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American Chemical Society announces intention to establish “ChemRxiv” preprint server to promote early research sharing

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 12 agosto 2016

American Chemical SocietyWASHINGTON The American Chemical Society (ACS) today announced its intention to form ChemRxiv, a chemistry preprint server for the global chemistry community, proposed as a collaborative undertaking that will facilitate the open dissemination of important scientific findings. The Society is presently in the process of inviting interested stakeholders to participate in helping to shape the service ahead of its anticipated launch. “ChemRxiv is expected to follow the established models of arXiv in physics and bioRxiv in the life sciences by enabling researchers working across diverse areas of inquiry to share early results and data with their scientist-colleagues ahead of formal peer review and publication,” says Kevin Davies, Ph.D., who, as Vice President within the ACS Publications Division, will be spearheading the effort as part of a joint undertaking with the Society’s Chemical Abstracts Service. “Preprints are fully citable and are freely accessible preliminary communications, aimed to advance the pace of scientific discovery and information dissemination. The chemistry community has a growing interest in such open sharing to aid researchers in establishing recognition and priority for their research discoveries, while also providing a mechanism to elicit informal feedback from other scientists to help in shaping their ongoing work.” “The ACS is advancing the concept for ChemRxiv, as doing so aligns with key aspects of our Society’s mission and goals, notably the advancement of science through the dissemination of indispensable chemistry-related information worldwide,” says Thomas Connelly Jr., Ph.D., ACS Executive Director and CEO. “Furthermore, in keeping with our mission of service to the global chemistry community, the American Chemical Society recognizes there is considerable merit in pursuing ChemRxiv as a multi-organization venture — with an eye toward interoperability with various sources of chemistry-related information. Accordingly, we invite interested parties to become potential co-organizers and sponsors, and will be engaging in a broad consultation to help shape the scope, governance and operating principles for ChemRxiv as a collaborative endeavor.”
From initial market research and expert feedback, including advice and encouragement from editors-in-chief of ACS Journals, the Society has identified broad support for the launch of a chemistry preprint server. Over the coming months, and in collaboration with potential partners, a full evaluation will be completed to ensure ChemRxiv supports the specific needs of the chemistry-research and publishing community.”An ACS-sponsored chemistry preprint server would be an important and forward-looking contribution to the global community and to science,” says Laura Kiessling, Ph.D., Steenbock Professor of Chemistry and the Laurens Anderson Professor of Biochemistry, Director of the Keck Center for Chemical Genomics at the University of Wisconsin and the Editor-in-Chief of ACS Chemical Biology. “Conceptually, preprint servers could solve one problem we face today in academic publishing related to peer review,” says Paul Alivisatos, University of California, Berkeley’s Samsung Distinguished Professor of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Director of the Kavli Energy Nanosciences Institute and Co-Editor-in-Chief of Nano Letters. “By its nature, peer review can be a trade-off between time and quality. The availability of a chemistry preprint server would provide researchers a speedy mechanism by which to share their results and data, and would, in turn, allow peer reviewers and journal editors to focus their efforts on assessing the scientific accuracy and quality of research articles prior to formal journal publication. … Given the popularity of preprint servers in physics and now biology, chemistry will have a preprint server. It is a positive move by the ACS to foster this initiative in this way,” Alivisatos affirmed.The announcement of ChemRxiv precedes the upcoming ACS fall national meeting, which will be held in Philadelphia the week of Aug. 21. The American Chemical Society is a nonprofit organization chartered by the U.S. Congress. With nearly 157,000 members, ACS is the world’s largest scientific society and a global leader in providing access to chemistry-related research through its multiple databases, peer-reviewed journals and scientific conferences. Its main offices are in Washington, D.C., and Columbus, Ohio.

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American Chemical Society names distinguished Yale University professor Scott J. Miller, Ph.D., as new editor-in-chief of Journal of Organic Chemistry

