Opportunity at National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
Chemical Measurement Services for Assessing Plastic Marine Debris Pollution
Material Measurement Laboratory, Chemical Sciences Division
||Waimanalo, HI 96795
Please note: This Agency only participates in the February and August reviews.
|Jennifer Michelle Lynch
The Chemical Sciences Division has a developing program to improve the quality of analytical chemical measurements in the field of marine debris research. Research interests include chemical degradation of plastic, quantification and characterization of plastic polymers in complex environmental samples, and quantification of plastic additives (e.g., UV stabilizers, plasticizers, flame retardants, pigments, and fillers) and sorbed environmental contaminants (persistent organic pollutants, polyaromatic hydrocarbons, metals, and others) to plastic marine debris or in tissues of organisms that ingest plastic debris. Chemical instrumentation for these studies include Fourier-transform infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopy, differential scanning calorimetry, Imaging micro-FT-IR, X-ray fluorescence, and gas and liquid chromatography with mass spectrometry.
Polymers; Plastic pollution; Ocean plastics; Marine debris; Environmental chemistry; Microplastics
Open to U.S. citizens
Open to Postdoctoral applicants