ research interests include the chemistry, properties, and application of materials technologies for photonic and electronic applications, with particular focus on polymeric and nanostructured materials for advanced communications technologies

Education and Career
Reichmanis is Bell Labs fellow and director of the Materials Research Department at Bell Laboratories, Lucent Technologies. She received her Ph.D. and B.S. degrees in chemistry from Syracuse University, and joined Bell Labs in 1978 after completing a post-doctoral fellowship program.

IUPAC Involvement
Reichmanis has been active in IUPAC throughout her career. She was a member of the U.S. National Committee for IUPAC for six years and has served on the U.S. delegation to the IUPAC General Assembly three times. She has been active in the Macromolecular Division of IUPAC, having served a term as a titular member.

Related Professional Activities
In 2003, Reichmanis was president of the American Chemical Society (ACS). She is past-chair of the ACS Polymeric Materials Science and Engineering Division and has served as a member of the executive committee of the division since 1986. She is a member of the ACS Committee on Science and has served on the ACS Publications Committee and the Chemical and Engineering News Editorial Board, and is associate editor of the ACS journal Chemistry of Materials.

In other technical capacities, Dr. Reichmanis has served as a member of the Japanese Technology Evaluation Program Panel in Advanced Materials, the U.S. National Research Council (NRC) Committee to Survey Materials Research Opportunities and Needs for the Electronics Industry, and the NRC Committee on Policy Implications on International Students and Postdoctoral Scholars in the United States. She is also a former member of the NRC National Materials Advisory Board. Currently, she serves on the NRC Board on Chemical Sciences and Technology.

Reichmanis has received numerous awards, including the 1993 Society of Women Engineers Achievement Award. She was elected to the U.S. National Academy of Engineering in 1995 and named Bell Laboratories Fellow that year. She was the 1996 recipient of the ASM Engineering Materials Achievement Award, and was elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 1998. She was awarded the 1999 ACS Award in Applied Polymer Science, the 2001 Society of Chemical Industry Perkin Medal, and the Arents Medal from Syracuse University. In 2004, she was elected as a Foreign Member of the Latvian Academy of Sciences. She is also a member of the American Physical Society, the Materials Research Society, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, and the Society of Photo-optical Engineers.


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