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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