Graduate Student Symposium Planning Committee University of Cincinnati

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246th ACS National Meeting
Exposition Indianapolis, IN
September 10, 2013

The Chemistry of Energy: Minimizing its Input, Maximizing its Output

This symposium will detail the many aspects of energy, featuring work from diverse areas of chemistry. From providing more efficient ways to power our society, to dictating the way a chemical reaction will progress, to the proteins that make life possible, energy is integral in many facets of our lives. With the energy demands of society increasing daily, this topic is relevant and of-the-moment, not only for chemists of all disciplines, but also for the general public. The first section will focus on exciting fundamental energy research (Minimizing its Input), while the second will focus on the many applications of energy research (Maximizing its Output). The goal of this symposium is to explore the many ways that scientists investigate the role of energy in areas such as nanotechnology, molecular biology, catalysis, synthetic and physical chemistry. In addition, this symposium demonstrates an overlap with the "Chemistry in Motion" theme of the 246th National Meeting, as energy is required for all motion. Also, by discussing a topic currently featured so ubiquitously in the public media, we hope to emphasize that chemistry is an ever-evolving discipline; it is a field "in motion".

Symposium Organizers:

  • Committee Chair: Teresa Cook
  • Program Chair: Leeanne Taylor
  • Funding Chair: Gleason Wilson
  • Public Relations Chair: Kelly Theisen
  • Logistics Chair: Kelley McKissic
  • Communications Chairs: Anubendu Adhikary and Jinnan Zhang

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Confirmed Speakers:

Developments from the Center for Enabling New Technologies through Catalysis

Ionic liquids for improving the chemistry of energy applications

Micron-Scale Organization Using Nanoscale Molecular Motors

Catalytic Dehydrocoupling/Dehydrogenation of Amine Boranes: Mechanisms and Applications

Cs4Ag44(SR)30 Cluster Molecules

  • Jay Siegel,Tianjin University, PRC and University of Zurich, Switzerland

Corannulene en Masse

Design and Synthesis of Small Molecules for the Fabrication of High Efficiency Solar Cells

Useful Optical Properties of Multi-Chromophore Materials


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About the GSSPC:

Since 2005, universities all around the country apply to be selected as the Graduate Student Symposium Planning Committee (GSSPC) for the ACS national meetings. Comprised of graduates students, the committee is responsible for planning and executing a day-long symposium at a national ACS meeting. This involves selecting a topic, recruiting speakers, raising funds, and hosting the symposium at an ACS National Conference, co-sponsored by the ACS Division of Chemical Education (CHED). Additionally, the committee is responsible for contributing to the application process by selecting and mentoring the next year's committee. The GSSPC provides the valuable opportunity for graduate students to gain experience in planning an internationally-attended symposium, network with the leaders in their field, and mentor a new group of graduate students.