Two DuPont Chemists Receive Top Honors from the American Chemical Society

Aldos Barefoot and Sharon L. Haynie were named 2016 ACS Fellows

Aldos Barefoot and Sharon L. Haynie

Aldos (Al) Barefoot, Senior Technical Fellow, DuPont Crop Protection, and Sharon L. Haynie, Principal Investigator, Industrial Biosciences, are two of only 57 new members selected by the American Chemical Society (ACS) to join the ranks of 2016 ACS Fellow. The Program, which began in 2009, aims to recognize and honor ACS members for outstanding achievements and contributions to science, the profession and ACS.

“DuPont scientists and engineers are known the world-over for their outstanding contributions to advance science and solve some of the world’s greatest challenges,” said Doug Muzyka, Senior Vice President and Chief Science & Technology Officer. “We are proud of Al and Sharon for the tremendous contributions that they have made to DuPont, and to the global chemistry community through ACS.”

Both Al and Sharon were nominated and then selected by a committee of experts based on their significant contributions:

“While the ACS Fellows designation is a great honor for the recipients, it is a small measure of our gratitude for their dedicated service to chemistry,” says ACS President Donna Nelson.

The new fellows will be feted at the society’s fall national meeting in Philadelphia this August.

Aldos (Al) Barefoot

Al was recognized for his sustained service to the Division of Agrochemicals and his leadership in balancing agricultural and environmental science with business interests and governmental regulation of crop protection products.

“It is an honor to be named an ACS Fellow. I am grateful that my career has given me the opportunity to be of service to ACS, DuPont and the agricultural chemistry community,” said Barefoot.

Barefoot has provided strategy for environmental risk assessment and operational guidance to environmental safety testing of many of our commercially successful products. He is respected for his regulatory science expertise by the entire DuPont Crop Protection Global Technology Organization, by other ag companies through CropLife International and by scientists from academia and government institutions in North America, Europe and Asia Pacific.

Barefoot has served on a number of industry work groups dealing with environmental chemistry data requirements and ecological risk assessments over the years.

Sharon L. Haynie

Sharon was recognized for her contributions in research and development of bio-inspired and antimicrobial materials, as well as her outstanding commitment to the chemistry profession through service and mentoring.

“I am deeply honored that my colleagues have acknowledged my long-time contributions to the profession by election to the community of ACS Fellows,” said Haynie. “I am humbled by the opportunity to work with extraordinary, creative and talented scientists, engineers and administrative staff professionals at DuPont and ACS.”

During her nearly 32-year career with DuPont, Haynie has worked on a diverse array of projects in Central Research & Development, and the Industrial Biosciences Technology Team, ranging from new materials for therapeutic use to biocatalysis for green chemistry applications. An active member of the professional community, she is a past co-chair of the National Academy of Sciences’ Chemical Sciences Roundtable and a past-chair of the ACS Philadelphia Section. Haynie is currently on the Board of the Chemical Heritage Foundation as an appointee of the ACS and a member of the ACS Budget & Finance and Audit Committees.

She has also been recognized with the 2007 Middle Atlantic Regional Award for Volunteer Service and the 2008 Percy L. Julian Award recognition by National Organization for Professional advancement of Black Chemists & Chemical Engineers.