Rochester Local Section (Chartered in 1912)

2016 Biographies for 50-Year ACS Members

 

Dr. Henry J. Gysling

Henry Gysling was born (Dec. 29, 1941) and raised in Norwood, PA, a western suburb of Philadelphia.  He graduated from Archmere Academy in Claymont, DE (in 1959, one year ahead of Joe Biden).  His interest in chemistry was encouraged by a high school chemistry teacher and his father, who built him a chemistry lab in their basement.  He received a B.S. in Chemistry from St. Joseph’s College in Philadelphia and began graduate studies at the University of Delaware, intending to do organic chemistry.  However, after attending a faculty interview seminar by John Burmeister on linkage isomerism in coordination chemistry he decided to pursue inorganic chemistry.  He became Prof. Burmeister’s first student; his thesis involved synthesis and characterization of coordination complexes with ambidentate ligands.  After spending his first summer at Delaware in a research lab without air conditioning, he asked the employment center to find him a summer industrial lab job – “anywhere north of Delaware – the farther, the better”.  This turned out to be critical in his career since it led to meeting his most important mentor and a lifetime friend, Joe Yudelson, who hired him for a the summer project in 1965 in the Kodak Research Labs.  The project Joe had formulated centered on palladium complexes as photocatalysts for non-silver imaging systems, with amplification by metal electroless plating solutions.  Initial work was focused on producing magnetic tape using cobalt electroless plating solutions, but later work expanded this concept to a broad spectrum of non-silver imaging and patterning systems.   This summer work led to his first patent (he currently holds 46 US patents)

After completing his Ph.D. at Delaware, he spent a post-doctoral year at New York University with Minoru Tsutsui (organolanthanides), followed by 2 years at the University of Newcastle-upon Tyne (UK) with Norman Greenwood (boron hydride chemistry).  In the fall of 1970 he returned to take a position at Kodak, in a recently formed lab with Joe Yudelson as lab head, to develop a commercially viable non-silver imaging system.  The years in this lab, which included a broad spectrum of expertise in chemistry, physics, and photographic science was a “chemical heaven”, basic R&D (with a clear commercial goal) but without the pressure of getting funding in an academic position, and a great group of world-class co-workers.  Publications were encouraged and he published 55 papers while there, primarily focused on Cu(1+) coordination chemistry,  organotellurium compounds and their use in photothermographic imaging systems (in collaboration with Mark Lelental), single source precursors for use in aerosol-assisted CVD processes for thin film fabrication (in collaboration with Alex Wernberg), and the development of the ligand chemistry of tellurium.  

After a 33 year career at Kodak, he retired in 2004, and after a year working in Rich Eisenberg’s lab at the University of Rochester, he joined AirFlow Catalyst Systems, a local company developing emission control systems for diesel engines, as Director of Technology.  In 2009, with Mark Lelental, he began to develop technology for high sensitivity bioassays.  After this technology was patented and initial reduction to practice was done with a modified ELISA format protocol at the University of Rochester Medical Center (showing an 80X sensitivity increase over the widely used enzyme-based ELISA technology), he retired from AirFlow to focus on commercializing this bioassay technology at their newly formed company, CatAssays.  This development work is currently being done under a National Cancer institute Phase 1 SBIR Grant – with the focus on a GEN-2 reagent, a universal ELISA format nanoparticulate label incorporating CatAssays’ proprietary catalyst for its dye signal chemistry. 

Henry has also been very active in the Rochester Section, holding virtually all positions on the Executive Committee, including Section Chair in 2000.  He also presented many Chemical Demonstration shows at area schools while at Kodak, as well as organizing and managing a “Scientific Research” Explorer program for ca. 15 years (a career awareness program for high school students co-sponsored by the Boy Scouts).  Most recently he was instrumental in beginning the Section’s First Tuesday Networking Mixers and the Chemistry in Emerging Technologies Lecture Series.

