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  • 15 Mar 2019 10:31 AM | Dr. Keith D. Wing (Administrator)

    From Joe Martino

    April 11:  Joseph Priestly Society Meeting

    Time:  11:30 AM -- 2:30 PM

    Place:  Science History Institute

                315 Chestnut Street

                Philadelphia, PA 19106

    Speakers:  Sandra Donovan (Donovan Associates)

                       Maria L. Maccecchini (QR Pharma, Inc.)

                       Yaniv Sneor (Blue Cactus Consulting)

    Topic:  "Angel and Venture-Capital Investment in Biotech and Health Care"

    Cost:  $25.00

    Registration:  On-line


    April 15:  ACS Philadelphia Section Meeting / Student Banquet

    Time:  6:00 PM -- 9:00 PM

    Place:  Lathem Hall

                East 13th and Potter Streets

                Chester, PA 19013

    Speaker:  Loyd Bastin (Widener University)

    Topic:  "Speaking for the trees:  An academic career focused on sustainability education"

    Cost:  $25.00

    Registration:  On-line


    April 18:  Philadelphia Organic Chemists Club Meeting

    Time:  6:30 PM -- 8:30 PM

    Place:  Chemistry Building

                 University of Pennsylvania

                 34th and Spruce Streets

                 Philadelphia, PA

    Speaker:  Dustin J. Mergott (Eli Lilly and Company)

    Topic:  TBD
    Cost:  $20.00 to join POCC

    Registration:  On-line to join POCC


    April 23-24:  Chemical Ventures Conference 2019

    Place:  Delaware Innovation Space

                 200 Powder Mill Road

                 Wilmington, DE 19803

    Agenda:  A two-day conference focusing on innovation, investment and deal flow in the chemical space.

    Cost:  $95.00 to $795.00, depending on category

    Registration:  On-line


  • 13 Mar 2019 8:10 PM | Dr. Keith D. Wing (Administrator)

    Meeting of the Princeton ACS Section, Thursday, March 21, 2019 

    Bart Devolder, Conservator, Princeton University Art Museum will speak on  "Painting Conservation; more than cleaning pictures"
    Frick Chemistry Laboratory, Princeton University, Mixer 5:30 pm; Lecture 6:30 pm followed by dinner

    Abstract: Bart Devolder will discuss the diverse tasks and competencies that fall under the job description of Painting Conservator. In this lecture, he will also explain some of his past conservation projects. Bart will also present some of the initial planning and ideas for the new Conservation Lab and Department of the Princeton University Art Museum, which is part of the new expanded museum building project slated for completion in 2023.

    Biography: Bart J.C. Devolder received his M.A. in painting conservation from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Antwerp, Belgium, in 2002. He held internships at the Akademia Sztuk Pieknych, Krakow, Poland, the Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage (KIK-IRPA), Brussels, and the Musée du Louvre, Paris. Bart also received a fellowship from the Straus Center for Conservation at the Harvard University Art Museums (2003–4) and was the Andrew W. Mellon Fellow in Painting Conservation at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. (2004–7).

    Bart has worked for the Kimbell Art Museum and Amon Carter Museum of American Art in Fort Worth, Texas, first as assistant conservator of paintings (2007–10) and later as associate conservator of paintings (2010–12). Before joining the Princeton University Art Museum as conservator of collections in the summer of 2018, he was the on-site coordinator and painting conservator for the restoration of the Ghent Altarpiece by the brothers Hubert and Jan van Eyck (2012–18).

    Reservations: The meeting will be held in Frick Laboratory, Princeton University. The social mixer will begin at 5:30 pm in the CaFe area of Taylor Commons. The lecture will be held in the Auditorium (B02) at 6:30 pm followed by dinner in Taylor Commons (CaFe area).  Frick Laboratory is located at the east end of the pedestrian bridge on Washington Rd, adjacent to the Weaver Track and Field Stadium. Parking is available in Lot 21, corner of Faculty Road and Fitzrandolph Road or other lots along Ivy Lane after 5:00 pm. (see  The seminar is free and open to the public. Reservations are encouraged for the seminar but required for dinner, which is $25 for members ($22.50 if prepaid online) and $10 for students. By March 16, please register and prepay at  If you have questions, contact

  • 11 Feb 2019 8:18 PM | Dr. Keith D. Wing (Administrator)

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    March 17-21, 2019     Pennsylvania Convention Center, Philadelphia

    Get 50% off registration using the discount code 19CCN

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    Keith Wing, Chair CCN

  • 13 Dec 2018 11:49 AM | Dr. Keith D. Wing (Administrator)

    From: Debbie Blough <>
    Date: Wed, Dec 12, 2018 at 2:29 PM
    Subject: FW: Announcing Drug Design Lecture Series with Nicholas Meanwell
    To: <>

    Good Afternoon:

    Announcing a new lecture series titled Topics in Drug Designhosted by Nicholas A. Meanwell, Ph.D.  Beginning January 8 and running through 2019, Dr. Meanwell will deliver 6 lectures on drug design.  Lectures are from 4 – 5 PM, and will be in Room 100 at the PA Biotechnology Center, 3805 Old Easton Road, Doylestown, PA 18902. Please join us – and feel free to forward this announcement to your colleagues!

