Education in Chemistry

Materials Chemistry

Inorganic Chemistry

Organic Chemistry

Biological and Pharmaceutical

Physical Chemistry and Spectroscopy

Chemical Mechanical Planarization

Consumer Chemistry

Undergraduate Research

Analytical Chemistry

Laboratory Safety

History of Chemistry

General Poster Session




Photochemistry Symposium in Honor of Dr. Fredrick D. Lewis

This session will focus on the fundamental and applied aspects of photochemistry research. Areas of interest are photochemistry and photophysics of molecular, supramolecular structures and materials with applications across a wide range of fields from the environment to healthcare. This session will be organizing special recognition of a prominent photochemist in the Great Lakes region with more details to follow.


Frontiers in Electrochemistry

This symposium session will focus on some of the cutting edge research in all areas of electrochemistry. The morning program will feature invited speakers that are well established in thier field and the afternoon session will feature invited young chemist making significant contributions to the field of electrochemistry.

Battery Technologies

This symposium session will focus on the fundamental and applied aspects of next generation battery technologies. Areas of interest are new materials and designs, performance studies, and modeling of all types of batteries, including aqueous, non-aqueous, polymer electrolytes, and solid electrolytes research.

Biomimetic Alternative Energy Applications

Ever-growing global energy consumption has placed increased focus on sustainable and environmentally safe energy sources. This symposium session will focus on Biomimetic Alternative Energy research in areas ranging from Artificial Photosynthesis, Biomass, Biofuel, and Fuel Cells. Papers that focus on basic research as well as implementation of such technologies are encouraged.

Education in Chemistry

Effective Instructional Strategies in Chemistry

This symposium welcomes abstract submissions about well-supported instructional strategies implemented in any chemistry course including introductory, large sections, upper level courses or laboratory. Strategies might include active learning, peer led learning, reflective strategies, or writing. 

Materials in Chemical Education

This symposium welcomes abstract submissions about classroom and laboratory activities or experiences that expose students to materials science and solid state chemistry in undergraduate chemistry courses.

Chemical Education Research

This symposium welcomes abstract submissions about research studies in chemistry education. The research should include a conceptual framework, an experimental design, analysis and results.

Using the Tools of Technology to Promote Chemistry Learning

This symposium welcomes abstract submissions about research and practice of using technology in the classroom or laboratory to improve student learning of chemistry. 

Fostering Principles of Sustainability in Chemistry Classrooms

This symposium welcomes abstract submissions about research and practice of bringing sustainability into the classroom or laboratory through experiments, activities or experiences. 

Novel Projects in CUREs

This symposium session will feature novel projects for Course-based Undergraduate Research Experiences (CUREs). This symposium welcomes abstract submissions about the implementation of Course-based Undergraduate Research Experiences. Presentations may discuss specific projects, student success, faculty success or barriers with CUREs. 

General Presentations in Chemistry Education


Nanomaterials for Energy Applications

Nanomaterials have a central role in shaping our green energy future, and this track encompasses recent research in their use for energy applications. Semiconductor quantum dots have been developed as the active elements or charge transport layers of low-cost photovoltaics, the efficiency of which has increased to challenge silicon-based technology. Resent research has examined the use of semiconductor nanomaterials as catalysts for organic transformations, which has an impact on efficient petroleum product consumption.

Quantum Dots for Bioimaging

Nanomaterials have applications for biology, especially for systems that can function as robust imaging agents. This symposium will encompass research aimed at synthesizing fluorescent semiconductor quantum dots or highly scattering / Raman active metal nanoparticles that may impact the study of biological processes or have biomedical applications. Research in this area is centered on the development of non-toxic systems and methods of nanomaterial water solubliziation, functionalization, cell delivery, targeting, and potential therapeutic or diagnostic uses.


The integration of nanomaterials into biological scaffolds has emerged a leading area of research for the development of next generation biomaterials. This symposium session will highlight recent advances in the design of Nano-enabled Biomaterials with topics to include bioinspired/biomimetic materials, biomineralisation, biosensors, biocatalysts, biotemplates, and synthetic/biopolymer hybrids.

Functional Materials

Functional nanocomposite materials represent a set of advanced materials that are responsive to external stimuli (thermal, electrical, mechanical, and light). These materials are being developed for applications ranging from energy harvesting/storage, functional coatings, and environmental waste remediation. This symposium session will highlight the interdisciplinary approach to the design synthesis, characterization, and applications of wide range of functional nanocomposite materials.

Upcoming Scholars in Functional Materials

This symposium session will highlight undergraduate and graduate student researchers that are conducting research in areas related to the tracks in the symposia. This session will be invited talks only.

Teaching and Research at the Frontiers of Inorganic Chemistry

Inorganic Materials

This symposium welcomes abstract submissions from any area of materials science that incorporates inorganic chemistry.

