"Chemistry in Motion" Indy 2013 ACS National Meeting Theme Summary

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Chemistry in Motion


246th American Chemical Society National Meeting

September 8-12, 2013

Indianapolis, IN


Update - June 26, 2013

Hi everyone, please be advised, ACS has launched a new content management system for its portal website today and some previous links may no longer work. Please see below for Technical Program and Social Events List links.

The online full division program for the Fall National Meeting is now available:



Preliminary social event information is ready:

http://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/meetings/fall-2013/program/Social_Events_List. html



Early Registration Discounts End July 12. Official Website:  http://www.acs.org/indy2013




Update - May 29, 2013:

Registration will open tomorrow, Wednesday May 29, 2013 for the ACS National Meeting at

http://www.acs.org/indy2013. Explore the topics, division programming, see travel discounts and other resources.

See you in Indy!



Chemistry impacts myriad facets of the transportation industry from the fuels that are needed to power vehicles to the materials from which the vehicles are designed. Energy, the environment and economics are intimately joined with regard to the creation of a successful transportation network, and chemistry impacts each and all components of that equation. Chemistry is a dominant factor for optimizing the use of precious

resources, the development of new technologies to power and build our transportation infrastructure and to minimize the environmental consequences of a society built upon energy and mobility.


Cars, rail and planes are the dominant examples of chemistry in motion. Those modes of transportation have historically relied upon energy from fossil fuels and high density materials of construction. Petroleum, however, is becoming a more precious and valued resource and the economy of transportation depends on the mass of the vehicle, the efficiency of the power plant and the drag and friction associated with motion of the vehicle. As a result, society demands more economical production of petroleum-based fuels, development of alternative fuels and lightweight building components and more efficient and aerodynamic designs of our transportation vehicles. That, in turn, requires

advances in catalysis, the development of bio-based and renewable production of fuels and lightweight, structural materials, the development of new economically viable sources of power such as hydrogen fuel cells and photovoltaics, as well as health and environmental effects of those technologies. On the one hand, chemistry will facilitate the refinery of the future, and on the other hand it will provide the means to replace the those refineries with sustainable technologies and bio- or agro-based renewable methods to use chemistry for motion.


The Indianapolis meeting will showcase contemporary research and future technologies that will transform the transportation industry in the 21st century. Divisions can participate in the chemistry in motion theme by programming and developing joint symposia on catalysis, biofuels, alternative energy, lightweight materials, health and the environment and tribology.


Professor Robert A. Weiss, Indianapolis Thematic Program Chair

Hezzleton E. Simmons Professor of Polymer Engineering

Department of Polymer Engineering

Polymer Engineering Academic Center

The University of Akron

Akron, OH 44325-0301