Category Archives: American Chemical Society

Participating at the ACS Philly meeting

Our Sales and Marketing Director, Ken Grant, had the honor of joining a team of speakers for a session of the American Chemical Society’s Division of Small Chemical Businesses inScreen shot 2012 08 21 at 3.50.20 PM resized 600 Philadelphia on August 19.

The session on social media and the chemical industry was put together by Jennifer Maclachlan and featured Sandra Thompson of BuchalterNemer, Megan Norton of CSols, and Ken Grant.

Sandra Thompson spoke about the legal aspects of businesses using social media. “It is important to keep in mind that social media use must be carefully monitored, controlled and documented in order to stay out of a potential legal minefield,” Thompson said.

ACS Philly 1 resized 600Megan Norton offered case studies and insights from her company’s use of social media tools. “Social Media has matured into a valuable tool for companies to reach their target consumer and increase visibility of their product and servicees,” Norton said. “CSols, Inc., recognized this shift and decided to follow our customers online. We have realized the value from incorporating traditional sales principles with new social media tools into our business culture and marketing strategy.”

Ken Grant focused on the possibilities of influencing public perseptions about science through social media. “This is where people are living, learning, and exchanging ideas,” Grant said. “We can either engage and influence the conversations about our industry, inspire students, and shape the future or we can sit back and do nothing. But, if we choose not to engage, then we only have ourselves to blame when misinformation spreads unchecked in our society.”

Preparing for 2011 – The International Year of Chemistry

While attending the American Chemical Society meeting in IYC meeting in BostonBoston, we attended a planning meeting for the International Year of Chemistry.

Here’s some basic information:

The International Year of Chemistry 2011 (IYC 2011) is a worldwide celebration of the achievements of chemistry and its contributions to the well-being of humankind. Under the unifying theme “Chemistry—our life, our future,” IYC 2011 will offer a range of interactive, entertaining, and educational activities for all ages. The Year of Chemistry is intended to reach across the globe, with opportunities for public participation at the local, regional, and national level.

The goals of IYC2011 are to increase the public appreciation of chemistry in meeting world needs, to encourage interest in chemistry among young people, and to generate enthusiasm for the creative future of chemistry. The year 2011 will coincide with the 100th anniversary of the Nobel Prize awarded to Madame Marie Curie—an opportunity to celebrate the contributions of women to science. The year will also be the 100th anniversary of the founding of the International Association of Chemical Societies, providing a chance to highlight the benefits of international scientific collaboration.

Click Here to read more.

There are many ways to participate in the International Year of Chemistry – such as:describe the image

  • Treating all levels of students, from preschool children to university students, to chemistry demonstrations at appropriate levels
  • Organizing visits for members of the public to industrial sites, including manufacturers, chemical producers, or metal and petroleum refiners
  • Publicizing the contributions that chemistry makes to the global economy by submitting articles to newspapers and magazines or developing television and radio programs
  • Sponsoring poster exhibitions highlighting the usefulness and wonder of chemistry
  • Organizing problem-solving projects through which students can use their knowledge of chemistry to develop solutions to local problems
  • Publicizing the contributions that chemistry has made to improve lives, particularly recent developments in chemical research
  • Holding career fairs at schools at which professionals show how they use chemistry in their jobs.
  • Organizing hands-on activities and demonstrations to help participants gain an understanding of what it would be like to work in a chemistry-related field
  • Interacting with government leaders to underscore the importance of a strong chemical enterprise

Click Here for more ideas and information.

Please let us know if you are doing anything special for the International Year of Chemistry, especially if what you are doing involves Chromatography.

Thoughts on thin layer chromatography from Associate Professor Barney Grubbs

While we were at the ACS Fall Meeting, we got to meet Barney Grubbsseveral great people who use chromatography on a regular basis.

Barney Grubbs is Associate Professor of Chemistry at Stony Brook State University of New York and Scientist with the Center for Functional Nanomaterials, Brookhaven National Laboratory.

Barney says his research group is interested in the common ground shared by polymer, organic, and materials chemistry and they are involved in the design, synthesis, and characterization of polymer-based organic materials.

Barney spent a few minutes with us talking about how he and his students use Thin Layer Chromatography in their work.

Who to follow for ACS Updates

The ACS Conference in Boston takes place from August ACSfeed22-26, 2010.

If you are there, you’ll want to keep up with the conversations – if you can’t join us in person, you can still keep up with everything going on.

First, you can check out the #ACS_Boston feed by clicking here.

Second, here’s the beginning of a list of individuals, companies, and organizations you can follow on twitter to know what’s happening throughout the conference in real time:






iChromatography (that’s us!)





























Feel free to add your information in the comments section if you or your organization will be offering updates at ACS. And please join us at the ACS TweetUps!

Information about the Two Social Media events at ACS in Boston

Our good friend, PID Girl, has taken the initiative to set up boston resized 600two events for social media users during the ACS Conference in Boston.

Here’s the details from PID Girl:

We’ve got two confirmed Social Media Events scheduled on Monday August 23, 2010 one in the EXPO and the second in the evening at an off-site location.

If you are in attendance at the National Meeting at the Boston Convention & Exposition Center (BCEC) located at 415 Summer Street, Boston at 4pm on Monday August 23, 2010, come by ACS expo booth #236 for “A Gathering of the social media peeps at the ACS National Meeting”. All registered attendees/exhibitors are welcome to join us at this informal social media gathering to discuss their experience and use of social media in academia, research, government and industry. Additional discussion will be on how to utilize social media marketing to promote the upcoming International Year of Chemistry (IYC2011).

Evening Tweet-Up: Open event to Social Media Users in town for the ACS National Meeting and Local Tweeters in the Boston area. Anthony’s Pier 4 welcomes our Twitter Group to meet in their lounge at 8pm on Monday August 23, 2010 at 140 Northern Avenue, Boston, MA 617-482-6262 (located on Boston Harbor-above is a daytime picture of the view from Anthony’s Pier 4). This location is within walking distance from the BCEC. Spread the word.

Many thanks to PID Girl for setting these up – we hope to see you at ACS!

Heading to the ACS Fall Meeting in Boston!

With more than 161,000 members, thACSe American Chemical Society (ACS) is the world’s largest scientific society and one of the world’s leading sources of authoritative scientific information. A nonprofit organization, chartered by Congress, ACS is at the forefront of the evolving worldwide chemical enterprise and the premier professional home for chemists, chemical engineers and related professions around the globe.

From August 22-26, ACS will hold its Fall National Meeting and Exposition in Boston, MA – and we’re looking forward to attending!

Be on the lookout for Steven Miles, Ned Dugan, Micky Jones, and Ken Grant on the ACS Floor and at the networking events (yes, we will be at both of Monday’s Tweet Ups – 4:00 on August 23 at Booth #236 and 8:00 pm at Anthony’s Pier 4).

Whether you’re attending or not, you can join us here on the blog and on twitter for updates, photos, and video – hope to see you there!