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 8 agosto 2016

washingtonWASHINGTON. The American Chemical Society has announced that the Journal of Organic Chemistry (JOC), the Society’s longstanding peer-reviewed journal focused on the theory and practice of organic chemistry, will be headed by Scott J. Miller, Ph.D., of Yale University, who in 2017 will succeed C. Dale Poulter, Ph.D., the journal’s editor-in-chief since 2001.Miller, the Irénée du Pont Professor of Chemistry, has made a significant impact in the fields of organic chemistry, chemical biology and synthetic chemistry. His research is focused on complex molecular synthesis relying on rational design and combinatorial screening, with the goal of discovering new chemical transformations that enable the rapid synthesis of stereochemically complex structures. Miller’s work has earned him a number of accolades and awards, including the Pfizer Award for Creativity in Organic Chemistry, the ACS Arthur C. Cope Scholar Award, the National Institutes of Health MERIT Award and the ACS Award for Creative Work in Synthetic Organic Chemistry. He is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.”I am constantly amazed by the nuances of organic chemistry,” Miller says. “At the same time, the creative manner in which scientists apply organic chemistry towards inventive ends seems equally awesome to me. I am pleased to continue to foster JOC as the home for descriptions of these two aspects of the field and their intersection.” “We are delighted to welcome Dr. Miller in his new role as editor-in-chief of JOC,” says James Milne, Ph.D., senior vice president, Journals Publishing Group at ACS Publications. “Dr. Miller’s ability to engage and inspire researchers, his impressive scholarship and unparalleled passion for organic chemistry and his prior experience as a senior editor at Accounts of Chemical Research will ensure JOC remains at the forefront of the field, publishing important work of relevance to the journal’s global community.”
The Journal of Organic Chemistry is the gold standard for the reporting of experimental results in the field of synthetic organic chemistry. In addition to publishing Articles, Notes and Perspectives, the journal recently began publishing special issues covering timely topics of interest to the organic chemistry community and JOCSynopses, which are focused, short reviews of current topics in emerging areas of research. Delivered to researchers’ desktops and mobile devices, JOC is a bimonthly publication disseminating nearly 1,400 articles annually. Poulter, Miller’s predecessor and the John A. Widtsoe Distinguished Professor at the University of Utah, led the journal to its highest-ever Thomson-Reuters ISI Impact Factor of 4.785 in 2015.”ACS extends sincerest appreciation to Dr. Poulter for his dedicated leadership of JOC for over 15 years, for his commitment to experimental data standards in organic chemistry and for his efforts in maintaining JOC’s position as the most-cited journal in the field of organic chemistry,” says Brian D. Crawford, Ph.D., president of ACS Publications. “In addition to his role as editor-in-chief of JOC, Poulter held a number of other roles at ACS Publications, including associate editor of The Journal of Organic Chemistry, associate editor of Organic Letters and senior editor of The Journal of Organic Chemistry. His service to the ACS is emblematic of the valuable commitment made by active researchers who devote their expertise to our Society and the field of chemistry.” Poulter will retire from his editorial post in December 2016. Miller will begin his formal appointment on January 1, 2017, and will be coordinating with Poulter to effect a smooth transition of editorial responsibilities during the remaining months of 2016 ACS Publications, a division of the American Chemical Society, is a nonprofit scholarly publisher of 50 peer-reviewed journals and a range of eBooks at the interface of chemistry and allied sciences, including physics and biology. ACS Publications journals are among the most cited, most trusted and most read within the scientific literature. Respected for their editorial rigor, ACS journals offer high-quality service to authors and readers, including rapid time to publication, a range of channels for researchers to access ACS Publications’ award-winning web and mobile delivery platforms, and a comprehensive program of open access publishing options for authors and their funders. ACS Publications also publishes Chemical & Engineering News — the Society’s newsmagazine covering science and technology, business and industry, government and policy, education and employment aspects of the chemistry field.The American Chemical Society is a nonprofit organization chartered by the U.S. Congress. With nearly 157,000 members, ACS is the world’s largest scientific society and a global leader in providing access to chemistry-related research through its multiple databases, peer-reviewed journals and scientific conferences. Its main offices are in Washington, D.C., and Columbus, Ohio.

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American Chemical Society awards its highest honor to Tobin Marks, Ph.D.

