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246th American Chemical Society National Meeting & Exposition
Indianapolis, IN - September 8-12, 2013
Registration & Housing are now open - Early Registration Ends 7/12 -                  
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  Fall National Meeting Registration is now open


Registration & Housing for the 246th American Chemical Society Fall National Meeting are now open .Early registration discounts end July 12, 2013. Take advantage of the wide spectrum of networking events, workshops and programming coming to the heartland this year. In addition to the Division Technical Programming, this years theme, "Chemistry in Motion, Moving America Forward with Innovation" will explore how energy, the environment and economics  joined in transportation and how chemistry can provide solutions to some of todays most pressing issues. Visit the website and review the registration process, see fees and check out the interesting and highly anticipated Fall content.


Technical Session Locator Now Available Online:

The Technical Session locator will give you an idea of where your division programmimg will take place. This may be helpful for event and travel planning. Locations are subject to change. Support of our official meeting hotels helps us arrange discounted hotel  rates and keep registration fees to a minimum. Stay in an official  hotel whenever possible, and reserve your hotel room through Orchid  Event Solutions (formerly The Housing Connection, LLC). ACS does not endorse booking hotel reservations through any other source.

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Join the fun and support ACS Volunteers at the annual ChemLuminary Awards Celebration.

ChemLuminary Awards in IndyACS Volunteers:  Winning with Team ACS is the theme for the 15th Annual ChemLuminary Awards event.  ACS President Marinda Wu will open the ChemLuminary Awards event with welcoming remarks followed by a keynote address presented by Dr. William H. (Jack) Breazeale, Jr., recipient of the 2013 ACS Volunteer Service Award.  The keynote address will be followed by the presentation of awards to local sections, divisions, and regional meetings honoring groups for their volunteer efforts in promoting chemistry and the chemical sciences in local areas during 2012.

The event is Tuesday, September 10th, at The Westin Indianapolis, beginning with a reception and poster session from 8:00-8:45 p.m.  The awards presentation will follow from 9:00-10:00 p.m., and a celebration with dancing will wind up the evening at 12:00 midnight.

The event is free and everyone is encouraged to attend and support our many ACS volunteers.

To learn more, please visit ChemLuminary Awards 2013


Stand Up for STEM Education at Special Public Outreach Event in Indianapolis


Indy racetrack special event

As host for the upcoming 246th ACS National Meeting & Exposition (Sept. 8-12, 2013), the ACS Indiana Section has joined forces with Celebrate Science Indiana (CSI) to hold a special Public Outreach Event at the world-famous Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and you're invited!
  The ACS-CSI Public Outreach Event will be an interactive STEM (STEM = Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math event for families and educators) racing experience that works with the meeting theme of “Chemistry in Motion,” and we need your help and participation to make it a grand success.  Join us at the Speedway on Sunday, Sept. 8, 9:00 AM-5:00 PM - you'll have the opportunity to lead fun science activities with members of the community, make the case for the benefits of chemistry and STEM education, do some on-track rides around the Speedway, and more!


C&EN's 90th Anniversary Celebration!


Celebrate C&EN's 90th Anniversary with Alton Brown at the Fall National Meeting

C&EN 90 Anniversary LogoPlease join us as we celebrate C&EN’s 90th Anniversary in Indianapolis this fall with celebrity chef, author, and TV personality Alton Brown at a live afternoon event, on September 10 at the ACS Fall National Meeting.  Alton Brown has published several popular books about his adventures with the science of food and cooking and serves as host and main commentator on the Food Network’s popular series, Iron Chef America.  The event is free, but seats are limited and tickets required – get your tickets when you register for the fall meeting, one ticket per person.  Mark your calendars and plan to participate in this celebratory event hosted by C&EN!


Eli Lilly CEO John C. Lechleiter to Address Senior Chemists Breakfast in Indy


Eli Lilly CEO John LechleiterOne person right away comes to mind as the keynote speaker for the Senior Chemists Breakfast at ACS National Meeting in Indianapolis. He is John C. Lechleiter, Ph.D., who rose through the ranks at Eli Lilly & Co., Inc. from a synthetic organic chemist position to become Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. During this time the pharmaceutical industry has undergone enormous changes. Dr. Lechleiter will address those changes and what Lilly is doing to create, manage and respond to change.

