Senior Chemist, United States Government Publishing Office and Guest Researcher, National Institute of Standards and Technology
Mary Kombolias is a scientist and inventor employed as a Senior Chemist by the United States Government Publishing Office (USGPO). She is concurrently a Guest Researcher at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), where she invented a contactless, non-destructive method for fiber analysis which is the first to discern and quantify the amount of recycled fiber in paper. This method can also be used to determine the relative age of paper, providing an alternative to Carbon-14 dating of documents of historical and cultural significance. Her invention is the product of years of persistence, collaboration across government agencies, and the realization that process for fiber analysis had not changed in over 80 years.
Mary also holds a patent for a test which prevents forgery, counterfeiting, smuggling, identity theft, and unauthorized duplication. She is a former middle-school science teacher and serves as a mentor through Future Link Maryland.
Mary currently holds one patent.