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.

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