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All About the Benjamins: The Chemistry of Money, with guest speaker Dr. Steve Carlo of the U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing

Wed, Nov 06, 2013, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
LOCATION: Caruthers Hall, Room 1021
Have you ever wondered how we ensure the integrity of U.S. bank notes? It’s chemistry! Join Dr. Steve Carlo, a chemist at the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Bureau of Engraving and Printing, who will speak about how the United States ensures that U.S. banknotes have a long circulation life and that the chemistry behind them is robust, so anyone can be confident they have genuine U.S. currency. (With two-thirds of all U.S. banknotes circulating outside the United States, the entire world is our customer!)
The entire Marymount community and your guests are welcome at this informative session.
Dr. Carlo manages the Technical Service Division and the Ink Chemistry Branches in the Office of Materials Technology. He has received several research and development awards and has been granted two U.S. patents, with three U.S. and two WIPO filings pending in the general areas of non-linear optics and personal care.
Dr. Steve Carlo earned his B.Sc. degree in chemistry from the University of Salford, England, where he conducted work investigating silica gels using small angle X-ray scattering (SAXS). From there, he moved to DeMontfort University (also in the U.K.) and applied his skills in SAXS to the nitrogenase protein and modeled the protein structure in the aqueous phase, earning an M.Phil. degree.
His final stages of academic training came with a Ph.D. in surface chemistry from the University of Iowa, studying photoinduced polymerization and the interaction of HBr with ice films, followed by post-doctoral work at Johns Hopkins University with Howard Fairbrother.
Dr. Carlo has worked for several companies performing R&D work on non-linear optics for the U.S. Navy; developing aftermarket organic photoconductors for Mitsubishi Chemical; developing test methods for Avon to link consumer perception with physical measurements and identifying new materials for potential application in the personal care industry; and consulting performing technology assessments for patentability and marketing, anti-tank grenade counter concepts, and environmental stress cracking of sprinkler pipes.
Among his many hobbies, he enjoys brewing his own English-style ale, SCUBA, yoga, and being with his family.
For questions, contact Dr. Deana Jaber at deana.jaber@marymount.edu