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The Congress will include plenary lectures, symposia, oral presentations, poster presentations, workshops and group meetings. There will be ten concurrent sessions each day from Monday through Thursday and Poster Sessions each afternoon and evening from Monday through Thursday.

There will be at least two workshops each day from Monday through Thursday. There will be seven plenary lecturers, two every day at 9:00 am and 5:00 pm Monday to Wednesday (August 1 - 3), Thursday (August 4)is at 9:00 am and on Friday (August 5) is at 11:00 am.

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2011 IUPAC World Chemistry Congress
Themes and Symposia

Plenary Lectures:

Prof. Aaron Ciechanover (2004 Nobel Laureate) – Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel

Title of Plenary Lecture: Why Our Proteins Have to Die so We shall Live or The Ubiquitin Proteolytic System - From Basic Mechanisms thru Human Diseases and onto Drug Development.

Abstract: Between the 50s and 80s, most studies in biomedicine focused on the central dogma - the translation of the information coded by DNA to RNA and proteins.  Protein degradation was a neglected area, considered to be a non-specific, dead-end process.  While it was known that proteins do turn over, the high specificity of the process - where distinct proteins are degraded only at certain time points, or when they are not needed any more, or following denaturation/misfolding when their normal and active counterparts are spared - was not appreciated.  The discovery of the lysosome by Christian de Duve did not significantly change this view, as it was clear that this organelle is involved mostly in the degradation of extracellular proteins, and their proteases cannot be substrate-specific.  The discovery of the complex cascade of the ubiquitin solved the enigma.  It is clear now that degradation of cellular proteins is a highly complex, temporally controlled, and tightly regulated process that plays major roles in a variety of basic cellular processes such as cell cycle and differentiation, communication of the cell with the extracellular environment and maintenance of the cellular quality control.  With the multitude of substrates targeted and the myriad processes involved, it is not surprising that aberrations in the pathway have been implicated in the pathogenesis of many diseases, certain malignancies and neurodegeneration among them, and that the system has become a major platform for drug targeting.

Prof. Richard Ernst (1991 Nobel Laureate)– ETH Zürich, Switzerland

Title of Plenary Lecture
: From Monsieur Fourier’s Calculus to Medical Imaging: The Importance of the Fourier Transformation in Spectroscopy.

Abstract: The lecture is devoted to the relevance of the Fourier transformation in science. Its importance is fundamental to any experimental exploration where input-output relations are being exploited. Experimental results, obtained in a time-domain experiment, need to be transformed into the frequency domain for comprehension, and data from momentum space investigations require a transformation into the geometric space for visualizing the results.

Fruitful applications are plentiful. The first practical usage of the Fourier transformation in spectroscopy took place in optical interferometry, starting with the investigations by A.A.Michelson. Later magnetic resonance, especially NMR, profited enormously from applications of the Fourier transformation. Molecular and medical imaging experiments, using x-rays and magnetic resonance are today among the most prominent applications of the Fourier transformation. Particularly promising is functional magnetic resonance (fMRI) for the better understanding of brain functions. A survey on these exciting possibilities is presented.

Prof. Robert R. Grubbs (2005 Nobel Laureate) – California Institute of Technology, USA

Title of Plenary Lecture: The synthesis of large and small molecules using olefin metathesis catalysts

: Ruthenium based olefin metathesis catalysts have provided new routes to olefins that appear in a variety of structures.  Their functional group tolerance and ease of use allow their application in the synthesis of multifunctional bioactive molecules. The same systems are also useful for the synthesis of an array of new materials from multifunctional polymers to supramolecular systems. Of particular interest are brush polymer systems that phase separate into ordered structures.  The long range order of these periodic structures is controlled by the selection and ordering of the block components. Underlying these developments has been the discovery of active catalysts with controlled selectivity through the synthesis of new ligands that control the geometry of the intermediate carbene and metallacycle complexes.

Prof. Roald Hoffmann (1981 Nobel Laureate) – Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, USA

Title of Plenary Lecture

: The concept of a chemical bond, so essential to chemistry, and with a venerable history, has life, generating controversy and incredible interest. Even if (or maybe because) we can’t reduce it to physics. I will discuss some of the common experimental  criteria for judging the presence and strength of a bond: length, energy, force constants, magnetism, energy splittings and other spectroscopic criteria. On the theoretical side, I will look at bond orders, population analyses, bond critical points, and electron localization functions. And will give a personal opinion on the utility of the various measures. My advice at the end is likely to be: Any rigorous definition of a chemical bond is bound to be impoverishing, leaving one with the comfortable feeling “yes (no), I have (do not have) a bond,” but little else.  Push this fuzzy concept to its limits, accept that (at the limits) a bond will be a bond by some criteria, maybe not others, respect chemical tradition,  and have fun with the chemical richness of something that perhaps cannot be defined clearly.

Prof. Mario Molina
(1995 Nobel Laureate)– University of California-San Diego, USA and Mexico

Title of Plenary Lecture: Chemistry and Climate Change

Abstract: Climate change is the most serious environmental challenge facing society in the 21st century.  The average temperature of the Earth's surface is increasing, and the frequency of extreme weather events is also increasing.  Furthermore, there is little doubt that human activities have modified the composition of the atmosphere: the concentration of greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide has increased significantly since pre-industrial times, and it is very likely that this change is the cause of the temperature increase.   Nevertheless, change policy has become politically contentious in good measure as a consequence of efforts to undermine public confidence in its scientific foundations.  The scientific community needs to significantly improve the way climate change science is communicated to the public.

