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Multidisciplinary Program Planning Group (MPPG)

Kavli Lectures

Fred Kavli Innovations in Chemistry Lecture:
Problems, Puzzles, and Inevitabilities in Research

George Whitesides
The potential of chemistry to help in solving societal problems has probably never been greater.  Its enthusiasm for doing so is substantially less. How might it expand its ambitions, and change its structure, to broaden its role in attacking these large-scale problems?

Fred Kavli Foundation Emerging Leader in Chemistry Lecture:
The Spectacular Properties of Porous Polymers

William Dichtel
Polymers with many small pores exhibit enormous surfaces areas that enable us to store gaseous fuels, rapidly transport ions, immobilize catalysts and modify their selectivity, detect trace substances, and remove contaminants from liquid or gas streams. Several strategies to prepare organic materials with nanometer-size pores have proven successful.

Innovation – From Discovery to Application Plenary Session

Tailored drug release surfaces for regenerative medicine and targeted nanotherapies

Paula Hammond
Diseases such as cancer, as well as chronic disorders such as auto-immune conditions, often are a result of genetic dysregulation that leads to altered cell signaling and changes in tissue microenvironment. Using alternating electrostatic assembly as a tool, it is possible to build ultrathin film coatings nanolayers at a time with high amounts of drug loaded, through the use of complementary electrostatic or hydrogen bonding interactions. By enabling staged release of appropriate therapeutics, it is possible to greatly enhance synergistic efficacy in lung, breast and ovarian cancer.

Replacing the world's most destructive industry

Pat Brown
Animal Farming, the most destructive industry on Earth, transforms cheap plant biomass into meat and dairy foods using an archaic and unscalable technology – livestock. This $trillion global industry is responsible for 1/7 of the world’s net greenhouse gas emissions and more than a quarter of its fresh water usage, and it currently uses more than a third of Earth’s land area to raise livestock for human consumption.  Our approach to the problem has been, first, to develop a deep molecular understanding of the chemical and physical principles underlying the sensory properties of these foods and second, to find specific corresponding proteins and other molecules from plants that enable us to recapitulate all the desired properties.

Targeted Applications as Inspirations to Develop Strategies toward Functionally-Sophisticated Nanoscopic Macromolecules with Diverse Compositions, Structures, and Properties

Karen Wooley
This presentation will highlight our recent work involving the construction of polymers and nanostructured materials, in some cases being derived from natural products and including biologic-synthetic hybrid materials, which exhibit unique physicochemical, mechanical and/or biological activities, including for instance therapeutic effects to treat inflammation, infectious diseases or cancer, properties designed for orthopedic device applications, hybrid magnetic-organic characteristics for pollutant recovery, asymmetric structures for ultra-high resolutions photoresist technologies, or topographically- and morphologically-complex copolymer networks as anti-biofouling and anti-icing coatings.

Division of Professional Relations (PROF)

Professional Legacy of Henry Hill

Continuing the legacy of Henry Hill: Through service to the profession and to industry

William Carroll, Jr.
I was able to carry on the legacy of Henry Hill by serving as the President of ACS in 2005. I was able to continue my position in industry while serving ACS members at the highest level. However upon completion of my term as President, I felt that there was still more I could do to promote professionalism among my fellow chemists so I ran for an addition term on the Board. I was elected to the Board and this afforded me another opportunity to promote professionalism through another leadership venue as Chair of the ACS Board. This presentation will describe the challenges and opportunities these positions of leadership afford me in the ACS and will discuss the hurdles I had to overcome to wear three professional hats.

Henry Hill, on of the founding fathers of professionalism

Attila Pavlath
Back in the 70s when the end of the Space Race created a new term: Unemployed Chemist, the leaders of the Society were hesitant to do anything or perhaps they did not know what to do. Henry Hill was the one of the few who saw the handwriting on the wall and urged the leadership to act. Though he did not see the great progress in changing the Society, his contributions will be always remembered.