Chemical Consultants Network
December 12, 2012 Meeting
Date & Time: Wednesday, December 12, at the Cynwyd Club, Bala Cynwyd, PA
Networking, 5:30 PM; Dinner, 6:30 PM; Talk and Business Session, 7:30 PM
The Importance of Shape – A Primer for Chemical Consultants
Dr. Roman Bielski
Our speaker, Dr. Roman Bielski , knows a thing or two about shapes. His talk requires little or no knowledge of chemistry just an open mind. Some spatial imagination may help but is not essential. The talk will concentrate on geometry of two and three dimensional structures belonging to small and large molecules. He will briefly discuss shapes and structures of a chemical version of a platonic solid (dodecahedrane), Mőbius strips, rotaxanes,catenanes and various self-assemblies. Architectures of natural compounds such as helices, double helices and other 3D structures of natural macro-molecules will also be discussed. Geometries of some polymers including dendrimers and compounds that have not been synthesized yet will be presented.
Roman Bielski was born in Katowice, Poland. He graduated (majoring in chemical engineering) from the Warsaw University of Technology and received his Ph.D. in organic chemistry (under the direction of Prof. Osman Achmatowicz) in 1974. He carried out his post-doctoral research with Sir Derek Barton at Imperial College in London. After spending several years in academia (Warsaw Agricultural University, Lehigh University and Cornell University) he worked in and co-founded a few small biotech companies. In addition to being an acknowledged expert in chiral chemistry he is the Chief Technical Officer for Value Recovery , a Partner in ChemInnolab and an Adjunct Professor at the Pharmaceutical Department of Wilkes University. He has published about three dozen papers and co-authored sixteen patents.
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