Prof. Richard R. Schrock
(2005 Nobel Laureate)– Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA

Title of Plenary Lecture: The Unique Abilities of MAP Catalysts for Olefin Metathesis

: In the process of exploring methods of synthesizing M(NR)(CHCMe2R')(OR")2 or analogous biphenolate or binaphtholate species in situ by treating an appropriate M(NR)(CHCMe2R')X2 species with a monoalcohol or diol, we discovered M(NR)(CHCMe2R')(OR)(X) species in which X is pyrrolide or a substituted pyrrolide (Pyr).1  These "third generation" M(NR)(CHCMe2R')(OR)(Pyr) (MonoAlkoxidePyrrolide or MAP) species, isolated or prepared in situ, can be remarkably active and efficient metathesis catalysts.  The advantages of a stereogenic metal center for enantioselective metathesis has been demonstrated through the synthesis of diastereomeric M(NR)(CHCMe2R')(OR*)(Pyr) species in which OR* is an enantiomerically pure alkoxide, and its use (as a mixture of diastereomers) as a catalyst for the enantioselective synthesis of the Aspidosperma alkaloid, quebrachamine (96%ee).2  MAP species also have characteristics that make them unique in other reactions, among them Z- and enantioselective ring-opening/cross-metatheses, Z-selective ROMP to give cis,syndiotactic polymers, ethenolysis of internal olefins such as oleates, Z-selective coupling of terminal olefins, and Z-selective cross coupling of terminal olefins.  Theoretical studies suggest that M(NR)(CHCMe2R')(OR)(Pyr) species are inherently more reactive than bisalkoxides.  It has also been found that methylidene species can be especially stable toward bimolecular decomposition, yet highly reactive.

Prof. Ada E. Yonath
(2009 Nobel Laureate)– Weismann Institute of Science, Israel

Title of Plenary Lecture:The Stunning Ribosomal Architecture & Advanced Antibiotics.

Abstract: Ribosomes, the universal cellular machines, act as very efficient polymerases that translate the genetic code into proteins. They posses spectacular architecture accompanied by inherent mobility that facilitate their smooth performance as RNA enzymes. The peptide bond formation site is located within a universal internal symmetrical region connecting all of the remote ribosomal features involved in its functions. The elaborate architecture of this region positions ribosomal substrates in appropriates stereochemistry for peptide bond formation, for substrate-mediated catalysis, and for substrate translocation. The high conservation of this symmetrical region implies its existence irrespective of environmental conditions and indicates that it may be a remnant of a prebiotic RNA machine that is still functioning in the contemporary ribosomes.

Adjacent to the peptide bond formation site is an elongated tunnel, along which nascent chains progress until they emerge out of the ribosome. This tunnel is involved in signaling and gating functions, provides the binding site of the first cellular chaperone that encounters the emerging nascent chain, and hosts a major family of antibiotics that target the ribosome.

A decade of structural studies on ribosomal antibiotics ribosomes yielded imperative take-home lessons regarding the structural bases for antibiotics modes of function and synergism, the differentiation between ribosomes of pathogens vs. those of higher organism and the mechanisms of resistance to antibiotics, including secondary conformational rearrangements caused by remote mutations; cross-resistance to ribosomal antibiotics. Within this frame, parameters allowing for clinical usage of antibiotics targeting fully conserved regions, such is the peptidyl transferase center (PTC) have been identified and minute chemical differences that can turn competition into synergism, have been characterized. Based on those insights, the feasibility of design of advanced efficient antibiotics and/or of the improvement of the existing compounds could be assessed, thus paving the way to exciting developments in this area.


Note: Below is the link for the IUPAC 2011 Scientific Program description of the available sessions.

I. Chemistry and the Environment (CEN)

1. CEN100- “Chemistry and the Environment: General Oral Session”

2. CEN200- “Chemistry and the Environment: Poster Session”

3. CEN300- ”Interactions of Nanoparticles with the Environment” – Félix Román (UPR-Mayagüez, , Jorge Gardea Torresdey UTEP, USA




Arturo Keller

Co-director of the Center for Environmental  Implications of Nanotechnology

University of California, Santa Barbara

José Santiesteban

Director, Catalyst Technology and Modeling Laboratory

ExxonMobil Process Research

Jason White

Chief Scientist

Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station

Michele Ostraat

Senior Director, Center for Aerosol Technology

RTI International, Research Triangle Park, NC

Jorge Gardea-Torresdey

Director, Chemistry  Department and Editor of Environmental Science and Technology

University of Texas, El Paso

Jose R. Peralta-Videa

Senior Research Associate
Department of Chemistry

University of Texas, El Paso

Sangchui Hwang

Civil Engineering Professor

University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez

Martha L. Lopez

Chemistry Professor

University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez

Virender Sharma

Chemistry Professor

Florida Institute of Technology

Guadalupe de la Rosa

Professor, Chemical, Electronic and Biomedical Engineering Department

University of Guanajuato, Leon, Guanajuato, MX

Marianny Combariza

CEIAM Director – UIS
Assistant Professor of Chemistry

Universidad Industrial de Santander

Paresh Ray

Associate Professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry

Jackson State University, Jackson, MS

Carlos Cabrera

Chemistry Professor

University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras

Tatiana Luna-Pineda

Graduate Student, PhD Program In Applied Chemistry

University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez

Alia Servin

Graduate Student, PhD Program In Chemistry

University of Texas, El Paso

4. CEN400- “Advance Physico-Chemical Techniques to Solve Environmental Science Challenges”, Laura L. McConnell (USDA-ARS)

Sponsors: ACS Challenge Grant, IUPAC Division VI, ACS Division of Agricultural Chemistry, ACS Division of Environmental Chemistry, SETAC.

Abstract: Advances in environmental science are occurring rapidly with the introduction of new analytical approaches to better characterize the chemical and physical interactions between pollutants and complex natural systems.  Large databases of important physical and chemical properties of pesticides and other organic and inorganic pollutants exist for use in environmental fate models.  However, the fate of these pollutants will also be strongly influenced by the chemical nature of the heterogeneous environmental compartments like sediments, colloids, soils, atmospheric particles, and living organisms. The nature of environmental compartments will vary widely in different parts of the world, influencing the distribution, transport, and persistence of compounds.  Scientists are utilizing innovative analytical techniques and technologies to better characterize natural media and the interaction of pollutants with these media in order to understand and solve environmental problems.  This symposium will highlight some of the newest developments in this field of research with respect to analytical technologies, environmental problems, and regions of the world.

