Senior Chemist, United States Government Publishing Office and Guest Researcher, National Institute of Standards and Technology
Mary Kombolias is 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 developed 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. Formerly a public school science teacher, Mary earned her MS in chemistry from the University of New Orleans (’06) and holds one US Patent.