FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | August 09, 2016
Kavli Lectures: Combating nerve gas, creating genetic code for unnatural materials
WASHINGTON, Aug. 9, 2016 — Using a unique technique to fight nerve gas and setting up a genetic code for synthetic materials will be the topics of a pair of Kavli Lectures at the 252nd National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society (ACS), the world’s largest scientific society. The meeting will take place Aug. 21-25 in Philadelphia.
The presentations, which will be among more than 9,000 scheduled to take place at the meeting, will be held on Monday, Aug. 22, from 4 to 5:10 p.m. and 5:15 to 6:30 p.m., Ballroom B, Pennsylvania Convention Center.
The first speaker will discuss how porous, solid-state materials can be used to degrade nerve agents and other toxic gases. The second speaker will explain how establishing a genetic code to construct synthetic, unnatural materials would allow researchers to perfectly position the atoms in a material to perform a specific function.
- Omar Farha, Ph.D. (4 p.m.): The Kavli Foundation Emerging Leader in Chemistry Lecture
“Bioinspired Sponges: Metal Organic Frameworks for Combating Nerve Agents and Toxic Gases”
- Chad Mirkin, Ph.D. (5:15 p.m.): The Fred Kavli Innovations in Chemistry Lecture
“Establishing a Genetic Code for Unnatural Materials”
The Kavli lecture series is a result of a collaboration between ACS and The Kavli Foundation, an internationally recognized philanthropic organization known for its support of basic scientific innovation.
The American Chemical Society is a nonprofit organization chartered by the U.S. Congress. With nearly 157,000 members, ACS is the world’s largest scientific society and a global leader in providing access to chemistry-related research through its multiple databases, peer-reviewed journals and scientific conferences. Its main offices are in Washington, D.C., and Columbus, Ohio.