Bioinorganic Chemistry

The field of bioinorganic chemistry explores the interactions of metals with biomolecules and is an inherently multidisciplinary field that intersects all areas of science and engineering. This symposium welcomes submissions from all areas of bioinorganic chemistry.

Organometallic Chemistry

This symposium invites all areas of organometallic chemistry.

Coordination Chemistry

This symposium will feature discussions in all areas of coordination chemistry and ligand design.

Undergraduate Research at the Frontiers of Inorganic

This symposium welcomes submissions from faculty and undergraduate students that are working on inorganic research projects.

Poster Session - Undergraduate Research at the Frontiers of Inorganic

This symposium welcomes poster submissions from faculty and undergraduate students that are working on inorganic research projects.

Inorganic Applications in Energy and Sustainability

This symposium session will focus on inorganic complexes, reactions, and materials that have application in energy and sustainability broadly defined.

Organic Chemistry

Organic Chemistry Research at Primarily Undergraduate Institutions

This symposium will focus on organic chemistry research conducted at Primarily Undergraduate Institutions.

New Advances in Medicinal Chemistry and Drug Discovery

This symposium welcomes submissions in all areas of medicinal chemistry and drug design.

New Organic Reaction Development

This symposium focuses on novel organic reaction development.


This symposium welcomes submissions for talks focused on catalysis in organic chemistry.

Process Chemistry and Flow Chemistry

This symposum session welcomes submission from areas of organic chemistry related to process chemistry/flow chemistry.

Total Synthesis of Natural Products

This symposium welcomes submissions for organic research that focuses on the synthesis of natural products.

Biological and Pharmaceutical Chemistry 

Biologically Related Molecules and Processes

This symposium invites contributions in recent advances in the synthesis, characterization, and function of biological or bioinspired molecules and their associated processes.

Precision Nucleic Acid Editing

This symposium invites contributions in recent advances in the experimental design and application of highly efficient and directed alterations of nucleic acids in living cells and/or organisms.

Metals in Biology

This symposium session welcomes submissions from any area of research that incorporates metals in biological systems.

Chemical Immunomodulation

This symposium invites contributions in recent advances of chemical processes associated with the regulatory adjustment of the immune system in nature as well as induced for therapy.

Physical Chemistry and Spectroscopy 

Electron Transfer

This symposium welcomes submissions for research that focuses on electron transfer in spectroscopy and physical chemistry

Spectroscopy Under Extreme Conditions

Physical Chemistry at Interfaces

Technical Advances in Spectroscopy

General Topics in Physical Chemistry and Spectroscopy

This symposium invites topics from any area of physical chemistry or spectroscopy (broadly defined).

Chemical Mechanical Planarization (CMP)

Chemical Mechanical Planarization (CMP) is a process of smoothing surfaces using a combination of chemical and mechanical forces that has been widely used in the semiconductor industry since the early 1990’s. This symposium session will focus on recent developments and mechanistic work in CMP consumables, including slurries, pads, post-CMP cleans, brushes, etc. as well as CMP process development for advanced technology nodes.

Consumer Chemistry

This symposium invites all areas of consumer chemistry for presentations.

Accomplishments in Research by Undergraduate Students 

This symposium session will highlight undergraduates that perform research in chemistry. We invite outstanding undergraduates in any area of chemistry to submit for presentation. (Only undergraduate submissions will be considered)

Analytical Chemistry

Environmental Analytical Chemistry

This symposium session will focus on the intersect of analytical and environmental chemstry and invites submissions for analytical chemistry research in environmental sciences.


This symposium invites all areas of analytical chemistry in proteomics.

Analytical Chemistry and Sustainability

This symposium welcomes submission that focus on analytical applications in sustainable processes (broadly defined).

General Poster Session

This poster session invites all students, undergraduates and graduates, to submit for presentation in any area of chemistry.

Laboratory Safety

History of Chemistry



Saturday, May 4, 8-4p

From Nano to Macro: A make and take session of multiple demo aids - Sherri C. Rukes

Learn how to make a few learning aids and demonstration devices for your chemistry classroom. Demonstrations relate from nano to macro ideas of chemistry. All levels of chemistry can use these ideas. Learn how you can implement budget-friendly classroom demonstrations, labs, and activities to teach fundamental chemistry topics in your classroom.


Bassam Z. Shakhashiri

Science is a human endeavor, driven by the same impulses that motivate much of human activity: curiosity about the unknown, the thrill of discovery, delight in creativity, and the benefits derived from understanding. Fundamental, too, is the desire to share the curiosity, thrill, delight, and benefits. This desire to share is perhaps most acutely displayed by science teachers, whose deepest desire is to effectively communicate the beauty of science, both in and out of the classroom. One of the most effective means of communicating this beauty, of stimulating curiosity, and of sharing the thrill of discovery in science is through demonstrations of physical phenomena. Through my experience in presenting demonstrations, I have come to appreciate that there are characteristics common to effective demonstrations, and I wish to share some of these with fellow teachers.

