The American Chemical Society 246th National Meeting & Exhibition will take place this year from Sept 8-12 in Indianapolis, IN. As one might expect, given the location, the theme of the meeting is “Chemistry in Motion.” Although I didn’t see any talks on cars operating by metathesis derived biodiesel, the fast evolving field of metathesis will still be well covered at the meeting.
To get the most metathesis bang for your buck, I would recommend camping out at a couple of the symposia that have really exciting line-ups. If you are a polymer chemist, the following recommendations are for you.
- The Symposium in Honor of Kenneth Wagener for receiving the Herman F. Mark Polymer Chemistry Award includes talks by none other than Robert H. Grubbs, Richard Schrock, and, of course, Ken Wagener himself. Congratulations on the award, Ken!
- The Tribute to Professor Jeffrey S. Moore in the field of Polymer Science and Teaching includes another talk by Robert H. Grubbs as well as one by Zhibin Guan on recent work involving self-healing polymers (for a highlight on related work, see the ATM post on Guan’s Metathesis-Malleable Crosslinked Polymer).
For those of you who are inclined towards chemistry involving smaller molecules, Richard Schrock will be speaking at the Inorganic Chemistry Lectureship Award Symposium about the development of new Mo and W catalysts. There is also a talk that looks interesting about scaling ring-closing metathesis reactions in industry by Nathan Yee of Boehringer Ingelheim in the Division of Industrial and Engineering Chemistry.
We hope that the meeting sets your creative metathesis wheels in motion!