LSU BS ’00, UT Austin MS ’02, Clemson PhD ‘08
Professor of Chemistry and Director of Chemistry Research Center
United States Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, CO
Scott Iacono was raised in Shreveport, LA, and attended Parkway High School. He continued his education at Louisiana State University where he participated in undergraduate research under the mentorship of Professors Bill Daly and David Spivak. Scott obtained his BS degree in Chemistry in 2000 and acknowledges the motivational influences of Professors Daly and Spivak as his inspiration to pursue graduate school.
After LSU, Scott obtained a MS degree in chemistry from The University of Texas at Austin in 2002. He was commissioned into the Air Force as a Scientist/Officer and began working under the Aerospace Systems Directorate at Edwards Air Force Base, CA, synthesizing inorganic-organic hybrid fluorosilicones for solid rocket motor propulsion component. Scott was supported through graduate school by the Air Force advanced degree program. He received his PhD in organic/polymer chemistry from Clemson University in 2008.
In 2010, Scott joined the Department of Chemistry at the United States Air Force Academy and has since been promoted to Professor and concurrently serves as the Chemistry Research Center Director. His current research efforts focus on organofluorine methodologies for monomer development for fluorosilicone polymers, metallized fluoropolymer composites, and fulvene-based conjugated polymers for light harvesting applications.
Scott has authored 65 peer-reviewed publications, 120 conference proceedings, 7 book chapters, 2 patents, and 2 edited books. His service activities in the ACS Division of Polymer Chemistry include chairing internationally recognized symposia such as the Fluoropolymer and Silicon Containing Polymers Workshops. He is a member of the editorial board of Polymer International and is a Fellow of the ACS Division of Polymer Chemistry.
When asked if there was anything he would do differently in his career-to-date, Scott responded, “No. My ‘do-over’ moments are my learning moments that have allowed me to build a better professional attitude.” His advice to current chemistry majors at LSU is to “Take the time to enjoy your ‘university’ experience. I wish I spent more time embracing many of my non-technical classes, especially in the liberal arts and humanities. LSU is richly filled with international faculty and the experiences they have shared will last my lifetime.”
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