Kenneth Caster
Program Officer, Organic Materials Chemistry
Air Force Office of Scientific Research

Ken Caster received a B.S. degree (cum laude) in Chemistry from Stetson University in 1979 and a Ph.D. degree in organic chemistry from Duke University in 1983.  He then moved to the University of Florida as a National Institute of Health (NIH) postdoctoral fellow.  In 1985, he joined Union Carbide Corporation where he performed exploratory research on homogeneous and heterogeneous catalytic processes.  In 1994, he moved to Lord Corporation where he managed a Controllable Materials R&D program within the Materials Division.  There, as principle scientist and inventor, he created an intellectual property portfolio centered on innovative olefin metathesis-based adhesion and coatings technology.  In 2003, he spent one year at Duke University as a visiting scientist in the Center for Biological Inspired Materials and Material Systems (CBIMMS) before joining the US Army Research Office (ARO) to provide scientific support of the Polymer Science Program, Institute for Soldier Nanotechnologies (ISN), and Institute for Collaborative Biotechnologies (ICB).  In late 2009, he moved to the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) as a program officer to create and manage a synthetic chemistry program.  In 2012, he transferred to an international assignment in Japan at AFOSR’s Asian Office of Aerospace Research and Development (AOARD) to manage Materials, Chemistry, and USAF-Taiwan Nanoscience Programs and serve as Technical Director.  In 2017, he returned to AFOSR as Program Officer to manage the Organic Materials Chemistry research program.  From 2007-2009, he was an adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at North Carolina State University. 


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