Chemical company Rohm and Haas has named Angelo A. Lamola, former head of the molecular biophysics department at AT&T Bell Laboratories, as the new director of the company's exploratory chemicals and exploratory plastics research divisions. Lamola begins his tenure as the leader of the two groups on October 1.

Philadelphia-based Rohm and Haas, whose research laboratories are in Spring House, Pa., is a specialty chemical company that orients its basic and applied investigative facilities toward products for industrial consumers. Major focuses of the company are on agricultural chemicals, adhesives, electronic chemicals, plastics, and petroleum additives. Lamola will head the two research divisions concerned with new chemical and plastic technologies.

Shortly after receiving his Ph.D. in organic chemistry from the California Institute of Technology in 1964, Lamola joined Bell Laboratories. He stayed at the Murray Hill, N.J.-based company until 1985, when he left to join Polaroid Corp. in Cambridge, Mass., as...

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