5. CEN500- “Sustainability of Water Quality”, Hemda Garelick (Middlesex Univ. UK), Satinder Ahuja (Ahuja Consulting, USA)

Sponsors: IUPAC Chemistry and the Environment Division (Division VI), ACS Division of Environmental Chemistry, and Global Innovation Imperative (Gii): A Program of the American Chemical Society and the Society of Chemical Industry  

Abstract: Failure of safety measures relating to production, utilization, and disposal of many inorganic/organic compounds can cause contamination of water supplies. A number of water contaminants can also arise from the materials we use frequently. The symposium will address the following topics:

Global water quality issues
Monitoring contaminants in water
Remediation of various contaminants

II. Alternative Energy Sources (AES)

6. AES100- “Alternative Energy Sources: General Oral Session”
7. AES200- “Alternative Energy Sources: Poster Session”
8. AES300- “Advances in Alternative Energy Systems”, Hessy Taft (St. John’s Univ. and ACS)

1. Michael Gratzel, Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne,  Switzerland
Subject area: Molecular Photovoltaics
2. Ellen B. Stechel, Sandia National Laboratory
Subject area: Fuel from Concentrated Sunlight
3. Pam Carpenter, North Carolina State University
Subject area: Renewable Energy Education for Middle and Secondary Schools
4. Venkatesh Vesudevan, ExxonMobil Research & Engineering Company
Subject area: Algal Biofuels
5. Ernesto R. González, University of Sao Paolo
Subject area: Fuel cells/Transportation
6. David Mattheisen, Case Western Reserve University
Subject area: Wind Power & Materials for Turbines

Sponsors: ACS Division of Industrial & Engineering Chemistry, ACS Division of Environmental Chemistry, ACS Committee on Science and ACS New York Section.

Abstract: The current worldwide demand for fossil fuels is unsustainable and as such the need to develop viable alternative energy systems is imperative. Research and development of various new fuels that are renewable and cost-effective are being explored to solve the impending energy crisis. This symposium will present a overview of some recent advances in the areas of solar energy, wind power, fuel cells, biomass for fuels, as well as progress made in educating young people to understand and implement the new tools being developed.

9. AES400- “The Chemistry of Solar Energy”, Daniel Nocera (MIT, USA), Jorge Colón (UPR-Río Piedras)

1. Dan Nocera (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)- "Personalized Solar Energy for the Non-Legacy World"
2. Tom Moore (Arizona State University)- "Combining physics, chemistry and biology to transcend evolutionary constraints on photosynthesis."
3. Fraser Armstrong (University of Oxford)- "The importance of understanding enzymes at the detailed electrochemical level, for realizing future biohydrogen production and developing catalysts for energy conversions"
4. Ted Betley (Harvard University)
5. Matt Kanan (Stanford University)
6. Nate Lewis (California Institute of Technology)

Sponsors: ACS Division of Inorganic Chemistry

Abstract: The Chemistry of Solar Energy symposium will cover the most-current fundamental research and contributions being made to solve the energy and climate crisis taping solar energy as a sustainable energy source. Chemistry is providing innovation through creative, new ideas to improve our life and secure a clean and sustainable future through solar energy.  The symposium will include the last research on artificial photosynthesis, multielectron catalysis, biohydrogen production, oxygen-evolving catalysts, carbon-dioxide reduction, enzyme-based fuel cells, and photoelectrochemical cells.

10. AES500-  “Biologically Derived Fuels: The Challenges Ahead”, Abel Baerga (UPR-Medical Sciences Campus)

1) Jose Colucci, UPR-Mayaguez
2) Govind Nadathur, UPR-Mayaguez
3) Abel Baerga-Ortiz, UPR-RCM

Abstract:The rising worldwide demand for fossil fuels has been met with an increased interest in renewable fuel sources, such as biomass. A number of initiatives have been put in place to develop biomass as a source of fuels in a manner that is sustainable and cost-effective.  This symposium on biologically-derived fuels will focus on the current efforts and challenges in this area.

11. AES600- AES600- “Advanced Nanomaterials for Energy Applications”, Javier García (Univ. Alicante, Spain)

Abstract: New and exciting applications for cleaner energy technologies are now possible thanks to novel nanomaterials with unique and tunable properties. This comprises nanostructured electrodes for fuel cells, batteries or supercapacitors, dye-sensitized PV cells and hydrogen production catalysts. The scope of the symposium includes also nanostructured catalysts for more energy efficient chemical processes and nanoporous materials for CO2 capture and sequestration. Energy saving, an important component of energy efficiency, will be discussed by leading experts in the field of lighter and smart nanomaterials and nanofabrication.

III. Chemistry of Life

12. CLI100- “Chemistry of Life: General Oral Session”
13. CLI200- “Chemistry of Life: General Oral Session”
14. CLI300  “Structural Dynamics of Chemical and Biological Systems”, J. López-Garriga (UPR-Mayagüez), M. Chergui (EPF, Switzerland)

Abstract: This symposium will review the latest advances in the real-time probing of structure changes in chemical and biochemical systems using ultrafast electron and X-ray diffraction, ultrafast X-ray absorption spectroscopies, and ultrafast multidimensional vibrational and electronic spectroscopies.

15. CLI400- "Modern Medicinal Chemistry: Natural Products and Synthetic Molecules as Valuable Tools", Organizers: Vanderlan Bolzani, Alejandra Palermo and Jorge L. Colón, Presider: Simon Campbell

1. Simon Campbell (past president RSC and previous VP Pfizer global research, under his leadership his team discovered Viagra compound)—chair and moderator for final discussion, especially in the area of natural products/pharma/big pharma/SMEs,
2. Annabella Villalobos (Pfizer)
3. Margaret Brimble (University of Auckland, from New Zealand) Nature's Medicine Chest: Opportunities for Synthesis
4. Vanderlan da Silva Bolzani (UNESP), Natural Products Chemistry
5. Luiz Carlos Dias (UNICAMP), Synthesis: Production of generic medicines
6. Adriano Andricopulo (USPSC), Molecular modeling: Antimalarial drugs
7. Néstor Carballeira (UPR-Río Piedras), Antileishmanial natural products
8. Abimael Rodríguez (UPR-Río Piedras), Marine natural products from the Caribbean

Sponsors: RSC, SBQ

Abstract: Medicinal Chemistry has evolved from chemistry of bioactive compounds in early days to work at the interface of chemistry and biology nowadays. Medicinal Chemistry of bioactive natural products spans a wide range of fields, including isolation characterization of bioactive secondary metabolites, structure modification for optimization of their activity and other physical properties, and semi- and total synthesis of entire molecule or small molecule fragments, responsible for some important pharmacological properties.

