Chemical Society Boston meeting Aug. 19–23 focuses on health, wellness, energy, and environment

“Biotechnology for Health and Wellness” will be the central theme of the 234th national meeting of the American Chemical Society in Boston Aug. 19-23, where more than 9,500 presentations also will describe new discoveries in chemistry dealing with the environment, energy, nutrition, nanotechnology and other topics.

Overall, more than 16,000 scientists and others are expected to attend the scientific extravaganza that will take place in the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center and at numerous hotels across the city.

With more than 160,000 members, the American Chemical Society is the world’s largest scientific society.

A highlight of the meeting will occur Sunday, Aug. 19, when Catherine T. Hunt, Ph.D., ACS President, hosts a keynote symposium at which noted scientists will discuss challenges and opportunities for commercialization of new discoveries in biotechnology and nanotechnology.

Other noteworthy meeting topics include:

  • Advances in bio-based nanostructures and nanomaterials
  • New research on nutraceuticals
  • Acrylamide in the food supply
  • Nano-biochemistry and technology
  • New approaches to the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease
  • Engineering stem cells
  • Nanoscience and nanotechnology for chemical and biological defense
  • New drugs based on RNA interference technology
  • Using nanomaterials in medical imaging and drug delivery
  • Antifreeze proteins
  • New approaches for preventing and treating obesity
  • Polymers and surfactants for personal, home, and health care
  • Biofuels
  • New advances in fuel cell and solar cell technology
  • Using silicone polymers in skin care products

Press meeting information

  • Embargoed news releases will be available on EurekAlert! and other science news Web sites in advance of the ACS national meeting. In addition, the ACS News Service will post each release, once its embargo lifts.
  • The ACS Press Center will be in Room 052-A of the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center. A media workroom will be included in the press center, and will be equipped with wireless internet capabilities, telephones, computers, and copy and fax services. Press materials, which include abstracts of scientific presentations and hundreds of non-technical summaries, will be available to registrants for onsite and remote coverage.
  • News media approved for the meeting will be notified and may pick up credentials during the Press Room hours of operation. The ACS Media Accreditation Policy is available. Media Credentials are required for admittance to all sessions and events.


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