For She’s a Jolly Good Fellow
Inara Brubaker and Marinda Wu Nominated as ACS Fellows
Congratulations to both Inara Brubaker and Marinda Wu, both of whom were announced as 2015 ACS Fellows. We are proud to have these successful women representing our Chemistry and Biochemistry Department here at Ohio State.
(From left to right: Dr. Susan Olesik, Marinda Wu, and Inara Brubaker)
Looking that their backgrounds, it is clear to see why these women were nominated as Fellows. Inara impressively led a pre-commercialization continuous pressure hydrolysis process research to de-polymerize nylon-6 to the starting monomer, caprolactam. The process used direct feed of whole carpet and the caprolactam was recovered for new nylon-6 production. Her contribution to the ACS community includes Chairing the ACS Task Force on Occupational Health and Safety, which conducted a nationwide survey of industrial and academic chemical laboratories. The survey facts were critical for the U.S. Department of Labor decision that research and academic laboratories should not have the same engineering controls as manufacturing sites.
Marinda is recognized for leading early research efforts on recycling plastics and promoting partnerships between communities, industry, government, and schools to raise awareness of the importance of recycling plastics for environmental sustainability. Furthermore, her contributions to the ACS community include serving as President of the ACS to champion diversity and inclusivity in chemical sciences and promoting partnerships with STEM efforts around the world.