Elsa Reichmanis is Professor and Carl Robert Anderson Chair in Chemical Engineering in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Lehigh University. Prior to joining Lehigh, she was Pete Silas Chair in Chemical Engineering at Georgia Tech. She started her independent career at Bell Labs where she was Bell Labs Fellow and Director of the Materials Research Department. Her research interests include the chemistry, properties and application of materials technologies for photonic and electronic applications. The Reichmanis research group is currently exploring polymeric and hybrid organic/inorganic materials chemistries for a range of electronic device and sustainable energy applications. Reichmanis was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 1995 and the National Academy of Inventors in 2021. She served as 2003 President of the American Chemical Society (ACS), is a past member of the Bureau of the International Union for Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC), and is currently a Member of the Board of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE). She is the recipient of several awards, including the 2018 AIChE Margaret H. Rousseau Pioneer Award for Lifetime Achievement by a Woman Chemical Engineer, ACS Awards in the Chemistry of Materials (2018) and Applied Polymer Science (1999), the IUPAC Distinguished Woman in Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Award (2013), the ASM Engineering Materials Achievement Award (1996), and the Society of Chemical Industry’s Perkin Medal (2001). She is a Fellow of the ACS, AIChE, Materials Research Society and the Royal Society of Chemistry. In other service, she is an Executive Editor of the ACS Journal, Chemistry of Materials.
Professor and Carl Robert Anderson Chair in Chemical Engineering