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 17 giugno 2016

tobinWASHINGTON. The American Chemical Society (ACS) has announced that Tobin J. Marks, Ph.D. — professor of chemistry, professor of materials science and engineering, Vladimir N. Ipatieff Professor of Catalytic Chemistry and professor of applied physics at Northwestern University — will receive the 2017 Priestley Medal from ACS. It is the highest honor bestowed by the world’s largest scientific society.ACS is honoring Marks for his “dedicated service to the chemistry enterprise, and pioneering research in catalytic polymerization, organometallic chemistry, organic opto-electronic materials and electronically functional metal oxides.”
“Tobin Marks is an excellent choice to receive the Priestley Medal. With more than 1,000 journal articles and more than 230 patents to his credit, Tobin is a true pioneer in chemistry,” says ACS Executive Director and CEO Thomas Connelly Jr., Ph.D. “Through his research, as well as his service as a journal editor, mentor and colleague, he has influenced and inspired countless students and chemists throughout his career. He truly embodies the achievements of a Priestley Medalist.”Throughout his 50-year career, Marks has made major contributions in the field of material chemical science — specifically catalysis, electronic materials and organometallic chemistry. He has created plastics, catalysts, solar cells, printable transistors, and OLEDs that are faster, more energy efficient and more versatile. He has partnered with Dow Chemical to develop world-scale polymerization processes and has co-founded the start-up Polyera Corp. to produce printed electronics.Marks’ landmark research is documented in 1,195 publications and 232 U.S. patents. He has mentored and trained many graduate students, and he has tirelessly served ACS and international science societies. “Few practicing scientists have more effectively bridged homogeneous and heterogeneouscatalytic sciences, demonstrating exceptional originality, breadth and insights than Tobin Marks,” says University of California, Berkeley, chemistry professor Gabor A. Somorjai, who nominated Marks for the award. “His contributions are broad: producing new processes through chemical innovation, mentoring students and promoting the chemistry community.”Marks has received numerous awards for his research, including the U.S. National Medal of Science, the National Academy of Sciences Award in Chemical Sciences and the Dreyfus Prize in the Chemical Sciences, as well as the ACS Award in Organometallic Chemistry, the ACS Award in Inorganic Chemistry, the ACS Award in the Chemistry of Materials, the ACS Award for Distinguished Service in the Advancement of Inorganic Chemistry, the ACS Somorjai Award for Creative Research in Catalysis, the ACS Arthur Cope Senior Scholar Award in Organic Chemistry, the William H. Nichols Medal and a number of other awards from ACS local sections.Since 1923, ACS has recognized groundbreaking chemists with the Priestley Medal. The annual award includes a gold medallion designed to commemorate the work of Joseph Priestley, who lived from 1733 to 1804, and is best remembered for his 1774 discovery of the gas that would later be named “oxygen.The American Chemical Society is a nonprofit organization chartered by the U.S. Congress. With nearly 157,000 members, ACS is the world’s largest scientific society and a global leader in providing access to chemistry-related research through its multiple databases, peer-reviewed journals and scientific conferences. Its main offices are in Washington, D.C., and Columbus, Ohio.(foto: tobin)

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ACS journals are again among the most cited in chemistry; flagship journal achieves best Impact Factor ever

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 16 giugno 2016

washingtonWASHINGTON. The peer-reviewed journals of the American Chemical Society (ACS) are once again the most-cited and/or most-impactful scientific journals in 14 scientific categories, including six core chemistry categories, according to the 2015 Journal Citation Reports® (JCR)*, released on Monday, June 13, by Thomson Reuters. The citation-based rankings, which measure the influence and impact at both the journal and category levels, underscore the depth, breadth and quality of the research published across the Society’s preeminent portfolio of journals.The 2015 JCR affirmed the continued high impact and scientific importance of ACS’ oldest and most renowned peer-reviewed journal — the Journal of the American Chemical Society (JACS) — as a forum for publishing essential, fundamental research of perceived significance. JACS achieved its highest-ever Impact Factor at 13.038, and ranked ahead of both Wiley and the German Chemical Society’s Angewandte Chemie (11.709), as well as the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Chemical Science (9.144). JACS continues to be the Society’s flagship publication, as the most-cited peer-reviewed journal in chemistry, with more than 500,000 total citations in 2015, up 3 percent from 2014.Two-thirds of the 46 ACS journals featured in the report had a JCR Impact Factor of 4.0 or higher, with a Society portfolio median of 4.820. Seventeen journals posted their highest Impact Factors ever. In total, ACS journals were cited more than 2.76 million times in 2015, up from 2.6 million citations in 2014, for an increase of 6 percent. Despite publishing only 6 percent of the journals reviewed in the chemistry category, ACS journals are responsible for over 30 percent of the citations (over 2 million), an indicator of their high relevance and value to chemists and the research libraries that support them.
New ACS journals that were eligible for review by Thomson Reuters for the first time received strongly competitive inaugural Impact Factors, illustrating the value ACS adds to the dissemination of quality research in new or emerging fields of science. ACS Photonics achieved an impressive Impact Factor of 5.404, ranking as one of the top 10 journals in the Optics category. Environmental Science & Technology Letters received an Impact Factor of 4.839, making the top 10 list for the Engineering, Environmental category. This significant ranking reaffirms the success and impact of the journal’s parent journal, Environmental Science & Technology, which saw an increase in its Impact Factor to 5.393.”I am delighted to see the impressive increases in Impact Factor for ACS journals; this is a direct reflection on the dedication and commitment of our journal editors, editorial boards and referees,” said James Milne, Ph.D., senior vice president, Journals Publishing Group of ACS Publications. “ACS journals are synonymous with high quality, high impact and unparalleled global readership. Coupled with some of the fastest publication times, one can see why researchers submit their best work for publication in our internationally acclaimed titles. I’d like to thank our authors, editors and referees for their continued support in making ACS journals the premier publications in their fields.”
ACS Publications, a division of the American Chemical Society, is a nonprofit scholarly publisher of nearly 50 peer-reviewed journals and a range of eBooks at the interface of chemistry and allied sciences, including physics and biology. ACS Publications journals are among the most-cited, most-trusted and most-read within the scientific literature. Respected for their editorial rigor, ACS journals offer high quality service to authors and readers, including rapid time to publication, a range of channels for researchers to access research via the Society’s award-winning web and mobile delivery platforms, and a comprehensive program of open access options for authors and their funders. ACS Publications also publishes Chemical & Engineering News — the Society’s news periodical for the global chemistry enterprise, covering science and technology, business and industry, government and policy, education and employment aspects of the chemistry field. The American Chemical Society is a nonprofit organization chartered by the U.S. Congress. With nearly 157,000 members, ACS is the world’s largest scientific society and a global leader in providing access to chemistry-related research through its multiple databases, peer-reviewed journals and scientific conferences.

