Scott J. Burya, Ph.D.
Regulatory Chemist

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BS, Ohio University, Chemistry (Physical) cum laude, 2007

MS, Ohio State University, Chemistry (Analytical), 2009

Ph.D., Ohio State University, Chemistry (Analytical),  2013


Henne Graduate Research Competition Award, 2012

Edward R. Grilly Scholarship, 2007 - 2008



Scott J. Burya, Ph.D. is a Regulatory Chemist with The Acta Group (Acta®). Dr. Burya supports clients in all stages of product development, from assessing the toxicology and regulatory profiles of new substances, performing quantitative risk assessments, and navigating state and federal regulations, to guiding teams through complex submission processes. His areas of expertise include the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) as amended by the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA), regulation of chemicals under California’s Proposition 65 (Prop 65), and the transport of hazardous materials under Title 49 of the Code of Federal Regulations.

Before joining Acta, Dr. Burya held progressively senior positions in Product Safety and Regulatory Affairs for a multinational chemical company where he managed teams and processes that addressed the requirements set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC), Health Canada (HC), and other agencies. Notably, he led multidisciplinary teams comprised of chemists, toxicologists, and third-party labs focused on clearing new technologies, and has obtained Premanufacture Notices (PMN), Food Contact Notifications (FCN), New Substance Notifications (NSN), and other agency approvals required to commercialize products.

Dr. Burya holds a Ph.D. in analytical chemistry from the Ohio State University. 

Representative Engagements:

  • Assisted Fortune 50 company with business-critical new chemical notice and coordinated closely with EPA to achieve timely success.
  • Addressed issues raised by EPA during the review of a TSCA PMN by refining exposure estimates and identifying appropriate hazard data, resulting in a “not likely to present an unreasonable risk” determination with no TSCA restrictions.
  • Assisted a start-up company to address EPA’s concerns and obtain a low volume exemption (LVE) needed to commercialize a novel nanomaterial product.
  • Specified testing needed to address food contact regulations in the United States and the European Union for a new coating product and evaluated the resultant migration data against applicable regulatory limits.
  • Prepared argument elaborating the chemical identity of a product flagged during a compliance inspection demonstrating that no TSCA violation occurred.
  • Assisted client in determining that a key monomer was listed on the confidential portion of the TSCA Inventory, allowing the associated polymer to be eligible for the polymer exemption.

Professional & Community Involvement:

Member, American Chemical Society, 2010 - Present

Inter-American Photochemical Society, 2011 - 2013

Ohio State Science Fair Judge, 2011 - 2013


J. Brian Xu, M.D., Ph.D., DABT® and Scott J. Burya, Ph.D., "FCM regulations in China and the US - a comparison," CW+ AsiaHub, July 18, 2018.

Palmer A.M., Burya S.J., Gallucci J.C., Turro C. Photoinduced intercalation and coordination of a dirhodium complex to DNA: dual DNA binding. ChemMedChem 9:1260-5. 2014.

Sambasivan R., Zheng W., Burya S.J., Popp B.V., Turro C., Clementi C, Ball Z.T. A tripodal peptide ligand for asymmetric Rh(ii) catalysis highlights unique features of on-bead catalyst development. Chemical Science. 5: 1401-1407. 2014.

Li Z., Burya S.J., Turro C., Dunbar K.R. Photochemistry and DNA photocleavage by a new unsupported dirhodium(II,II) complex. Philosophical Transactions. Series a, Mathematical, Physical, and Engineering Sciences. 371:20120128. 2013.

Burya S.J., Palmer A.M., Gallucci J.C., Turro C. Photoinduced ligand exchange and covalent DNA binding by two new dirhodium bis-amidato complexes. Inorganic Chemistry. 51:11882-90. 2012.

Burya S.J., Lutterman D.A.,Turro C. Absence of quenching by [Fe(CN)6]4- is not proof of DNA intercalation. Chemical Communications (Cambridge, England). 47:1848-50. 2011.

Speaking Engagements:

WEBINAR -- Keeping up with FSMA – Rules, Obligations, and Key Compliance Dates,” Bergeson & Campbell, P.C., (October 17, 2018).

Burya, S.J., Gallucci, J.C., Turro, C.  Photoinduced ligand exchange and covalent DNA binding by two new dirhodium acetamide complexes. 243rd ACS National Meeting, 2012.

Burya, S.J., Gallucci, J.C., Turro, C.  Photoinduced Ligand Exchange and Covalent DNA Binding by Two New Dirhodium Acetamide Complexes. Pittcon Conference and Expo, 2012.

Burya, S.J. The Photochemistry and DNA Binding of Novel Inorganic Complexes. The Ohio State University, Hayes Forum, 2012.

Burya, S.J. The Photochemistry and Potential Chemotheraputic Action of Novel Inorganic Complexes. The Ohio State University, Henne Graduate Research Competition, 2012.

Burya, S.J. Quenching of DNA-Intercalating Ruthenium Complexes by Hexacyanoferrate(II). The Ohio State University, Analytical Division Seminar, 2009.

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