North Jersey Section
American Chemical Society

Baekeland Symposium

Biennial Leo Hendrik Baekeland Award and Symposium

Recent Baekeland Symposium on 12/8/2017  [ details ]

The Biennial NJ-ACS Baekeland Award & Symposium

Baekeland MedalEvery two years the North Jersey Section of the American Chemical Society presents the prestigious Leo Hendrik Baekeland Award to an exceptional younger chemist. The award consists of a gold medal and a $5,000 honorarium. It serves to commemorate the technical and industrial achievements of Leo Hendrik Baekeland and to encourage younger chemists to emulate his example.

The Award is given in recognition of accomplishments in pure or applied chemistry to a US-based chemist as characterized by the initiative, creativeness, leadership, and perseverance of the individual (indicated by published or unpublished evidence) and who will be under the age of 40 as of January 1 of the award year. [ upcoming symposium ]

Baekeland Symposium

The Baekeland Medal is presented to the honoree at a Section-wide banquet and research symposium usually held in December of the award year.


Nominations for the Award should include a letter describing the nominee’s achievements, a brief biography, and a list of the nominee’s more important publications. Successful nomination packets include two to three recommendation letters supporting the candidate.

Re-nominations are encouraged, provided the age requirement is still met.

Please submit materials by January 1 of the award year to:

Dr. Les McQuire
ACS North Jersey Section Awards Chair
17 Crown Drive,
Warren NJ 07059


(Recent Event)

Dec 8, 2017 Baekeland Award Symposium

Leo Hendrik Baekeland Award for 2017

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Baekeland Medal
Registration deadline is November 22, 2017  – Extended to Dec 4. 
Congratulations to the 2017 Leo Hendrik Baekeland Award Winner!

William Ditchel

Professor William Dichtel

Professor of Chemistry, Northwestern University

2017 Baekeland Symposium

Featuring Prof Dichtel as Keynote Speaker

Date:  Friday, December 8, 2017

Time: 12:00 PM

Place: Rutgers University Inn & Conference Center Parking in Lots 74A & 82 without permits

Invited Speakers

Dr Christopher Alabi

  Christopher Alabi

Dr Natalia Shustova

Natalia Shustova

Dr Jeffrey Moore

Jeffrey Moore

Dr Timothy Swager

Timothy Swager

Program Agenda:

12:00 – Registration / Snacks

12:30 – Welcome Address Dr. Miriam Gulotta, Baekeland Symposium Chair

12:40 – Professor Christopher A. Alabi

Coupling Molecular Design to Structure and Activity of Sequence-Defined Macromolecules