All of these professional activities would not have been possible without the support and love of his wife and best friend of 43 years, Carrol.  They both enjoy traveling: favorite destinations include Germany (where Carrol has many relatives), Spain, and Greece.  After a career as a Rochester City School District music teacher, Carrol retired and has spent the past 10 years as a voice teacher at the Eastman School of Music.  Their greatest joys are their children and grandchildren, Francesca (NYC, with husband, Erik, and 2 children, Nicholas (6) and Theo (3)), and Stefan (Rochester).  In addition to their continuing careers in science and music, they are both “professional grandparents”, traveling to NYC regularly to help with their grandsons.

Henry Gysling

 

 

 Mr. Paul Hahm

Paul Hahm was born in Watertown, SD, and attended Winnebago Lutheran Academy, Fond du Lac, WI.  While taking Chemistry as a junior, he helped his teacher set up labs and became passionate about a career in chemistry.  Paul’s first two years of college were at the University of Wisconsin- Oshkosh.  There he joined the student ACS, which was very beneficial in figuring out chemistry opportunities.  Paul earned his B.S. in Chemistry at the University of Wisconsin – Madison in January 1967.  During High School and College Paul worked during the year and summers to earn enough money to pay his expenses and leave college with a car, a fiancée and, no debt.  Jobs included working in a canning factory (70 hrs/wk.), mason's helper (better pay- hard physical work which relaxes the mind), etc.  In his last semester, he took two graduate courses to see if he should consider graduate school.  He discovered he preferred Physical Chemistry.  He really appreciated the quality of his professors at UW-Madison (e.g., Paul Bender), as well as the facilities and labs.  In the Chemical Spectroscopy graduate course, Paul became aware of Eastman Kodak through reading “The Theory of the Photographic Process” by Mees and James and in an American History elective where he learned that Eastman Kodak was one of the three companies that were the pioneers in industrial research.  

Paul worked at EASTMAN KODAK for 34 years (Jan 1967 - March 2001).  His duties included:  EKTACOLOR Paper Process Design Engineer, 1967-73:  Implemented decreasing from 5 to 2 chemical steps for color paper process (Paul also took Physics courses in “night school” at the University of Rochester at this time).  Project/Group/Technical Leader- Developing Photo Process & Systems, 1974-1985:  This included two 1-yr-year training assignments in Kodak Photochemical Markets as a "Marketing Specialist" and 1 year in the Kodak Research Color Paper Lab as a "Research Scientist”.  Product Builder, 1985-1991:  Commercialized 16 new products in 14 Years; required formulation of multiple chemical components, chemical systems and multi-layer coatings.  Senior Product Builder, 1991-1999:  Ibid, etc. with Professional color paper products.  Special Project Technical Leader/Research Scientist, 1999-2001.  Accomplishments at Kodak were the result of a "team effort;" Paul enjoyed working with and learning from experts in many fields.  People, procedures and attention to detail are keys to successful implementation.  Paul was helped considerably by “Super Techs.”  Paul has 14 patents in Photographic products, equipment, and process. 

     As retirement neared, Paul took a course to learn more about the retirement tax situation and ended up working for HR Block as a seasonal (part-time) Tax Preparer.  Paul enjoyed working with customers and other Kodak retirees who worked in the same office.  From 2005-7 Paul worked at the Laboratory for Laser Energetics (LLE - University of Rochester), as a System Engineer, he was responsible for writing the manual for the new OMEGA extended performance laser system.  Paul worked there with a colleague who also retired from Kodak.

Paul and Eunice have been happily married for 48 yrs. and are blessed with 4 Children and 15 grandchildren!  Tim is a Mechanical and Electrical Engineer, Mark, PhD EE, University of Rochester, lives in WI, James is a High School Teacher, & Dept Head in Milwaukee, WI, and Deborah has a business degree from SUNY College Brockport and MBA from Clarkson.  It is interesting to note that their oldest grandson is now at UW-Madison, Paul’s alma mater and their oldest granddaughter is now at Eunice’s alma mater. 

