Dr.   Mary Ann   B.   Meador

Dr. Mary Ann B. Meador

Senior Research Scientist
NASA Glenn Research Center
Phone: 216-433-3221
Email: maryann.meador@nasa.gov

Contact Information

Mailstop 49-3
NASA Glenn Research Center
Cleveland, OH 44135
Phone: (216) 433-3221
Fax: (216) 977-7132
Email: maryann.meador@nasa.gov


  • 1983 Ph.D., Organic Chemistry, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
  • 1979 B.S., Chemistry, Duquesne University Pittsburgh, PA

Professional Experience

  • Senior Chemical Engineer, Durability and Coatings Branch NASA Glenn Research Center, 1995-present
  • Chemical Engineer, Materials Division, NASA Lewis Research Center, 1992-1995
  • Chemical Engineer, Materials Division, NASA Lewis Research Center, 1987-1992
  • Chemist, Polymers Branch NASA Lewis Research Center, 1983-1987

Selected Publications

  • Fluorination of the C7 Bridge of nadic diester. David E. Rajsfus, Sari Alter-Zilberfarb, Pessia Sharon, Mary Ann B. Meador and Aryeh A. Frimer, Journal of Fluorine Chemistry, 2011, 132, 339–347.
  • Invited Spotlight Article: Tailoring mechanical properties of aerogels for aerospace applications. Jason Randall, Mary Ann B. Meador, and Sadhan C. Jana, ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, 2011, 3 (3), 613–626.
  • Polyimide aerogels cross-linked through amine-functionalized polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane. Haiquan Guo, Mary Ann B. Meador, Linda McCorkle, Derek J. Quade, Jiao Guo, Bart Hamilton, Miko Cakmak and Guilherme Sprowl, ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, 2011 3, 546–552.
  • Epoxy reinforced aerogels made using a streamlined process. Mary Ann B. Meador, Christopher M. Scherzer, Baochau N. Nguyen, Derek Quade and Stephanie L. Vivod, ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, 2010, 2, 2162-2168.
  • Methylated tetrahydrophthalic anhydrides as end caps in addition polyimides. David E. Rajsfus, Mary Ann B. Meador, and Aryeh A. Frimer, Macromolecules, 2010, 43, 5971–5980.
  • Elastic behavior of methyltrimethoxysilane based silica aerogels reinforced with a tri-isocyanate. Baochau N. Nguyen, Mary Ann B. Meador, Alexandra Medoro, Victoria Arendt, Jason Randall, Brian Shonkwiler and Linda McCorkle, ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, 2010, 2, 1430–1443.
  • Nanofiber Reinforced Aerogel (Xerogel) Synthesis, Manufacture and Characterization. Lichun Li, Baris Yalcin, Bauchao N. Nguyen, Mary Ann B. Meador, Miko Cakmak, ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, 2009, 1, 2491–2501.
  • Flexible aerogels derived from bis[3-(triethoxysilyl)propyl]disulfide, Tetraethylorthosilicate and vinyltrimethoxysilane via a two step process. Haiquan Guo, Baochau N. Nguyen, Linda S. McCorkle, Brian Shonkwiler, Mary Ann B. Meador, J. Mater. Chem., 2009, 19 (47), 9054-9062.
  • Structure—property relationships in 3D nanostructures: Epoxy cross-linked silica aerogels produced using ethanol as solvent. Mary Ann B. Meador, Amanda Weber, Alia Hindi, Melanie Naumenko, Linda McCorkle, Derek Quade, Stephanie L. Vivod, George L. Gould, Shannon White and Kiranmayi Deshpande, ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, 2009, 1, 894-906.
  • Tailoring elastic properties of Silica Aerogels Cross-linked with Styrene. Baochau N. Nguyen, Mary Ann B. Meador, Marissa E. Tousley, Brian Shonkwiler, Linda McCorkle, Daniel A. Scheiman and Anna Palczer, ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, 2009, 1, 621–630.
  • Synthesis and compatibility of ionic liquid containing rod-coil polyimide gel electrolytes with lithium metal electrodes. Dean M. Tigelaar, Allyson E. Palker, Mary Ann B. Meador, William R. Bennett, Journal of the Electrochemical Society, 155(10), 2008, A768-A774.
  • Reinforcing cross-linked silica aerogels with carbon nanofibers. Stephanie L. Vivod, Mary Ann B. Meador, Lynn A. Capadona, Linda McCorkle, Roy M. Sullivan, Louis M. Ghosn, Nicholas Clark, and Derek Quade, Journal of Materials Chemistry, 2008, 18, 1843-1852.
  • Use of Diels Alder Cyclopolymerizations in the Photocuring of Polymers. Michael A. Meador, Mary Ann B. Meador, Daniel S. Tyson, Faysal Ilhan, High Performance Polymers, 2007, 19, 665-683.
  • Composite Electrolytes for Lithium Batteries: Ionic Liquids in APTES Cross-linked Polymers. Dean M. Tigelaar, Mary Ann B. Meador, William R. Bennett; Macromolecules, 2007, 40(12), 4159-4164.
  • Structure-property relationships in porous 3-d nanostructures as a function of preparation conditions: isocyanate cross-linked silica aerogels. Mary Ann B. Meador, Lynn A. Capadona, Linda McCorkle, Demetrios S. Papadopoulos and Nicholas Leventis; Chemistry of Materials, 2007, 19, 2247-2260.
  • Hydrophobic monolithic aerogels by nanocasting polystyrene on amine-modified silica. U. Faysal Ilhan, Eve F. Fabrizio, Linda McCorkle, Daniel A. Scheiman, Amala Dass, Anna Palczer, Mary Ann B. Meador James C. Johnston, Nicholas Leventis; Journal of Materials Chemistry, 2006, 16, 3046-3054.
  • Flexible, Low- Density Polymer Crosslinked Aerogels. Lynn A. Capadona, Mary Ann B. Meador, Eve F. Fabrizio, Antonella Alunni, Plousia Vassilaras and Nicholas Leventis; Polymer, 2006, 47, 5754-5761.
  • Morphology of PI-PEO Block Copolymers for Lithium Batteries. Chenchen Xue, Mary Ann B. Meador, Valerie A. Cubon, Lei Zhu, Jason J. Ge, Stephen Z. D. Cheng and R. K. Eby, Polymer, 2006, 47, 6149-6155.
  • New APTES Cross-linked Polymers from Poly(ethylene oxide)s and Cyanuric Chloride for Lithium Batteries. Dean M. Tigelaar, James D. Kinder, Mary Ann B. Meador and William R. Bennett, Macromolecules, 2006, 36, 120-127.

Selected Honors

  • NASA Medal for Exceptional Achievement, July 2009
  • Exceptional Space Act Award, Inventions and Contributions Board, February 2006
  • Nano50 Award, 2005, inaugural class of 50 most commercially viable nanotechnologies
  • R&D 100 Award, R&D Magazine, 2005
  • Abe Silverstein Medal, 2005
  • Glenn Distinguished Publication of the Year, 2003
  • Lewis Educational and Research Collaboration Internship Program Mentor of the Year, 1998
  • NASA Medal for Exceptional Service, 1997