Dustin James' Short Resumé

Photo of Dustin James
Here I am in graduate school, washing dishes. Here I am in April 2001, older, wiser (?), and with gray hair. April 18, 2004, waiting for the start of the second day of the MS 150. October 26, 2005, my photo for a Aldrichimica Acta article.


I graduated from Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas with a BS (major chemistry, minor in math) in 1979. At SU, besides the science stuff, I was in the symphonic band, stage band, on the staff of The Megaphone, and a member of the Alpha Omicron Chapter of Pi Kappa Alpha.

Five years later I graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a Ph.D. in organic chemistry.  The title of my dissertation was Asymmetric Induction Using (-)-8-phenylmenthol as a Chiral Auxiliary.   My dissertation professor was Dr. James K. Whitesell, who had moved to North Carolina State University, but is now at the University of California, San Diego.

The Whitesell Group at The University of Texas at Austin in 1979. Left to right top row: Marilyn Whitesell, Mark Minton, Bill Flanagan, Jim Whitesell, Dan Reynolds, Dustin James, Sylvia Jaw; Left to right bottom row: Monte Fisher, Apu Bhattacharya, Dan Aguilar, Paul Kershi Wang

I worked for 3 1/2 years as a Staff Scientist in the Process Development Department of Norwich Eaton Pharmaceuticals (then became Procter and Gamble Pharmaceuticals, but P&G has exited the drug discovery business) in Norwich, New York.  I then went to work for Koch Specialty Chemical Co. (KSCC, now shut down) in Wichita, Kansas.  Koch Specialty Chemical Co. was part of Koch Industries Inc., the second largest privately owned company in the US (Cargill is in first place by a wide margin).  In Wichita, I was a Research Chemist, then a Principal Research Chemist in the Research and Development Dept.

In 1997 I transferred to KSCC's corporate headquarters in Houston, Texas and became the Technology Exploitation Manager. In 1998 I transferred over to Koch Microelectonic Service Co. Inc. (KMSC), where I worked as Technology Exploitation Manager and then as Chemistry and Technology Manager until I started here at Rice in January 2001. KMSC was shut down and the assets sold by Koch Industries. The UP1 plant of KMSC, in Bryan, Texas, is now owned by Honeywell's GEM joint venture with Mitsubishi. I am now the Lab Manager for Jim Tour's group.

I am a listed inventor on six granted patents:

I have published a account of our work at KMSC on a Cu CMP process: "A Process for the Efficient Treatment of Cu CMP Wastewater." (PDF of Text and Graphs)

I made presentations at the Coagulants and Flocculants 2000 Conference and at the Semiconductor Pure Water and Chemicals Conference 2000 . (PDF of SPWCC 2000 Text)

Since I have been at Rice, I have coauthored several reviews of molecular electronics.

The following are papers (and a dissertation) that were published from my work at UT:

With my broad range of experience and knowledge, I am available to consult on a wide range of projects.

I am now the Webmaster and Editor of the Newsletter for the Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Division of the American Chemical Society. I also judged a Science Fair at Southminster School in Missouri City.

Last Modified on 05-Jun-2007

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