Northern Oklahoma

Building Bonds with Chemistry in Northern Oklahoma

2018 Officers of the Northern Oklahoma ACS

Matt Lundwall, Chair

Matt Lundwall earned a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from Texas A&M University in 2010 and a B.S. in Chemistry / Chemical Physics from the State University of New York at Stony Brook in 2005. He has 10 publications on heterogeneous catalysis in peer reviewed journals. He is currently the Director of Microscopy, X-Ray and Thermal Analysis at Phillips 66 Research Center in Bartlesville, OK. When not at work he enjoys spending quality time with his wife and three kids.

Chad Ellis, Chair-Elect

Chad Ellis joined Phillips 66 in 2013 and has worked in areas of novel process development, analytical science, and water treatment. He has an NSF Postdoctoral Fellow at Cornell University 3 years with Prof. Geoff Coates and received his Ph.D. in Chemistry from Carnegie Mellon in 2003. His research has focused on catalysis resulting in 8 external publications and 3 US Patent fillings. In his spare time, he enjoys catfishing.

Raj Kailasam, Secretary

Raj Kailasam earned his BS in Chemistry and MS in Applied Chemistry from Bharathiyar University, India. He then worked as polymer processing chemist for a paint company, after which he moved to Montana to pursue his MS in Environmental Engineering from Montana Tech. His research was regarding speciation of mercury from old mine tailings. He went on to pursue a PhD in Chemistry from the University of Montana. His PHD research involved removal of oxo-anions from aqueous systems using nano-porous silica polyamine composites. Prior to joining Phillips 66, Raj worked as a Sr. Scientist for Global Tungsten & Powders Corp. (formerly Sylvania); where he worked in the field of powder metallurgy, hydrometallurgy, refractory metal separations, and rare earth metals recovery. He currently works as a Research Scientist for Phillips 66 Research Center in the Water Research Group. He has experience serving in various ACS sections in the past and he hopes to serve well in the NOK-ACS section as well.

Thomas A. Upshaw , Treasurer

Tom holds a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from Colorado State University. Tom has been a member of the ACS since 1983 and previously served as Treasurer of the Northeast Oklahoma section from 2008 to 2011. Over a number of years, Tom has served as a volunteer for National Chemistry Week demonstrations and to judge school and district science fairs, as well as leading the effort to develop updated Bylaws for the section during its merger with the North Central Oklahoma section. Tom began his career at Union Carbide (later Dow Chemical Co.) working on the synthesis of new cycloaliphatic epoxides, functional acrylic monomers, caprolactone polyols, polyurethanes and epoxy resins for CASE applications. Tom joined Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LP, Specialty Chemicals Division in April, 2007 to support applications testing and new opportunity development for polythiol technologies in coatings and adhesives, and is currently developing solventless, anti-corrosive epoxy coatings based on CPChem’s specialty materials.

Mazi Sardashti, Councilor

Mazi Sardashti is currently Director of Midstream Research at Phillips 66. He has worked at Phillips 66 (formerly ConocoPhillips and Phillips Petroleum) since 1989 and has held various positions in the R&D organization, mainly in Analytical Sciences.  These included assignments in the NMR, GC/MS, Raman, and FTIR areas. Prior to his current role, he was in charge of the Material Characterization Team in Analytical Sciences. Mazi has seven U.S. patents and several additional applications. He has authored/co-authored over fifteen outside scientific publications. 

Mazi has a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry specializing in solid-state NMR spectroscopy from Colorado State University and a Bachelor degree in Chemistry from Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. He has served in a number of positions in the local ACS section including Chair, Secretary, lead for National Chemistry Olympiad, and Awards Committee chair. Mazi was selected as 2014 Northern Oklahoma Volunteer of the Year by ACS.