Paul has been a Treasurer, Financial Secretary, Elder, (currently President) for a congregation and North Atlantic District Mission Board member.  Paul’s interests and hobbies include gardening (6 ft plus high Tomato plants; Canned 49 Quarts of tomato juice this summer and had large surplus to give to friends), building a "Pentagon Playground" (with swings, slides, and climbing structures in his backyard for grandchildren and their friends - words can’t do this justice!), Investing/business, remodeling/fixing, and yard work.  Paul and Eunice like "woods and water" e.g., Glacier Nat. Park, Canadian Rockies, Colorado, Alaska and would like to see more of National Parks in western US.  Paul also likes reading non-fiction with practical useful information. In retirement Paul likes reading about the new-to-him science e.g., "4% Universe,” fusion, genomics as well as practical information e.g., technical medical reports pertaining to their medical issues.

Ken Schlecht

 

 

 Mr. Gary Hiller

Gary L. Hiller was born (March 27, 1942) and raised in Jim Thorpe Pa. and graduated from Jim Thorpe High School in 1960.  He attended Muhlenberg College in Allentown Pa. and graduated with a B.S. degree in Chemistry in 1964.  He was accepted to the Graduate School of the University of Virginia, but decided to accept a position at the Research Laboratories of the Eastman Kodak Company in Rochester N.Y. where his first assignment was the evaluation of spectral sensitizing dyes.  While at Kodak he attended Rochester Institute of Technology and is proud to have been among the first group to graduate with an M.S. degree in 1967.

     Gary’s career at the Research Laboratories progressed to chemical sensitization of photographic emulsions and later to the design and precipitation of silver halide emulsions.  He joined the Research Laboratories of Kodak U.K. at Harrow (1980-1981) where he applied his expertise to the design of High Speed Emulsions for Color Negative products, including the then novel tabular silver halide emulsions.  He was awarded 15 patents relating to photography and became a group leader responsible for photosensitive elements for many color-negative film products.  He was promoted to Senior Research Associate, a position he held at the time of his retirement in 1998.

     Gary married his wife Karen in 1964; they have two children, Lori, 48 and Jeffery, 46 and four grandchildren.  Gary is very proud that his grand-daughter, Courtney, joined the American Chemical Society this year as he reaches the 50th anniversary of ACS membership.  Courtney spent a summer at Harvard Medical School and presented a paper at the ACS meeting in San Diego!

     Gary played baseball, basketball and football in both High School and College; he maintains an interest in all sports, being a life-time Phillies and Eagles fan; for nostalgic reasons he also roots for the Boston Red Sox, as his grandfather played a few games with them in 1919.  In retirement, his major hobby is fly-fishing which he enjoys when he spends about a third of the time in Naples Florida.

     When asked if would do anything differently, Gary said that he was fortunate that things have always worked out well for him.

Dan Daniel

 

 Dr. Jerry LeBlanc

Jerry T. LeBlanc was born in Baton Rouge, LA in 1943.  At age 3, the family moved to Birmingham AL where he graduated from a Catholic high school in 1961.  He attended Birmingham-Southern and graduated in 1965 with a B.S. in Chemistry and Mathematics.  He then attended Florida State University for graduate studies, doing research in Physical Organic Chemistry under the mentorship of Prof. Delos Detar and earned a Ph.D. in 1970.  It was at Florida State that Jerry met and married his wife Anne in 1968.  Together they have three children and four grandchildren.

     In 1970, he joined the Dye Sensitizer Synthesis Laboratory of the Research Laboratories of Eastman Kodak.  Later he joined the Color Reversal Laboratory led by Jim Graham and Leroy Hanna, followed by a period in Bldg. 81 working with Dr. Howard James on Processing Chemistry, followed by a period as a film builder and product developer with Bob Booms.  He returned to the Research Labs as a Laboratory Head of Color Reversal.  Jerry admits that this was his least enjoyable assignment.  It was followed by a very enjoyable two years in the Plant in film manufacture and then work in Bldg. 69 on Color Reversal Processing with Joe Simson. 

     For 22 months in 1996-7, he was at the Kodak-Pathe Research Laboratories in Chalon France where he worked with Michel Laubier.  It was ironic that he and Anne received intensive language training in France as Jerry remembers that his French speaking parents only used French when they did not want their children to understand.  He returned to Rochester and worked on Color Negative Films until a Reduction in Force led to his retirement in 2005.

