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Kathryn J. Wahl is a Research Materials Scientist in the Surface Chemistry Branch of the Chemistry Division at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory. She received a B.A. in Physics and Mathematics from St. Olaf College in 1987, and a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from Northwestern University in 1992. Dr. Wahl became a member of the Tribology Section as a NRC post-doctoral researcher, and was hired as a staff scientist in 1995. Since joining NRL, her research has focused on fundamental physics and chemistry of sliding and adhesive interfaces, both at macroscopic and nanometer scales. She is actively involved in the development of instrumentation for tribological and mechanics studies. Recent areas of study include in situ tribochemistry of solid lubricants, nanomechanical properties of biomaterials, and dynamics of adhesive contacts to polymers.