Improved Energy and Information Collection from Light with Nanomaterials

Improved Energy and Information Collection from Light with Nanomaterials

Oscar Vazquez-Mena, PhD
Department of NanoEngineering
University of California San Diego

DATE: Wednesday, September 22, 2021

TIME: 7:00 PM                                 

PLACE: Your Computer                     

RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/improved-energy-and-information-collection-from-light-with-nanomaterials-tickets-166410224461

                                                                                         

ABOUT THE SPEAKER:

Dr. Oscar Vazquez Mena received his Ph.D. from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology of Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland. He did postdoctoral research stages at the University of California, Berkeley in the Department of Physics from 2011 to 2014, and at the Institute of Photonic Sciences in Barcelona in 2015 with a Marie Sklodowska-Curie fellowship. Before his Ph.D., he obtained his  B.S. in Physics Engineering from the Monterrey Institute of Technology in 2000 in Mexico, and then his M.S. degree from Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden, realizing  his thesis at Delft University of Technology.  He is a recipient of the DARPA Young Faculty Award, the DARPA’s Director Fellowship, and the NSF CAREER award. He has also done extensive outreach to promote higher education among underserved communities, receiving the UC San Diego Cesar Chavez faculty award and the Outstanding Engineering Educator from the SD County Engineering Council.

 

ABOUT THE PRESENTATION:

Light carries vital energy and information for life. It is the key for photosynthesis, and the reason for one of our key senses: sight. A key challenge to achieve sustainable development is the efficient use of sun light energy to replace carbon fuels. At the same time, light encodes critical information from our surroundings that sometimes goes beyond the visual range of our eyes. Information on biomolecules, toxic gases and night vision capabilities can be found in the infrared, which our eyes are not capable to detect. In this talk, Prof. Vazquez will present a novel architecture based on two important nanomaterials to improve both energy extraction and information collection from light beyond the visible range. His goal is to bring energy and information harvest capabilities into the hands of human beings, enabling individual sto extend their perception and interactions with their surroundings via efficient energy and information collection from light surrounding us.

 

LADIES IN WAITING and STILL WAITING FOR THE NOBEL PRIZE

LADIES IN WAITING and STILL WAITING FOR THE NOBEL PRIZE

Professor Mary Virginia Orna
College of New Rochelle

DATE: Thursday, September 9, 2021

TIME: 7:00 PM

PLACE: Your Computer

RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ladies-in-waitingand-still-waiting-for-the-nobel-prize-tickets-166418011753

 

ABOUT THE SPEAKER:

Mary Virginia Orna is Professor of Chemistry, Emerita, at The College of New Rochelle. She received her Ph.D. in analytical chemistry from Fordham University. Orna has lectured and published widely in the areas of color chemistry and archaeological chemistry. In 2010 Mary was chosen as an ACS Fellow and has received many other awards including the Chemical Manufacturing Association’s Catalyst Award for excellence in college chemistry teaching, the CASE (Council for the Advancement and Support of Education) New York State Professor of the Year, the Merck Innovation Award, the Western Connecticut ACS Section’s Visiting Scientist Award, the James Flack Norris Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Teaching of Chemistry, and the American Chemical Society’s 1999 George C. Pimentel Award in Chemical Education. She has presented over a dozen plenary lectures and named lectureships. She was a Fulbright Fellow in Israel (1994-95) where she lectured at The Hebrew University. Professor Orna was a major contributor to the ACS symposium series on The Posthumous Nobel Prize in Chemistry, Volume 2, Ladies in Waiting for the Nobel Prize (2018).

ABOUT THE PRESENTATION:

That there is a gender imbalance in the list of Nobel laureates is unambiguous. There are many reasons for this situation, among which one may cite the very small pool of women scientists. While that may have been true in the past, the number of women who are active in scientific research has grown exponentially, and yet we had to wait until 2020 for two women to join the other five women chemistry laureates (3.76% in the Nobel’s 120-year history). This talk will highlight an outstanding group of women, some of whom were nominated unsuccessfully for the prize many times, and some who were never nominated at all, but perhaps should have been. While we will discuss only the tip of the iceberg, there will be many more references suggested for further research and reading.

