LSU chemistry alumnus named 2020 American Chemical Society Fellow


Dr. Sid WhiteDr. Sidney White, Jr. (LSU B.S., 1965)

BATON ROUGE, August 18, 2020- The LSU Department of Chemistry congratulates alumnus, Dr. Sidney White, Jr., on being named a Fellow of the American Chemical Society (ACS). Raised in Baton Rouge, Dr. White received his bachelor’s degree in industrial chemistry from LSU in 1965.

The fellowship program started in 2009 to honor ACS members who have made outstanding achievements in and contributions to science, the profession, and the Society. White has been an active member of ACS for over 35 years and has led a successful career as a chemist in the research and development of eyewear lens coatings.

“Being selected as a 2020 ACS Fellow is a significant highlight in a very interesting career as a chemist,” said White.

During his 30-plus year career with Essilor of America, a global manufacturing company based in Paris, White initiated the development of coatings for several different refractive index lens materials and lens products, including CR-39, or allyl diglycol carbonate, and Transitions® photochromic lenses. One of his breakthrough coatings includes the super scratch-resistant nanocomposite coatings in the proprietary product, Duralens™. Essilor International is now the world leader in coatings with over 18 manufacturing plants, 400 laboratories, and 67,000 employees.

White is also recognized for his continuous service to the ACS community. For seven years, he served on the Committee on Patent and Related Matters (CPRM) Education & Outreach Subcommittee. Dr. White is also involved with the Senior Chemists Committee (SCC) where he serves as chair of the National Meeting Programming Subcommittee. In this role, White organizes various symposia, including the current Planning for Retirement Symposium in PROF at the ACS 2020 Virtual Meeting. His involvement with the ACS Community also includes participation with various technical divisions and committees as a cosponsor of their symposia.

"I am particularly proud of being selected as a 2020 ACS Fellow for my service and contributions to the Society at both the local and national levels," said White. 

In 2012, White co-founded the Chemical Angel Network, the only Nationwide angel investing network for early stage chemical businesses. Through this network, Dr. White has organized more than twelve symposia assisting entrepreneurs and early-stage companies with educational resources, information, and advisement. After retiring, White led a team that revitalized the local ACS Tampa Bay Section, which has over 700 members.

To learn more about Dr. Sidney White, his academic and career journey, and contributions to the scientific community, visit his LSU Chemistry Alumni profile page. For a complete list of the 2020 ACS fellows, visit the July 27,2020 issue of C&EN Magazine.



Gretchen Schneider
LSU Department of Chemistry