     In retirement, he became active as a docent at the Seneca Park Zoo and researches and writes documents for all docents. He is also a volunteer tax preparer with both the AARP and the CASH programs, helping low income folks with their tax returns. He was also active as a Literacy volunteer and in the ACS 5th grade science enrichment program. 

     He enjoys vacationing with family and gardening; he is proud of growing cacti indoors.  When asked if he would do anything differently, Jerry admits that at times he wishes he had majored in Zoology, though does not regret his decision since he had a wonderful career at Kodak.

Dan Daniel

 

Dr. Roger Lok

Roger Lok was born October 19, 1943 in Macao, China (the 7th of 9 siblings) where they endured the turmoil of China facing the Japanese occupation followed by Communist - Nationalist conflict.  Roger’s elementary education was in Canton and upper grades in Hong Kong.  In 1960 it was decided he should go to California and earn his high school equivalency at Oakland Community College (1962).  His favorite subject was chemistry due to the influence of an excellent high school chemistry teacher. 

Roger earned his B.S. in Chemistry at Berkeley (1966), where he extracted nicotine from poppies and chlorophyll from seaweed for Prof. Henry Rapoport’s natural product studies.  The focus was to find out which carbons in each molecule incorporated 14C during biosynthesis.  For graduate work he chose University of Washington to be close to the ocean and Canada.  He received a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry (1971) under Prof. Andrew Anderson for the synthesis of a highly strained [1.1.0] azabicyclobutane.  His 3-year postdoctoral under Prof. James Coward at Yale’s Department of Pharmacology, School of Medicine, involved the synthesis of enzyme-like molecules.  With the right stereochemistry, these can promote intramolecular transmethylation at room temperature instead of the much higher temperatures needed in nonaqueous medium. 

In 1974 Roger joined Kodak Research Labs in Pat Grisdale’s Biochemistry Lab to work on enzyme immobilization for bilirubin medical test strips.  Then, for several years he synthesized sensitizing dyes in the Bldg. 82 Emulsion Research Division before moving to the Bldg. 59 Emulsion Chemistry Lab.  His emulsion research included synthesis and activity studies which led to most of his 60+ Kodak patents.  The work was challenging and most rewarding.  The highlight of his work was in designing a gold complex with a stabilizing/solubilizing phenylmercaptotetrazole ligand, which was incorporated into many products to increase photographic sensitivity.  During his career, Roger read C&E News religiously and wrote an article published in J. Org. Chem.  He retired from Kodak in 2005. 

Roger met Ann Cogan in 1969, while she was pursuing her Ph.D. at the University of Washington in Russian Literature.  They married and spent the winter of 1973 visiting Hong Kong and traveling to several countries in the Far East.  The next year they moved to Hilton, NY, and later had two daughters, Deirdre and Xenia. Ann chauffeured them every day to school in Rochester.  In 1988 while returning home, Ann was killed in a collision.  Roger and his 10 and 12 year old daughters were devastated, but he carried on raising them as a single dad working full time until they finished high school and college.  For therapy, Roger took up ballroom dancing.  This led to his becoming a Gentleman Dance Host for Cunard Cruise Lines in 2008.  He’s been on many cruises and will sail again in March from ports in the Far East to Southampton.  In 2000 he married Odette from Quebec.  Now he’s married to Kelly, whom he met in Hong Kong; they moved from Irondequoit to Monterey Park, CA, last month since Kelly prefers the warmer temperatures. 

Roger’s advice to friends is to “do the best you can in everything you do, and always keep a curious attitude.  Ultimately science rules supreme, despite what directions the political winds blow.”  That’s the positive outlook which has carried him through life’s challenges and adversities.