The symposium will showcase cutting-edge and complementary medicinal chemistry approaches ranging from bioactive natural products to small molecule fragments with the aim of bringing together academics and industrialists and to facilitate research collaborations in this area. The meeting will consist of a series of key-note lectures from Latin America and the UK.

16. CLI500- “Balancing Life with Glycoconjugates”, Dipak K. Banerjee (UPR-Medical Sciences Campus

1. Anne Dell (UK)
2. Angela Gronenborn (USA)
3. Ken Kitajima (Japan)
4. Dipak K. Banerjee (PR/USA)

Abstract: Glycans are modification of proteins (glycoproteins and proteoglycans) or lipids (glycosphingolipids) and form the core structure of the glycophospholipid (GPI) anchors responsible for anchoring proteins to the membrane.  Glycosylation is the most common form of posttranslational modification of proteins, with over half of all proteins estimated to contain one or more glycan chains. The roles of glycans are diverse. They contribute to the folding and conformational stability of many proteins, mediate host-pathogen interactions and aspects of innate immunity, and serve as ligand for glycan-binding proteins that mediate cell trafficking, cell adhesion, and cell signaling.  Aberrant glycosylation also occurs in essentially all types of experimental and human cancers, and many glycosyl epitopes constitute tumor-associated antigens.

17. CLI600- “From Protein Structure to Cell Regulation”, Angelo Azzi (International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, IUBMB)

Sponsors: IUBMB, IUPAC 2011 Organizing Committee

Abstract: The symposium “From Protein Structure to Cell Regulation” will deal with the chemistry of some proteins, as one of the basis for the understanding of biological functions. Some presentations will describe important structure-function relationships and how single enzymes, integrated in a network, are responsible for cell regulation. The importance of molecules of natural origin, such as phytochemicals, protein ligands, in cell signaling and gene expression will be also considered. This symposium is a joint symposium between the International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (IUBMB) and the IUPAC 2011 Organizing Committee.

IV. Chemical Education and Heritage (CEH)

18. CEH100- “Chemical Education and Heritage: General Oral Session”
19. CEH200- “Chemical Education and Heritage: General Oral Session”
20. CEH300- ”Chemistry and Culture”. Bassam Z. Shakhashiri (Univ. Wisconsin-Madison and ACS President-Elect), Nancy Jackson (Sandia National Laboratory and ACS President)

Abstract: Creativity, passion and the urge for expression and exploration are essential human qualities that inspire science, the arts, and the humanities, and thus constitute a common bond among them. In this Symposium we will explore, discuss, and cultivate the intellectual and emotional links between science, the arts, and the humanities and focus on the effect culture has on the development of science and how culture is effected by the chemical sciences.

21. CEH400-“Philosophy of Chemistry”
22. CEH500- “Are Women Still Underrepresented in Science?”, Ingrid Montes (UPR-Río Piedras), Janet L. Bryant (Scientist/Engineer IV National Security Directorate, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and Chair, ACS Women Chemist Committee)

1. Nancy Jackson -  2011 ACS President, USA
2. Carolyn Ribes - Netherlands
3. Nicole Moreau – 2010 IUPAC President, France
4. Vanderlan Bolzani – Past President, Brazilian Chemical Society, Brazil
5. Natalia P Tarasova –Mendeleyev University of Chemical Technology, Russia                                   

Sponsors: ACS Challenge Grant

Abstract: Over the years the representation of women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields has provoke worldwide discussion. Researches had offered possible explanations that include; education environments, lack of roles models, poor preparation and lack of encouragement in STEM subjects among others.  It had also been suggested that underrepresentation is mainly a cultural phenomenon and that policies can affect workforce diversity. With this in mind and providing an opportunity to recognize the contributions of women to chemistry a full day program at the 2011 IUPAC World Congress is proposed. The full day symposium will include discussion of statistics in different countries, possible causes of underrepresentation and the ongoing challenges that are faced worldwide. Each presenter will also discuss the attitudes, behaviors, opportunities and resources that lead to their success.

To support the objective of the IYC 2011 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry awarded to Mme. Marie Sklodowska Cure – the Play A Living History of Marie Curie by Susan Marie Frontcsak, Storysmith® will be presented.

Support from ACS groups: Women Chemists Committee (WCC), Young Chemist Committee (YCC), International Activities Committee (IAC), Committee on Minority Affairs (CMA), Committee on Chemists with Disabilities (CWD)