Joe Allison, Alternate Councilor

Joe D. Allison retired from Phillips 66 in 2014 after 31 years of service to Conoco/DuPont/ConocoPhillips/Phillips 66. Joe is an inventor on 45 US Patents and an author on 25 scientific publications. He is a 2010 ACS Fellow and was named the 2008 Oklahoma Chemist. Other honors include 2013 Univ. of Central Arkansas Distinguished Alumnus and 2010 Purdue Univ. Department of Chemistry Outstanding Alumnus.
Joe received his PhD in Inorganic Chemistry from Purdue University in 1983 and a BS in Chemistry from the University of Central Arkansas in 1979. He has served in the Local ACS Sections as Chair, Treasurer and Councilor (13 years) and now as Alternate Councilor. At the National ACS level he has been the Chair of the Division of Petroleum Chemistry, PETR, (2011), Program Chair/Co-Chair for PETR (2004 – 2008), Director-at-Large for the Division of Energy and Fuels (ENFL) and is now a Councilor for ENFL (2015-2017). Joe is also a member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers.
Joe D. Allison retired from Phillips 66 in 2014 after 31 years of service to Conoco/DuPont/ConocoPhillips/Phillips 66. Joe is an inventor on 45 US Patents and an author on 25 scientific publications. He is a 2010 ACS Fellow and was named the 2008 Oklahoma Chemist. Other honors include 2013 Univ. of Central Arkansas Distinguished Alumnus and 2010 Purdue Univ. Department of Chemistry Outstanding Alumnus.
Joe received his PhD in Inorganic Chemistry from Purdue University in 1983 and a BS in Chemistry from the University of Central Arkansas in 1979. He has served in the Local ACS Sections as Chair, Treasurer and Councilor (13 years) and now as Alternate Councilor. At the National ACS level he has been the Chair of the Division of Petroleum Chemistry, PETR, (2011), Program Chair/Co-Chair for PETR (2004 – 2008), Director-at-Large for the Division of Energy and Fuels (ENFL) and is now a Councilor for ENFL (2015-2017). Joe is also a member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers.Joe D. Allison retired from Phillips 66 in 2014 after 31 years of service to Conoco/DuPont/ConocoPhillips/Phillips 66. Joe is an inventor on 45 US Patents and an author on 25 scientific publications. He is a 2010 ACS Fellow and was named the 2008 Oklahoma Chemist. Other honors include 2013 Univ. of Central Arkansas Distinguished Alumnus and 2010 Purdue Univ. Department of Chemistry Outstanding Alumnus.
Joe received his PhD in Inorganic Chemistry from Purdue University in 1983 and a BS in Chemistry from the University of Central Arkansas in 1979. He has served in the Local ACS Sections as Chair, Treasurer and Councilor (13 years) and now as Alternate Councilor. At the National ACS level he has been the Chair of the Division of Petroleum Chemistry, PETR, (2011), Program Chair/Co-Chair for PETR (2004 – 2008), Director-at-Large for the Division of Energy and Fuels (ENFL) and is now a Councilor for ENFL (2015-2017). Joe is also a member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers.
Joe D. Allison retired from Phillips 66 in 2014 after 31 years of service to Conoco/DuPont/ConocoPhillips/Phillips 66. Joe is an inventor on 45 US Patents and an author on 25 scientific publications. He is a 2010 ACS Fellow and was named the 2008 Oklahoma Chemist. Other honors include 2013 Univ. of Central Arkansas Distinguished Alumnus and 2010 Purdue Univ. Department of Chemistry Outstanding Alumnus.
Joe received his PhD in Inorganic Chemistry from Purdue University in 1983 and a BS in Chemistry from the University of Central Arkansas in 1979. He has served in the Local ACS Sections as Chair, Treasurer and Councilor (13 years) and now as Alternate Councilor. At the National ACS level he has been the Chair of the Division of Petroleum Chemistry, PETR, (2011), Program Chair/Co-Chair for PETR (2004 – 2008), Director-at-Large for the Division of Energy and Fuels (ENFL) and is now a Councilor for ENFL (2015-2017). Joe is also a member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers.

Joe D. Allison retired from Phillips 66 in 2014 after 31 years of service to Conoco/DuPont/ConocoPhillips/Phillips 66. Joe is an inventor on 47 US Patents and an author on 25 scientific publications. He is a 2010 ACS Fellow and was named the 2008 Oklahoma Chemist. Other honors include 2013 Univ. of Central Arkansas Distinguished Alumnus and 2010 Purdue Univ. Department of Chemistry Outstanding Alumnus.

Joe received his PhD in Inorganic Chemistry from Purdue University in 1983 and a BS in Chemistry from the University of Central Arkansas in 1979. He has served in the Local ACS Sections as Chair, Treasurer and Councilor (13 years) and now as Alternate Councilor. At the National ACS level he has been the Chair of the Division of Petroleum Chemistry, PETR, (2011), Program Chair/Co-Chair for PETR (2004 – 2008), Director-at-Large for the Division of Energy and Fuels (ENFL) and is now a Councilor for ENFL (2015-2017). Joe is also a member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers.