Nanotech and crystal engineering featured at ACS meeting Oct. 20-22 in Manhattan, Kan.

October 14, 2004


Nanotechnology, crystal engineering and environmental remediation are among the many research topics highlighting the 39th Midwest regional meeting of the American Chemical Society, the world's largest scientific society, in Manhattan, Kan., Oct. 20-22. About 360 papers will be presented and approximately 600 scientists are expected to attend the meeting at the Holiday Inn Holidome. Highlights of the meeting include the following:

Nanotechnology may help improve air quality, electronics and more -- A symposium on "Nanostructured Materials & Air Quality" will feature talks and posters on the general promise of nanotechnology for improving air quality, environmental remediation and building better electronics and batteries. (Thursday, Oct. 21, 9:00 a.m. - noon, poster session, Regency A Ballroom, and 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m., talks, Conference Room IV)

Nanoparticle "smoke extinguishers" under development -- Firefighters and others who encounter life-threatening clouds of smoke may one day be able to make it quickly disappear with the aid of metal oxide nanoparticles. Researchers with NanoScale Materials Inc. have tested a variety of materials that can be sprayed into smoke plumes to not only reduce smoke but also remove toxic chemicals found in the smoke. So far, the technology has been tested in the laboratory, with promising results that may offer a potential alternative or adjunct to conventional ventilation methods, the researchers say. (Thursday, 9:00 a.m. - noon, poster session, Regency A Ballroom)

Building blocks of the future: Crystal engineering and supramolecular chemistry -Improved drugs with fewer side effects, more powerful filters for capturing and destroying environmental toxins and smaller, lighter electronic devices are just some of the technologies that may be designed and built with the aid of crystal engineering, a cutting-edge science that focuses on the rational design of solids for improved properties and performance. Four half-day sessions will highlight recent research in crystal engineering, polymorphism and the construction of biologically relevant mimics. Participants are from the United States, Mexico, Israel, Japan and France. (Part 1, Wednesday, Oct. 20, 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m., Conference Room II; Part 2, Thursday, Oct. 21, 8:00 a.m. - noon., Conference Room II; Part 3, Thursday, Oct. 21, 1:00 p.m. - 4:10 p.m., Regency B1 Ballroom; Part 4, Friday, Oct. 22, 8:00 a.m. - noon, Regency B1 Ballroom; Poster Session, Wednesday, Oct. 20, 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m., Regency A Ballroom)

The following award will be presented at the meeting:

Mark Gordon, Distinguished Professor of Chemistry, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa - 2004 Midwest Regional ACS Award for Outstanding Achievements in Chemistry. Professor Gordon will be recognized for his nearly 400 publications that have yielded important contributions in quantum chemistry.
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