Fiona's technical expertise is soft matter (or soft nanotechnology): in industrial polymer and surfactant science, and the industrial application of computational chemistry, molecular modeling and property prediction. She works as a lecturer and consultant for the Nano Science and Technology Institute, and is also a feature writer for Chemistry World.
Her introduction to industrial polymer science was in the late 80’s at Courtaulds Research in the UK where she worked as part of the team developing Tencel - a new environmentally friendly solvent spun cellulose fiber. She also investigated the effects of polyacrylonitrile microstructure on carbon fiber performance using computer modeling techniques. Courtaulds' involvement as a founder member of the Biosym/Molecular Simulations Inc. (MSI) Polymer Consortium, one of the earliest materials modeling efforts, meant frequent trips to sunny San Diego, CA. In 1991 she moved to California to join Biosym.
Fiona spent nine years at Biosym/MSI (now Accelrys ). She carried out contract research for some of the top US and European materials science companies to demonstrate the value of molecular modeling for their specific applications. As manager of the MSI materials modeling training group she prepared and presented workshops worldwide on molecular modeling of materials and polymers. She also worked in marketing and technical sales support.
In 1999 she was hired into a central research group at Colgate Palmolive. This presented challenges including materials structure and property prediction for toothpaste, detergent, hard surface care and personal care products, and packaging and fragrance technology. While at Colgate she organized a symposium on Mesoscale Phenomena in Fluid Systems on behalf of the American Chemical Society, Division of Physical Chemistry, which was held during the ACS National Meeting in Boston, 2002. She is the coeditor of a book based on this symposium (ACS Symposium Series #861).
In 2003 Fiona left Colgate
Palmolive to move to beautiful
Vermont with her husband, Martin
Case. She founded Case Scientific and provided consultancy and
contract research in
computational chemistry, mesoscale modeling, polymer and surfactant
science for several organizations before the birth of her son Benjamin. She also embarked on a "second
career" in scientific journalism
and is a
regular feature writer for both Chemistry World
and Inform Magazine.
She is a consultant and member of the organizing committee for the annual Nano Science and Technology Institutes (NSTI) Nanotech conferences. She is an instructor for the NSTI Nanotechnology Course Series
In 2009 she joined that faculty at the University of Vermont as a part-time lecturer teaching Chem23/25: General Chemistry
Fiona Case, "Predicting Dynamic Mesoscale Structure of Commercially Relevant Surfactant Solutions" Chapter in "Multiscale Simulation Methods for Nanomaterials", edited by Richard Ross and Sanat Mohanty, John Wiley & Sons, Inc, 2007
Fiona Case, Anne Chaka, Daniel G. Friend, David Frurip, Joseph Golab, Peter Gordon, Russell Johnson, Petr Kolar, Jonathan Moore, Raymond D. Mountain , James Olson, Rick Ross, Martin Schiller. " The Second Industrial Fluid Properties Simulation Challenge" Fluid Phase Equilibria, 236, 1–14, (2005)
Case F. H. "Mesoscale simulation of colloids and surfactants in consumer products", presentation at the 79th ACS Colloid and Surface Science Symposium, Clarkson University, June 12-15, 2005
Kyrylyuk A.V., Case F.H., Fraaije J.G.E.M., "Property prediction and hybrid modeling for combinatorial materials", QSAR & Combinatorial Science 24 (1), 131-137, 2005
Case, F. H. "Applications of mesoscale modeling – towards computer simulation of cleaning", presentation at the 95th AOCS Annual Meeting & Expo, May 9-12, 2004, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
Case, F. H., Chaka, A., Friend, D., Frurip, D., Golab, J., Johnson, R., Moore, J., Mountain, R. D., Olson, J., Storer,J., Schiller, M., "The First Industrial Fluid Properties Simulation Challenge", Fluid Phase Equilibria, 217( 1), 1-10 (2004)
Ray Mountain, Fiona Case, Anne Chaka, Daniel Friend, Dave Frurip, Russell Johnson, Joseph Golab,
Petr Kolar, Jonathan Moore, James Olson, Rick Ross, Martin Schiller, Joey Storer, "The Industrial Fluids Simulation Challenge: Highlights of the First Event and a Preview of the Second" Presentation at FOMMS 2003.
Connors, T. F., Berta, J., Nascimbeni, B., Case, F. H., D'Ambrogio, R., and Crudden, J. J., "Novel light duty liquid (LDL) cleaning compositions using lauroyl ethylenediaminetriacetate (LED3A) chelating surfactant", Invited Presentation, ACS National Meeting, New York NY, September 2003
Broze, G. and Case, F. H. "Impact of Mesoscale Structure and Phase Behavior on Rheology and Performance in Superwetting Cleaners" Chapter 24 in "Mesoscale Phenomena in Fluid Systems" edited by Case, F. H. and Alexandridis, P., ACS Books & Oxford University Press, (2003)
Case, F. H. "Simulation of Emulsion Systems using Dissipative Particle Dynamics" Invited Presentation, ACS National Meeting, New Orleans, March 2003
Case, F. H. "Molecular Modeling of Personal Care Products", presentation for the ACS Princeton Local Section, December 2002.
Broze, G. and Case, F. H. "Impact of Micelle Structure and Phase Behavior on Rheology and Performance", Invited Presentation, ACS National Meeting, Boston MA,; August 2002
Case, F. H. "Commercial Application of Mesoscale Modeling: The Challenge of Parameterization", invited lecture and co-organisor, 2nd Annual MultiScale Modeling Conference - Bridging the Gap Between Atomistic and Meso Scales , August 13 - 14, 2001, Boston, MA
Case, F. H. "Industrial Application of Atomistic Simulations", invited lecture and co-organizor, Workshop on Predicting the Thermophysical Properties of Fluids by Molecular Simulation , June 18-19, 2001, N.I.S.T. Gaithersburg, MD
Case, F. H. "Studying the Distribution of Actives in PEO-PPO-PEO Block Copolymer Gel", invited presentation, ACS National Meeting, Washington DC, August 20th-24th 2000
Case, F. H. "Predicting Polymer Miscibility", SPE ANTEC Technical Papers, 38, 1598 (1999)Scientific Journalism clips can be found Here
Case, F. H. “Applications of Modeling in Polymer Property Prediction”, Journal of Computer-Aided Materials Design, 3, 369-378 (1996)
Case, F. H. and Honeycutt, J. D. “Will my Polymers Mix? - Applications of Modeling to Study Miscibility, Compatibility and Formulation” . Trends in Polymer Science, 2, 256 (1994)
Mumby, S. J., Sher, P. B., Case, F. H., and Eichinger, B. E., “Computer Simulation of Phase Diagrams of Binary and Quasi-Binary Polymer Solutions and Blends”, SPE ANTEC Technical Papers, 38, 1598 (1992)
Case, F. H., Winter, J. and Bott, D., “Molecular Modeling for Designer Polymers” Chem. Ind. 3, 784 (1990)