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Protein folding, unfolding and diffusion in the living cell

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 2 febbraio 2015

??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????Roma lunedì 2 febbraio 2015, ore 12.00 piazzale Aldo Moro 5, aula a. Il dipartimento di Scienze biochimiche “A. Rossi Fanelli” ospita il seminario “Protein folding, unfolding and diffusion in the living cell”, tenuto da Martin Gruebele, docente della University of Illinois, membro della American National Academy of Sciences ed editore della rivista Journal of the American Chemical Society. L’approccio proposto dallo studioso è all’avanguardia per la descrizione dei meccanismi di reazione chimica in tempo reale e, per la prima volta, misurati direttamente nel contesto di in una cellula vivente. L’appuntamento è organizzato dall’Istituto Pasteur – Fondazione Cenci Bolognetti. (Stefano Gianni)

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Organic Process Research & Development welcomes new editor Kai Rossen

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 12 novembre 2014

rossenWASHINGTON, The American Chemical Society (ACS) announces that Kai Rossen, Ph.D., will assume the role of editor-in-chief of Organic Process Research & Development (OPR&D), effective January 2015. Rossen, group leader at Sanofi in Frankfurt, Germany, has served on the Editorial Advisory Board of OPR&D since 2010.Rossen will succeed Trevor Laird, Ph.D., who has served as the inaugural editor-in-chief of the journal since its launch in 1997. Laird, owner and founder of Scientific Update LLP, will assist with the transition and remain with the journal in his current role through the end of 2014.”We are delighted to welcome Dr. Rossen in his new role as editor-in-chief of OPR&D. Dr. Rossen’s broad perspective of the pharmaceutical industry, coupled with his interest in sustainable chemistry, will ensure the journal continues to grow to meet the needs of the process chemistry community,” says Susan King, senior vice president of the Journals Publishing Group at ACS.Rossen received his Diplom-Chemiker from the University of Düsseldorf and a Ph.D. in synthetic organic chemistry from Cornell University. After holding positions at Bayer, Merck and Degussa, Rossen accepted a position at Sanofi in 2005, where he is currently group leader. In addition to the laboratory groups he leads, Rossen is responsible for representing Sanofi in global green chemistry networks, and he serves as the sponsor for Ph.D. theses supported by Sanofi. An inventor on 46 patents, Rossen has authored research articles in leading ACS journals, including the Journal of the American Chemical Society, Organic Letters, Organic Process Research & Development and The Journal of Organic Chemistry.According to Rossen, “The needs of readers must define a publication for it to be successful. The world of the pharmaceutical industry has dramatically changed over the last years. Therefore, for OPR&D to continue to be successful, it will be necessary to expand the journal scope beyond the traditional target audience of chemists and engineers in the pharmaceutical industry.”OPR&D is a trusted resource for research in the broad field of process chemistry, with a unique focus on the development and optimization of chemical reactions and processes and their scale-up, spanning organic chemistry, catalysis, analytical chemistry and chemical engineering.The American Chemical Society is a nonprofit organization chartered by the U.S. Congress. With more than 161,000 members, ACS is the world’s largest scientific society and a global leader in providing access to chemistry-related research through its multiple databases, peer-reviewed journals and scientific conferences. Its main offices are in Washington, D.C., and Columbus, Ohio. (photo rossen)

