Rochester Local Section (Chartered in 1912)


1-Executive Committee Meeting

Our next meeting for the local section of ACS will be November 14, 2017

2-2018  Undergraduate travel Grants

The application deadline for 2018 is January, 23rd, 2018. 

3- Year-end tax exempt donations to the Rochester Section

See info below 

2017 Local Section Winners

Secretary:  Kimberly Chichester

Treasurer:  Anand Sridhar

Councilor (academic): Steve Tajc

Alternate Councilor (industry):  James Reynolds

3 Members-at-Large:  Renuka Manchanayakage,  David McCamant, Silas Owusu-Nkwantabisah

Year-end Tax Exempt Donations to the Rochester Section

Your donation provides essential funding to help develop the next generation of scientific talent and advance the chemical enterprise.

For more information, check


Rochester Local Section Donor Recognition



Chemistry In Emerging Technologies Lectures-2017

Nazareth College - Peckham Hall, Room 10, 4245 East Ave., Pittsford, NY           

Monday, November 13, 2017 

White Organic Light‐emiting Diodes (OLEDs): Materials, Device    Architectures and Applications 

Dr. Marina Kondakova, Director of Device Formulation

OLEDWorks, LLC    (

 7 p.m.:  Lecture

OLED lighting is unique as it offers a pleasant, uniform, diffused light, minimizing the need for fixtures.  In combination with other

characteristics, such as ultra-thin shape and glare-free light, OLEDs

can be used to realize innovative lighting applications and designs. An OLED

is an electronic device that emits light in response to an applied potential

and consists of a substrate and several organic layers sandwiched between

two electrodes.  It operates by charge injection from the electrodes into

the adjacent organic layers, transport of injected charge carriers

through organic layers, recombination of holes and electrons to

generate excited states of molecules, followed by their radiative

deactivation, which is taken out of the device as electroluminescence.

High efficiency OLEDs require multiple layer device architectures to

provide exciton confinement and charge transport balance. OLED devices

can be built on a wide variety of rigid, flexible, and transparent

substrates. During recent years, white OLED (WOLED) devices

have undergone very fast development as they emerge as next

generation lighting sources. White light in OLED can be obtained by

emission from a monochromatic emitter in combination with

down-conversion layer or by simultaneous emission of light from

several emitters in the correct proportions.  Various device architectures

are used to achieve high efficiency that allows OLED technology to

compete with other lighting products. Recent progress on WOLED

from materials perspective, device performance and future applications

will be discussed.

Dr. Marina Kondakova has 15 years’ experience in organic

light-emitting diodes (OLED) technology with broad knowledge of

OLED physics and material science. Before joining OLEDWorks in 2010,

Dr. Kondakova worked at the Kodak OLED Business Unit where she

was responsible for development of WOLED technology for lighting

and displays through device architecture engineering and use of

improved materials. Her work has also included detailed studies of

OLED degradation mechanisms. At OLEDWorks, Dr. Kondakova leads

the R&D team focused on development and optimization of

high-performance OLED lighting panels that will be fabricated by a

low-cost, innovative manufacturing process. This development is guided

by manufacturing challenges and opportunities to improve product

reliability. Dr. Kondakova has a doctorate in Physical Chemistry and

has authored numerous publications and patents in the OLED field.

 8:15 – 9:30 p.m.: Reception – Peckham Hall Lobby

 Further information on these lectures and other Rochester ACS Section events
               is available at
Poster for event                    

Undergraduate Travel Grants

The Rochester Section Undergraduate Travel Grant Program provides funds each year to support travel for undergraduate students to attend a professional ACS conference at which they will present their research, as the presenting author, in a poster or oral presentation. Any full-time undergraduate student in chemistry, chemical engineering, or a related field at a college/university in the Rochester ACS Section is eligible for an Undergraduate Travel Grant.  Preference will be given to students who have not received the Rochester Section ACS Undergraduate Travel Grant in the past. Complete eligibility and application details can be found below. 

For 2018, The Undergraduate Travel Grant Program is providing $400 towards travel for undergraduate researchers.

The application deadline for 2018 is January 23rd, 2018.

 For further information, or to nominate an undergraduate student for a travel grant to an upcoming National ACS meeting, contact:

 Todd Pagano, Ph.D.
Professor and Associate Dean 
Rochester Institute of Technology/National Technical Institute for the Deaf
52 Lomb Memorial Dr
LBJ Building, Office #1285
Rochester, NY 14623
Tel.: (585) 475-4539

for Eligibility and Application Process/ please visit   

Chemistry In Emerging Technologies Lectures-2017

Nazareth College - Peckham Hall, Room 10-12

4245 East Avenue, Pittsford, NY 

Chemistry, the “Central Science”, has played a critical role in the economic
development of Rochester. The long history of successful development of innovative technologies continues today, both at established companies and universities as well as at many area start-ups. This lecture series will highlight emerging technologies with significant chemical components that are being developed in the Rochester area. The lectures in the 2017 program will discuss the basic science and the target products of three technologies in the medical therapeutic and diagnostic areas and OLED-based energy efficient lighting. These free lectures are open to the general public - including students looking for insight into future career opportunities.

7:00 pm: Lectures

 8:15 – 9:30 p.m.: Reception  – Peckham Hall Lobby  

Monday March 27, 2017
Prof. Hani Awad  -  Associate Director, Center for Musculoskeletal Research, URMC – Department of Biomedical Engineering, University
of Rochester      (
Mending Broken Bones: Opportunities & Challenges with 3D Printing
October 2,

Dr. Richard S. Murante  -  Senior Research Scientist
Integrated Nano-Technologies, LLC  (
INT’s Palladium™ Technology for Rapid Disease Identification
and Genetic Testing

13, 2017 
Dr. Marina Kondakova  -  Director of Device Formulation
OLEDWorks, LLC    (
White Organic Light‐Emitting Diodes (OLEDs): Materials, Device Architectures and Applications

Poster of Event 

2017 Rochester Section Recognition Dinner

Honoring our Section’s 50, 60 & 70-year Members 

And 2017 Local Section Award Winners

was held on 

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Red Fedele’s Brook House Restaurant

Dr.  Allison A. Campbell, President of the American Chemical Society,was our guest speaker.  She presented her background leading up to her position at ACS.  She also covered some new initiatives being undertaken by CS.

Pictures of the event are posted at

Coming to Rochester in 2020


The Northeast Regional Meeting

 of the American Chemical Society

We invite you to be part of the planning for this prestigious meeting that will take place in the fall of 2020.  Planning will begin by year-end 2017, and this would be a great chance for those interested in science and chemistry to help in the planning for this event.

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2017 High School Awards

Our annual high School Awards were held on Tuesday, May 30th and
Wednesday, May 31st at 7pm at Nazareth College Performing Arts Center.
Pictures from the event are posted at

2015 Chair Contacts

Need help finding information.  Check the attachment below to contact the right person.


Rochester ACS Group

To facilitate networking, collaborate on ideas and exchange job information.

Jim Reynolds (coordinator)

Upcoming Events

Tuesday, Oct 17 at 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Tuesday, Nov 21 at 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Tuesday, Dec 19 at 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
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