J. Dolf Bass

 

Ms. Leta Mueller

Leta A. Mueller was born in Hannibal, Missouri, and grew up in a small farming community in Iowa, a state education was highly valued.  She graduated from Keystone High School, in Keystone, Iowa.  Leta then attended Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa, and received a B.S. degree in Chemistry.  She pursued graduate work at the University of Wisconsin - Madison and received a Master’s degree in Chemistry (inorganic) in 1968.  She recalled that this was a very interesting time to be in Madison.

Her professional career began with IBM (East Fishkill, NY) as a chemist, in the area of Materials Science.  Leta decided that she was more interested in the field of Chemical Information.  She then studied Library Science at the University of Texas in Austin, where she received a Master of Science degree in Library and Information Science in 1972.

Leta Mueller resumed her professional career at the Corning Glass Works (Corning, NY) as a Chemical Information Specialist (Chemistry, Materials Science).  This was followed by six years with the Armco Steel Corporation (Middletown, Ohio) as a Technical Librarian, primarily in the areas of Material Science.

Leta’s final move was to Webster, NY where she worked as a Technical Librarian for 30 years with the Xerox Corporation.  Over time, the subject matter she dealt with changed from primarily materials and related technology to mostly business and marketing information.

In addition to her membership in the American Chemical Society, she has been a long-time member of the Special Libraries Association.

During her retirement years, Leta Mueller has done some travelling.  Her chief outside interest is music.  She sings with the Rochester Oratorio Society, as well as with a church choir.  She enjoys attending RPO and other concerts.

Max M. Boudakian

 

 Dr. Jerrold Neal Poslusny

Jerrold Neal Poslusny, an ardent history buff, was born October 19, 1944 in the same Chicago hospital as Hemmingway.  His dad was an army optometrist during WWII; after the war they moved to a home with two orange groves in Palmetto, FL.  Jerry’s farm chores instilled a strong work ethic, and curiosity led him to committed study and scientific experiments.  He had a microscope and chemistry set and learned how to make gunpowder with charred matchsticks, saltpeter, and sulfur.  A 6th grade teacher allowed him and a friend to do experiments in a corner of the classroom, where they built an electrolyte detector.  Jerry was offended by Deep South segregation and respected an African-American farmer neighbor who let him ride his mule.  Working in a grocery store, he waited on this man and called him “sir” until he was quietly told that might get the man in trouble.  Graduating as valedictorian, Jerry was determined to escape the rural atmosphere to attend a college near big city opportunities.

He earned his B.S. in Science (1966), M.S. in Chemistry, and Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry (1972) at Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken.  Stevens was committed to undergrads and provided him excellent courses in chemistry, math, English, and history.  Summer lab jobs under Dr. Bose involved work on steroids and penicillin projects.  His thesis described the difficult reactions of azoxy compounds.  During his postdoctoral year at University of New Brunswick under Prof. Wiesner, he worked on the synthesis of poisonous aconotine alkaloids.

In the fall of 1972 Jerry joined the Bioanalytical Lab in KRL’s Methods Research and Technical Services Division.  The work involved developing backup chemical tests for cholesterol and BUN, in case the preferred enzymatic approach for medical test strips couldn’t be reduced to practice.  His career included assignments in the Analytical Sciences, Color Photography, Photographic Materials, and Chemical Technology divisions.  He especially enjoyed good collaboration in the Color Photography Division, which led to producing ten chemicals used in film and resulted in his being named on 42 patents.  He retired in 2003.

In June 1967 Jerry married Jacqueline, a Montclair State education grad he’d met five years earlier.  They have a son who is a federal court judge in Camden specializing in bankruptcies, and a daughter who teaches school in Williamsburg, VA.  They enjoy time with their five grandchildren.  Their Penfield home is filled with books, mostly on U.S. history; especially the Civil War.  Jerry points out that the Civil War was won more in the West than the South and the War of 1812 was won on Lake Ontario.  In 2001 he received the Lion of the Year Award for re-energizing Penfield Lions activities and serving as its president.  He has also served as an advisor for local political campaigns.  For many years he coached soccer for 6-17 year olds, insisting on giving fair playing time to each child and instilling good values while building winning teams.  In his specially equipped RV he can travel to explore historical sites and take friends (and sometimes Jackie) salmon fishing.  A special passion is fly fishing and he plans to catch bonefish in the shallow-water flats around Andros Island in the Bahamas in early November.