The birth of the periodic table of the elements -

David E. Lewis

In March 1869, Dmitrii Ivanovich Mendeleev (1834-1907) published a paper in the first volume oif the Journal of the Russian Chemica Society, carrying the title, "Correlation of properties with atomic weights of the elements." In this paper, which was then published in German in the Zeitschrift für Chemie und Pharmacie, he set out what we now know as the Periodic Table of the Elements. There were other chemists who came close, and this paper will discuss the origins, and suggest why Mendeleev receive the accolades for its discovery.

AACT and the IYPT - More than just Periodically fun!- - Sherri Rukes and Jenelle Ball and AACT staff

Have you ever wondered about the benefits of being a member of the AACT or if you are a member, what does AACT have to offer? Discover how AACT membership can enhance your experience in the chemistry classroom. Discussions about AACT's resources will be discussed to how the valuable classroom materials available to AACT members. It’s also a chance for current members to learn about the additions and updates that we’ve made to our website and member benefits. How will you celebrate the international year of chemistry? Look at some examples and generate discussion about what to do to celebrate the international year of the periodic table. break ten minutes

Lunch will be provided to all K – 12 teachers who attend the Teacher Day Program – GREAT TIME TO NETWORK AND TALK CHEMISTRY!

Using AACT demonstrations across grade spans and chemistry course levels

This presentation will focus on using AACT demonstrations in middle school and in a first- or second-year high school chemistry course. The audience will have a hands-on experience with the demonstrations. Discussion will focus on how to use the demonstrations for different topics. In addition, scaffolding to different chemistry levels such as AP or IB will be addressed through changing the type of questions the students are asked.

Developing and Piloting a Core Idea Centered High School Chemistry Curriculum - Ryan Stowe

Connecting the behavior of invisible (to the naked eye) particles governed by the vagaries of quantum mechanics to the world we can see and touch requires a host of inferences, almost none of which can be extrapolated from experience. For this reason, molecular-level sensemaking relies upon intellectual resources that must be developed in large part by formal learning environments. Over a decade of research at the college-level indicates that centering instruction around scaffolded progressions of core ideas can help students cultivate, organize, and use their disciplinary knowledge to explain and model a range of particulate-scale phenomena. Informed by this literature, we have adapted a core-idea centered, evidence-based undergraduate general chemistry curriculum for use in high school. Our adaptation process, which was a collaborative effort between researchers and classroom teachers, is described in detail with emphasis on alignment between the Next Generation Science Standards and our materials. Following this, we present a cross-sectional study comparing how cohorts of students taught using different curricula explain and model observable properties in terms of molecular behavior. Relative to the other high school student cohorts examined, a significantly larger percentage of students whose instruction was structured by our curriculum (1) view Lewis structures as models, and (2) construct scientifically accurate, molecular-level explanations for the difference in boiling point between two substances. These findings provide preliminary evidence that structuring high school chemistry instruction around validated progressions of core ideas supports students in connecting atomic/molecular behavior to observable properties.

Everyday chemistry - Tom Kuntleman

Activities, lessons, and demonstrations that use materials obtained from grocery, retail, and hardware stores provides several benefits to chemistry teachers. The supplies for such experiments can be obtained the day before a lesson is taught, which provides great flexibility in planning lessons. Experiments that use everyday supplies are inexpensive, easy to assemble, and simple to clean up. Conducting experiments with familiar materials provides straightforward avenues to connect chemistry to the everyday life of students. Finally, simply obtained materials tend to be innocuous, which allows students to explore the chemistry of such items in a hands-on manner if desired. This talk will present several experiments that explore how chemistry is related to commonplace items such as batteries, food dyes, household cleaners, and glow sticks.



Chemical Education 

IONiC VIPEr - Kari Stone, Dan Kissel, and Kyle Grice

"A Cyber-Enabled Community of Practice for Improving Inorganic Chemical Education." This workshop will introduce participants to these inorganic teaching resources and to the community of inorganic chemists. Participants will use, contribute, and share teaching resources. Open to all disciplines!

Enhancing Learning by Assessing More than Content Knowledge

         - Renee Cole and Teresa Bixby

In this interactive workshop, participants will explore practical skills such as problem solving or teamwork and identify how a student task might elicit evidence of these skills, identify characteristics of student artifacts and student interactions that provide evidence of practical skills, and gain experience using rubrics to assess practical skills in student work and group interactions.g educators to enhance learning by improving process skills in STEM education.

