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Denver Meeting

Priestley Medal Award Address




Division of Inorganic Chemistry  

Jacqueline K. Barton, A Career In Chemistry

The Priestley Award commemorates the work of Joseph Priestley. Barton describes her career in chemistry as well as her groundbreaking research in DNA interactions with metal complexes.

ACS Award for Distinguished Service in the Advancement of Inorganic Chemistry: Symposium in Honor of Kim R. Dunbar

Division of Inorganic Chemistry

Debbie Crans, Drug Membrane Interactions and Uptake as Key Aspects of Drug Action

Crans examine the interaction of several classes of drugs, including organic2 and inorganic3 metal-based anti-diabetic drugs, with interfaces and compare them with selected organic antimalarial4 and antituberculosis5 drugs. 

ACS Award for Distinguished Service in the Advancement of Inorganic Chemistry: Symposium in Honor of Kim R. Dunbar

Division of Inorganic Chemistry

Stephen Lippard, Mobile Zinc Signaling in the Brain – Learning, Memory, Hearing, Olfaction, and Vision

Lippard describes his examination of the physiological and pathological consequences of zinc released from glutamatergic vesicle in the hippocampus, auditory cortex, olfactory bulb, and optic nerve using chelating agents that rapidly sequester this mobilized zinc.

Gabor A. Somorjai Award for Creative Research in Catalysis: Symposium in Honor of Maurice Brookhart

Division of Catalysis Science and Technology

Richard Schrock, Synthesis of Stereoregular Polymers Through ROMP

Schrock examines the preparation polymers that are stereoregular through ring-opening metathesis polymerization (ROMP) with molybdenum and tungsten alkylidene initiators.

Design Principles of Functional Macromolecular Materials

Division of Polymeric Materials: Science and Engineering

Julia Cornfield, Mega-Supramolecules for Energy Conservation and Fire Safety Using Long End-associative Telechelics in Fuel

Cornfield provides an “existence proof” for supramolecules that are so long that they confer the benefits of ultra-long covalent polymers, without their deficiencies.

Ronald Breslow Award for Achievement in Biomimetic Chemistry: Symposium in Honor of Eric T. Kool

Division of Organic Chemistry

Eric Kool, Designer DNA bases: Probing Molecules and Mechanisms in Biology

Kool describes the preparation of novel DNA bases as probes of a wide range of enzymes and small molecules, and the development of broad classes oligomeric molecules as chemosensors that can detect many different molecules and ions in air and water, with applications ranging from biomedicine to environmental remediation.

Biosimilars & Follow-on Biologics

Division of Biochemical Technology

Joseph Glajch, Challenges and Approaches in Demonstrating Biosimilarity at the Physicochemical and Biological Level

Glajch describes the challenges in obtaining sufficient data to assure characterization of both the brand product and the biosimilar being developed and how these data can be used to optimize manufacture of a biosimilar. 

ACS Award in Industrial Chemistry: Symposium in Honor of Thomas J. Colacot

Division of Business Development and Management

Ei-ichi Negishi, On the Magical Power of d-Block Transition Metals as Exemplified by ZACA (Zr-Catalyzed Asymmetric Carboalumination of Alkenes)

The discovery and synthetic applications of a widely applicable and highly enantioselective protocol consisting of the ZACA reaction (Zr-catalyzed asymmetric carboalumination of alkenes), purification of the ZACA-products by lipase-catalyzed acetylation, and subsequent transformations, such as Pd-, Ni-, or Cu-catalyzed cross-coupling are discussed.

Chemistry of Natural Resources Plenary


Multidisciplinary Program Planning Group

Paul Bryan, Four Horsemen of the Advanced Biofuels Apocalypse: Sustainability, Technology, Profitability, and Politics

This presentation highlights four major impediments to meaningful progress in commercial production of Advanced Biofuels, and discusses ways in which they might be addressed through actions of the technical, business, and government sectors, and of citizens at large. 

Applied Nanotechnology for Food & Agriculture


Division of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
Gopi Paliyath, Nanocompositions for Enhancing Shelf Life and Quality of Fruits, Vegetables, and Flowers

Paliyath describes nanocompositions formulated using the phospholipase D inhibitor hexanal as the principal active ingredient and their uses as preharvest spray treatments and postharvest dip of several temperate fruits.