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Background and Experience

"Scientist and Diplomat- Marinda Wu"

"Ambassador for Science, Technology, and Education"



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Dr. Marinda Li Wu has 30 years of experience in the chemical industry and with partnerships between industry, government, education, and the community. She spent almost 17 years at Dow Chemical working at both Central Research Walnut Creek and Central Research New England Laboratories. She led both fundamental and applied research in various applications involving polymers, medical devices, membrane separations, advanced electrochemical batteries and catalysis. In later years, she worked with Dow Plastics Sales & Marketing and senior management to help forge strategic business/education/community/ government alliances to help educate the general public on environmental issues.


Dr. Wu was subsequently recruited to join a small company involved with high energy plasma instrumentation for the semiconductor and medical industries. There she had responsibility for both R&D and marketing. Upon sale of that company, she became an entrepreneur and co-founded a start-up to develop new technology for polymer surface modifications. Dr. Wu continues to be active in encouraging entrepreneurship and facilitating technology transfer.


Dr. Wu has also long been a strong advocate for improving science education and has worked with the American Chemical Society, other organizations, local communities, school districts, and government officials at the local, state, and national levels. She founded “Science is Fun!” to introduce young students to the joys of science and actively works in public outreach to promote science education and awareness with the general public and improve education at all levels (K-12 and beyond).


An ACS member since 1971, Dr. Wu has served ACS at the national level on the Council Committee on Public Relations, Local Section Activities Committee, Committee on Economic and Professional Affairs, National Employment Services Advisory Board, and Immediate Past President Bill Carroll’s Governance Advisory Team for the Chemistry Enterprise 2015 project. Dr. Wu has worked for years with the ACS Department of Career Services (now known as Career Management and Development) and chaired the National ACS Committee on Economic and Professional Affairs leading efforts to explore globalization issues and multidisciplinarity with representatives from industry, academia, government, and small business. She was appointed to the National ACS Committee on Chemistry and Public Affairs and attended the 2006 Legislative Summit on Capitol Hill. She is currently a member of the Division of Professional Relations and the Division of Business Development & Management.


At the local level, Dr. Wu was recently honored with the 2005 Walter Petersen ACS Award for “Outstanding Service to the California Section.” She has served her local section since 1991 in various roles such as National Chemistry Week Coordinator, Local Section Career Program Coordinator, Women Chemists Committee Chair, Long Range Planning Committee Chair, and Public Relations Chair. She was recently re-elected as Director for the California Section, has served as Councilor since 1996 and as the California Section Chair during its Centennial Year.


Dr. Wu received a B.S. cum laude with Distinction in Chemistry from OhioStateUniversity in 1971 and a Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry from the University of Illinois in 1976. She has 7 U.S. Patents, numerous research papers and publications, has been elected to various honorary societies and invited to speak at international and national conferences in a variety of fields.


For more details, see


"Ambassador for Science, Technology, and Education"CACS Communications, Fall 2007, pages 42-44


"Scientist and Diplomat: Marinda Wu" to be published in ACS Show Daily


Photo by Alex Madonik