Rochester Local Section (Chartered in 1912)


1-Executive Committee Meeting

Our next meeting for the local section of ACS will be January 16, 2018

2-2018  Undergraduate travel Grants

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

3-2018 Annual Dinner

Our Annual Dinner is scheduled from 6-9 PM at Mr. Dominic's in Fairport on Wednesday, February 28. 

4-Chemistry In Emerging Technologies Lectures-2018

Ken Reed, co-founder and CTO of  ZeroValent NanoMetals will present a lecture, Nanotechnology and Entrepreneurism: A Potent Reaction Mixture, at
7 pm on Monday, March 5th at Nazareth College. 

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

Chemistry In Emerging Technologies Lectures-2018 

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

Monday, March 5, 2018

Nanotechnology and Entrepreneurism:

A Potent Reaction Mixture

Dr. Kenneth Reed,  Co-founder & CTO

                     ZeroValent NanoMetals  (

7 p.m.:  Lecture

The Rochester region is rich in materials science technology, in large part due to its Big Three (now smaller) legacy companies and its world-class educational institutions. An additional legacy from these companies is a trove of available human capital that has become (perhaps out of necessity) entrepreneurial in nature. This presentation will address the historical origins of the “ancient art” of nanotechnology, its evolution through the ages, what makes nanotech so neat and how the author and other members of the “lost tribe” of Eastman Kodak have attempted to address some rather large and imposing societal challenges by bringing to bear their technical passions and fledgling experiences via small business creation. 

Dr. Kenneth Reed received his B.Sc. in Chemistry at RIT and his Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry at Stanford Univ. in 1976. He then returned to Rochester to begin his industrial career in the Kodak Research Laboratories where his work centered on materials chemistry for use in silver halide photographic products, including synthesis and characterization of dispersions of nanophase materials, an area that would be central to his future as an entrepreneur.  This work resulted in 22 patents and induction into the Kodak Distinguished Inventors Gallery. After a very successful 30-year career at Kodak, Ken began the next phase of his technical career - applying his expertise in nanophase materials for new applications and new business development.  Initially working in a lab at RIT with his team of scientists, a process for the synthesis of ceria with particle sizes in the 2-5 nm size range was developed.  In 2007 he co-founded his first company, Cerion Energy, to commercialize this material and its versions doped with other metal oxides as an additive for diesel fuel that provides improved fuel efficiency and decreased harmful emissions from diesel engines. Ken’s most recent company, ZeroValent NanoMetals (ZVNM), formed in 2016, is a material science company with expertise in the development, customization and manufacture of high-performance metal nanoparticles and unique alloys in the 2-5 nm size regime. The focus for these materials is the application of their nanosize-dependent properties for the development of transformative new products for a wide range of industries including high performance thin layer (non-vacuum) coatings, flexible printed electronics, and 3D metal printing (additive manufacturing).

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

 Further information on these lectures and other Rochester ACS Section events
               is available at
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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-2018-Draft

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 three  lectures in the 2018 program will discuss the basic science and the target products of nanophase materials, their use in additive manufacturing processes and present an overview of  R&D at the “new” Kodak. 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 5, 2018

Dr. Kenneth Reed – Co-Founder & CTO

ZeroValent NanoMetals  (

 Nanotechnology and Entrepreneurism: A Potent Reaction Mixture 

*A Poster Session will be held during the 8:15-9:30pm Reception*

October 1,

Speaker to be announced

12, 2018

Speaker to be announced

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

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