"Dr. William F. Carroll, Jr. holds a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from Indiana University, Bloomington, IN. He is currently Vice President, Industry Issues for Occidental Chemical Corporation and also Adjunct Professor of Chemistry at Indiana.
Bill is a Past President (2005) of the American Chemical Society, and a current member of its Board of Directors. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, and chair or member of a number of committees for the National Research Council of the National Academy of Sciences. He is a member of advisory boards for DePauw University, Tulane University and the Colorado School of Mines, and is 2009 chair of the Council of Scientific Society Presidents.
On behalf of OxyChem he has chaired numerous committees for industry associations, including the American Chemistry Council. He has served on expert groups commissioned by the United Nations Environment Programme, the US Environmental Protection Agency and three states most recently the California Green Ribbon Science Panel.
Bill has received the Henry Hill Award, sponsored by the ACS Division of Professional Relations, the Michael Shea Award from the ACS Division of Chemical Technicians, an Indiana University Distinguished Alumni Service Award and the Vinyl Institute’s Roy T. Gottesman Leadership Award for lifetime achievement.
He holds two patents, and has over sixty publications in the fields of organic electrochemistry, polymer chemistry, combustion chemistry, incineration and plastics recycling."
A Global Chemistry Enterprise: Do We Have a Future, or What?
The Chemistry Enterprise is globalizing, which means changes for chemistry in the US. Whether it relates to the shift in chemistry from small molecules to very large, the commoditization of specialty chemicals, or natural gas pricing, the next ten years will bring sea change to the chemical industry in the US. For colleges, the operating costs and sources of professors and students will drive the health of chemistry higher education. How do we prepare our current and future members--those who are employed or those who hope to be--for the future state of chemistry? The answer lies in our education, personal marketing and interaction with a simultaneously shrinking globe and expanding network.
From Garbage to Stuff: How We Recycle Plastics
Is that recycling bin the springboard to giving material a new life or is it simply a blue wastebasket? What about surplus materials from industrial processes? Do they find their way out the back door to the landfill? This presentation discusses the four critical steps in recycling-- collection, separation, reprocessing and remanufacture-and how they relate to plastics. The technology, the cost and the efficacy of the processes all matter. And the operative word, plastics, really is plural. Presentation includes a primer in the basic kinds of plastics, how they differ and how they're used in common articles, especially packaging. The presenter brings a few common articles for demonstrations, and promises not to recycle an old quote from "The Graduate."
Vinyl Chloride, Cancer and Technology: How Chemists Saved an Industry
Poly(vinyl chloride) or "vinyl" is one of the four main commodity polymers manufactured in the US. Last year over 15 billion pounds were made in the US; however, there was a time in the 1970s when many doubted that the industry would exist at all in 1980, let alone the 21st century. It was in those days that the raw material, vinyl chloride, was found to cause cancer in laboratory animals, then in humans - specifically, four workers in manufacturing operations. This presentation reviews the history of vinyl chloride toxicology, the events of 1974 and 1975 when cancer cases in workers were confirmed and how this situation became one of the landmark events in the history of industrial hygiene. Most important is what was done by chemists and engineers in the US and abroad to modify technology and reinvent both the product and the industry.
Where Everything Comes From: Industrial Chemistry 101
How does chemistry get from the oil well to the Organic text book? How do we manufacture literally trillions of pounds of chemicals each year? Why do we make more sulfuric acid than any other chemical? And more importantly, where do all these pounds go? This presentation explores the sources of chemicals and the major processes that transform them into products that make modern life possible. Special attention is paid to the 100 largest volume chemicals manufactured and the taxonomy, ecology and interdependence of chemicals, processes and industries. And by the way it doesn’t all come from the oil well or the organic text book.
Reese's Pieces: The Best of C&EN's "Newscripts" by Ken Reese
"If you’re like me, you probably read the beginning and end of Chemical and Engineering News before (and maybe instead of ) the stuff in the middle. The back page of C&EN, Newscripts, was the province of Ken Reese for nearly 35 years. His eclectic and wry sense of humor made that section the place many of us turned first as we learned to read the literature. This talk, which is an extension of a presentation made in the late Professor Jack Stocker’s symposium “Whimsy in Chemistry” is a compilation of and commentary on of some of the best and funniest blurbs presented in Newscripts between 1930 and 2000."
Natural Gas: Where It Comes From, How We Get It, Where It Goes and What It Means
Our economy is dependent upon fossil fuels, but the types and mix are changing. Moreover, fossil fuels are not just for burning; they are the raw materials that drive the chemical industry, over a half-trillion dollar part of our economy. This presentation spotlights natural gas and its recent rise in popularity as both a fuel and a raw material. There are comparisons to other fossil sources of carbon and discussion of generation, recovery and uses, and comparisons to other countries’ use. We’ll touch a couple of controversial topics as well.
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