Problem-Based Learning - Amy Mlynarski, Teresa Bixby, and Jason Keleher

This workshop will be an interactive, learn and share event with demonstrations and activities that will cover ways to integrate projects related to sustainability, energy, and nanotechnology. Projects will range from middle school all the way through upper-division university levels. If you would like to participate please send short proposals to

CURE Workshop - Kari Stone

Course-based undergraduate research experiences are a tool to introduce all students to research by integrating these experiences into laboratory courses rather than one-on-one research apprenticeships. This workshop will introduce laboratory instructors to this type of laboratory instruction with a focus on successful models.

Professional Development 

Beginner's Workshop on Online Platforms for Professional Development

         - Kyle Grice

Ever wondered what the benefits of twitter or research gate are? Interested in setting up a google scholar citations account but not sure how or if you should? This workshop is for you! We will discuss the benefits of using online platforms for professional development, with a focus on twitter, researchgate, google scholar citations, and similar tools. We'll have group discussions about best practices and "netiquette". Finally, there will be time for the organizer to help you setup up any accounts that you want to and get any questions answered. Bring your laptops or mobile devices!

Connections Between ACS and Industry

         - Dan Kissel, Tim Marin, Basudeb Bhattacharyya, and Nick Rossi

In this interactive workshop, participants will explore practical skills such as problem solving or teamwork and identify how a student task might elicit evidence of these skills, identify characteristics of student artifacts and student interactions that provide evidence of practical skills, and gain experience using rubrics to assess practical skills in student work and group interactions.g educators to enhance learning by improving process skills in STEM education.

ACS Career Day: "Acing the Interview" - Barb Moriarty

Breaks down the interview process into navigable stages. Participants will also learn how to identify critical performance factors from job announcement media. The course will also help interviewees to develop a plan to relate their experience and values to the job requirements and organization values of their potential employers.

ACS Career Day: "Resume Review" - Barb Moriarty

This workshop will focus on helping ACS members learn how to build an effective resume for careers in science.

Fostering Innovation - Jason Keleher

In this four-hour interactive course you will learn that innovation doesn’t happen by chance, but can be managed. The understanding and tools you acquire will help you learn about your own innovation style and others ‘. You will learn: The barriers to innovation and how to manage them, the different ways in which people are innovative, four approaches to generating ideas, how to stimulate innovative thinking, challenge traditional approaches and encourage diverse perspectives.

ACS Student Chapter Workshop 

        - Dina Nashed, Amy Mlynarski, Dan Kissel

In order to improve our ACS student chapters in the region, we will hold a workshop to discuss ideas to improve community outreach, member retention, and student recruitment. The workshop will focus on incorporating more community outreach, better fundraising, and methods for engaging undergraduate student members.


The Molecular Sciences Software Institute (MolSSI) is an NSF-funded institute whose goals are to improve software, education, and training in the computational molecular sciences. The MolSSI will offer a scientific programming workshop at the ACS Great Lakes Regional Meeting designed for undergraduate students who are currently involved in, or planning to start computational chemistry research. This workshop is designed to help students develop practical programming skills that will benefit their undergraduate research, and will take students through introductory programming and scripting with Python to version control and sharing their code with others. NO prior programming experience is required.


The workshop will cover topics such as:

-    Reading and writing files

-    File manipulation and parsing

-    Analyzing and graphing data

-    Creating command line programs from Python scripts

-    Basic troubleshooting

-    Version control with git

-    Sharing code on GitHub

Interested attendees should complete this short form!

ACS Career Day: Luncheon - Barb Moriarty

ACS Career Day: Employer Showcase - Barb Moriarty



Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Keynote Reception 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

     - Sir Fraser Stoddart

     - Live jazz with The Nite Hawks

Thursday, May 2, 2019

Project SEED 5k 7:00 am - 8:00 am, $10

Participants will enjoy a scenic run to help raise funds for Project SEED.

Women in STEM Luncheon 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm, $15

Women from governmental, industrial, and academic sectors will speak about their experiences in their careers in a panel discussion.

Ice Cream Social 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm, $5

Networking and social event with ice cream dishes.

Wine and Whiskey Social with DJ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm, $30

Wind down with dancing, wine and whiskey.

Friday, May 3, 2019

ACS Governance Breakfast 8:00 am - 9:30 am

ACS National Directors will answer questions from attendees.

Senior Chemists Luncheon with Undergraduates 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Senior chemists and undergraduate students enjoy lunch and discuss careers in chemistry.

Awards Banquet 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm, $60

Great Lakes Region awards and the Gibbs Award will be presented.

Young Chemists Tweet-Up 9:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Saturday, May 4, 2019

Great Lakes Board Meeting 7:30 am - 10:0 am

Members of the Great Lakes Region Board will meet for breakfast.

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