Bret Chisholm, Ph.D

Bret Chisholm, Ph.D.

Senior Research Scientist

Dr. Bret Chisholm received his B.S. degree in Chemistry with an emphasis on Polymers and Coatings from North Dakota State University in 1989 and his Ph.D. in Polymer Science in 1993 from the University of Southern Mississippi. During his graduate tenure, he investigated Living Cationic Polymerization and its application to the synthesis of novel block copolymers and ionomers under the tutelage of Professor Robson Storey.

After graduation, Chisholm was employed by General Electric (GE) for 11 years. During his first five years with GE, he worked in the areas of polymer blends, crystalline polymers and ionomers for GE Plastics. During this period, he spent 18 months in Bergen Op Zoom, The Netherlands, and six months in Moka, Japan, as part of a GE training program called the Technical Leadership Program.

During his last six years with GE, Chisholm led research programs in the area of organic coatings at the GE Corporate Research Center in Niskayuna, New York. He was the Principle Investigator on a research contract awarded through the NIST-Advanced Technology Program. This project lead to the development of the first full combinatorial workflow designed for the development of new organic coatings.

In October of 2004, Chisholm joined the Center for Nanoscale Science and Engineering as a Senior Research Scientist and Director of the Combinatorial Materials Research Laboratory. He is also an Adjunct Professor for the Department of Coatings and Polymeric Materials and serves as a thesis advisor for several graduate students. Chisholm holds 20 U.S. patents and has authored more than 70 publications.