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ACS Meeting News

Your guide to the ACS Fall 2019 National Meeting in San Diego

C&EN’s editors pick the speakers and symposia to catch

by Celia Henry Arnaud
August 4, 2019 | A version of this story appeared in Volume 97, Issue 31
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Must-see presenters

Photo of Yimon Aye.
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Yimon Aye,
Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne (EPFL)
Deciphering the role of reactive electrophiles in cell signaling
Photo of Matteo Brogi.
Credit: Dan Martin/University of Warwick
Matteo Brogi,
University of Warwick
Looking for water on distant planets
Photo of Chunying Chen.
Credit: NCNST
Chunying Chen,
National Center for Nanoscience and Technology of China
Tracking nanoparticles in living systems
Photo of Kyoung-Shin Choi.
Credit: Courtesy of Kyoung-Shin Choi
Kyoung-Shin Choi,
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Removing salt from seawater
Photo of Livia Eberlin.
Credit: Courtesy of Livia Eberlin
Livia Eberlin,
University of Texas at Austin
Using mass spec for more precise surgery
Photo of Patrick El-Khoury.
Credit: PNNL
Patrick El-Khoury,
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Expanding what tip-enhanced Raman spectroscopy can do
Photo of Thilo Focken.
Credit: Maegan Soriano/Xenon Pharmaceuticals
Thilo Focken,
Xenon Pharmaceuticals
Developing drugs to treat childhood epilepsy
Photo of Robert Gilliard Jr.
Credit: University of Virginia
Robert Gilliard Jr.,
University of Virginia
Synthesizing boron- and germanium-containing hybrid materials
Photo of Malika Jeffries-EL.
Credit: Courtesy of Malika Jeffries-EL
Malika Jeffries-EL,
Boston University
Designing organic electronic materials
Photo of Joshua Kaitz.
Credit: Courtesy of Joshua Kaitz
Photo of Seong Ho Kang.
Credit: Courtesy of Seong Ho Kang
Photo of Alireza Khademhosseini.
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Alireza Khademhosseini,
University of California, Los Angeles
Engineering materials for tissue regeneration
Photo of Benjamin Maynor.
Credit: Liquidia Technologies
Benjamin Maynor,
Liquidia Technologies
Molding nanoparticles for drug delivery
Photo of Sara Orski.
Credit: NIST
Sara Orski,
National Institute of Standards and Technology
Measuring plastics recovered from beaches and marine animals
Photo of Victoria Piunova.
Credit: Courtesy of Victoria Piunova
Victoria Piunova,
IBM Research–Almaden
Developing therapies for citrus greening
Photo of Avi Schroeder.
Credit: Doron Golan
Avi Schroeder,
Technion—Israel Institute of Technology
Turning artificial cells into protein drug factories
Photo of Krisztina Varga.
Credit: Courtesy of Krisztina Varga
Krisztina Varga,
University of New Hampshire
Characterizing the structure and function of antifreeze proteins
Photo of Jackson Webster.
Credit: Courtesy of Jackson Webster
Jackson Webster,
California State University, Chico
Tracking water quality after the 2018 Camp Fire in California
Photo of Monique Wilhelm.
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Monique Wilhelm,
University of Michigan–Flint
Keeping the Flint water crisis on scientists' and society's radar
Photo of Daniela Wilson.
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Daniela Wilson,
Radboud University
Making smart polymeric nanomachines

Your scheduling assistant

There are so many symposia to choose from. Here are a few to get you started.

Water, Health & Environmental Justice in Marginalized Communities

Sunday AM/PM

This symposium examines issues of water sanitation facing people around the world, including homeless encampments in the US.

Hybrid Energy Techniques: Catalysts to Vehicle

Sunday AM/PM, Monday AM

Learn about advances in fuel cells and batteries for hybrid vehicles and other applications.

Molten Salt Reactor Chemistry (NUCL) & Molten Salt Chemistry (I&EC)

Sunday AM/PM, Monday AM, Tuesday AM/PM, Wednesday AM

There’s renewed interest in molten salts for use in nuclear reactors and for solar energy concentration.

Celebrating Sir Martyn Poliakoff: From Blue Matrix to Green Chemistry & Everything in Between

Sunday PM

This session honoring chemistry’s YouTube star wraps up with a Q&A moderated by C&EN.

Frontiers in Interdisciplinary Research: New Paradigms for Integration of Theory & Experiment

Monday AM/PM

Theorists and experimentalists will talk about their collaborations, followed by multiple student-led panel discussions.

Drug Discovery Beyond the Rule of 5

Tuesday AM

If we’re ever to hit so-called undruggable targets, we need to move beyond designing drugs with Lipinski’s rule in mind.

Environmental Chemistry through the Transformative Power of Film: An Environmental Film Competition of CEI & ENVR

Tuesday PM

At this mini film festival, you can view award-winning films from a competition sponsored by ACS’s Committee on Environmental Improvement and Division of Environmental Chemistry.

One Million Crystal Structures: A Wealth of Structural Chemistry Knowledge

Tuesday PM, Wednesday AM/PM

Come celebrate the milestone of Cambridge Structural Database’s 1 millionth structure by learning about how people use the resource.

Geochemistry of the Urban & Lived Environment

Wednesday AM

Learn about the impact that humans and cities have on the geochemistry around them.

From Lab to Commercial Scale: The Challenges to Scaling Up Flow Chemistry in the Pharmaceutical Industry

Wednesday AM/PM

You’ve got a flow-based synthesis for your drug molecule. How do you scale it up? Pharma scientists talk about the challenges.


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