Safer medical implants, more comfortable fabrics among research items at Rochester meeting



A symposium on research that could lead to safer medical implants and a look at how coating technology has made fabrics more comfortable are on tap for the 32nd Northeast Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society in Rochester, N.Y., Oct.31-Nov. 3. About 400 papers will be presented and more than 850 scientists are expected to attend the meeting at the Hyatt Regency Hotel & Riverside Center. Some of the highlights of the meeting are:

Coating technologies promise safer medical implants — Advances in coatings can mean safer medical implants that are less likely to be rejected or cause infection, and even longer-lasting, environmentally friendly surfaces for ships, among other applications. A three-day symposium, “Surface Modification for Coating & Dispersion Technology,” will address many topics related to coating technologies, including nanowire arrays, nanocomposites, stimuli-responsive polymeric coatings and more. (Monday, Nov. 1, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Tuesday, Nov. 2, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.; and Wednesday, Nov. 3, 8:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m., Grand Ballroom F)

The chemistry of comfort — Many things we use in our daily lives are designed with our comfort level in mind. And most of what provides comfort is of a chemical nature. This presentation will highlight breathable and thermal coatings, all of which respond to body temperature. The presentation also will include comments about protective coatings, such as flame-retardant and water-repellant coatings. (Monday, Nov. 1, 9:15 a.m., Regency Ballroom A)

Chemical advances mean brighter, more flexible future for electronics — Lightweight, flexible electronic displays, improved chemical sensors and brighter LEDs are just a few of the technologies being developed through advances in chemistry. A two- day symposium, “Optoelectronics, Organic LED and Display Materials,” will present some of the research that is laying the groundwork for these and other developments that show promising changes in store for the future of electronics. (Tuesday, Nov. 2, 8:30 –4:50 p.m., Regency Ballroom A; Wednesday, Nov. 3, 8:30 – noon, Grand Ballroom C)

American and Canadian Chemical Societies hold joint meeting — Leaders of the American Chemical Society and the Canadian Society for Chemistry will participate in a Town Hall meeting. Representing the ACS will be President Charles Casey, President-Elect William Carroll and former President Eli Pearce. The CSC will be represented by Vice-President Yves Deslandes and Treasurer David Schwass. (Tuesday, Nov. 2, 8:30 a.m., Regency Ballroom B)

Careers in chemistry for the deaf and hard-of-hearing – A conference, “Career Paths for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Chemical Professionals,” will be presented by the National Technical Institute for the Deaf at the Rochester Institute of Technology. Experienced professionals will outline career paths available for the deaf and hard-of-hearing. There also will be a panel discussion and open forum. (Monday, Nov. 1, 8:30 a.m. – 11:40 a.m., Grand Ballroom A)

The following awards will be presented at the meeting:

  • George Ellestad, Philip Hamann and Janis Upesclacis – ACS Industrial Innovation Award for work done at Wyeth Research in Pearl River, N.Y., on the isolation and structural elucidation of the calicheamicin family of enedynes, including calicheaminicin, the anti-tumor antibiotic.

  • Jay Kunzler and Yu-Chin Lai – ACS Industrial Innovation Award for the invention of Softlens 66thcontact lens material at Bausch & Lomb, Inc., in Rochester.

  • Jamie Cucinotta, Fayetteville-Manlius High School, Manlius, N.Y. – 2004 Northeast Region Award for Excellence in High School Chemistry Teaching

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