Exciting Plenary Sessions Everyday»


“Plasmonics for Sustainability: New Chemical Frontiers and Applications”

Wednesday, November 8th, 2017 – Charlotte Sheraton Hotel

Dr. Naomi J. Halas
Departments of Electrical & Computer Engineering, Physics and Astronomy, Chemistry, and Bioengineering Rice University

“Membrane-Bound Microwire Arrays for Solar Fuel Production”

Thursday, November 9th, 2017 – Charlotte Sheraton Hotel

Dr. Nathan Lewis
Division of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering California Institute of Technology

“Sense, Nonsense, and Science”

Friday, November 10th, 2017 – Charlotte Sheraton Hotel

Dr. Joe Schwarcz
Office for Science and Society McGill University

“The Periodic Table: Its Story and Its Significance”

Saturday, November 11th, 2017 – Charlotte Sheraton Hotel

Dr. Eric Scerri
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry University of California, Los Angeles


Invited Symposia & Workshops & Sponsors

Symposium Topic & OrganizersPlanned Keynote SpeakersDay (tentative)
11/8 - 11/17

Diversity in Science

Margaret Kanipes (NC A&T)


Advances in Organic Synthesis

Mitch Croatt (UNCG) & Simon Meek (UNC-CH)
Jeffrey Johnson (UNC Chapel Hill) - AM
Mary Watson (Delaware) - PM

Bioinorganic Chemistry in the Southeast: From Small Molecules to Macromolecules I & II

Reza Ghiladi (NCSU) & Julia Brumaghim (Clemson)
Angela Wilks (Maryland) - AM
Katherine Franz (Duke) - PM

Frontiers in Nucleic Acid Chemistry

Dev Arya (Clemson)

Analytical Electrochemistry

Steve Creager (Clemson)
David Cliffel (Vanderbilt)Wed AM

Electrochemical Energy and Storage

Steve Creager (Clemson)
Gleb Yushin (Georgia Tech)Wed PM

Microwave Chemistry

Geoffrey (Geoff) Strouse (Florida State)
Wed AM

Natural Products and Entrepreneurship

Nicholas Oberlies (UNCG) & Cedric Pearce (Mycosynthetix, Inc.)
William McCulloch (Alba BioPharm Advisors, Inc.)Wed AM

Instructional Strategies that Promote Student Learning

Kathy Asala (UNC Charlotte)
Jennifer Lewis (Univ. of South Florida)Wed AM

Women Chemists in the Southeast

Judith Iriarte-Gross (Middle Tennessee State) & Gail Webster (Guilford)
Wed PM

Chemistry and the Law

John Zimmer (Smith Moore Leatherwood LLP)
Wed PM

History of Chemistry

Bill Pennington (Clemson) & Richard Wallace (Armstrong State)
Keith Lindblom (ACS)Wed PM

Laser Photochemistry and Spectroscopy

Katharine Moore-Tibbetts (VCU)
Michael Duncan (UGA)Wed PM

Understanding Membrane Proteins as Therapeutic Targets

Linda Columbus (Virginia)
Craig Lindsley (Vanderbilt)Wed PM

Computational Chemistry

Edwin Webster (MSU) and Craig Bayse (Old Dominion)
Victor Batista (Yale) - Wed PM
Weitao Yang (Duke) - Thu AM
Wed PM/Thu AM


Jillian Lee Dempsey & Alex Miller (UNC Chapel Hill)

Chemistry of Art and Artifacts

Ruth Beeston (Davidson) & Carol Ann Miderski (Catawba)
Erich Uffelman (Washington & Lee) - AMThu AM/PM

The Chemical Entrepreneur - From Concept to Commercialization

Terry Say (Say Consulting, LLC) and Jason Lye (LycoWorks, Inc.)


Stephen Craig (Duke)
Sergei Sheiko (UNC Chapel Hill) - AM
James Mack (Cincinnati) - PM

NMR Spectroscopy

Kevin Knagge (Murdoch Research Inst) & Louis (Lou) Madsen (Virginia Tech)
James H. Prestegard (UGA) - AM
Christian Hilty (Texas A&M) - PM

Synthetic Biology

Pamela Peralta-Yahya (Georgia Tech) & Gavin Williams (NC State)
Steven Benner (Foundation for Applied Molecular Evolution) - AM
Brian Bachmann (Vanderbilt) - PM

Analytical Neurochemistry

Jill Venton (Virginia)
Leslie Sombers (NC State)Thu AM

Green Chemistry

Felicia Etzkorn (Virginia Tech)
Stephen Miller (Florida)Thu AM

Medicinal Chemistry

Erland Stevens (Davidson)
Atwood Cheung (Novartis)Thu PM

Solid State Inorganic Chemistry

Maria Gelabert (Winthrop)
Hanno zur Loye (South Carolina)Thu PM

N-Heterocyclic Carbenes

Daniela Tapu (Kennesaw State) & Keith Hollis (MSU)
Greg Robinson (UGA) - Thurs PM
Anthony J. Arduengo III (Alabama) - Fri AM
Thu PM/Fri AM


Michael Walter & Marcus Jones (UNC Charlotte) & Walter Weare (NCSU)

Biological Mass Spectrometry

Nadja Cech (UNCG) & Michael Fitzgerald (Duke)
Jessica Prenni (Colorado State) - AM
Neil Kelleher (Northwestern) - PM

Environmental Chemistry

Cindy Hauser (Davidson) & Lee Ferguson (Duke)

Undergraduate Research and Teaching at the Frontiers of Inorganic Chemistry

Abigail Shelton (UT Martin) & John Lee (UT Chattanooga)
Barbara Reisner (James Madison) - AM
Jillian Dempsey (UNC Chapel Hill) - PM

Organofluorine Chemistry

Markus Etzkorn (UNC Charlotte)
William Dolbier (Florida) - AMFri AM/PM

Nanostructured Polymers: Chemistry and Applications I

Guoliang (Greg) Liu (Virginia Tech) & Wei You (UNC Chapel Hill)
Jan Genzer (NC State) - AM
Fri AM

Nanostructured Polymers: Chemistry and Applications II

Guoliang (Greg) Liu (Virginia Tech) & Wei You (UNC Chapel Hill)
Eugene Chen (Colorado State) - PMFri PM

Biophysical Chemistry

Rebecca Alexander (Wake Forest)
Brian Kuhlman (UNC Chapel Hill) - Fri AM

The Surface Chemistry of Catalysis and the Environment

John Morris (Virginia Tech)
Heather Allen (Ohio State)Fri AM


Heather Abbott-Lyon (Kennesaw State)
Reggie Hudson (NASA Goddard Space Flight Center)Fri PM

Chemistry of Fermentation I: Foods

Fri AM

Chemistry of Fermentation II: Beverages

Brett Taubman (App State)
Dana Sedin (New Belgium Brewing Company, Asheville)Fri PM

Carbohydrate Biochemistry

Jay Troutman (UNC Charlotte)
Geert-Jans Boons (UGA)Fri PM

Ionic Liquids

Aaron Socha (Queens University of Charlotte) & Jamie Ferguson (Emory and Henry College)
James Davis (University of South Alabama)Fri PM

Undergraduate Programming

Jay Hanna & Robin Lammi (Winthrop)
Fri AM/Sat PM

Woodward Centennial

Christopher Bejger (UNC Charlotte)
Jeff Seeman (Richmond)Sat AM

Project SEED

Tom Schmedake (UNC Charlotte) & Douglas Masterson (University of Southern Mississippi)
Sat AM

K-12 Programming

Marilynn Sikes & Alisa Wickliff (UNC Charlotte)