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Barbara Belmont, M.S.

Barbara Belmont photoMs. Barbara Belmont, President and Laboratory Director of American Research and Testing Inc., is responsible for performance and direction of laboratory work, methods development and validation, personnel training, report preparation, quality assurance, calibration records, instrument maintenance, laboratory supplies, and laboratory safety. Ms. Belmont also interfaces with Clients regarding project quotations, project status, problems encountered, etc.


  • Illinois Institute of Technology, Professional Science Masters, Analytical Chemistry, 2004
  • La Verne College, B.A., Chemistry and Biology, 1977


  • 2008-Present: President and Laboratory Director, American Research and Testing Inc., Gardena, CA; company management, investigative analytical chemistry, product formulation breakdown, problem solving, quality control, and performance evaluation of chemicals and industrial products
  • 1983-2008: Senior Chemist and Laboratory Director, American Research and Testing Inc., Gardena, CA; investigative analytical chemistry
  • 2002-Present: Lecturer, California State University Dominguez Hills: General Chemistry Lab and Lecture, Organic Chemistry Lab, Quantitative Analysis Lecture and Lab
  • 1982-1983: Manager, Chemistry Department, United States Testing Company, Los Angeles, CA; administration and supervision of chemistry department
  • 1981-1982: Chemist, United States Testing Company, Los Angeles, CA; qualitative and quantitative analysis on a wide variety of chemicals and products
  • 1978-1981: Chemist, Lee Pharmaceuticals, South El Monte, CA; formulation, testing, and development of cosmetics, and urethane & acrylic coatings & composites
  • 1978: Laboratory Technologist, Radioimmunoassay Centre Inc., Monterey Park, CA; routine testing of protein and steroid hormones by radioimmunoassay

Professional Memberships And Activites

American Chemical Society, member since 1983, Fellow since 2013

    Southern California Section ACS service:

  • Executive Committee Member-at-Large, 1993-1995
  • Women Chemists Committee Chair 1993, 1994
  • Registration Chair, Western Regional Meeting / Pacific Conference, 1993
  • Program Chair, 1995
  • Presenter, National Chemistry Week 1995-1998
  • Presenter, “Expanding Your Horizons” Conference for Girls in Math and Science 1996-present
  • Long Range Planning Committee, 1995 – 1997
  • Board of Directors, 1995 – 1997, 1999, 2004 – present
  • Chair, 1996
  • Internal Affairs Chair, 1997
  • Webmaster 1997-present
  • Public Relations Chair, 1998 – 1999
  • Nominations & Elections Chair or Co-Chair, 1997, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012
  • Secretary, 1999
  • Membership Chair, 2000-2002
  • Publications Chair 2002- present
  • Treasurer (appointed), 2004-2013
  • Secretary/Treasurer (elected), 2014 – present
    ACS Technical Division member:

  • Analytical Chemistry 2008-present
  • Chemical Education 2008-present
  • Professional Relations 2010-present
  • Chemical Health and Safety 2018-present
    ACS national service:

  • Division of Professional Relations, Chair GATCA Subdivision, 2010-2011
  • Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Board, 2012-2017
  • Committee on Minority Affairs, 2014-present

American Association for the Advancement of Science, member since 1990, Fellow since 2002

  • Primary Section: Societal Impacts of Science and Engineering, 1994-present
  • Steering Group, Societal Impacts of Science and Engineering, 2018-2022

American Society for Testing and Materials Technical Committees:

  • D01 Paint and Related Coatings, Materials and Applications 2008-present
  • D01.21 Chemical Analysis of Paints and Paint Materials 2008-present
  • D01.08 Environmental Concerns 2008-present

National Organization of Gay and Lesbian Scientists and Technical Professionals, member since 1983

  • Treasurer, since 1986
  • Representative to AAAS Section on Societal Impact of Science and Engineering, 1994-present
  • Newsletter Editor, Publications Manager, 1984-1987, 1992-1998, 2001-2010
  • Web Design and Content Team, 1994-present
  • Out to Innovate Career Summit for LGBT People in STEM, organizing committee, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2017, 2019
  • ACS LGBTQ+ Chemists and Allies representative, since 1995
  • Mentoring Program Coordinator, since 2013

National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers, Member since 2013

Society for the Advancement of Chicano and Native American Scientists, Member since 2010

Publications, Theses, Patents

  • “Evaluation of Freeze Dried Aloe Vera and Nopal Cactus for Possible Health Treatments by Comparison of Antioxidant Properties and Free Radical Inhibition”, A. Jones, B. Belmont, K. Rodriguez, Journal of Undergraduate Chemistry Research, 2014, 13(4), 76
  • “Review of Adhesive Properties of Cyanoacrylates as Compared to Other Acrylic Resins and Epoxy Resins”, Cyanoacrylate Resins, The Instant Adhesive: A Monograph of their Application and Technology, H. Lee, editor, Pasadena Technology Press, 1981
  • La Verne College, Senior Thesis: “Isolation of Vitamin K from Spinach Leaves,” (unpublished), 1977

Awards and Honors

  • Departmental Honors in Biology and Chemistry, La Verne College, 1977
  • La Verne College Natural Science Division Outstanding Student Award, 1977
  • Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges, 1977
  • Agnes Ann Green Distinguished Service Award, Southern California Section ACS, 1998
  • Elected to the Rank of Fellow, American Association for Advancment of Science, 2002
  • Salute to Excellence, Southern California Section ACS, 2009, 2012
  • Elected to Rank of Fellow, American Chemical Society, 2013
  • Walt Westman Award, NOGLSTP, 2017