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American Chemical Society presents Congress with agenda of critical, unfinished science legislation

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 10 settembre 2014

washingtonWASHINGTON, Now that Congress has returned from recess, the American Chemical Society (ACS) identified key areas of unfinished science legislation that if implemented would greatly benefit the U.S. economy, prepare youth for high-paying jobs and ensure America remains globally competitive.
This legislation includes:
• America COMPETES Act: Originally passed in 2007, reauthorized in 2010 and allowed to expire in 2013, this legislation has supported the science, technology and innovation enterprise that underpins U.S. economic growth and job creation. COMPETES funded basic scientific research through the federal agencies, fueled America’s research universities, developed discoveries and technological advances, and promoted important new innovations. COMPETES also strengthened a wide range of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education programs, from K-12 through graduate education. ACS endorsed H.R. 5031, the STEM Education Act, as it will broaden the definition of STEM subjects to include computer science and increased access to NSF teacher fellowships and programs. ACS also supports aspects of FIRST Act, especially providing input to federal plans on STEM issues. As sustained and predictable support for science, engineering and technology is essential for a healthy U.S. economy, ACS feels it is critical to reauthorize COMPETES in 2014.
• The Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act: ACS believes strongly that Congress should adopt as its sound energy policies would stimulate innovation and provide a healthier environment. These bills (H.R. 1616; S. 761) would rewrite national building codes, which are voluntary standards used by municipalities and states, to foster greater energy savings. Education programs would train workers in energy-efficient building design and installation of energy-efficient technologies. The bill provides incentives for using highly efficient motors and transformers and sets goals for the federal government — the single largest energy consumer.
• The Critical Minerals Policy Act: This legislation (S. 1600; H.R. 1022) would ensure the United States has supplies of critical materials needed to produce 21st-century technologies such as high-quality batteries, wind turbines, fluorescent lights, smart phones and powerful magnets. These proposals will boost research and development into extraction, processing, alternatives and recycling of critical materials while facilitating a better understanding of domestic resources for these important elements. Critical materials have been primarily mined in other nations. S. 1600 would prioritize discovery and extraction efforts in the U.S., establish recycling programs and identify alternative materials so the U.S. is not dependent on foreign supplies.
• The Research and Development (R&D) Tax Credit: The R&D Tax Credit is a general business tax credit for companies that incur expenses as they conduct research and develop new products and processes. Introduced as part of the Economic Recovery Tax Act of 1981, the credit has been allowed to expire eight times and been extended 14 times. The current extension expired on Dec. 31, 2013. Most other nations have a permanent R&D tax credit. ACS believes strongly that the U.S. needs a permanent R&D tax credit in order to be globally competitive.
• The Higher Education ACT (HEA): Three smaller bills addressing different aspects of the Higher Education Act have all had bipartisan congressional support: H.R. 4948, Strengthening Transparence in Higher Education Act; H.R. 4984, Empowering Students Through Enhanced Financial Counseling Act; and H.R. 3136, Advancing Competency Based Education Demonstration Project Act.
ACS holds formal policy positions on U.S. Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Science and Technology in the FY2015 Budget, the U.S. Business Climate, Science Education Policy and Energy Policy.
The American Chemical Society is a nonprofit organization chartered by the U.S. Congress. With more than 161,000 members, ACS is the world’s largest scientific society and a global leader in providing access to chemistry-related research through its multiple databases, peer-reviewed journals and scientific conferences. Its main offices are in Washington, D.C., and Columbus, Ohio.

