Chemistry Trivia Night

The ACS San Diego Local Section Young Chemist Committee Presents…Chemistry Trivia Night!

Date: Thursday, April 15th

Time: 7:00 – 8:30 PM PST

Join us for a fun chemistry-themed trivia night to meet new people and win cash prizes!


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Electrochemical Energy Storage: Progress and Opportunities to Impact Energy and the Environment

Amy C. Marschilok
Stony Brook University

Date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

Time: 7:00 – 8:00 PM

Place: Your Computer




Amy Marschilok is an Associate Professor in the Department of Chemistry at Stony Brook University, where she also holds an Adjunct Faculty position in the Department of Materials Science and Chemical Engineering. She holds a joint appointment as Scientist and Energy Storage Division Manager in the Interdisciplinary Science Department at Brookhaven National Laboratory. She serves as Deputy Director for the Center for Mesoscale Transport Properties, an Energy Frontier Research Center funded by the U.S. Department of Energy. Dr. Marschilok was previously employed as a Senior Scientist in the Medical Battery Research and Development Group at Greatbatch, Inc., where she was recognized as a Visionary of the Year.

Her current research centers on materials and electrode concepts for high power, high energy density, extended life batteries. She is also interested in electrochemistry-based approaches for materials synthesis and characterization. She has mentored over 50 student researchers and co-authored over 185 publications.


Batteries are ubiquitous in our everyday lives and often appear as black boxes. However, the chemistry inherent to their function is diverse and complicated. This talk will highlight progress and opportunities for employing electrochemical energy storage to build a green energy future. Examples of mechanistic insight gained from in-situ and operando characterization of functional systems will be highlighted.



Dear ACS Community,

More than thirty days have passed since Governor Newsom issued a stay at home order for Californians, and while many of our members continue to work remotely, there are many who are working hard to get a handle on the pandemic.

First and foremost, I urge you to follow the stay at home order from the Governor, keeping you and your loved ones safe and healthy as possible. In the past several weeks, we have watched the COVID-19 develop into global pandemic and panic buying response. We have been ordered to stay at home to flatten the curve of infections in order to lower the rate of hospitalizations to within the hospital system’s capacity. Still as we navigate uncertain times, the impacts of COVID19 are widespread, yet very uneven across the nation. So please, stay home except for essential reasons when it is absolutely necessary to go out.

The Executive Committee of the American Chemical Society San Diego Local Section decided that we will cancel all in-person meetings and events for May, June and July with the future events to be determined as we see how things play out. We are using Zoom meetings for video meetings for the upcoming months. We have optimistically rescheduled our participation in the EarthFair in Balboa Park for September 13th, 2020.

In light of current social distancing safety precautions, online chemistry resources abound! ACS National has produced a wonderful resource: ACS Efforts and Resources on COVID-19. There the ACS has many options for you to explore. I urge you to check out our websites with FREE content. There are also virtual paid services, for example: ACS@WORK can partner with your organization to bring the most cost-effective professional education to your employees. The ACS is offering technical writing, lab safety, and more, designed for your team.

I have been made aware of several online learning resources for our time spent at home and for teaching children. Many providers have made their services low or no cost. First are the American Chemical Society’s YouTube channels, with the “Reactions” channel being my favorite and it has always been free. Please go online and check it out, there are many hours of chemistry educational entertainment within!

Our next Executive Committee Meeting will take place on Thursday, May 7th, 6 PM, online as a Zoom meeting. As always, all members (this means you) who wish to become more involved or experienced with our Local Section are invited to attend. You will need to contact me at for an invite. Please RSVP so I may add you to the list of attendees.


Thank you,

James Caldwell Ph.D., 2020 Chair
San Diego Section of the American Chemical Society
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