NSF Chemistry Division Director Says Aloha | Chemical & Engineering News
Volume 90 Issue 11 | p. 44 | Concentrates
Issue Date: March 12, 2012

NSF Chemistry Division Director Says Aloha

Department: Government & Policy
Keywords: Matthew Platz, NSF
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Credit: David Pittman/C&EN
 National Science Foundation Division of Chemistry Director Matthew S. Platz sits at a table in his office, October 2010
 
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Credit: David Pittman/C&EN

Matthew S. Platz, who has led NSF’s Division of Chemistry since September 2010, will leave the agency at the end of the year. He has accepted a job as vice chancellor for academic affairs at the University of Hawaii, Hilo, which he will start in January 2013. “I have thoroughly enjoyed my time here,” says Platz, a physical organic chemist. While at NSF, Platz pushed for a single yearly grant submission window (C&EN, Feb. 20, page 31). He also worked to ensure a role for the Chemistry Division in the proposed agency-wide Sustainable Chemistry, Engineering & Materials program, which aims to create chemical and manufacturing processes that would replace or recycle rare-earth metals. The program is set to provide $13.8 million in grants to chemists. Platz is at NSF on assignment from Ohio State University, where he has been for the past 33 years. The search will begin soon for a new Chemistry Division director. “I encourage chemists to think about spending a few years of their career here because it is fun and exciting and educational and important,” he says.

 
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