Technical Program

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The theme of the meeting is "Chemistry in the First State." Topical symposia planned for the meeting include sessions on medicinal chemistry and the pharmaceutical industry; environmental chemistry; physical/analytical chemistry; materials science/polymer chemistry and engineering; fluorine chemistry; materials science & nanochemistry; sustainability, green chemistry and policy; computers in chemistry; chemical education; food chemistry; issues and resources in chemical health and safety; and more.

The Carothers Award and Arthur C. Cope Scholar symposium are planned, as well as general sessions in organic chemistry, inorganic chemistry, physical chemistry, analytical chemistry, and biochemistry. A poster session will also be held in conjunction with the exposition. Other special events and programming are planned for high school teachers and women chemists.

Workshops will be offered for small chemical businesses, molecular simulation, how to be a more effective chemical hygiene officer, and ethics. The meeting program will also feature career workshops and individualized résumé reviews.

Overviews of Selected Sessions

Advances in IR and Terahertz Spectrometry

Organizer:  Anis Rahman, , Applied Research & Photonics, Inc.

Abstracts are solicited for the Advances in IR and Terahertz Spectrometry and their applications in Analytical Techniques in Pharmaceuticals, Biomedical, Conservation Science, Forensic Science, Border Technology, Geology, & other Applications. This symposium also presents a valuable opportunity for the exchange of knowledge, including discussion of development of new terahertz and IR techniques and their applications. Contributions addressing subjects pertaining, but are not limited, to the following are solicited: applications of spectrometry techniques in pharmaceutical, analytical, polymer, biological, and other areas. Topics may also include other spectroscopic techniques in solving important problems.



ACS Undergraduate Research Poster Session

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Morning and Afternoon Sessions


Session Overview:  The symposium provides an excellent opportunity for undergraduate chemistry students to present the results of their research.  The symposium includes a morning undergraduate research poster session, a luncheon and talk by Dr. Neil D. Jespersen, ACS Director, District I, followed by the afternoon undergraduate research poster session.  Dr. Jespersen will present a seminar entitled “Making the Most of Being a Student ACS member”.  The financial benefits of being an ACS student member are tangible – reduced meeting registration fees, special student rates on journals and courses, and discounted prices with selected companies.  ACS student membership also has a wealth of less tangible, but more important, benefits.  This interactive session highlights ways to benefit both financially and professionally.  Participants explore how they can develop their professional network, explore career options, and position themselves for successful careers.


Dr. Jespersen is a professor of chemistry at St. Johns University, Jamaica, NY.  He received his B.S. in chemistry from Washington & Lee University and his Ph.D. in analytical chemistry from Pennsylvania State University.  He has been an ACS member since 1969.



ACS Graduate and Post-Doctorate Research Poster Session

Sunday Evening, April 11, 2010


Session Overview:  The symposium provides an excellent opportunity for graduate students and post-doctoral fellows to present the results of their research.  Graduate students and postdoctoral fellows are encouraged to attend the ACS Leadership Development Workshop or Sustainability, Green Chemistry, and Policy Symposium Sunday afternoon and ACS Career Services Workshop on Monday, April 12th.


Chemistry & Law

Organizer:  Justin Hasford ( ) and Sarah Hasford ()

Session Overview:  The sessions will deal with various aspects of chemical and pharmaceutical patent law.   CHAL will program on Sunday and Monday April 11-12, 2010.   Connolly Bove Lodge & Hutz (CBLH) law firm will lead one of the sessions, and Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett & Dunner law firm will lead the other session.   Connolly Bove Lodge & Hutz (CBLH) law firm also will sponsor the CHAL happy hour at MARM.


Chromatography Forum of the Delaware Valley – Student Award Symposium

Sponsor:  The Chromatography Forum of the Delaware Valley (CFDV)

Organizer: Marshall L. Fishman,

Session Overview:  Presentation of a paper at this symposium enables students to achieve recognition for their accomplishments, as well as developing important career skills and professional contacts.


Computers in Chemistry

Organized by Dr. Sandeep Patel and Dr. Zheng Yang


Magnetic Resonance in Liquids and Solids

Organizer:  David Rovnyak ( ) and Don Mencer ()

Overview: Applications of nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy (NMR) continue to expand into new disciplines, while new NMR technologies and methods are emerging at a rapid pace.  In this session, a diverse selection of highlights of nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy in the liquid and solid state will be featured, including also recent pedagogical perspectives in response to the heightening challenge to best prepare future scientists.


Polymer and Nanomaterials based Photonics, Electro-optics and Terahertz

Organizer:  Anis Rahman, , Applied Research & Photonics, Inc.

Session Overview:  Abstracts are solicited on all organic and nanomaterial systems that has demonstrated attractive properties and applications in the above mentioned areas.  Contributions addressing subjects pertaining, but are not limited, to the following are solicited: Photonics, Nano-photonics, Electro-optics, Terahertz, and Optical communications. Also of interest are applications in Coatings and Surfaces, Nanoelectronics, Catalysis, Optical modulators and Switches, Waveguides, Optical interconnects, Photonic band-gaps and other applications.


Spring Meeting of the United States Section of the Royal Society of Chemistry

Organizer:  Les McQuire, , Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research

Session Overview:  Members of the Royal Society of Chemistry, friends, families and colleagues are invited to participate in an evening which will be instructive, entertaining and a chance to meet old and new friends. 



Technical Session Venues

Most technical sessions will be held in the Conference Center (King, Sullivan, Knowles, Quintanilla, King Sejong, Marshall, Deming) in the Hotel du Pont. Some technical sessions will be held on the second floor of the Hotel du Pont (Georgetown, Sussex, Kent, New Castle, Yorklyn, Dover) and the 11th floor meeting rooms (Mt. Cuba and Delaware Suite).

The layout of these areas can be seen in this PDF document: Meeting Rooms at Hotel du Pont.