23. CEH600- “POGIL Across the Curriculum and Around the World”, F. Creegan (Washington College)

1. M. Rosario Soriano, Universidad Tecnologica Nacional, Department of Chemical Engineering, Buenos Aires, Argentina, "Using POGIL In Argentina"POGIL In Argentina"
2. Daniel C. Southam, Department of Chemistry, Curtin University, Perth, Australia, "POGIL across borders: Transnational implementation in Australian and Malaysian classrooms"
3. Jennifer Lewis, University of South Florida, Department of Chemistry, Tampa, FL, USA "Assessment of student learning using POGIL materials"
4. Rick Moog, Franklin & Marshall College, Department of Chemistry, Lancaster, PA, USA, "POGIL and the POGIL project"
5. John A. Goodwin, Ph.D., Coastal Carolina University, Department of Chemistry and Physics, Conway, SC USA ""Solving real Problems with chemistry” for a POGIL-in-Context approach to general chemistry"
6. Elliot P. Douglas, Ph.D., University of Florida, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Gainesville, FL, USA, "POGIL in engineering"
7. Renee Cole, Ph.D., University of Central Missouri, Department of Biochemistry, Chemistry & Physics, Warrensburg, MO USA "POGIL in the Physical Chemistry"
8. Cheryl Bailey, Ph.D., Department of Biochemistry, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE, USA - "Rich source of foundational material underlying bioinformatics: A POGIL project"
9. Juliette M. Lanz, Ph.D., Drew University, Department of Chemistry, Madison, NJ USA, "ANA-POGIL Project: POGIL in analytical chemistry"
10. Joe L. March, Ph.D., University of Alabama at Birmingham, Department of Chemistry, Birmingham, AL USA, "POGIL in Preparatory Chemistry at UAB"
11. Frank Creegan, Ph.D., Washington College, Chestertown, MD, USA; "POGIL in the laboratory"
12. Nancy K. Kerner, Ph.D., University of Michigan, Department of Chemistry, Ann Arbor, MI USA, "Why integrate team-centered
discussion presentations and POGIL in general chemistry laboratory?"
13. Mauro Mocerino, Ph.D., Department of Applied Chemistry, Curtin University of Technology, Perth, Australia, "Improving students' laboratory experience with better prepared teaching assistants"
14. Thomas J. Greenbowe, Ph.D., Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa USA, "Combining the Science Writing Heuristic and Process Oriented Guided Inquiry: Seven Years of Implementation"
15. Mark Buntine, Ph.D., Curtin University of Technology, Perth, Australia "Active student learning and the ASELL (Advancing Science by Enhancing Learning in the laboratory) project in Australia"
16. Thomas B. Higgins, Ph.D., Harold Washington College, Department of Chemistry, Chicago, Illinois USA, "Putting POGIL into the curriculum of the two-year college"
17. Suzanne Boniface, Ph.D., Victoria University of Wellington, School of Chemical and Physical Sciences, Wellington, New Zealand, "POGIL in New Zealand"
18. Linda Padwa, Ph.D., Stony-Brook University, Department of Science Education, Stony Brook, NY USA, "POGIL materials for high school chemistry"
19. Mary Sullivan, MSPH, Bellevue Christian School, High School Science, Clyde Hill, WA USA, "HSPI: High School POGIL Initiative"

Training Facilitators and Demonstrators in the Use of POGIL in the Classroom and Laboratory
Sponsors: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., CENGAGE Learning, Pacific Crest Publishing, and Hayden-McNeil.

Abstract: POGIL (Process-Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning) is a student-centered, research-based classroom and laboratory
technique that seeks to simultaneously teach content and key process skills such as the ability to think analytically and work effectively as part of a collaborative team. This invitation-only symposium will bring together chemist-educators from the United States, Argentina, Australia, Malayasia, Puerto Rico, and New Zealand to discuss development, implementation, evaluation, and success of POGIL in high school, two- and four-year colleges with small and large classroom settings, as
well as teaching laboratories.

ACS Division of Chemical Education International Activities Committee is a non-funding sponsor.

24. CEH700- “Chemical Education for the Future: A Global Perspective”, Zafra Lerhman (MIMSAD, Inc., USA), Ram Lamba (Puerto Rico)

Peter Atkins
Natalia P. Tarasova
Liberato Cardellini
Mei-Hung Chiu
Rachel Mamlock-Naaman
Sultan Abu-Orabi
Nadia Kandile
Zafra Lerman

Abstract: Thomas Friedman says the world is flat.  We know that borders are only lines on a map, but nature and the environment don’t recognize these borders and therefore climate change, air pollution and acid rain require for their solution global collaboration and a new way of thinking, teaching and learning.
Chemistry will continue to play a major role in solving the challenges of the future. However, in order to have chemists that can think globally, we must have in the pipeline students who  think and work like a chemist.
In order to prepare these future chemists, we must assure that chemistry education will be accessible to all students on Planet Earth.  We must therefore develop new curricula and alternative methods of delivering the material. This symposium will present how chemists from different parts of the world are confronting these issues.

25. CEH800- “Best Practices in the Teaching and Learning of Chemistry: International Sharing of Methods, Insights, and Results”, Arlyne (Mickey) Sarquis (USA), Manuel Martínez (Chile), Maija Aksela (Finland), Lynn Hogue (USA)

AbstractThis symposium will feature Best Practices in the teaching and learning of chemistry from around the world.  Leaders in chemical education will share details of projects that have made significant impact within their region, country, or across international borders. We welcome presentations that address different age groups and geographic settings.  Because Science literacy at the citizen’s level is essential for the development of sustainability and for the protection and conservation of irreplaceable global resources, we also encourage presentations that share the impact of efforts in non-traditional settings such as fieldwork, out-of-school experiences, or public outreach for multi-age level audiences.

26. CEH900- “The Chemical Element: Chemistry’s Contribution to our Global Future”, Javier García (Univ. Alicante, Spain), Peter G. Mahaffy (King’s University College, Canada and IUPAC Committee on Chemistry Education)

Abstract: Technology in general and Chemistry in particular has a central role on solving some of the critical global challenges we face today. This symposim will be both a celebration of the many contributions of Chemistry to mankind and also an oportunity to think and coordinate how we can better use chemistry technologies, innovation and understanding to tackle critical issues such as energy and food security, water, sanitation, health and hunger under the umbrella of the Millenium Development Goals.

V. Industrial and Applied Chemistry

27. IAC100 – “Industrial and Applied Chemistry: General Oral Session”
28. IAC200 – “Industrial and Applied Chemistry: Poster Session”
29. IAC300-  “Forensic Drug Identification in Blood, Urine, and Unconventional Matrices”, Ashraf Mozayani (USA)

1. Ashraf Mosayani

AbstractThe most common biological specimens for testing drugs and their metabolites in forensic cases are blood and urine. However, with recent advances in extraction technology and instrumentation it has become more practical to explore unconventional biological matrices such as saliva, and hair.  Like any other scientific procedure, the testing of these matrices can be appropriate in some instances and inappropriate in other instances. This presentation is a general review to offer a balanced view of the pros and cons of drug testing in these unconventional matrices.

