Fiona Case Ph.D.

Case, Fiona
Position Department / Business Unit
Institution Disciplines
Polymers Chemistry
City State / Provence
Essex Junction Vermont
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Fiona's technical expertise is soft matter (or soft nanotechnology): in industrial polymer and surfactant science, and the industrial application of computational chemistry, molecular modeling and property prediction.

Her introduction to industrial polymer science was in the late 80’s at Courtaulds Research in the UK where she worked as part of the team developing Tencel - a new environmentally friendly solvent spun cellulose fiber. She also investigated the effects of polyacrylonitrile microstructure on carbon fiber performance using computer modeling techniques. Courtaulds' involvement as a founder member of the Biosym/Molecular Simulations Inc. (MSI) Polymer Consortium, one of the earliest materials modeling efforts, meant frequent trips to sunny San Diego, CA. In 1991 she moved to California to join Biosym.

Fiona spent nine years at Biosym/MSI (now Accelrys ). She carried out contract research for some of the top US and European materials science companies to demonstrate the value of molecular modeling for their specific applications. As manager of the MSI materials modeling training group she prepared and presented workshops worldwide on molecular modeling of materials and polymers. She also worked in marketing and technical sales support.

In 1999 she was hired into a central research group at Colgate Palmolive. This presented challenges including materials structure and property prediction for toothpaste, detergent, hard surface care and personal care products, and packaging and fragrance technology. While at Colgate she organized a symposium on Mesoscale Phenomena in Fluid Systems on behalf of the American Chemical Society, Division of Physical Chemistry, which was held during the ACS National Meeting in Boston, 2002. She is the coeditor of a book based on this symposium (ACS Symposium Series #861).

In 2003 Fiona left Colgate Palmolive to move to beautiful Vermont with her husband, Martin Case, and to found Case Scientific - your source for consultancy and contract research in computational chemistry, mesoscale modeling, polymer and surfactant science. She has also embarked on a "second career" in scientific journalism and is a regular feature writer for both Chemistry World and Inform Magazine.

She is a member of the organizing committee for the annual Nano Science and Technology Institutes (NSTI) Nanotech conferences, and an instructor for the NSTI Nanotechnology Course Series

She is also a member of the organizing committeed for the Industrial Fluid Properties Simulation Challenge .

Fiona is a Chartered Chemist and a member of the Royal Society of Chemistry , the American Chemical Society and the American Oil Chemists Society. She is Chair and Webmaster for the ACS Green Mountain Section. The is a member of the National Association of Science Writers.

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