Southwest and Rocky Mountain Regional Meeting

Symposia

CURRENT SYMPOSIA TOPICS

The Science of Hydraulic Fracturing  (Fracking)

Keith H Pannel l- kpanell@utep.edu

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.

Jorge Gardea - jgardea@utep.edu

 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

Sreeprasad Sreenivasan - sreenivasan@utep.edu

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

Katja Michael - kmichael@utep.edu

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

James Li - xli4@utep.edu

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

Caleb Hill - chill35@uwyo.edu

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

Ed Clennan - clennane@uwyo.edu

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

Elliot Hulley: ehulley@uwyo.edu

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

Skye Fortier: asfortier@utep.edu

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

Daniel Kuroda: dkuroda@lsu.edu

Kenneth Lopata: klopata@lsu.edu

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

Matthew Chambers: chambers@lsu.edu

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

Francois Perreault: Francois.Perreault@asu.edu

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

Organizer:  Alessandro Alabastri: alessandro.alabastri@rice.edu

Co-organizer: Oara Newuman:  on4166@rice.edu

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

Joseph Sabol:  jsabol@chem-consult.com

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.

 

 Nuclear and Radiochemistry

 Ning Xu: ningxu@lanl.gov

 This symposium includes presentations in the areas of radiochemistry, nuclear chemistry, radiation detection and analytical chemistry to address the following issues - nuclear material study, nuclear forensics, nuclear material safeguards, nuclear non-proliferation, radiation detection, health physics, environmental monitoring.

 

  Celebrating the Elements and Their Discoverers

 Christine Hahn -Texas A&M University – Kingsville, Kingsville, TX: Christine.Hahn@tamuk.edu

Nicolay V. Tsarevsky - Southern Methodist University, Dallas: TX nvt@smu.edu)

The year 2019 marks the 150th anniversary of the publication of one of the most “iconic” objects in chemistry – the Periodic Table of the Elements. To celebrate this occasion, we invite contributors to present papers dealing with the history of the chemical elements (including isolation, identification, and applications), the life and work of their discoverers, and the Periodic Table itself.

 

 Functional Polymers: Synthetic Methodologies and Uses

Mihaela C. Stefan - University of Texas at Dallas, Richardson, TX: mihaela@utdallas.edu

Nicolay V. Tsarevsky -Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX: nvt@smu.edu

The papers (contributed or invited) that will be presented at this symposium will cover the state of the art synthetic methodologies used for the preparation of polymers bearing functional and reactive functionalities, their uses, and characterization. Topics of interest include (but are not limited to) synthesis and polymerization of functional monomers, methods to control macromolecular architecture and placement of functional groups, and postpolymerization modifications. Applications in diverse fields, including reactive coatings and adhesives, substance encapsulation, controlled (drug) delivery, catalysis, sensors, electronic devices, etc., will also be highlighted.

 

Undergraduate Peer Facilitation of Learning.

James Becvar: jbecvar@utep.edu

The presentations (contributed and/or invited) will relate to peer facilitation of learning.   Undergraduate Peer Leaders from UTEP and UTPB will give a “Gallery Walk of Collaborative Learning”.  This will include various collaborative-learning games and activities designed by peer leaders and will showcase materials created to plan and conduct peer-led workshops.