Jim O’Brien’s ACS–St Louis Section experience includes a stint as Program Chair in the early 1990s, serving for many years as co-coordinator of half-day long Career Day for high school students, and being Midwest Award Coordinator. His most recent contributions have been as co-General Chair of the Midwest Regional Meeting in 2011, and in the local section Chair succession (2013-15). He is a Director (2016-2017).
A Professor at the University of Missouri–St Louis, his orientation is physical/analytical chemistry. His research interests are in high-resolution molecular spectroscopy using intra-cavity laser absorption and Fourier transform emission techniques.