150 Years of the Periodic Table
Perspectives in Chemistry: 150 Years of the Periodic Table
Recorded: Wednesday, November 20, 2019 | 9:00 am - 5:15 pm
National Academy of Sciences Building, Washington, DC
This ACS/NSF colloquium was held on Wednesday, November 20 at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, DC. The event was generously supported by a grant (CHE-1937824) from the National Science Foundation. To celebrate the International Year of the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements, prominent scientists shared their perspectives on the history of the periodic table, discoveries that have shaped society, current trends in chemistry research, and opportunities that will impact the future. Presentations were followed by a panel discussion.
History and Discovery of the Periodic Table
The colloquium began with a discussion of Dmitri Mendeleev and the history of the periodic table, and its continuing development.
What Made Mendeleev Unique?
David Lewis, University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire
Jacklyn Gates, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
The Periodic Table and Today’s Challenges
Speakers discussed the role of the periodic table in creating green and sustainable chemistry processes and its role in today's energy storage and synthesis.
Addressing Sustainability Challenges with Chemistry & Emerging Technology in Industry Research
Jeannette Garcia, IBM
Harnessing the Versatility of the Periodic Table for Energy storage
Amy Prieto, Colorado State University
in a Circular Materials
Eugene Chen, Colorado State University
Malika Jeffries-El, Boston University
The Periodic Table and Tomorrow's Discoveries
Speakers in this segment of the colloquium discussed the future of throughput experimentation and automation, quantum computing and chemical engineering.
Synthesis for All
Martin Burke, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
The Promise of Quantum Computing for Chemistry
Ryan Babbush, Google
Industrial/Academic Collaborations to Power Discoveries in Chemistry
Gary Molander, University of Pennsylvania
What is Chemical Engineering in the 21st Century?
Eric Kaler, University of Minnesota
The colloquium speakers answered questions from the audience and discussed challenges to diversifying the chemistry enterprise.