SLAS Welcomes Marshall Brennan, Ph.D., as its New Scientific Director

For Immediate Release


Oak Brook, IL (November 18, 2020) – Marshall Brennan, Ph.D., will join the Society for Laboratory Automation and Screening (SLAS) as its new Scientific Director, beginning November 23.

Brennan comes to SLAS from the American Chemical Society (ACS) where he served as the Senior Product Manager of New Product Innovation. At the ACS Brennan founded and launched ChemRxiv, a preprint repository for chemistry. Prior to his role at ACS, Brennan served as Associate Editor for Nature Chemistry where he managed the peer review and publication process for journal submissions.

“I’m truly honored to be able to join SLAS in its mission to provide education, information and professional development to the large and thriving community of researchers and lab automation developers," says Brennan. "This is such an important moment in time for the growth of the field and I am eager to find new ways to accelerate its advances and support its practitioners.”

As Scientific Director, Brennan will provide strategic leadership for knowledge content and delivery of scientific topics relevant to the Society and will have broad responsibility for associated programs and services including two technical journals – SLAS Discovery and SLAS Technology – and multi-channel educational programming and content.

He earned his doctorate in chemistry from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, publishing his thesis entitled, “Mechanisms of multielectron redox catalysis with low-valent cobalt.” He conducted his postdoctoral work at the University of Texas at Austin studying C–C bond activation.

Brennan currently sits on the steering committee for the University of California, Los Angeles Applied Chemistry Advanced Degree Programs and serves as a Technical Advisory Board member for the Applied Chemistry MSc program. In 2018 Brennan was awarded the American Chemical Society's Catalyst Award and was nominated for Forbes "30 Under 30" list.


About SLAS
SLAS (Society for Laboratory Automation and Screening) is an international professional society of academic, industry and government life sciences researchers and developers and providers of laboratory automation technology. The SLAS mission is to bring together researchers in academia, industry and government to advance life sciences discovery and technology via education, knowledge exchange and global community building. For more information, visit


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