Earth Day – Earth Fair 2022(Volunteers Needed)

Date: Sunday, April 24, 2022

Place: Balboa Park

Time: 10:00am – 5:00pm

http://www.earthdayweb.org/

San Diego ACS volunteers will set up a table in the Children’s Activity Area. This special area has crafts, games, face painting, storytelling, and hands-on activities for children of all ages. Activities are intended to educate, entertain and inspire youth, in the spirit of Earth Day.

Please contact James Caldwell, jcaldwell@sandiegoacs.org, to volunteer Sunday, September 19, 2021. We need 3-4 persons for each of the 3-4 hour shifts on September 19. Please support us and share your care for our earth, chemistry education, and the San Diego ACS!

Trash to Treasure: Extracting and Converting Wastewater Pollutants into Products

Trash to Treasure: Extracting and Converting Wastewater Pollutants into Products


William Abraham Tarpeh, PhD Department of Chemical Engineering, Stanford University

DATE: Wednesday, July 14, 2021

TIME: 7:00 PM

PLACE: Your Computer

RSVP:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/trash-to-treasure- extracting-and-converting-wastewater-pollutants- tickets-159947576507

 

ABOUT THE SPEAKER:

William Tarpeh, PhD, is an assistant professor at Stanford University in the Department of Chemical Engineering. He received a BS degree in chemical engineering from Stanford University and MS and PhD degrees in environmental engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.

ABOUT THE PRESENTATION:

One person’s trash is another person’s treasure. But what about one person’s wastewater? Because over 80% of wastewater generated worldwide is discharged to the environment without treatment, valorizing wastewater can simultaneously mitigate pollution and improve chemical manufacturing. This seminar will focus on nitrogen and sulfur, two key fertilizer constituents found in wastewater. Wastewater-derived fertilizers can reduce the energy input, cost, and greenhouse gas emissions of conventional manufacturing while reducing the effects of runaway pollution that causes harmful algal blooms. We pair novel electrochemical processes and materials to advance the science of extracting and converting wastewater pollutants into products. While wastewaters are promising modern mines, their variable and heterogeneous composition require highly selective reactive separation processes to achieve this goal. Electrochemical approaches are particularly well-suited for this challenge because they can be applied in distributed networks, across multiple scales, and with automated process control. These approaches level catalysis and separations to improve the sustainability of chemical manufacturing and the efficacy of environmental protection for future generations.

Virtual 23rd Annual San Diego MedChem Symposium

Organized by Dr. Ben Pratt, Dr. Mark Tichenor, Dr. David Wallace San Diego Section of the American Chemical Society, Dr. Emmanuel Theodorakis – UCSD Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

DATE: Friday, July 16, 2021

TIME:

8:25 AM Opening Remarks: Emmanuel Theodorakis

8:30 AM Dr. Scott Sutton, Pfizer “The Discovery of PF-06873600, a CDK2/4/6 Inhibitor for the Treatment of Cancer”

9:15 AM Dr. Rommie Amaro, University of California San Diego “Computational Microscopy of SARS-CoV-2”

10:00 AM Break

10:30 AM Dr. Svitlana Kulyk, Mirati “Fragment-Based Discovery of MRTX9768, a Synthetic Lethal Inhibitor of PRMT5/MTA Complex”

11:15 AM Dr. Ryan Shenvi, Scripps Research “New Cross-Coupling Methods through Cage Control”

12:00 PM Symposium Conclusion

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Navigating Chemical Space, Career and Family

Ryan Shenvi, PhD
Professor
Department of Chemistry
Scripps Research, La Jolla

DATE: Tuesday, June 12, 2021

TIME: 7:00 PM PDT

PLACE: Your Computer

RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/navigating-chemical-space-career-and-family-tickets-155531519963

 

ABOUT THE SPEAKER:

Ryan Shenvi completed his B.S. studies at Penn State University where he did research with Prof. John Desjarlais on protein biophysics and Prof. Raymond Funk on chemical synthesis. He earned his Ph.D. as an NDSEG Doctoral Fellow with Prof. Phil Baran at The Scripps Research Institute, and then joined the laboratory of Prof. E. J. Corey at Harvard University as an NIH Postdoctoral Fellow. He began his career in 2010 at The Scripps Research Institute and was tenured in 2014. In 2015, he became the primary caretaker of four children (ages 0–4) for five years, while his wife undertook a surgical residency.

