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CURRENT SYMPOSIA TOPICS

The Science of Hydraulic Fracturing  (Fracking)

This symposium will focus on the latest analytical testing methodologies that are being used to assess the environmental implications of hydraulic fracturing and unconventional oil and gas development.

 

Environmental Implications and Applications of nanotechnology.

 The use of engineered nanoparticles (ENPs) in different fields of science and technology has dramatically increased. As a result, the entrance of these materials in different milieus has also increased. Data have shown dissimilar implication of NPs in biological functions. However, recent reports indicate that ENPs may have different applications, which can greatly improve the environment and human health. This symposium is intended to provide focused sessions on the interactions of ENPs with biological substrates and the use of NMs for environmental engineering.

 

Innovative Nanomaterials for Electronics, Energy, Photonics, and Bioanalytics

Advanced colloids and nanostructured materials are leading candidates for applications in diverse fields including electronics, photonics, energy, and biology. This symposium will showcase the most cutting-edge and emerging applications of various advanced colloidal systems that are specially tailored to suit the applications. Hence, we invite submissions from all areas colloidal and nanoparticle sciences dealing with the synthesis, property tuning, and applications.  Applications from graduate/undergraduate students are especially encouraged and are welcome to contest for the best oral presentation award.

 

Biomaterials - Synthesis, Function, and Application

Biomaterials science is a highly interdisciplinary field at the convergence of the physical sciences, health sciences and biomedical engineering.  This symposium invites abstract submissions that focus on, but are not limited to, the chemical synthesis and characterization of biomaterials, their use as bioinks in 3D printing technology, photolithography, and subtractive manufacturing, and their use in tissue engineering.

 

Bioanalysis

Bioanalysis has been a hot interdisciplinary research field, ranging from point-of-care detection/diagnosis to high-throughput analysis. This symposium welcomes submission from all areas of bioanalysis, particularly in the area of micro- and nano- technologies.

 

Advances in Electrochemistry and Electrochemical Analysis

Realizing improved practical technologies in fields such as energy conversion and chemical sensing will require continuously expanding our fundamental understanding of electrochemical systems, ranging from new insights into electrocatalytic mechanisms and nanoscale electrode structure effects to more practical considerations such as optimal device architectures. This symposium will highlight recent advances in this wide-ranging field, including new chemical insights into electrochemical systems and analytical tools for studying the same. Contributions are encouraged in topics such as novel electroanalytical methodologies, the electrochemistry of nanostructured materials, single-entity electrochemical analysis, and emerging materials/devices for electrocatalysis, photoelectrochemistry, and energy storage.

 

New Horizons in Physical Organic Chemistry

The New Horizons in Physical Organic Chemistry Symposium focuses on recent advances in Materials Chemistry, Biomedical Science, Biological Science, Photochemistry/photocatalysis, Computational Chemistry, and Energy Science.  The underlying approach in all of these studies focuses on the use of quantum mechanics (computational chemistry), kinetics, spectroscopy, synthesis, and organic structure determination in order to understand the relationship between structure and reactivity in organic molecules that play an important role in these research areas.  Lectures describing new advances in fullerene chemistry, computational chemistry, and polyaromatic hydrocarbon chemistry, among others will be presented.

 

Advances in Nanoscale Electrochemical Analysis

This symposium highlights recent developments in the rational design of inorganic and organometallic systems for important chemical transformations. Thermodynamic control of heterolytic bond activation, built on many inorganic subfields ranging from Frustrated Lewis Pair (FLP) transformations, ionic hydrogen activation and hydrogen storage, have led to new approaches in selective functionalization and conversion chemistry for CO2, hydrocarbons, and many other important feedstocks.

 

New Directions in Metal-Mediated Conversions for Fuels and Feedstocks

This symposium highlights recent developments in the rational design of inorganic and organometallic systems for important chemical transformations. Thermodynamic control of heterolytic bond activation, built on many inorganic subfields ranging from Frustrated Lewis Pair (FLP) transformations, ionic hydrogen activation and hydrogen storage, have led to new approaches in selective functionalization and conversion chemistry for CO2, hydrocarbons, and many other important feedstocks.

 

Organometallic and Coordination Chemistry

The Symposium is to include talks from a broad variety of topics in organometallic and coordination chemistry ranging from the d-block to the f-elements.  In addition, there will be a special talk by Prof. Jeremy Smith in recognition of his professional achievements in the Southwest and beyond.

 

Ultrafast processes in chemistry to picoseconds and below

This symposium session will focus on recent advances in ultrafast science at a range of time and length scales.  Topics will span dynamics at the molecular level, such as solvation dynamics, to the intramolecular, such as attosecond electronic dynamics. The goal is understand these chemical and/or physical processes from both an experimental and theoretical perspective and to highlight the quality and breadth of spectroscopy in the Southwest and Rocky Mountain regions.

 

Inorganic Chemistry for Energy and the Environment

This symposium welcomes presentations on inorganic  and physical chemistry topics related to energy and environmental issues including electrochemistry.

 

Chemistry for sustainable water treatment and disinfection

This symposium will highlight innovative ideas, technologies, and processes that can replace conventional chemical-based approaches in water treatment. This could cover broadly things like electrochemical treatment, nanobubbles, sonochemical treatment, photocatalysis, etc.

 

Light for energy: photonic and thermal nanotechnology

This symposium will focus on how light can be utilized as energy source in multiple ways thanks to nanotechnology. Topics will range from LEDs to solar cells to solar desalination and more.

 

International Chemical Business: Best Practices

This session will present resources and best practices to provide attendees with perspectives for building commercial success in the chemical and related sectors. Starting and growing a company that addresses real problems requires not only scientific discoveries, but also entrepreneurial skills to address the administrative, regulatory, intellectual property, and competition issues that often throttle success or failure. We discuss the tool-kit that can be used by scientists and engineers as they go from idea to market share.

 

 

Undergraduate Peer Facilitation of Learning.

 New Advances in Chemical Reactivity

Future Directions in Organic Chemistry Young Investigator Symposium

Bond Heterolysis: Transformations and Catalytic Applications

New Directions for the Synthesis of Cannabinoids and their Derivatives