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Steven E. Stein

Stephen E. Stein (NIST)

Steve works at the National Institute of Standards and Technology as a NIST Fellow, where he has been in charge of the NIST Mass Spectrometry Data Center since 1988. He was born on the lower east side of Manhattan, New York City on December 13, 1948 and grew up in mostly in the Bronx. He graduated from the University of Rochester in 1969 with a degree in Chemistry and earned a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from the University of Washington, Seattle in 1974, in the area of Gas Phase Kinetics.

He spent two years in the Thermochemistry and Chemical Kinetics Division of SRI International in Menlo Park, California as a Research Associate/Staff Scientist and five years in the Chemistry Department of West Virginia University as an Assistant/Associate Professor, working mostly in the area of high temperature kinetics, especially in its application to coal chemistry.

He came to NIST (then NBS) in 1980 where he continued work in kinetics for several years before becoming involved in computer applications of chemical reference data, assuming responsibility for the NIST/EPA/NIH Mass Spectral Library in 1988. Since then he has led the comprehensive evaluation of the library and been involved in the development of algorithms and software for evaluating data and extracting chemical information from this resource.

He has also been involved in a number of other reference data projects, including the NIST Chemistry WebBook and several chemical thermodynamics data programs.

He has received the Department of Commerce Gold Medal, the ACS Storch Award in Fuel Science, the ACS Patterson-Crane Award and NIST Applied Research and Schlichter Awards. He has published over 75 research papers and been a principal developer of several data products including the NIST Mass Spectral Search Program, the AMDIS GC/MS Deconvolution Program, the NIST Structures and Properties Program and the NIST/EPA Gas Phase Infrared Library.

(From FACCS information)

  • Literature: Scirus (only some citations)
  • Address: NIST
  • Projects: AMDIS, NIST-MS-Search, NIST Webbook
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