J. Dolf Bass

 

 Dr. Ken Schlecht

Ken Schlecht was born on April 4, 1944 in Syracuse, NY to German immigrant parents.  He had a Gilbert Chemistry Set and set up a “lab bench” in the basement complete with a Bunsen burner.  At North Syracuse High School he liked science and was turned on to chemistry by his chemistry teacher, Mr. Hugo Pinti.  He attended LeMoyne College (Syracuse) as a commuter student.  There he was inspired by Fr. Clarence Schubert, S.J. and Dr. George A. Pearse.  He received his B.S. in Chemistry (1966) and went on to earn his Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry at the University of Iowa (Iowa City) in 1971 under Clyde W. Frank.     

While in Iowa City he met and fell in love with Mary Jo Gregory; they married on August 1, 1970.  Earlier that summer he secured a position with the Chemistry Department at SUNY College at Brockport.  They moved to Brockport at the end of summer and he finished writing his thesis that first fall. 

At Brockport he was mentored by John W. Bixler, the other analytical chemist.  Ken taught all the various analytical courses, plus P. Chem. Lab., College Chemistry, and developed courses in Forensic Science as well as some contemporary issues courses for the general education program.  He served as Department Chair from 1983-88.  In the fall of 1979 he attended a Chemical Lecture Demonstration Workshop at the University of Wisconsin by Bassam Shakhashiri.  His goal was to increase his use of lecture demonstrations in his courses and ran 40+ workshops in the Rochester area for secondary school teachers.  He also ran several workshops for area chemists on chemical activities aimed at primary and middle school students.  In the early 1980s he was encouraged by a colleague in the Physics Department, Dr. Richard Mancuso, to develop a “road show” of chemical demonstrations; this became his “Excitement of Chemistry” program (presented over 300 times to almost 40,000 people).  Dr. Mancuso had a very successful traveling Physics show; they joined forces to develop a show called the “Beauty and Unity of Chemistry and Physics” (presented over 75 times to over 17,000 people from 1981-97).  Ken’s 9 published articles include topics such as Tetracycline degradation, NMR, ATR, Fluoride dating in mastodon bones, and lecture demonstrations.  Ken retired from Brockport at the end of 2007 after 37½ years. 

Ken has served the Rochester Section as an Alternate Councilor (1995-7), Chair (1992 & 2009), Newsletter Editor (1998-2006), Member-At-Large (2006-7), member of the Education Committee (1979-98), and NERM 2012 Exhibit Chair.  Ken received the Rochester Section Award in 1999 and a Special Recognition Award in 1991.  He also served on the ACS’s Admissions Committee (2006-8).  He was a Presider at the Pittsburgh Conference from 1984-96.  He also become interested in natural zeolites and worked on several international conferences related to that. 

Ken and Mary Jo have 3 married children and 7 grandchildren located in Tucson, New York City and Philadelphia.  They travel to see each family several times each year.  They split their time between a cottage on Lake Ontario (Hamlin) in the summers, and a townhouse condo in Durham, NC in the winters.

Ken enjoys their summers at the Lake, is taking up golf, with questionable result, and volunteers regularly at Habitat for Humanity in Durham, with a group of retirees called the Geezers.

Ken Schlecht

 Dr. Ron Ziolo

Ron Ziolo’s interest in chemistry and physics started when he was 8.  While in high school (Philadelphia), he was a bronze medal winner in a science fair at the Franklin Institute.  His high school was caught unaware of his participation and learned of it the next day in the Philadelphia Inquirer, which had quite a spread on the event.  In college at UCLA Ron had the privilege to work for Prof. Willard Libby in his carbon dating lab, with Prof. John Wasson in a student NSF project on neutron activation analysis of meteorites and with Prof. J.D. McCullough where he learned how to do single-crystal X-ray structure analysis.  Ron completed his B.S. in Chemistry at the University of California – Los Angeles in 1966.  Ron returned to Philadelphia to marry Nina (1967), where he also worked on his Ph.D. in Physical Inorganic Chemistry at Temple University from 1966-70 (degree in January 1971). 

