About Keynote Events

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ACS is pleased to present our keynote speakers. These experts come from an incredibly diverse range of professional and subject matter backgrounds, reflecting the many ways chemists can contribute to a more sustainable world.

Opening Session

Sustainability in a Changing World

Sunday, August 21 | 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM CT Skyline Ballroom W375ab (McCormick Place Convention Center)
All events are listed in Central Time (CT)

Chemists have a critical role to play in addressing our environmental challenges, both by solving the problems we face today and developing sustainable processes for the future. This session brings together experts from academia, industry, and government to present on advances in sustainable chemistry and discuss the field’s trajectory.


Sustainability and Circularity: Recyclable Polymers and Clean Water 

Prof. William Dichtel
Department of Chemistry
Northwestern University

Partnerships Provide a Path to Sustainability 

Dr. Laura L. McConnell
Regulatory Scientific Affairs
Bayer Crop Science 

The Role of Carbon Capture in Meeting Net-Zero Carbon Goals 

Dr. Jennifer Wilcox
Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary
Office of Fossil Energy
U.S. Department of Energy


The Kavli Lecture Series

Supported by The Kavli Foundation

All events are listed in Central Time (CT).

The Kavli Foundation Emerging Leader in Chemistry Lecture

August 22 | 5:00 – 6:00 PM CT
Skyline Ballroom W375ab (McCormick Place Convention Center)

The surface properties of redox-active transition metal oxides impact energy storage and conversion reactions. What is happening on these surfaces? Can we design materials that optimize performance? Dr. Ellen Matson will explain how she has used synthetic inorganic chemistry to study the kinetics and thermodynamics of heterogeneous catalysis.

Atomic insights for a sustainable future: Understanding bonding at metal oxide surfaces relevant to energy storage and conversion processes

Dr. Ellen Matson
Associate Professor of Chemistry
University of Rochester

The Fred Kavli Innovations in Chemistry Lecture

August 23 | 5:00 – 6:00 PM CT
Skyline Ballroom W375ab (McCormick Place Convention Center)

Water scarcity, global warming, clean energy - the world is facing unprecedented environmental challenges. Dr. Laura Gagliardi believes theoretical chemistry can help solve these problems. She will explore how theory, computation, and machine intelligence can work together to help create a more sustainable world.

Quantum leaps: Chemistry and creativity in a changing world

Dr. Laura Gagliardi
Richard and Kathy Leventhal Professor of Chemistry and Molecular Engineering
The University of Chicago



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