Anna Brown ’05 Creating Lead-Free X-Ray Protection

After Anna ’05 finished her work at Reed, she, like so many Reedies before her, decided to stay in Portland. She took her books across the Willamette and earned her Ph.D. at Portland State University under the direction of inorganic/nanomaterials chemist, Prof. Andrea Goforth. Her next Portland move? Apply her science smarts and create a start-up company, Stark Street Materials (website under construction; keep checking back).

Stark Street Materials’ current plans call for developing new uses for bismuth, a non-toxic material (think Pepto-Bismol), in medical applications. One new product will substitute bismuth for highly toxic lead in the x-ray protection clothing that has been worn by patients and medical personnel for the past century. Watch this video to learn more about Anna and Stark Street.

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