Dr Bettye L.S. Maddux

Assistant Director

Safer Nanomaterials & Nanomanufacturing Initiative

Oregon Nanoscience and Microtechnologies Institute and the Materials Science Institute, University of Oregon
United States
PH: +1 (541) 713-1330
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Email: [email protected]


Bettye L. (Smith) Maddux received her Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin studying the effects of the potent carcinogen, benzo[a]pyrene diol epoxide on nucleosomal DNA at single nucleotide resolution. She joined the Oregon Nanoscience and Microtechnologies Institute (ONAMI) as assistant director of SNNI in February 2006. Previously, she served as an associate specialist and research biophysicist at the University of California, Santa Barbara with joint appointments in the Materials Research Laboratory, the Department of Physics, and the Marine Biotechnology Institute. Her major research interests include studying the mechanisms controlling the biosynthesis and self-assembly of biocomposite materials and analyzing the nanoscale properties of strong and tough biopolymers.

Dr. Maddux actively participates in guiding public policy and promoting SNNI's proactive design strategies. She serves on the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) US Technical Advisory Group (TAG) to the International Organization on Standardization's (ISO) Technical Committee on Nanotechnologies 229. She has published peer-reviewed research articles, a book chapter, policy-related reports and invited articles as 'Bettye L. Smith' and more recently as 'Bettye L.S. Maddux' in the fields of nanotechnology, biophysics, biochemistry, chemistry, materials science, and chemical carcinogenesis.

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