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  • 02 Apr 2022 2:39 PM | Youwen Xu (Administrator)

    We have been approaching the complete human genome since 1990. Today, the new studies published in Science, scientists have resolved the most critical sequencing problem and obtained the complete human genome sequence, which may push our understanding on human growth and disease development to the next level.

  • 19 Feb 2022 8:55 PM | Youwen Xu (Administrator)

    “Using Performance Testing to Understand the Benefits of Flavor Delivery Systems in Food Applications”
    Carolyn Crosby, Research Investigator, Performance Insights and Adam Toth, Senior Manager, Delivery and Material Technology, International Flavors and Fragrance (IFF), Research & Development
    For more information and to register go to our website at:

  • 19 Feb 2022 8:17 PM | Youwen Xu (Administrator)

    Our speakers are:

    - “California-Native Elderflowers: How the Volatile Profile Changes with Post-Harvest Processing”, Katie Uhl, PhD Candidate in Food Science, University of California, Davis

    - “Comparative Analysis of a Variety of Chili Peppers including Synthesized Compounds and Sensory Evaluation”, Neil C. Da Costa, International Flavors & Fragrances, Inc.

    For more information and to register go to our website at :

  • 14 Feb 2022 8:07 PM | Youwen Xu (Administrator)

    Firms report strong 2021 results, contemplate deals in the year ahead. (C&EN, Feb 10, 2022)

    Chemical earnings table for 2021.

  • 03 Jan 2022 5:35 PM | Youwen Xu (Administrator)

    Synthesis on Scale:
    Process Chemistry in the Pharmaceutical Industry
    Friday, January 14th, 2022 10:00 AM – 3:45 PM EST Remote via Zoom

    Registration is now open!


    Fabrice Gallou, Novartis Distinguished Scientist – Director, Science & Technology, Chemical Development, Novartis

    Title: Sustainability as a driver for innovation

    Megan Smyth, Technical Leader – Custom and Flow Chemistry, Department of Technology, Almac Sciences, NI.

    Title: Utilising Technology to Deliver Superior Solutions – a CDMO’s Perspective

    Candice L. Joe, Principal Scientist – Chemical Process Development, Technologies Group, Bristol Myers Squibb

    Title: Development of a Scalable Negishi Cross Coupling Process

    Matthew G. Beaver, Principal Scientist – Pivotal & Commercial Synthetics, Amgen 

    Title: The Role of Continuous Manufacturing to Advance Amgen’s Synthetic Portfolio

  • 21 Dec 2021 7:38 PM | Youwen Xu (Administrator)

    With researchers back in the swing of things, we review the year’s top trends, fascinating findings, memorable molecules, and more

    Including: Molecules of the year, Notable numbers, Delightful discoveries, Research trends of 2021 and What to watch for in 2022


  • 21 Dec 2021 10:58 AM | Youwen Xu (Administrator)

    Sending atmospheric CO2 into underground methane hydrates could clean the air and create revenue

  • 29 Nov 2021 2:39 PM | Michael Michalczyk (Administrator)

    The Association of Consulting Chemists & Chemical Engineers, Inc.

    Webinar and interactive presentation: December 14th at 7 p.m. – 8 p.m. EST.

    Leveraging Your Competitive Advantages as a Consultant by Bruce G. Nilson, CMC.

    Join us from 7 p.m. – 8 p.m. on December 14th when Bruce Nilson will conduct an interactive webinar as he challenges us to consider how well we leverage our competitive advantages as consultants with our prospects and our clients. After some brief introductions, Bruce will present a few slides on the topic and then lead us in an open discussion that includes the following:

    ·         Rethinking our “our elevator speeches” and value proposition

    ·         Avoiding the trap question

    ·         Understanding the differences between our strengths and our true competitive advantage

    ·         Differentiating our services and capabilities from the competition

    ·         How to know if I’m leveraging my competitive advantage(s) with my clients

    ·         Applying what I learned—some possible next steps I can take

    Zoom ID:

    Passcode: 013413

  • 06 Oct 2021 10:30 AM | Youwen Xu (Administrator)

    Professor Andrew Bocarsly, Department of Chemistry Princeton University

    Virtual Meeting of the Princeton ACS Section

    Tuesday, October 26, 2021 6:30pm (via GoToMeeting)

    Abstract - In recent years, a number of strategies have been put forward to both reduce the emission of CO2 into the environment and utilize what has traditionally been considered “waste” CO2 for the development of new materials, chemical feedstocks, and fuels. To this end, electrochemical reduction of aqueous CO2 to organics appears attractive. However, this chemistry has been severally limited by a lack of efficient electrocatalysts. This deficiency has meant that one often cannot produce the compounds of interest. In cases where a path to the target compound was available, the lack of appropriate catalysts meant that excessive electrode potentials needed to be employed and that water could not be employed as the electrolyte. These two parameters dramatically impact the cost of electrochemical CO2 conversion.

    To date, the only material reported to be an efficient electrode for CO2 reduction is copper metal. This presentation will focus on work in our labs at Princeton University that has now revealed that binary intermetallic compounds composed of a first row transition metal and a post transition metal such as aluminum or gallium provide a new source of heterogeneous electrocatalysts for the reduction of CO2 to form a variety of C1 and C2+ organic products.

    Biography Andrew Bocarsly received his BS degree jointly in chemistry and physics from UCLA in 1976, and his Ph.D. in chemistry from M.I.T. in 1980. He has been a member of the Princeton University, Chemistry Department faculty for thirty-nine years and holds affiliations with Princeton’s Materials Institute, Princeton’s Environmental Institute and the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment. Professor Bocarsly has published over 225 papers and co-authored over a dozen patents. Research in his laboratory is focused on electrochemistry and photoelectrochemistry for the conversion of carbon dioxide to fuels and feedstocks; new materials for electrochemistry and molecular multielectron photoinduced charge transfer processes. 

    Professor Bocarsly serves as a consultant to various alternate energy companies. He co-founded Liquid Light Inc., a company formed to commercialize the formation of organic commodity chemicals from CO2. Professor Bocarsly has received an Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship, the Sigma Xi (Princeton Section) Science Educator Award, and the American Chemical Society-Exxon Solid State Chemistry award. He has served on the Advisory Board for the Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters, has edited a volume for Structure and Bonding in the area of fuel cells and batteries, and served as the electrochemistry editor for Methods in Materials Research. He currently sits on the editorial advisory board of Journal of CO2 Utilization, and the international advisory board of the International Conference on Carbon Dioxide Utilization. He is a fellow of the American Scientific Affilation.

    Registration - Access to the meeting is free but registration for the event is required. To register go to our website at .Prior to the meeting, a link to join the GoTo meeting will be sent to all those who register.  For questions contact

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