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Kristen M. Kulinowski

Senior Faculty Fellow in Chemistry

Dr. Kulinowski is adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry at Rice University. She currently works in Washington DC at the IDA Science and Technology Policy Institute (STPI), a federally funded research and development center that provides analytical support to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and other Federal agencies. Prior to joining STPI in 2011, she was at Rice University as Senior Faculty Fellow in Chemistry, Executive Director for the Center for Biological and Environmental Nanotechnology (CBEN) and the Director of the International Council on Nanotechnology (ICON). Dr. Kulinowski published the first database of citations to peer-reviewed papers addressing nanomaterial risks, a survey of best practices for nanomaterial workplaces, and theGoodNanoGuide, an interactive forum for sharing information about nanomaterial handling practices. Dr. Kulinowski has advised governments in North America, Europe, Africa, and Asia on nanotechnology policy issues. She is co-author of a National Institute for Environmental Health Sciences white paper on training hazardous waste workers to handle nanomaterials and was principal investigator on an Occupational Safety and Health Administration grant to develop instructional materials to assist companies in creating and sustaining safer nanomaterial workplaces. Dr. Kulinowski received a B.S. degree in chemistry with honors from Canisius College and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in chemistry from the University of Rochester.



Kulinowski, K. M., Lippy, B. Engineered Nanomaterials.  The Occupational Environment: Its Evaluation, Control and Management, 3rd Ed. 2011

Kulinowski, K. M., Lippy, B. Training Workers on Ricks of Nanotechnology.  NIEHS Worker Education and Training Program 2011

Williams, R. A., Kulinowski, K. M., et al. Risk Characterization for Nanotechnology.  Risk Anal., 30 2010: 1671-1679

Kulinowski, K. M. and Jaffee, M. P. The GoodNanoGuide: A Novel Approach for Developing Good Practices for Handling Engineered Nanomaterials in an Occupational Setting.  Nanotechnology Law and Business, 6 2009: 37-44

Balbus, J. M., et al. Hazard assessment for nanoparticles: Report from an interdisciplinary workshop..  Environ. Health Perspect., 115 2007: 1654-1659

Colvin, V.L. and K.M. Kulinowski Nanoparticles as catalysts for protein fibrillation.  PNAS 2007: 0703194104

Kulinowski, K.M. The International Council on Nanotechnology: A new model of engagement, in Nanoscale: Issues and Perspectives for the Nano Century.   2007

Kulinowski, K. M. and Colvin, V. L. Environmental implications of engineered nanomaterials.  Nanotechnology Law and Business, 1 2004: 52-54

Kulinowski, K. M. Nanotechnology: From 'wow' to 'yuck'?.  Bulletin of Science, Technology & Society [Featured at nanotechnology website of Boston Museum of Science], 24 2004: 13-20

Bailey, C. A., et al. An integrated lecture-laboratory environment for general chemistry.  J. Chem. Educ., 77 2000: 195-199

Kulinowski, K. M., et al. Porous metals from colloidal templates.  Adv. Mater., 12 2000: 833-838

Kulinowski, K. M., Gould, I. R., and Myers, A. B. Absorption, fluorescence, and resonance Raman spectroscopy of the hexamethylbenzene/tetracyanoethylene charge-transfer complex: Toward a self-consistent model.  J. Phys. Chem., 99 1995: 9017-9026

Kulinowski, K. M., et al. Spectroscopic, kinetic, and thermodynamic deuterium isotope effects in the hexamethylbenzene/tetracyanoethylene charge-transfer complex.  J. Phys. Chem., 99 1995: 17715-17723

Chemistry Department

  • M.S. Chemistry (1992) University of Rochester
  • B.S. Chemistry (1990) Canisius College
  • Ph.D. Chemistry (1995) University of Rochester
    • chemical education, nanotechnology policy
    Email: kk@rice.edu