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ACS Capitol Hill briefing – Bio-based feedstocks

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 14 dicembre 2013

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WASHINGTON, Petrochemical innovations of the twentieth century gave us synthetic materials like nylon, plastics, and composites with a wealth of applications. With today’s refined understanding of synthetic methods chemists have begun to generate products from biological starting materials. Often inspired by green chemistry, bio-based products are now hitting the market. Many bio-based products can exceed their petrochemical-based counterparts in cost savings, superior properties, durability, and recyclability. This panel will discuss corn-, soy-, and other bio-based materials spanning the agricultural, automotive, coatings, and textile industries.Moderator: Stephen Ritter, Ph.D., Chemical & Engineering News Panelists:
Carrie Majeske, Ford Motor Company, Michigan
Jim Martin, OmniTech International, Kansas
Dean Webster, Ph.D., North Dakota State University
Richard Wool, Ph.D., University of Delaware
Richard Wool will be honored on Dec. 11 as a recipient of the 2013 Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards given jointly by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and ACS. Wool will honored for creating several high-performance materials using biobased feedstocks, including vegetable oils, chicken feathers, and flax to produce a range of products such as adhesives, composites, foams, a leather substitute, and even computer circuit boards.The Science & the Congress Project was established in 1995 to provide a neutral and credible source of scientific information targeted to policymakers on Capitol Hill. Expert speakers are chosen to provide a balanced presentation about the topic under discussion, and their comments are independent of any position that may be held by the ACS, the sponsors of ACS Science & the Congress or its co-hosts. For more information, click here.
The American Chemical Society is a nonprofit organization chartered by the U.S. Congress. With more than 163,000 members, ACS is the world’s largest scientific society and a global leader in providing access to chemistry-related research through its multiple databases, peer-reviewed journals and scientific conferences. Its main offices are in Washington, D.C., and Columbus, Ohio.

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American Chemical Society & EPA honor winners of the 2013 Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 13 dicembre 2013

Dow Chemical corporate headquarters in Midland...

Dow Chemical corporate headquarters in Midland, Michigan (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

WASHINGTON, Promoting American innovation and the development of sustainable chemical processes and products, the American Chemical Society (ACS) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will honor the winners of the 2013 Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards in a ceremony on Wednesday, Dec. 11.
For 18 years, ACS has partnered with EPA, reviewing thousands of nominations by companies, entrepreneurs, and academic researchers of pioneering new discoveries that advance the chemical sciences and technology in a green and sustainable way and selected the top candidates to receive the Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards.“I believe the Presidential Green Chemistry Awards represent the most important progress in chemistry today precisely because they pair ingenious discovery with responsible application,” said the chairman of the ACS Green Chemistry Institute Governing Board Kent J. Voorhees, Ph.D. “It is not enough for us to be just scientists; we have a responsibility to be citizens – to use our skills for the benefit of Earth and its people.”
And independent panel of technical experts organized by the ACS Green Chemistry Institute selected the 2013 winners. Five individuals and companies will be honored. They are:
– Richard P. Wool, Ph.D., University of Delaware, Newark, Del., who has created several high-performance materials using biobased feedstocks, including vegetable oils, chicken feathers, and flax to produce a range of products such as adhesives, composites, foams, a leather substitute, and even computer circuit boards.
– Faraday Technology, Inc., Clayton, Ohio, for their innovations in chrome plating for high-performance uses such as in aircraft parts. Previous chrome plating methods required hexavalent chromium, which is a carcinogen. Faraday has developed a plating process that still meets high-performance tests, but uses the less toxic, trivalent chromium.
– Life Technologies Corporation, Austin, Texas, for its work in improving genetic testing processes, including Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR). Manufacturing the key chemicals required for PCR often produced thousands of times more waste than product. Life Technologies discovered a three-step, one-pot synthesis which is much more efficient, preventing 1.5 million pounds of hazardous waste a year.
– The Dow Chemical Company, Midland, Mich., for improving the production of white paint, which historically required a lot of titanium dioxide (TiO2) pigment, a costly and energy-consuming pigment to produce. Dow’s innovation wraps a polymer “shell” around the TiO2 particles so they can be better dispersed in the paint – requiring less pigment per volume to cover a surface.
– Cargill, Inc., Brookfield, Wis., for developing a soybean oil product for use in high-voltage electric transformers, which is less toxic that formerly used PCBs, less flammable than mineral oil-based transformer fluids, and uses a lower carbon footprint across the entire life-cycle of the transformer, including raw materials, manufacturing, and transportation.“By prioritizing our duty to sustainable chemistry we can create a world that values both prosperity and a clean environment,” said Voorhees.The American Chemical Society is a nonprofit organization chartered by the U.S. Congress. With more than 163,000 members, ACS is the world’s largest scientific society and a global leader in providing access to chemistry-related research through its multiple databases, peer-reviewed journals and scientific conferences. Its main offices are in Washington, D.C., and Columbus, Ohio.

