BIO – Dr. William F. Carroll, Jr.

Dr. William F. Carroll, Jr.
Dr. William F. Carroll, Jr. holds a B.A. in Chemistry and Physics from DePauw University, Greencastle, IN, an M.S. from Tulane University in New Orleans, and a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from Indiana University, Bloomington, IN,. Bill started his industry career in 1978 and after a year with Rohm and Haas Company, Bristol, PA, moved to what is now Occidental Chemical Corporation. He is currently Vice President, Chlorovinyl Issues for OxyChem and works on public policy issues and communications related to chlorine and PVC. He is also Adjunct Professor of Chemistry at Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana where he teaches polymer chemistry.

Bill is a Past President (2005) of the American Chemical Society, Chair of its Special Committee on Executive Compensation and Past Chair of its International Activities Committee. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, a member of the US National Committee for the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry and a member of a number of committees for the National Research Council of the National Academy of Sciences. He serves on advisory boards for the sciences at DePauw, Tulane and the Colorado School of Mines, and is chair-elect of the Council of Scientific Society Presidents.

He has also chaired numerous committees for a variety of chemistry, plastics, fire protection and recycling organizations. He has served on expert groups commissioned by the United Nations Environmental Program, the US Environmental Protection Agency and three states. He received the Vinyl Institute’s Roy T. Gottesman Leadership Award for lifetime achievement in 2000 and the Inaugural K. Michael Shea Award from the ACS Division of Chemical Technicians in 2007.

He holds two patents, and has over forty-five publications in the fields of organic electrochemistry, polymer chemistry, combustion chemistry and physics, incineration, plastics recycling and chlorine issues.

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3 Responses to BIO – Dr. William F. Carroll, Jr.

  1. Furman Glenn says:

    I am a retired chemist (Ph.D) of 36 years from the DuPont company. My expertise is polymer chemistry particularly chlorinated polymers such as polychloroprene and chlorosulfonated polyethylene. I am interested in continuing research in the area of biomedical chemistry; particularly biologocal polymers.

    What would be you advice in my obtaining a position in a medical environment to pursue such an opportunity. I have not been successful in makina a good contact here in Louisville.

    I am 64 years of age and do not want to take up a spot that could be available to a younger person. But I think I could make a real contribution to the understanding the molecular nature and chemistry of some major diseases or health concern. My formal training is Ph.D in physical organic chemistry

  2. Bill Carroll says:

    Dr. Glenn:

    irst of all, you have expertise in a particular type of chemistry that not everyone has. I would start with the idea that it is a useful skill, but not necessarily something that a biomedical company needs everyday.

    Where I’m going is to suggest a consulting/expert approach, starting part time. This may or may not fit your career desires, but I would start from “what I have to offer” and move toward “who can use it and how.” Then it’s a matter of expanding your network and “advertising.”

    Of course, I’ve just glossed over the hard work it takes to do that, but in the end, people are hired because what they are being paid generates a greater return for the employer than the employer would have had otherwise. Think about how your specific chemical skills can fit the needs of your target industry segment.

    The Division of Small Chemical Business might be a good place to talk to people who have similar approaches, and also consider becoming affiliated with ChemInsight

    And good luck!


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