The event is on Tuesday, September 10, 2013, 7:30 a.m., at the J. W. Marriott Hotel. Ticket price is $15.00 and can be purchased through meeting registration. A limited amount of tickets will be available at the door.




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Network with Your Peers


An ACS national meeting & exposition offers you unparalleled opportunities to network with your peers.  Attend the Sci-Mix inter-divisional poster session and social hour with more than 3,000 fellow attendees. Investigate the dozens of other social events in the preliminary and on-site programs.  Typical events include the Women Chemists Committee program focusing on the careers of women chemists and specialty programs sponsored by the Committee on Chemists with Disabilities, Office of Diversity Programs, Younger Chemists Committee, and nearly all of our technical divisions.


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July 12, 2013 -
        Early Registration Discount Ends, Last day to register and receive badge by mail.
        Online and Phone registration continue until late Aug./Early Sept.

June 26, 2013
        C&EN Preliminary Program Published

July 29, 2013
        C&EN Final Program Published

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Presidential Events

          President Wu
During 2013, ACS President Marinda Li Wu has set a presidential theme and agenda based on “Partners for Progress & Prosperity.” A presidential symposium titled “Career Advancement Opportunities” will take place in two sessions on Monday, Sept. 9. It will feature chemists who have successfully pursued nontraditional career paths and who have made an impact on the chemistry enterprise in diverse areas, which include government laboratory scientists, heads of academic institutions, CEOs from the chemical industry, patent attorneys, program officers at federal agencies, entrepreneurs, technical writers, and other careers.

On Tuesday, Sept. 10, an afternoon presidential symposium titled “Innovation and Entrepreneurship” will include entrepreneurs who have made an impact on the chemistry enterprise. Each will reflect on the challenges and opportunities inherent in the chemical enterprise and share personal stories of the path that enabled transformation of innovative ideas into a successful business venture.    

Presidential events and other recommended symposia can be found at and in the on-site program.




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Five Courses entitled "Coaching & Feedback", "Developing Communication Strategies", "Engaging & Motivating Volunteers", "Collaborating Across Boundaries" and "Fostering Innovation" are being offered by the ACS Leadership Development System. These four-hour facilitated courses, sponsored by the ACS Leadership Development System. They require a fee of $150 each for ACS members and $300 each for nonmembers. Scholarships are available. For course times, descriptions, scholarship information, or to register, go to For more information, contact Kareem Redmond, (202) 872-6015, or e-mail Participation is open to all interested registrants.


Kavli & Plenary Speakers Finalized for the Fall

The Kavli Foundation Innovations in Chemistry Lecture


Powering the planet with solar fuel
  Monday, September 9, 2013, 5:30 – 6:30 PM


Harry Gray

Harry Gray

California Institute of Technology,
  Arnold O. Beckman Professor of  Chemistry and
  Founding Director of the Beckman Institute of Chemistry  and Chemical Biology

Download the Theme Activities flyer in .PDF format This Lecture on Powering the planet with solar fuel will highlight how molecular hydrogen has emerged as an attractive candidate for a clean, renewable fuel to meet the world's skyrocketing demand for energy using enzyme catalysis. Specifically, hydrogenase enzymes containing iron and nickel cofactors evolve H2 catalytically from water with turnover frequencies as high as 9,000/sec at 30 C°. However, the relative 0instability of these enzymes under aerobic conditions has led to the search for robust inorganic catalysts that can produce hydrogen from water. Though, platinum is a well-known catalyst for this reaction, scarcity and high cost limit its widespread use. Ongoing research efforts are to determine heterogeneous and homogeneous catalysts made from earth-abundant elements that scale to solar fuel devices in the future. Read more...


