Sara Orski

Research Chemist

National Institute of Standards and Technology

Sara Orski is a research chemist and project leader in the Materials Science and Engineering Division at The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Her current research team focuses on using design, synthesis, and characterization of model and commercial materials to quantify the effect of macromolecular chemistry and architecture on polymer properties, with applications in next-generation standards and plastics recycling. Dr. Orski earned a B.S. in Chemistry from The College of William and Mary and a Ph.D. in Chemistry from The University of Georgia studying functional polymer brush thin films for sensor applications. She joined NIST as an NRC Postdoctoral Fellow studying stability of enzymatic catalysts on polymeric supports for greener polymer catalysis. She is active in technical programming and service roles within the American Chemical Society (ACS), serving as a co- programming chair in the Division of Polymer Chemistry (POLY), chair of the subcommittee on sustainability within the Committee on Environmental Improvement (CEI), and is the communications chair and a councilor in her local ACS section, The Chemical Society of Washington.