    Dr. Meanwell has a Ph.D. from the University of Sheffield and completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship at Wayne State University. He joined Bristol-Myers Squibb in 1982 and has led the antiviral chemistry group since 1992. They have pioneered several mechanistically novel antiviral approaches including influenza and respiratory syncytial virus fusion inhibitors, HIV-1 attachment inhibitors and HCV NS5A inhibitors. They have also completed Phase 3 clinical trials of a combination of the HCV NS5A inhibitor daclatasvir and the HCV NS3 inhibitor asunaprevir.

  • 24 Nov 2018 2:51 PM | Dr. Keith D. Wing (Administrator)

    The Princeton ACS Local Section, in conjunction with the Division of Small Chemical Business will be hosting an Entrepreneurial Symposium on December 19, 2018.  The theme of the symposium is “Advancing Innovation and Entrepreneurship: Innovate Now – Launch, Leverage, Lead”.  The Symposium and Dinner will also serve as the December Meeting of the Princeton ACS Section.  Information can be found on our website at

  • 15 Nov 2018 7:45 AM | Dr. Keith D. Wing (Administrator)

    From Joe Martino.

    Greetings to all!  Here's the list of meetings for the month of December:

    December 11:  The Chromatography Forum of Delaware Valley Monthly Meeting

    Time:  6:00 PM -- 8:30 PM

    Place:  DiFabios Events

                 1243 N. Providence Road

                 Media, PA 19603

    Speaker:  Kevin Schug (The University of Texas at Arlington)

    Topic:  "GC-VUV Advances and Applications"

    Cost:  $30.00

    Registration:  On-line


    December 13:  Philadelphia Drug Discovery Forum Meeting -- Biacore User Day

    Time:  8:30 AM to 4:00 PM

    Place:  The Wistar Institute

                 3601 Spruce Street

                 Philadelphia, PA 19104

    Speakers:  Brian Lang (GE Healthcare)

                       Megan Meuser (Drexel University)

                       Daniel Kulp (The Wistar Institute)

                       Sai Kiran Sharma (Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center)

                       Sumana Chandramouli (GSK Vaccines)

                       Mingzhu He (Center for Molecular Innovation)

                       Marc Raphael (US Naval Research Laboratory)

                       Michael Murphy (GE Healthcare)

    Topic:  An overview of GE Healthcare's Biacore instrumentation

    Cost:  Free

    Registration:  On-line


    Cheers!  Joe

  • 17 Oct 2018 10:34 PM | Dr. Keith D. Wing (Administrator)

    For details and to register, go to

    Come celebrate the 2018 AIChE DVS Annual Oktoberfest on Thursday October 25th, from 6:30-9:30pm. For 7 years now, the AIChE Delaware Valley Section has celebrated our annual Oktoberfest at Yards. Now in 2018, Yards has moved to a new facility and AIChE-DVS is happy to celebrate at their new venue. The new bigger and better location is at 5th and Spring Garden (500 Spring Garden Street Philadelphia, PA 19123), with parking available on-site. Join us for a few local craft beers, delicious food, and tours of the new facility. Professionals and students (21+) alike are all welcome.

    Date: Thursday October 25, 2018
    Time: 6:30-9:30 (taproom will be open until 11 pm)

    Registration deadline: Please register as soon as possible, or by October 17th.

    $45: Regular (non-member) Attendees
    $40: AIChE DVS Members
    $30: Young Professionals (under 35)
    $20: Students (Undergraduate and Graduate Students welcome)

  • 13 Oct 2018 3:54 PM | Dr. Keith D. Wing (Administrator)

    This will be an interesting expert panel discussion Nov. 8, 2018, 11:30 am, sponsored by the Joseph Priestley Society of the Science History Institute.  For details and to register go to

  • 10 Oct 2018 9:08 AM | Dr. Keith D. Wing (Administrator)

    Please join us on October 16 to recognize Clarissa Forneris and Kevin Speina, the 2018 winners of the Graduate Student Awards presented by Princeton ACS Section. 