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American Chemical Society hosts Capitol Hill briefing on cybersecurity and smart infrastructure

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 18 aprile 2012

Washington, The American Chemical Society (ACS) Science & the Congress Project invites news media to attend a luncheon briefing on “Cybersecurity and Smart Infrastructure: Ensuring Resilience and Deterrence.” It will be held Thursday, April 19, from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Rayburn House Office Building 2325. The briefing is co-hosted by the ACS Science & the Congress Project, with honorary co-hosts U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas) and Rep. Jim Langevin (D-RI), co-chairs of the Cyber Security Caucus. The Internet has brought the reality of remote and/or automated control of many systems including traffic systems, water works and electricity distribution that are vital to daily life. Two-way communication abilities and digitized data streams promise the rise of “smart” systems that can minimize energy and material waste by making the system efficient in real time. However, the paradox of such adaptability is that it opens the system to remote manipulation with potentially lethal results. As previously analog and manually controlled systems become increasingly smart, how should policymakers direct modernization of infrastructure with computer engineering to ensure that networks are resilient to attack? This panel will address critical issues about how cybersecurity research and implementation should proceed to prevent catastrophic scenarios. The briefing will feature the following panelists and an open discussion:
Moderator: Herb S. Lin, Ph.D., National Research Council
Panelists:
• Sunil Cherian, Ph.D., Spirae Inc.
• Stacy Prowell, Ph.D., Oak Ridge National Laboratory
• William Sanders, Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
• Marianne Swanson, National Institute of Standards at Technology
The Science & the Congress Project was established in 1995 to provide a neutral and credible source of scientific information targeted to policymakers on Capitol Hill. Expert speakers are chosen to provide a balanced presentation about the topic under discussion, and their comments are independent of any position that may be held by the ACS, the sponsors of Science & the Congress, or its co-hosts. For more information, click here.
The American Chemical Society is a nonprofit organization chartered by the U.S. Congress. With more than 164,000 members, ACS is the world’s largest scientific society and a global leader in providing access to chemistry-related research through its multiple databases, peer-reviewed journals and scientific conferences. Its main offices are in Washington, D.C., and Columbus, Ohio.

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Response to the 2012 State of the Union Address

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 25 gennaio 2012

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Comments by Bassam Shakhashiri, Ph.D. President, American Chemical Society “Whether you’re listening to President Barack Obama in his State of the Union Address, members of Congress or candidates for office, they do agree on one thing: We must work to create an environment where well-paying jobs and the strong spirit of entrepreneurship and innovation will thrive in America.” “At the American Chemical Society (ACS), we concur that our nation’s economic recovery is directly tied to reinvigorating manufacturing and creating jobs across multiple sectors leading to broad-based prosperity. For example, more than 96 percent of all manufactured goods in the United States are touched by the business of chemistry, and the chemical enterprise employs more than 800,000 people. Furthermore, the chemical industry accounts for more than 10 percent of the total U.S. merchandise exports: $145 billion.” “Yet, despite the essential role chemists play in our nation’s economy, we have been hard-hit by the lack of jobs as well. In the last 20 years, the United States has lost 300,000 chemistry-based jobs.” “That is why ACS has advocated for strong, bi-partisan approaches to stimulate job growth, including: sustained support for scientific and medical research that leads to technological innovations, making our business climate more competitive through optimal tax and patent policies and most importantly, by greatly stimulating entrepreneurship and technology transfer. A Competitive U.S. Business Climate: the Role of Chemistry outlines policy recommendations in the areas of tax and trade, intellectual property, technology transfer/commercialization and small business and entrepreneurship.” “We must not forget that all manufacturing originally comes from someone’s entrepreneurial spirit and investment. Tomorrow’s jobs will come from today’s entrepreneurs.” “In 2011, an ACS task force released a study titled Innovation, Chemistry, and Jobs, which is a blueprint for stimulating entrepreneurship and innovation in the chemical sciences. The basic tenets can be applied to any scientific endeavour. The study found there are two basic areas in U.S. innovation that we must strengthen: early-stage innovation research and opening business channels so that entrepreneurs can take their innovations from the research bench to commercial success.” “Our history shows that such economic ingenuity creates new jobs in emerging, exciting fields. Our business leaders are among the most talented in the world at translating ingenuity into growth and innovation to prosperity. We are also pleased to hear President Obama continue to support science, technology, engineering and math education (STEM) to launch the next generation of discoverers and scientific entrepreneurs.”
chemists and business leaders, we stand poised to put these values to work on behalf of all Americans. We look forward to working with Congress and the Administration to craft public policies that will enable entrepreneurs to translate innovations to high-value products and well-paying jobs.” The American Chemical Society is a non-profit organization chartered by the U.S. Congress. With more than 164,000 members, ACS is the world’s largest scientific society and a global leader in providing access to chemistry-related research through its multiple databases, peer-reviewed journals and scientific conferences. Its main offices are in Washington, D.C., and Columbus, Ohio.

