Rochester Local Section (Chartered in 1912)


1-Councilor Corner

Proposed changes in Governance at the National ACS Level will effect Local Sections.  Check document below.

2-Executive Committee Meeting

Our next meeting for the local section of ACS will be June 19, 2018

 3-Nominations are open for Rochester ACS Section 2018 Entrepreneur Award

Nominations close on September 1, 2018

4-Nominations are open for 2018 Rochester Section Award for Volunteer Service to ACS

Nominations close on September 10, 2018 

5-Nominations for 2018 Local Elections

Nominations close on  September 11, 2018  

6-Chemistry in Emerging Technologies Lectures-2018 

Dr. David Wang from SiGNa Chemistry, Inc.  ( will present on October 1:
                      Stabilized Alkali Metals: From Chemicals to Crude

Councilor Corner

 Changes are being proposed by Governance on the National ACS level. These changes may effect  local sections.   Information is posted below.  Please read about potential changes and provide Dick Cobb with any comments you may have before the fall meeting on 

August 19 - 23, 2018 | Boston, MA

ACS National Meeting & Expo

COUNCIL CORNER REPORT - Summer 2018 Proposed Changes 

2018 High School Awards--Teacher of the Year

 Our Annual High School Awards were presented on May 21st and 22nd at Nazareth College's Performing Arts Center.  Pictures from event can be found at 

for May 21. and  May 22

Our Teacher of the Year is Mr. Andrew Johnson from Fairport High School 

2018 Undergraduate Research Symposium

The Symposium was held on April 28, 2018 at SUNY Brockport.  Dr. Mark Heitz ,SUNY Brockport, organized the event. The following students were presented with the outstanding achievement in chemistry award which is given to a student selected by each chemistry/chemical engineering department in the section.  Dr. David McCamant, member-at-large Rochester Local Section of ACS, presented the awards. 




Nazareth College

Chemistry and




Roberts Wesleyan College

Department of




Rochester Institute of Technology

NTID's Science

and Mathematics



St. John Fisher College

Department of




SUNY Geneseo

Department of




The College at Brockport, SUNY

Department of

Chemistry and




University of Rochester

Department of




University of Rochester

Department of



Click here for a  picture of award winners 


The following offices need to be filled in this fall’s Local Section election:


CHAIR (2-year term) 

VICE CHAIR (2-year term) 


We are looking for people willing to serve on the Nominations and Elections Committee as well as for candidates for the offices listed above.  Please refer to the Section Handbook on our website for a listing a listing of duties for each office.


If you would like to serve on the Nominations and Elections Committee, please contact Richard Cobb by Friday, June 1st.


If you are interested in holding an office within the Section or would like more information on what is involved, please contact Richard Cobb at the email address below.  We are always happy to take a self-nominations!  You may also refer to the Section Handbook located on our website, for specific duties around each position. 


If you would like to nominate someone for one of these offices, we do ask that you check with that person first regarding their willingness to run.  

  The deadline for nominations is September 11th


Nominations open for Rochester ACS Section 2018 Entrepreneur Award  

This award recognizes outstanding entrepreneurs who have created a commercially viable business within the chemical enterprise. Starting with a good idea, sustained by passion, fueled by persistence and hard work, the award recipient created something where nothing existed before or improved on an exiting product/idea. The awardee is recognized for creating a new product, service, company or industry based on the transforming power of chemistry to improve people’s lives. The hallmark of this contribution is impact: positive impact on people’s lives and positive impact on the economy by creating chemistry jobs that produce a significant impact on the local economy (within the 6 county area of the Rochester Local Section).  Both ACS members and non-ACS members are eligible for this award.


Selection of Recipient: Nominations are solicited from members of the Rochester Local Section and local  businesses. A special judging committee will select the award recipient(s).


Award Details: The award will consist of a plaque, a feature article in the Local Section newsletter and on the Rochester Local Section’s website with a direct link to the company’s website.  An article on the annual award winner will also be distributed to Rochester area media.  The award will be presented at the annual fall Rochester Section Awards Dinner.  Dinner will be provided free of charge to the winner(s) and a guest.


The following documents are available for more information and to nominate an individual.


