Use this discussion to suggest programming topics aligned to the Fall 2021 meeting theme of resilience and reach out to other divisions and committees to establish collaborations!
CATL will almost certainly have a symposium, probably titled "The chemistry and kinetics for preventing deactivation." [Or we could call it "The chemistry and kinetics for resilient catalysis" and explain that this means preventing deactivation in the symposium description, since that is more positive sounding.]
Hello! My name is Dominique, and I am one of the Programming Chairs of the Younger Chemists Committee (YCC). The YCC will do some brainstorming at the next ACS meeting in Philly. Here are some of my thoughts on the theme:
When I think about "resilience in chemistry: the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties”, I think of Nature. Specifically, microorganisms like bacteria, yeast, and fungi; and their potential in biotech and health applications. They are resilient because they can change their physiology and chemistry to survive and thrive in different environments, performing and diversifying an array of metabolic reactions. Thus, how can we as chemists, utilize Nature’s solutions to solve our problems? We can use bacteria to synthesize specialty chemicals or natural products, or in bioremediation to degrade harmful chemicals. Furthermore, we can reprogram bacteria by genetic modifications to enhance or add/eliminate certain features. Screen and predict metabolic pathways from genomic sequencing and bioinformatics.
Some select highlights:
1. The Resilience of Early Chemists. Celebrating the First: Early Chemists that broke boundaries
2. Building (or safeguarding) a Resilient Nation: diversity and inclusiveness in the chemical enterprise to inspire new thinking and innovations
I cannot give definite symposia at this time, but after the recent econ crash, SCHB is interested how the best practices of small and nimble entities can be followed. Anybody interested, please contact me at your convenience. I hope to see everybody in SFO.
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