    Princeton ACS Meeting & Graduate Student Awards Seminar - Tuesday October 16, 2018

    Frick Chemistry Laboratory, Princeton University - Mixer 5:30pm; Presentation 6:30pm; Dinner 7:45pm

    Our speakers will be Clarissa Forneris and Kevin Speina:

    Clarissa Forneris - "In Vitro Reconstitution of Native P450s Activities Enables Total Chemo-Enzymatic Syntheses of Vancomycin Aglycone Variants”

    Abstract: Glycopeptide antibiotics (GPAs) are indispensible for the treatment of life-threatening infections caused by Gram-positive bacteria, especially methicillin-resistant S. aureus. The founding member of this antibiotic class, vancomycin, has been in clinical use since 1948 and, to this date, it is known as the drug of last resort. As inevitable resistance to current antibiotics spreads among pathogenic bacteria, it will be necessary to have a constant supply of new treatments to replace them. Synthetic derivatization of known natural products is the most successful way to create more potent antibiotics, but this approach has been restricted within the GPAs, due to their size and chemical complexity. Three post-translational modifications (PTMs) to the GPA core peptide provide functional shape and rigidity to the molecule. In vancomycin, two bisaryl ether crosslinks and a biaryl carbon-carbon bond are installed by the cytochrome P450 enzymes OxyB, OxyA and OxyC, in this order. It has been hypothesized that if the enzymatic activity of these enzymes could be reconstituted in vitro, a route to the facile synthesis of vancomycin and analogs would be opened. Our work toward achieving this goal will be described.

    Biography: Clarissa is a 5th year graduate student in the group of Prof. Seyedsayamdost at Princeton University. She is a native of Brazil and moved to Cambridge, MA to carry out her undergraduate studies at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where she received a B.S. in Chemistry in 2013. While at MIT, she worked with Prof. Danheiser on synthetic applications of benzannulation reactions. During her graduate studies, she has developed a chemo-enzymatic strategy to synthesize vancomycin, the antibiotic of last resort, and its analogs.

    Kevin Speina - "Towards Commodity Scale Production of Ketones Using a Resilient Fungal Heme Protein"

    Abstract: The non-reactive nature of aliphatic C-H bonds makes catalytic oxyfunctionalization, under ambient conditions profoundly difficult. Overcoming this challenge has the potential of transforming low cost, abundant hydrocarbons (i.e. methane, cyclooctane) into low cost precursor molecules capable of derivatization; an industrially advantageous enterprise. Fortunately, nature evolved enzymatic catalysts able to perform oxygenation onto relatively inert C-H bonds. Cytochrome P450s (P450) are a class of monooxygenases that incorporate molecular oxygen onto aliphatic C-H bonds with remarkable regio and stereoselectivity. Within the P450 active site lies an iron protoporphyrin IX with a cysteinate axial ligand. Unfortunately, P450 enzymes require a prohibitively expensive cofactor NAD(P)H and reductases to perform C-H activation chemistry. A class of enzymes known as fungal aromatic peroxygenases (APOs) circumvents this limitation by using H202 as a co-substrate to perform C-H functionalization reactions. APO enzymes are stable, extracellular, glycosylated proteins that have no sequence homology to P450 analogs, yet have enhanced reactivity to P450 enzymes.. Our work with a recently identified APO from Marasmius rotula [MroAPO] will be described.

    Biography: Kevin Speina is a graduate student in the at Princeton University, currently pursuing his PhD in bioinorganic chemistry.  He graduated from Manhattan College with a BS in Chemistry and minors in philosophy, religion, and mathematics.  His interest in green chemistry and entrepreneurship have kindled a passion for pursuing research and development; particularly focused on bringing products from lab bench to market.  He speaks Portuguese, Spanish, Polish and English and is now studying Chinese in order to negotiate with fellow entrepreneurs  and begin in  investing in the Chinese Belt and Road Initiative.

    Reservations: The meeting will be held in Frick Laboratory, Princeton University. The mixer will begin at 5:30 pm in the Taylor Commons. The lecture will be held in the Auditorium at 6:30 pm followed by dinner in CaFe area of Taylor Commons. Parking is available in Lot 21 or other lots along Ivy Lane (see The seminar is free and open to the public. Reservations are required for dinner, which is $20 ($10 for students). Please contact Louise Lawter at or 215-428-1475 by October 11 to make reservations. Reservations must be canceled no later than October 15 to avoid being billed for the dinner.

  • 28 Sep 2018 3:15 PM | Dr. Keith D. Wing (Administrator)

                                      Food Chemistry Career Event Panel:

    Are you getting your degree in chemistry and want to know more about your career options? Are you interested in food chemistry and the possibility of exploring a career in the food industry?

    If you answered yes to either of these questions, then an event planned for October 6, 2018 is right up your alley!


    The Trenton ACS is holding a Food Chemistry Careers Event, in which experts from the food industry will speak about their careers, what they do day-to-day, and how they got to their current positions, sharing tips for success they learned along the way. Event attendees will have the opportunity to network with area food scientists, interact with the food chemistry career panel, and of course enjoy tasty treats throughout the event!


    The event will be held on October 6th, 2018, 1-5 pm at The College of New Jersey, P101 lecture hall. See the Trenton ACS web page (, News & Events, for more details as the event gets closer.

    If you plan to attend please RSVP at:


    We look forward to seeing you at the event, and if you have any questions please contact the current Trenton ACS Chair, Matt Crowe (

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