Guidlines for Entrepreneur of the  Year

Nomination Form for Entrepreneur of the Year


The deadline for submitting candidates for this year’s award is

September 1, 2018

For more information and to submit a candidate: contact 

Call for Nominations for Local Section Volunteer Award

The 2018 Rochester Local Section Award for Volunteer Service to the American Chemical Society 

Purpose: To recognize significant volunteer efforts of individuals who have served the Rochester Local Section of the American Chemical Society, contributing significantly to the goals and objectives of the Society through their Local Activities.

Rules of Eligibility: A nominee must be:

  • a member of the American Chemical Society residing in the Rochester Local Section 6 county region, and
  • a member who has made significant contributions to the Rochester Region of the American Chemical Society.

Selection of Recipient: Nominations will be solicited from individuals of the Rochester Local Section. The awards committee will select the recipient. The award will be presented this fall at the Rochester Section’s Recognition Dinner.  The awards committee can nominate the winner to the Northeast Region of the American Chemical Society for their annual Regional Award for Volunteer Service (pending acceptance by the award winner and that qualifications for the Regional Award are met).

Nature of Award: The award consists of a plaque to be presented at the Rochester Local Section’s fall Recognition Dinner, acknowledging the contributions of Society volunteers at the Local level.  Dinner will be offered free of charge to the winner and a guest.

The following documents are available for more information and to nominate an individual.

2018 Guidelines

2018 Nomination Form

 2018 Supporting Form

The deadline for this year’s award is September 10, 2018

For more information and to submit a candidate:  contact Maryann Mendel (

Chemistry In Emerging Technologies Lectures-2018

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, new chemistry for the stabilization and applications of alkali metals, and printing technologies for additive manufacturing.  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,

Dr. David Wang
 SiGNa Chemistry, Inc.  (
Stabilized Alkali Metals: From Chemicals to Crude
5, 2018
Dr. Denis Cormier  -  Earl W. Brinkman Professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering & AMPrint Center  Director, Rochester Institute of Technology   (
Functional 3D Printing for Additive Manufacturing

 Poster for Monday October 1 Lecture by Dr. David Wang 

ROC Sci-Tech Symposium


The Sci-Tech Symposium was held on Sunday, April 22, 2018 at the University of Rochester.  This event was well attended.  

Keynote Speaker: Daniel B. O'Connell, CEO & Co-Founder,

American Fuel Cell

 "Career-pathing from large multi-national company to unemployment to start-up entrepreneur." 


Talks by 

 Learn about Rochester 

Thermo Fisher Scientific (Penfield)

 Connect with industrial scientists

iuvo BioScience (Rush-Henrietta) 

 Learn about student research

Columbia Care (Rochester) 

Bring business cards 

Mosaic Microsystems (R 

 Free Food!


If you were unable to attend, pictures can be found at the link below.   

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Saturday April 14 Rochester March for Science Expo

The Rochester Section was very well represented at the Saturday April 14 Rochester March for Science Expo that was held at the Rochester Riverside Hotel from 1-5pm (after the earlier downtown March).

The ACS table had more than 100 adults and children stop by and enjoy the demos & hand-on activities. 

The Section's participation in this event was very successful and provided a very positive exposure of those attending to the Section and the role of chemistry in society in general.


Much thanks go to Deb Janes,  Tim Wilson and Henry Gysling.

Picture of event 

The 2018 Rochester Section Annual Meeting was held on Wednesday, February 28, 2018 (6:00-9:00 PM) at Mr. Dominic's on 99 S. Main Street in Fairport, New York 14450.

A brief audit of the Section's finances was presented along with some of our future plans. 

Our special guest, Teal Schlegel, Head Distiller at Honeoye Falls Distillery, then presented The Science of Craft: Distilled Spirits Chemistry. 

Following the presentation, everyone enjoyed sampling the spirits from Honeoye Falls Distillery. 

Pictures from this event are posted at 

Chemistry In Emerging Technologies
Nazareth College - Peckham Hall, Room 10, 4245 East Ave., Pittsford, NY           

Monday, October 1, 2018

Stabilized Alkali Metals: From Chemicals to Crude

Dr. David Wang

                     SiGNa Chemistry, Inc.  (