The Kavli Foundation Emerging Leader in Chemistry Lecture


Making molecular prosthetics with a small molecule synthesizer
  Monday, September 9, 2013, 4:00 – 5:00 PM


Harry Gray

Martin D. Burke

Associate Professor of Chemistry
  Howard Hughes Medical Institute
  University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Dr. Martin D. Burke is the second recipient of The Kavli Foundation Emerging Leader in Chemistry Lecture award. Dr. Burke was nominated by the Organic Chemistry Division and will deliver his lecture on Making molecular prosthetics with a small molecule synthesizer. Small molecules that bind to proteins can serve as powerful medicines. However, diseases caused by deficiencies of protein function generally resist this therapeutic approach. Fortunately, nature has provided inspiration for an alternative strategy in the form of small molecules that can perform protein-like functions in living systems. Read more...


The Chemistry of Motion Plenary
Sunday, September 8, 2013, 4:00 – 6:00 PM


Naomi Halas


Naomi J. Halas


Rice University, Stanley C. Moore Professor in Electrical and  Computer     Engineering;
          Professor of Biomedical Engineering,  Chemistry, Physics & Astronomy;
          Director, Laboratory for  Nanophotonics.


Solar Steam: Discovery, mechanism, and applications in energy reveals that light-absorbing nanoparticles dispersed in water are  capable of generating steam at remarkably high efficiency, and  challenges our traditional understanding of how these processes work.   By studying at the individual nanoparticle level, the Halas research  group observes temperature increases at the nanoparticle surface as the  vapor bubble is generated.   For nanoparticles dispersed in an isotropic  medium, nanoparticle-bubble complexes achieve buoyancy, creating  light-driven nonthermal gradients in the fluid as steam is produced.  With the light-absorbing nanoparticles dispersed in a fluid mixture, a  solar distillation process, strongly favoring the more volatile  components is achieved.   Read more...


Dan Kittle


Dan Kittle


Dow AgroSciences,
Global Leader of Research and Development


From lab bench to table top – science serving the needs of a growing world will explore the progress, impact, and future needs of agrichemical  innovation as we continue to stave off world-wide famine through  long-term sustainable solutions.  For centuries, thought leaders have  predicted disastrous results when the Earth's growing population and  dwindling resources together reach critical mass.  As early as 1798,  British scholar Thomas Malthus wrote An Essay on the Principle of Population on the premise that the planet has a finite capability to support the  human race, and the inevitable outcome will be the demise of human  society, broad famine, and war that “with one mighty blow levels the  population with the food of the world.” Read more...


Brett Huff


Brett Huff


Eli Lilly
    Vice President, Small Molecule Design & Development


Continuous processing in the pharmaceutical industry examines how the use of continuous processing in the pharmaceutical  industry has increased dramatically over the past few years. The  development of continuous processes demands the collaboration of a  highly multi-disciplinary team of chemists, engineers, analytical  chemists, modelers, automation engineers, and others.  Additionally, the  continuous platform provides an opportunity for all disciplines to  develop new technologies and technology applications. Read more...


The Chemistry of Racing


Monday, September 9, 2013, 9:00 AM – Noon; 1:30 – 2:20 PM


A modern-day race car at the Indianapolis 500 is a marvel of  chemistry, technology, and engineering. From the light-weight carbon  fibers and Kevlar-composites used in the chassis, to the thin, treadles  tires that provide a glue-like grip at temperatures of over 200 degrees  Fahrenheit, there are numerous high-tech materials a race car driver  uses to win the Indy 500 – all while traveling the length of a football  field every second!  Join 7-time Indy 500 veteran, Stephan Gregoire in the morning session, as he gives a fascinating look from inside the  cockpit at innovations in materials chemistry that allow these highly  specialized vehicles to compete at speeds over 225 mph. The Chemistry of Racing symposium also discusses how racing on the Speedway is becoming greener  with high-performance engines using biodiesel fuels and supercar  performance is being achieved with electrochemical reactions in the  next-generation Lithium batteries.  The afternoon session brings  research back to the raceway with a look at how chemistry relates to  high-performance asphalt, tires, and fuels.


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