ABOUT THE PRESENTATION:

The Shenvi Group conducts research on the chemistry of “natural products”. These are small molecules that control the state and fate of individual cells, tissues, and organisms. Unlike most FDA-approved small molecules, natural products exhibit a high degree of asymmetry and non-planarity. Viewed as information carriers, natural products condense a remarkable amount of data into a very small volume.

Shenvi will discuss how the beauty and challenges of natural products inspired discoveries at the interface of chemistry, biology, catalysis and mechanism. These discoveries led to new methods and mechanistic models that have become widely adapted. He will also discuss the navigation of chemical space to discover “supernatural products” – that is, natural products with gain-of-function mutations.

In addition, he will examine the challenges faced by U.S. faculty in the 21st century. The rise of dual-career families, delocalization/mobility and housing costs are altering the traditional models of an academic career. This talk will chart the strategic choices, sacrifices, mistakes and rare successes in an ongoing path through academia.

15th Annual Symposium

15th Annual Symposium

Date: May 27, 2021

Place: Zoom

2:30-4:00 PM Poster Presentation
4:00-5:00 PM Video Screening
5:00-6:00 PM Award Ceremony

Abstract Deadline: April 30th, 2021

More info here

A Close Examination at the Training and Academic Hiring of Women in STEM Fields

Valerie J. Kuck
Lucent Technologies Bell Laboratories (ret.)

DATE: May 13, 2021

TIME: 6:00 PM

PLACE: Your Computer

RSVP: https://valerie-kuck-discusses-women-in-stem-careers.eventbrite.com

ABOUT THE SPEAKER:
Valerie Kuck retired in 2001 from Lucent Technologies Bell Laboratories in Murray Hill, New Jersey, where she was engaged in both basic and applied research during her 34-year career there. After leaving the Labs she refocused her energies on studying the graduate training and hiring of women in the physical sciences and engineering and has extensively shared her findings through numerous talks, articles, and publications.

Valerie has 25 US patents and has received the ACS Garvan-Olin Medal, ACS Award for Volunteer Service, ACS Award for Encouraging Women into Chemical Science Careers, and the Bell Laboratories Lincoln Hawkins Award for Mentoring. She was named a Purdue University Distinguished Alumnus and was a Georgia Tech Pete Silas lecturer.

ABOUT THE PRESENTATION:
Since 2009 women have received a majority of the doctoral degrees granted by U.S. institutions. In several scientific fields women have made great strides, whereas women in a number of STEM areas have made slow progress. ln 2017, women received 53% of the doctorates in biological and agricultural sciences and 70% in the health and medical sciences. In sharp contrast, women earned only 23% of the doctorates in engineering, 25% in mathematics and computer sciences, and 34% in the physical and earth sciences. Furthermore, the percentage of tenure-line female faculty members in the physical sciences, engineering, and mathematics has remained low.

This talk will address findings from an analysis of the responses to surveys and site visit discussions that involved over 1200 administrators, chemistry and chemical engineering faculty members, graduate students and post-doctoral fellows. In addition, the hiring rate of female faculty members and factors contributing to their career choices will be addressed, along with suggestions on ways to support women who want to pursue a PhD degree and pursue a career in academia.

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!

RSVP: https://forms.gle/pxc4Dj9Nb6mF5dwR6

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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

RSVP: https://amymarschilok.eventbrite.com

 

ABOUT THE SPEAKER:

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.

THE PRESENTATION:

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.