The 60th Annual Rochester ACS Undergraduate Research Symposium
State University of New York, College at Geneseo
April 18, 2015
9:00am – 1:00pm Bailey Hall
Call for Abstracts
Deadline for abstract submission is Friday, April 3, 2015
Undergraduate students participating in research are encouraged to present their work or simply to attend the conference. Acceptance of presentations will be on a rolling basis while space remains in the sessions. There is no registration fee for this year's symposium and a light breakfast and snacks will be provided.
Keynote address will be presented by Prof. Hitomi Mukaibo from the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Rochester
Preliminary Schedule of Events Saturday, April 18, 2015
8:30 am – 9:00 am Registration
9:00 am - 10:00 am Student Poster Session Opening Remarks
10:15 am-11:30 am Student Awards and Keynote Presentation
11:45 am – 1:00 pm Student Oral Presentations
For more information, please visit:
Co- Organizers from Department of Chemistry SUNY Geneseo
Dr. Jeffrey Peterson, email@example.com
Dr. Barnabas Gikonyo, firstname.lastname@example.org
Peckham Hall, Rm. 12 - Nazareth College, 4245 East Ave., Pittsford, NY
Monday, April 27, 2015
Electrochemical Double Layer Capacitors (EDLC's):
Opportunities in Energy Storage & Challenges in Chemistry
7:00 pm Lecture
Dr. William McKenna
Chief Technical Officer, Graphenix Development, Inc.
Graphenix Development, Inc. (GDI) in 2009 developed an EDLC electrode with 30% higher energy density than currently available electrodes. Drawing on our extensive expertise in chemistry, materials science, and manufacturing, GDI’s team has built a comprehensive understanding of optimal nano- and micro-pore structured materials that yield higher capacitance and energy density based on inexpensive, unexotic carbon-based raw materials. Our proprietary carbon coating process delivers product at a cost comparable to the current prices for steam activated carbon-based electrodes. By leveraging toll manufacturing such as that available at the Eastman Business Park, GDI will have lower capital expenditure requirements and a lower cost of production then our competitors. GDI will launch its first electrode product in 2015. This lecture will discuss the EDLC technology and its chemical challenges and opportunities.
Dr. William P. McKenna received a B.S. in Chemistry from The University of Oregon and Ph.D. in Physical Organic Chemistry (surface vibrational spectroscopy) from The University of Utah, followed by postdoctoral work at the Southampton University (UK). Bill began his industrial career in the Analytical Chemistry Division of the Kodak Research Laboratories in 1986. In his 21 years at Kodak his work spanned basic research through R&D management to directing
external technology partnerships and product development. He subsequently directed internal R&D programs, JDAs with other significant industrial partners, as well as numerous academic technology development partnerships in management positions at Rohm and Haas and Dow Chemical. In 2009 he joined Graphenix Development as Chief Technical Officer.
8:15 – 9:30 p.m.: Reception /Poster Session – Peckham Hall Lobby
Dr. David W. C. MacMillan
Princeton University —Merck Center for Catalysis
The Rochester Section of the American Chemical Society is proud to announce the selection of Dr. David W.C. MacMillan, the Chair of the Department of Chemistry (2010-2014) and James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor of Chemistry, for the 2015 recipient of the Harrison Howe Award.
MacMillan and his group's research is centered on the field of organic synthesis and catalysis. They are inspired by the pursuit of new concepts in synthetic organic chemistry involving organocatalysis, organo-cascade catalysis, metal-mediated catalysis, and total synthesis of natural products and pharmaceuticals. The highlights of their research include: SOMO catalysis (A New Mode of Organocatalytic Activation), Merging Photoredox Catalysis and Organocatalysis, Mechanistic Investigations on Organocatalysis, Organocascade Catalysis Directed Towards Total Synthesis, Total Synthesis of Complex Natural Products, High-throughput Reaction Development, and Applications to Drug Discovery.
This award will be presented on Thursday, May 7th, beginning at 7:30 pm when Professor MacMillan presents
“The Application of Photoredox Catalysis
to New Transformations in Chemical Synthesis”
in the Class of 1962 Auditorium University of Rochester Medical Center. A poster session and dessert reception will follow at 8:30 pm in Flaum Atrium.