30. IAC400- “Electrocatalysis and Surface Reactivity: Theory, Experiments and Applications”, J. Feliu (Spain), A. Carrasquillo (UPR-Mayagüez)


Abruña, H.D. Cornell University (USA)
Adzic R. Brookhaven National Laboratory (USA)
Aldaz, A. Universidad de Alicante (ES)
Anderson A. Case Western reserve University (USA)
Behm, J. Ulm University (GER)
Cabrera, C. Universidad de Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras (PR)
Jacob, T. Ulm University (GER)
Koper, M.T.M. Leiden University (NL)
Korzeniewski, C. TexasTech University (USA)
Markovic, N. Argonne National Laboratory (USA)
Norskov, J. Technical University of Denmark (DK)
Savinova, E. Université de Strasbourg (FR)
Scherson, D. Case Western Reserve University (USA)
Schiffrin, D. University of Liverpool (UK)
Schmickler, W. Ulm University (GER)
Stickney, J. Georgia University (USA)
Stimming, U. Munich Technical University (GER)
Sun, S.G. Xiamen University (CHN)
Ticianelli, E. Instituto De Quimica de Sao Carlos, USP (BR)
Uosaki, K. Hokkaido University (JP)
Villullas, H.M. Universidade Stadual Paulista, Araraquara (BR)
Watanabe, M. University of Yamanashi (JP)
Wieckowski, A. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (USA)

Abstract: This symposium deals with low temperature surface reactivity at the interface between two condensed media. The well established metal/electrolyte interfaces are considered as relevant model. In this growing field, linked to the development of fuel cells, research is developing in parallel at different levels, from theoretical modeling to applications. Ideal surface atomic arrangements as well as practical nanoparticles dispersed on a conducting substrate are used covering almost all presentations of the electrocatalytic materials. Also, as concepts and definitions are created to explain the results, the establishment of a common specific nomenclature would be desirable.

31. IAC500- “Chemists’ Employability and Professional Development”, I. Maciejowska (Poland)

Abstract: The key point is to design curricula and to foster teaching methods that promote the learning of competences skills that are needed in tomorrow's economy" (Bologna beyond 2010 report). The symposium "Chemists' Employability and Professional Development" will be an opportunity to bridge a gap between academic teachers, career advisors and employers. We will take up following topics: Do we really teach what job market needs?; From university to industry and from lab to business; How to prepare students to enter a job market.

32. IAC600- “IUPAC Safety Training Program: Global Chemical Safety and Sustainability”, M. Cesa (COCI-IUPAC, IUPAC Committee on Chemistry and Industry), Bernard West (COCI-IUPAC)

Abstract: This symposium will provide an opportunity for Fellows of the Safety Training Program to share experiences in disseminating learnings in their home countries, employers, and local communities. The symposium/workshop also provides an opportunity for members of the IUPAC Committee on Chemistry and Industry and other IUPAC leaders to review the effectiveness of the Safety Training Program, to gather and discuss ideas for improvement of the Program, and to meet recent Fellows. The symposium will also include speakers from the local area who are experts in health, safety and environmental matters and can supplement the training of the Fellows in attendance.

33. IAC700-
“Occupational Safety and Health Harmonization System”, L. Orellana (UPR-Río Piedras)

Abstract: GHS stands for Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals.  It is a logical and comprehensive approach to defining health, physical and environmental hazards of chemicals; creates a classification process using available data on chemicals for comparison with established hazard criteria; and protective measures.

The GHS itself is not a regulation or a standard.  The GHS Document establishes agreed hazard classification and communication provisions with explanatory information on how to apply the system. The elements in the GHS supply a mechanism to meet the basic requirement of any hazard communication system. Regulatory authorities in countries adopting the GHS will take the agreed criteria and provisions, and implement them through their own regulatory process and procedures rather than simply incorporating the text of the GHS into their national requirements. This helps to ensure the safe use of chemicals as they move through the product life cycle from "cradle to grave."   In the United States, OSHA is in the stage of integrating GHS to the Hazard Communication standard, with an expected revised rule sometime in 2011.

Sponsor: Puerto Rico's OSHA Office

34. IAC800-
“The Search for Drugs for Rare, Neglected and Orphan Diseases”, M. Chorghade (Chorghade Enterprises, USA)

Abstract: Presented herein are approaches for new treatments for rare and neglected diseases such as Malaria, TB, Chagas, Dengue and others. A rare disease is one that affects fewer than 200,000 Americans. NIH estimates that, in total, more than 6,800 rare diseases afflict more than 25 million Americans. However, effective pharmacologic treatments exist for only about 200 of these illnesses. Many neglected diseases also lack treatments. Unlike rare diseases, however, neglected diseases may be quite common in some parts of the world, especially in developing countries where people cannot afford expensive treatments. Private companies seldom pursue new therapies for these types of illnesses because of high costs and failure rates and the low likelihood of recovering investments or making a profit.

VI. Materials Science

35. MSC100- “Materials Science: General Oral Session”
36. MSC200- “Materials Science: Poster Session”

37. MSC300-  “Layered Materials from Nanoparticles to Platforms for Biomolecules”, Abraham Clearfield (Texas A&M University), Jorge Colón (UPR-Río Piedras)

1. Daniel Talham, Professor and Chair of the Chemistry Department, University of Florida, Gainsville, FL.
2. Ernesto Brunet, Department of Organic Chemistry, Autonomous University of Madrid, Spain.
3. Challa V. Kumar, Professor of Chemistry, University of Connecticut, Storres, CT.
4. Bruno Bujoli, CNRS Director of Research, Laboratory CEISAM, UMR, University of Nantes, France.
5. Willem R. Leenstra, Professor of Chemistry, University of Vermont, Burlington, VT.
6. Claude Florano, Professor, Laboratory of Inorganic Materials, CNRS, University Blaise Pascal, France.
7. Jorge Colón, Professor of Chemistry, University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras. Chair, IUPAC 2011 Scientific Committee.
8. Abraham Clearfield, Distinguished Professor, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX

Abstract: Papers will be considered on the following topics:

1. Nanoparticle synthesis and properties of layered materials.
2. Functionalization of Layered surfaces for:

a. Immobilization of homogeneous catalysts
b. the purpose of expediting click chemistry
c. drug encapsulation and delivery

3. Preparation of polymer nanocomposites
4. Formation of staged materials

38. MSC400- “Challenges for Materials Chemistry in the 21st Century”, Leonard V. Interrante (USA), Edwin Chandros (Materials Chemistry LLC), Carlos Cabrera (UPR-Río Piedras)

Abstract: This symposium will include lectures and workshops led by scientists and engineers who are world leaders in the development of new materials technologies that employ chemistry for meeting the needs of society in the 21st century.
There will be 6 Plenary and 8 Invited Keynote presentations. Two Mini-workshops will be scheduled on Monday and Tuesday evenings for in-depth discussion of key topics. The goal of the symposium is to demonstrate the central role of worldwide materials chemistry R&D in solving key problems in human health and welfare.

