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Oct. 18: Treasury Department chemist reveals science behind money

Friday, October 18, 2013

FREDERICK, Md.—The science behind the creation of paper money will be the topic of a seminar Oct. 31 at 12:45 in the Whitaker Campus Center at Hood College.

Steven Carlo, Ph.D., an award-winning physical chemist at the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Bureau of Engraving and Printing, will talk about how chemistry is used to produce a unique paper, specialty inks and incorporate anti-counterfeiting features to make U.S. banknotes that are strong enough to withstand rigorous handling over many years. He will also discuss why constant research and design is needed to protect the dollar and keep counterfeiting low.

Carlo worked for a number of years in research and development for the U.S. Navy, Mitsubishi Chemical and Avon. He has earned several R&D awards and has been granted two U.S. patents.

He earned his bachelor's degree in chemistry from the University of Salford, England; a master's degree from DeMontfort University in Leicester, U.K.; and a doctoral degree in surface chemistry from the University of Iowa.

For more information, contact Susan Ensel, Whitaker Professor of Chemistry, at