For more information about the Harrison Howe Award lecture and event, please contact Lynda McGarry, Development Administrator, at the University of Rochester.
MacGregors, 300 Jefferson Road, Henrietta from 5-7:00 PM.
Meet old friends, make new professional contacts from area companies and universities, line up a future job - join members of the Rochester chemical/biochemical/materials technical communities for this informal networking event. Learn about the exciting new technologies being developed at area start-up companies. No registration or charge - cash bar - students, technical professionals, managers and non-ACS members – all welcome.
The Section will provide free appetizers for those in attendance
We have 2 opportunities available for anyone who would like to contribute to the local section of the American Chemical Society.
1- ACS Fellows Program
The American Chemical Society (ACS) Fellows Program was created by the ACS Board of Directors in December 2008 to recognize members of ACS for outstanding achievements in and contributions to science, the profession, and the Society.
We are looking for someone to lead this effort. Your responsibilities are to nominate candidates and submit their application to national ACS. Last year, Henry Gysling and Bob Moore were elected as Fellows.
For more information about the program, please visit
2- Younger Chemists Committee for the Rochester Area
The American Chemical Society’s Younger Chemists Committee (YCC) was formed to identify the needs and concerns of young chemists and to develop programs responsive to their needs. YCC is driven by three goals:
We are looking for someone to lead this effort.
For more information about the program, please visit the website at
To contribute to these programs, please contact Mary Jane Pokora at email@example.com
The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry invites applications for a 1-year lecturer position in organic chemistry, beginning 8/15. PhD in Organic Chemistry or closely related field. Preference for candidates with teaching experience. In addition to organic chemistry courses, including labs, teaching assignments may include general chemistry or general, organic, and biochemistry, including labs. Online application at https://www.brockportrecruit.org.
Best consideration date 03/2/15. Applications accepted until position is filled.
For information on the Department, visit www.brockport.edu/chemistry. Search contingent on final budgetary approval. SUNY Brockport is an EEO/AA employer.
Your local ACS Section is lining up a variety of future events. Please check them out and save the dates.
1-Adventures in Chemistry and Physics--2015 Schedule
April 9 E3 Fair at RIT
May 15 SED at SJFC
July 21 Newman Riga Library summer reading program
These events are open to all students. The science presentations are formulated to deliver grade appropriate information to encourage students to be curious about science
2-Rochester ACS Networking Mixer
On Tuesday, April 7, 2015 at MacGregors from 5:00-7:00 pm.
3-2015 Undergraduate Research Symposium
Saturday, April 18, 2015 from 9:00am - 1:00 pm at State University of New York, College at Geneseo, Bailey Hal. Deadline for abstract submission is Friday, April 3, 2015
4-Chemistry In Emerging Technologies Lectures(2014-2015)
Monday April 27 2015 at 7:00 pm at Nazareth College, Peckham Hall, room 10-12
Electrochemical Double Layer Capacitors (EDLC's): Opportunities in Energy Storage and Challenges in Chemistry
Dr. William McKenna, Chief Technical Officer Graphenix Development, Inc. (www.graphenedev.com)
5-Rochester ACS Networking Mixer
On Tuesday, May 5, 2015 at MacGregors from 5:00-7:00 pm
6-Harrison Howe Award
Dr. David W. C. MacMillan, Princeton University —Merck Center for Catalysis is receiving the 2015 Harrison Howe Award on May 7 at the University or Rochester Medical Center.
7-High School Awards
On Tuesday and Wednesday, May 26 and May 27, 2015, qualified area high school students will receive recognition from the Rochester Section of ACS at Nazareth College Performing Arts Center. This event starts at 7:00 pm both nights..
2015 ACS Northeast Regional Meeting
Ithaca, NY, June 10-13, 2015
The Cornell Section of the American Chemical Society will host the 40th Northeast Regional Meeting (NERM 2015) at Ithaca College in Ithaca, NY.
For more details of speakers, visit