Ron joined Prof. Harry Gray for a postdoc in Bioinorganic Chemistry at Caltech (1971-2) where he and his wife had the pleasure of meeting a lot of fantastic people and renowned scientists.  In his first few months at Caltech, Ron wanted to do a low temperature X-ray crystal structure.  The only facility was Linus Pauling’s meat locker kept at 10 C that he used for ‘low temperature’ studies.  Ron got his winter coat and started collecting film data (!) for the structure.  Prof. Feynman was often available in the Athenaeum for good chats.  Mark Wrighton (’72) and Ron became friends during his stay; he went on to MIT to become provost and then chancellor of Washington University, St. Louis. 

            In 1972 Ron joined the Xerox Corporation as a scientist and made his entry into nanoscale materials and nanocomposites in about 1973.  Back then such materials were called inhomogeneous materials by physicists who appeared to be the only ones studying them.  Of course, the colloid chemists had been studying nanomaterials for decades.  The materials Ron prepared and studied all showed unusual properties, later attributed to quantum confinement effects.  Over the years, Ron’s research activities at Xerox grew more and more inter- and multi- disciplinary and collaborations grew by leaps and bounds.  At one point, they established a successful business venture within Xerox based on a unique aqueous ferrofluid that Ron had prepared early on.  The research resulted in the production of the first known, machine usable, colored magnetic materials. To this day, the material still holds the record for the most optically transparent material at room temperature with a sizable magnetic moment and was subsequently used by ESA in a key experiment aboard the now defunct MIR space station.  Their buckyball research earned Xerox some of the first U. S. Patents on the material.  Ron spent time with Rick Smalley at Rice (who loved discussing the ferrofluids) and with Don Huffman in his labs at the University of Arizona who got the ball rolling when he reported the solubility of buckyballs. 

            Toward the end of Ron’s career at Xerox, he and a colleague (Prof. Javier Tejada) established the only successful corporate-university R&D alliance that became known as the University of Barcelona Xerox (UBX) Laboratory which had a focus on nanoscale magnetic materials.  The lab quickly formed the nucleus of the university’s successful venture into the nano world.  From there Ron agreed to join a Mexican National lab, known as CIQA (Centro de Investigacion en Quimica Aplicada) for one year to help organize magnetic research nationally.  The rest is history:  Ron is now in his 11th year there doing nanoscience and technology and enjoying friends, students and colleagues alike.  Ron has authored or co-authored over 100 publications and been included on over 45 patents.

            During his career, Ron perfromed as author, educator, inventor, administrator lab director, consultant and entrepreneur, and on occasion served as advisor and corporate board member. His recent activities include:  Research Scientist, Dept. of Chemical and Biological Engineering, University of Colorado Boulder (2016)Visiting Scholar, Dept. of Chemistry, University of Akron (2006 - present), Visiting Scientist, CICbiomaGUNE Laboratory, San Sebastian, Spain, Visiting Professor, Dept. of Fundamental Physics, Magnetism Group, University of Barcelona, Spain;  Co-Director, University of Barcelona Xerox (UBX) Laboratory, Barcelona, Spain (1990s, 2000s, present)Fellow of the Nacional System of Researchers, SNI Level 3, Mexico (2005 - present)Mexican Academy of Science, Mexico (2005 - present)Member of the College of Chemistry Professors of Mexico, Mexico (2005 - present)Alpha Chi Sigma, Beta Gamma ’66 (Life Member)and Sigma Xi (Life Member).  Ron continues to receive significant funding in the areas of Quantum Dot Polymer Nanocomposites as well as the Health Impact of Metal and Metal Oxide Nanoparticles.  He is actively involved in research in Europe, Mexico, and the US (primarily Ohio, Colorado, California, and Texas).

            Ron and his wife are still based in Webster, but only spend a few weeks there.  They raised three daughters and have 3 grandchildren spread around the US (California and Colorado).

Ken Schlecht