Plenary Speakers:
1. Joanna Aizenberg, Harvard Univ, USA "Chemically reconfigurable materials"
2. Frank Caruso, Univ. Melbourne, Australia "Advanced, Responsive Particles for Biomedical Applications: From Materials Chemistry to Assembly and Application"
3. Michael Gratzel, Ecole Poltech. Fed. Lausanne, Switzerland "The advent of mesoscopic solar cells"
4. Ferdi Schueth, MPI, Mülheim, Germany: "Storing Energy: a challenge for materials chemistry"
5. Takao Someya, Tokyo University, Japan "Molecular self-assembly for printed sensors and displays"
6. Jean-Marie Tarascon, Univ. Picardie, France "Materials and synthesis approaches for developing sustainable Li-ion batteries"

Keynote Lectures:
1. Brian Korgel, Univ. Texas, Austin, USA, (The Role of Interfaces in Energy and Biological Applications of Nanomaterials"
2. Marku Leskela, U. Helsinki, Finland, "Thin film materials for phase change memories"
3. Robert Miller, IBM San Jose, USA, "Materials in the Microelectronics Industry: Past, Present and Future"
4. David Mitzi, IBM Yorktown Hts., USA, "Earth-Abundant Materials for Thin-Film Photovoltaic Technologies"
5. Christopher Murray, U Penn, USA, "Programming Matter: Directing multi-component assembly of nanoscale materials and devices"
6. Christopher Ober, Cornell U., USA, "The race from the top down: Challenges in nanopatterning while staying on the path of Moore's Law"
7. Debra Rolison, NRL, Wash. D.C., USA, "Improving Centuries-Old Electrical Energy Storage Devices by Rethinking Multifunction on the Nanoscale and in 3D"
8. Richard McCullough, Carnegie Mellon University, USA; "Transistor and Solar Paint: 'Amorphous' or Disordered Approach to Highly Stable Printable Electronics"

1. Emerging energy technologies  Chair: Edwin Chandross
Panelists: Luis Echegoyen, Michael Graetzel,  Ferdi Schueth and Jean-Marie Tarascon

2. Frontiers in nanomaterial research and development Chair: Carlos Cabrera
Panelists: Joanna Aizenberg, Brian Korgel, Christopher Murray

Sponsors: ACS Challenge Grant, ACS Publications Division


VII. Macromolecular, Supramolecular and Nanotechnology

39. MSN100- “Macromolecular, Supramolecular and Nanotechnology: General Oral Session”
40. MSN200- “Macromolecular, Supramolecular and Nanotechnology: Poster Session”
41. MSN300- “60 years and 60 Carbons: A Symposium on Fullerenes and Supramolecular Chemistry”, Angel Kaifer (USA)

J. Fraser Stoddart
Alan Balch
Roberto Cao
Nazario Martin
Andreas Hirsch
Stephen Nelsen
David Schuster
Takeshi Akasaka
George Newkome
Jerry Atwood
Josep Poblet
Chun-Ru Wang
George Gokel
Tomas Torres
Javier de Mendoza
Maurizio Prato
Silvia Giordani
Maria A. Herranz
Luis Echegoyen

Abstract: This symposium honors Professor Luis Echegoyen in his 60th Birthday. Oral presentations will be given by his friends and collaborators on the general topics of fullerene and supramolecular chemistry.

42. MSN400- “Polymer Chemistry Symposium-Young Polymer Chemists”, C. Ober (IUPAC-Polymer Div.), T. Emrick, D. Smith (USA)

Marc Hillmyer (USA)
Katarina Landfester (Germany)

Sponsors: ACS PMSE and Poly Divisions

Abstract: This symposium will highlight the work of polymer chemists at the early stage of their career. Topics will include new advances in polymer chemistry, hybrid polymer systems, self-organizing polymers, nanoparticle synthesis, and applications of polymers in biology. This session will provide a forum for younger scientists to network and to develop collaborative interests.

43. MSN500- “Tailored Polymers by Precision Chain Polymerization”, M. Sawamoto (Japan), G. Moad (Australia)

1. Roger Hiorns (France) - "Designing polyfullerenes for organic photovoltaic cells"
2. Tatsuki Kitayama (Japan) - "Selective chain polymerization of acrylic divinyl monomers"
3. Graeme Moad (Aus) - “The Precision of RAFT Polymerization”
4. Tamaki Nakano (Japan) - "Conformational control of chiral polymers by light"
5. Stan Penczek (Poland) - "Kinetic and thermodynamic control in cyclic esters polymerization"
6. Greg Russell (New Zealand) - "Kinetics in an Age of Synthesis: Why it Remains Important to Research Radical Polymerization Kinetics"
7. Enrique Saldívar-Guerra (Mexico) - "Direct Integration of the Equations for the Full Molecular Weight Distribution in Controlled Radical Polymerization: NMP and RAFT Cases"
8. Mitsuo Sawamoto (Japan) - "New catalysis and precision polymer synthesis in metal-mediated living radical polymerization"
9. San Thang (Aus) - “Bio-Inspired Nanomaterials for Medical Delivery by the RAFT process”
10. Shigeru Yamago (Japan) - “Precision Polymer Synthesis Based on Organotellurium, Organostibine, and Organobismuthine Mediated Living Radical Polymerization”
11. Tsutomu Yokozawa (Japan) - "Precision Synthesis of Condensation Polymers and pi-Conjugated Polymers."