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American Chemical Society

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 21 novembre 2011

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Washington,  Tuesday, Nov. 29, from noon to 1:30 p.m. in SVC 209-08 Capitol Visitor Center, Senate side.The American Chemical Society (ACS) Science & the Congress Project invites news media to attend a luncheon briefing on “Critical Materials Shortages: Opportunity for Competitive Innovation.” It will be held
Critical materials are defined as natural resources that are both threatened and limited in their availability and key to producing technology for which there is a growing demand. “Rare earths,” including lanthanide elements on the periodic table (e.g. cerium, neodymium, europium), and other elements, such as cobalt, indium and tellurium are particularly important critical materials. These materials are critical in producing magnets for defense applications, super-alloys for high speed jet engine turbines and low-energy lighting phosphors and photovoltaics for energy production. Thus, securing the supply chain for such materials, identifying technological alternatives and ways to recycle material stocks are vital issues for ensuring our nation’s security, developing clean energy systems and fostering economic growth in electronics-dependent sectors like medical instrumentation and information technology. The briefing will feature the following panelists and an open discussion. Opening remarks:
Sen. Mark Udall (D-CO)
Moderator:  Susan Morrissey, Chemical & Engineering News
Panelists:
Steven Duclos, General Electric
Karl Gschneidner, Jr., Iowa State University
Robert Jaffe, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
David Shuh, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
The Science & the Congress Project was established in 1995 to provide a neutral and credible source of scientific information targeted to policymakers on Capitol Hill. Expert speakers are chosen to provide a balanced presentation about the topic under discussion, and their comments are independent of any position that may be held by the ACS, the sponsors of Science & the Congress or its co-hosts. For more information, click here.  The American Chemical Society is a nonprofit organization chartered by the U.S. Congress. With more than 163,000 members, ACS is the world’s largest scientific society and a global leader in providing access to chemistry-related research through its multiple databases, peer-reviewed journals and scientific conferences. Its main offices are in Washington, D.C., and Columbus, Ohio.

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To the 2011 State of the Union Address

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 26 gennaio 2011

“This evening, President Barrack Obama, in his State of the Union Address, underscored the critical crossroads we face to improve our economic health and develop new, high-value technologies and innovations that will create jobs for all Americans.” “At the American Chemical Society, we believe the most promising way to ensure our nation’s competitiveness in the global arena is to leverage our strong, national background in science and technology to pioneer breakthrough products that can be commercialized in the private sector. Our history shows that such economic ingenuity creates new jobs in emerging, exciting fields. Our business leaders are among the most talented in the world at translating ingenuity into growth  and innovation to prosperity. As chemists and business leaders, we stand poised to put these values to work on behalf of all Americans.”“We look forward to working with Congress and the Administration to craft public policies that will enable businesses to research, discover and innovate. These sensibilities have been backed by bipartisan efforts to bolster education and economic policies and were advanced by both Presidents Bush and Obama. When it comes to economic security, our nation’s leaders are clear: Nurturing the roots of innovation and enhancing our nation’s global competitiveness is not just a bi-partisan endeavour, but an American priority and imperative.”  “The ACS recently adopted a policy statement entitled, “A Competitive U.S. Business Climate: the Role of Chemistry,” that outlines policy recommendations in the areas of tax and trade; intellectual property; technology transfer/commercialization and small business and entrepreneurship that if adopted would help create a more favorable environment for the creation of new science-based jobs here in the U.S.”
The American Chemical Society is a nonprofit organization chartered by the U.S. Congress. With more than 163,000 members, ACS is the world’s largest scientific society and a global leader in providing access to chemistry-related research through its multiple databases, peer-reviewed journals and scientific conferences. Its main offices are in Washington, D.C., and Columbus, Ohio.

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