Plenary Session

Sunday, August 20, 3:00 – 6:00 PM

Walter E. Washington Convention Center – Ballrooms A/B


Nancy B. Jackson

Chemistry's Impact on the Global Economy

Program organized by Nancy B. Jackson, Retired, Sandia National Laboratories

Moderated by Thomas M. Connelly, Jr., Executive Director and CEO of the American Chemical Society

Dr. Chuck Kahle

Dr. Chuck Kahle

Dr. Chuck Kahle is the former Chief Technology Officer and Vice President of coatings research and development for PPG Industries.  His responsibility included product development globally, administration of a $500 million annual R&D budget and delivery of products that drove profitable growth from laboratories in the Americas, Europe, and Asia.

Chemistry's Impact on the Global Economy

Chemistry contributes to many sectors of the global economy  - agriculture, pharma,  commodity chemicals, basic materials and energy, to name a few.  Dr. Kahle will examine the key dimensions of the industrial chemistry enterprise, and its trajectory, in the US, and beyond.  Factors that are determining the growth rate of the enterprise will be explored, such as the rate of technology innovation, and the increasing emphasis on mergers and acquisitions within the industry. Emphasis will be given to the role of innovation in the enterprise, including ideas on how to accelerate the rate of chemistry innovation and how to improve success rates for innovations through stronger business cases and better market insights.   

Joseph M. DeSimone

Prof. Joseph DeSimone

Joseph M. DeSimone is the Chancellor's Eminent Professor of Chemistry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and William R. Kenan, Jr. Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering at North Carolina State University and of Chemistry at UNC

Digital Light Synthesis to Drive Additive Manufacturing: Convergence of Hardware, Software and Molecular Science

This lecture will describe a new advance in additive manufacturing, referred to as Digital Light Synthesis, which is rapid, uses materials that have the requisite properties to yield final parts, and is economically competitive. Our approach promises to advance the industry beyond basic prototyping, which is what 3D printing has primarily been limited to, to truly enable3D manufacturing.