Abstract: This symposium will focus on the use of chain polymerization methods which allow the precise tailoring of polymers for specific applications. These methods include anionic polymerization, various forms of reversible deactivation radical polymerization including radical processes such as ATRP, RAFT, NMP, TERP and cationic processes, chain condensation processes such as GRIM and others.

VIII. Chemical Synthesis

44. CSY100- “Chemical Synthesis: General Oral Session”
45. CSY200- “Chemical Synthesis: Poster Session”

46. CSY300- "Contemporary Aspects of Main Group Chemistry”, F. Gabbai (Texas A&M University)

Abstract: This symposium will emphasize contemporary aspects of molecular main group chemistry in relation to the numerous fields that it continues to impact.  In addition to showcasing the recent discovery of unprecedented bonding modes, this symposium will also highlight the emerging importance of main group compounds in materials for energy or sensing applications.  A section of the program will also be devoted to the chemistry of main group elements in the coordination sphere of transition metal complexes and catalysts.

Simon Aldridge (University of Oxford)
David Atwood (University of Kentucky)
Guy Bertrand (UC Riverside)
Neil Burford (Dalhousie University)
Claire Carmalt (University College London)
Alan Cowley (University of Texas)
Kit Cummins (MIT)
Roland Fischer (Ruhr University Bochum)
Derek Gates (University of British Columbia)
Tony Hill (Australian National University)
Frieder Jäkle (Rutgers University)
Cameron Jones (Monash University)
Jeff Long (UC-Berkeley)
Blanca Martin-Vaca (Université Paul Sabatier, Toulouse)
Robert Mulvey (University of Strathclyde)
Miguel Muñoz-Hernández (UA del Estado de Morelos)
Gerard Parkin (Columbia University)
Marina Petrukhina (University at Albany)
Paul Ragogna (University of Western Ontario)
Eric Rivard (University of New Brunswick)
Greg Robinson (University of Georgia)
Doug Stephan (University of Toronto)
Christine Thomas (Brandeis University)
Don Tilley (UC-Berkeley)
Laura Turculet (Dalhousie University)
Casey Wade (Texas A&M University)
Suning Wang (Queens University)
Makoto Yamashita (University of Tokyo)

Sponsors. Please click to see the sponsors of this symposium.

47. CSY400- “Transition Metal Homogeneous Catalysis”, Luis Oro (Spain), Carmen Claver (Spain)

Prof. Kyoko Nozaki, Department of Chemistry and Biotechnology, School of Engineering, The University of Tokyo
Prof. Jairton Dupont, Laboratory of Molecular Catalysis, Institute of Chemistry - UFRGS
Prof. Juventino García Alejandre, Química Inorgánica y Nuclear, UNAM, (México DF)
Prof D.J. Cole-Hamilton, School of Chemistry,The University, St. Andrews, Fife, Scotland
Prof. F. Ekkehardt Hahn, University of Münster, Münster, Germany

Abstract: The symposium will concentrate on homogeneous catalysis by transition metal complexes. Modern topics encompassing all chemistry areas where transition metal homogeneous catalysis plays a pivotal role will be considered.

IX. Chemical Analysis and Imaging (CAI)

48. CAI100: “Chemical Analysis and Imaging: General Oral Session”
49. CAI200: “Chemical Analysis and Imaging: Poster Session”
50. CAI300- “Advances in Separation Sciences”, Luis Colón (SUNY, Buffalo, USA), Héctor Colón (PR Department of Health)

Abstract: The science of separation has become indispensable to solve numerous problems in chemical analysis. This symposium will focus on recent developments in the field of separation sciences, covering areas of interest to scientists in many areas from academia to industry. Presentations by well-known experts in the field will cover topics from advances in new chromatographic materials to specific applications in research, industry, and life sciences.

51. CAI400-
“Electrochemical Biosensors”, Paulino Tuñón Blanco (Spain), Noemí de los Santos (Spain)

Prof Andrew Ewing (Sweeden),
Prof  Kevin Plaxco ( California USA)

Sponsors: International Society of Electrochemistry (ISE)

Abstract: "Theory, methods, new materials and nanostructures for electrochemical devices"
"Biological and biomimetic receptors for electrochemical devices"
"Pharmaceutical and biomedical electroanalysis"
"Environmental and food science electroanalysis"

X. Theoretical, Physical and Computational Chemistry

52. TPC100- “Theoretical, Physical and Computational Chemistry: General Oral Session”
53. TPC200- “Theoretical, Physical and Computational Chemistry: Poster Session”
54. TPC300- “Surface Spectroscopy”, A. Jim McQuillan (New Zealand)

Sponsors: Division I of IUPAC

Abstract: The surface spectroscopy symposium will have a particular focus on wet surface vibrational spectroscopy (sum frequency, SERS, SEIRAS etc) linking electrochemistry, surface, materials and environmental chemistry but will also be open to contributions from all surface spectroscopic techniques.

55.TPC400- “Computational Enzymology: From Mechanistic Understanding to Inhibitor and Biocatalyst Design”, Yingkai Zhang (New York University)

Abstract: Enzymes, the remarkable catalysts provided by nature, play essential roles in every biological process. With advances in computational methods and computer technology, the field of computational enzymology is expanding rapidly, from unprecedented insights into enzyme catalytic mechanisms to computational-aided design of new enzyme-inhibitor drugs and biocatalysts. In this symposium, methodology advances and/or novel applications in computational enzymology  will be presented.

56. TPC500- “New Frontiers of Computational Nanomaterials Science”, Zhongfang Chen (UPR-Río Piedras)

Sean Smith
Gustavo Scuseria
Zhigang Shuai
Georgia Schatz
Gotthard Seifert
Russell Boyd
Henry Schaeffer III
Mauricio Terrones

Abstract: This Symposium will invite the world leading scientiests to discuss the most recent development and future directions of computational nanomaterials science, ranging from theoretical method development to large scale simulations of intrinsic properperties of nanomaterials and their promising applications. This Symposium is rather interdisciplinary and is expected to attract a wide range of computational scientists in chemistry, physics and materials sciences.

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