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Elizabeth Bright

Elizabeth Bright

Sustainable Chemistry

University of New Hampshire

Boston, MA

I am passionate about connecting scientific thought and innovations with the communities they serve. I'm currently developing designer materials for the treatment of metal-contaminated wastewater streams.





The University of New Hampshire

PhD Student

Long-term, I'm working on creating systems of multi-level human empowerment through chemistry. At UNH, I’m developing new materials designed to clean toxic metals from water and decrease dependency on mining. I'm also studying teaching—I strongly believe that access to quality information is essential for a thriving society.

Berda Group

Single-Chain Nanoparticles

I joined the Berda Group in January 2016 in order to develop skills in designing chemical investigations and conducting polymer synthesis and macromolecular characterization. Our group specializes in the synthesis of single-chain nanoparticles. Tuning the size and functionality of these nanoparticles opens this technology to a variety of applications. I am working to develop a toolkit to take advantage of these cutting-edge materials for water remediation and other important applications in environmental chemistry.



Associate Chemist, Product Development

My experience at PureColor reinforced my belief that meaningful innovations are possible even in the most well-established industries and that these places present great opportunity for improvement. I am proud to have formulated premium wood stain products while maintaining the stringent health and sustainability specifications and principles of green chemistry on which the company was founded. My love for process and documentation manifested itself as I created materials to record and share health and safety specifications, standardize procedures for creating and documenting color, and create efficient new quality control processes to streamline commercialization.



If we don't choose our path, it will be chosen for us.

But our options are bounded by current knowledge. That's why discovery is so important—it reveals the nature of these options and even allows for the creation of new ones.

Thinking Talents

Thinking talents is about playing to your strengths and finding great partners. A great partner for me, for example, might have great relational skills to complement my analytical ones. This is definitely reflected in my strongest relationships.

Take it yourself!

Health and Sustainability

I am inspired and guided by the American Chemical Society's policy statement on risk assessment. It helps me stay focused on the role I would like to play in my career. That statement reads in part:

"The proper use of science is to inform decision makers about the inherent hazards and the likelihood of adverse health or ecological effects from particular exposures.

"Scientists can also assess the strength of evidence, and the uncertainties and variability of currently available information."

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The University of New Mexico

Bachelor of Science, Chemistry

I never planned to study science, but once I stepped foot in an organic chemistry lab, I never looked back. In chemistry, I found a place to take a systematic approach to creative projects, important problems, and the empowerment of others through knowledge. At UNM, I developed a green synthesis for water remediation published in Tetrahedron Letters in 2013.