Isao Noda

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Isao Noda (born January 29, 1951 in Tokyo, Japan) is a chemical engineer whose research has focused on polymer science and spectroscopy. He currently holds ninety patents granted in the United States and the EU, has published over three hundred articles, co-authored three books and received a number of industry-wide awards and recognition for his contributions to his fields of research.[1]


Noda moved to the United States in 1969 to attend Columbia University in the City of New York, where he graduated in 1974 with a B.S. degree in chemical engineering. He subsequently received his M.S. in bioengineering (1976), as well as M. Phil (1978) and Ph.D. (1979) in chemical engineering from Columbia. In 1997, he received a D.Sc degree in chemistry from the University of Tokyo.[2]


In 1978, Noda joined Procter & Gamble, where he became one of the world's leading authorities in the field of polymer science,[2] specializing in a type of biopolymer, polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHA). Noda pioneered development of medium-chain-length branched polyhydroxyalkanoates (mcl-PHA).[3] The most promising PHA product developed during this time was trademarked as Nodax.[4] After retiring from Procter & Gamble in 2012, he accepted a position as Adjunct Professor at the University of Delaware, where, as of 2014, he continues to teach and research in the areas of polymer science and spectroscopy.

Noda is known for developing a novel class of bio-based biodegradable plastics and has received multiple awards for his development of two-dimensional infrared (2D IR) correlation spectroscopy.[5] In February 2013, he became Senior Vice President of Innovation at Meredian Holdings Group Inc., which recently announced the start up of the world's largest production facility for mcl-PHAs.[6]

Selected awards[edit]

  • 1991 – William F. Meggers Award from the Society for Applied Spectroscopy presented at 19th Annual Meeting of the Federation of Analytical Chemistry and Spectroscopy Societies, Anaheim, CA, October 8, 1991.[2]
  • 2002 – Williams-Wright Award from the Coblentz Society presented at Pittsburgh Conference (Pittcon 2002), New Orleans, LA, March 19, 2002.[2]
  • 2005 – Cincinnati Chemist of the Year Award from the Cincinnati Section of the American Chemical Society, Cincinnati, OH, February 16, 2005.[7]
  • 2008 – International Academic Cooperation and Exchange Medal from Chinese Chemical Society and Chinese Optical Society presented at 15th National Conference on Molecular Spectroscopy, Beijing, China, October 19, 2008.[2]
  • 2009 – Gold Medal from the New York Section of the Society for Applied Spectroscopy presented at Eastern Analytical Symposium and Exposition, Somerset, NJ, November 18, 2009.[2]
  • 2011 – Bomem-Michelson Award from the Coblentz Society presented at Pittcon 2011, Atlanta GA, March 15, 2011.[2]
  • 2011 – Ellis R. Lippincott Award from the Optical Society of America, the Coblentz Society, and the Society for Applied Spectroscopy presented at FACSS 2011, Reno, NC, October 5, 2011.[8]


  • I. Noda and D. N. Rubingh, Eds., Polymer Solutions, Blends, and Interfaces (Proc. Procter & Gamble UERP Symp.), Elsevier: New York, 1992.
  • Y. Ozaki and I. Noda, Eds. Two-Dimensional Correlation Spectroscopy, AIP Conference Proceedings 503, AIP: Melville, 2000.
  • I. Noda and Y. Ozaki, Two-Dimensional Correlation Spectroscopy — Applications in Vibrational and Optical Spectroscopy, Wiley: Chichester, UK, 2004.


  1. ^ "Meredian Holdings Group – Meet the Executive Team". Meredian Holdings Group. Retrieved 4 December 2014.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "Bomem–Michaelson Award: Isao Noda". Spectroscopy Europe. Retrieved 2014-12-04.
  3. ^ "Biodegradable plastic under commercial development". Medical Textiles. July 1, 2002. Retrieved 2014-12-04.
  4. ^ "Developmental 'Reactive Pellets' For Making Bio-Polyester". Plastics Technology. December 2008. Retrieved 2014-12-04.
  5. ^ "News Spectrum". Spectroscopy. 26 (1). 1 January 2011. Retrieved 2014-12-04.
  6. ^ "Meredian Starts Up World's Largest PHA Biopolymer Plant". Plastics Technology. December 2012. Retrieved 2014-12-04.
  7. ^ "2005 Cincinnati Chemist of the Year" (PDF). CINTACS. Cincinnati Section of the American Chemical Society. Retrieved 4 December 2014.
  8. ^ "Dr. Isao Noda Receives the Ellis R. Lippincott Award". Procter & Gamble. Retrieved 4 December 2014.

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