1:20 –  Professor Natalia Shustova

Fulleretic Materials for Directional Energy Transfer

2:00 –  Professor Jeffrey S. Moore

Organic Chemistry at the Interface of Materials and Mechanics

2:40 –  Break / Refreshments

3:20 –  Professor Timothy M. Swager

Dynamically-Reconfigurable Complex Emulsions

4:00 –  Baekeland Award Presentation Dr. Landon Greene, NJ-ACS Section Chair

4:10 –  Keynote: Professor William Dichtel 

Covalent Organic Frameworks as a Platform for Molecular Assembly

4:50 –  Closing remarks Dr. Les McQuire, NJ-ACS Awards Chair


Dr. Christopher A. Albi: Coupling Molecular Design to Structure and Activity of Sequence-Defined Macromolecules Control over primary sequence and structure is critical to the development of new functional materials such as catalysts, synthetic affinity ligands and therapeutics, sequence responsive scaffolds, programmable biomaterials and much more. Motivated by these opportunities and the need for sequence-control and structural diversity in polymer research, we present a versatile methodology for the assembly of a new class of sequence-defined macromolecules called oligoTEAs. With sequence-control in hand, we are currently working to establish sensitive solution-phase structural characterization methods to determine their conformational dynamics and to formulate sequence-structure relationships for biological applications. We focus on applications that leverage the advantages of these novel macromolecules such as increased serum stability, precise control of backbone and pendant group sequence, and a large scope of chemically diverse monomers. Current applications under exploration in our lab include the design of cleavable linkers to quantitate intracellular cleavage kinetics, development of novel sequences and conjugates for intracellular drug delivery, and the design of membrane selective antibacterial compounds. In this talk, I will discuss the antibacterial properties of oligoTEAs in detail by examining the kinetic phenomenon behind their mechanism of action and investigations into the effect of primary sequence, composition and structure on antibacterial properties.Dr. Natalia Shustova:  Fulleretic Materials for Directional Energy Transfer Fulleretic materials have been of a great interest since their discovery due to the unique electronic properties imposed by their ball- and bowl-shaped molecular structures. Merging these intrinsic properties of fullerene (buckyball) and corannulene (buckybowl) derivatives with the inherent properties of crystalline metal- and covalent-organic frameworks (MOFs and COFs), namely their modularity, porosity, versatility, high surface area, and structural tunability, opens a pathway to unlock a novel class of fulleretic materials for development of optoelectronic devices, electrodes, or photosensitizers. In this talk, the first examples of corannulene-based frameworks as well-defined fulleretic donor-acceptor materials will be discussed. Furthermore, in combination with photoluminescence measurements, the theoretical calculations of the spectral overlap function, Förster radius, excitation energies, and band structure were employed to elucidate the photophysical and energy transfer processes in fulleretic materials. We envision that the well-defined crystalline fulleretic donor–acceptor architectures could contribute not only to the basic science of fullerene chemistry but would also be used towards effective development of organic photovoltaics and molecular electronics.Dr. Jeff Moore:  Organic Chemistry at the Interface of Materials and Mechanics Department of Chemistry and The Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Illinois, 61801 In this talk I will discuss the molecular design of organic structural materials that mimic the ability of living systems to protect, report, heal and even regenerate themselves in response to damage, with the goal of increasing lifetime, safety and sustainability of many manufactured items.  I will emphasize recent developments in frontal ring-opening metathesis polymerization (FROMP) to manufacture composites with minimal energy consumption.  The talk will also present a workflow for the design, evaluation, and development of new “mechanophores”, a term that has come to mean a molecular unit that chemically responds in a selective manner to a mechanical perturbation.  Mechanophores are building blocks for the development of mechanoresponsive materials with protection and sensing functions. The impact and challenges of introducing these capabilities in real-world situations will be mentioned.


  1. Patrick, J.F.; Robb, M.J.; Sottos, N.R.; Moore, J.S.; White, S.R. Polymers with Autonomous Life-cycle Control, Nature, 2016, 540, 363-370.
  2. Li, J.; Nagamani, C.; Moore, J.S. Polymer Mechanochemistry: From Destructive to Productive, Chem. Res., 2015, 48, 2181-2190.

Dr. Timothy M. Swager:  Dynamically-Reconfigurable Complex Emulsions This lecture will focus on the design of systems wherein the reconfiguration of immiscible fluorocarbon/hydrocarbon droplets can be triggered chemically of mechanically.[1]  The utility of these methods is to generate transduction mechanisms by which chemical and biological sensors can be developed. Three different types of systems will be discussed.  (1) Particles wherein a protease enzyme releases cleaves reactive surfactants.[2]   (2) Janus droplets [4] that can be reoriented to give strong optical responses in response to pathogens.[5] (3) Integrated optical systems that make use of the refractory optics to create novel sensing modalities.[3]

[1] Zarzar, L. D.; Sresht, V.; Sletten, E. M.; Kalow, J. A.; Blankschtein, D.; Swager, T. M. “Dynamically Reconfigurable Complex Emulsions via Tunable Interfacial Tensions” Nature, 2015, 518, 520-524.

[2] Zarzar, L. D.; Kalow, J. A.; He. X.; Walish, J. J.; Swager, T. M.  “Optical Visualization and Quantification of Enzyme Activity using Dynamic Droplet Lenses” Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci. 2017, 115, 3821-3825.

[3] Nagelberg, S.; Zarzar, L. D.; Nicholas, D.; Subramanian, K.; Kalow, K. A.; Sresht, V.; Blankschtein, D.; Barbastathis, G. Kreysing, M.; Swager, T. M.; Kolle, M. “Reconfigurable and Responsive Droplet-based Compound Micro-Lenses” Nature Comm. 2017, 8, 14673.

[4] He, Y.; Savagatrup, S.; Zarzar, L. D.; Swager, T. M. “Interfacial Polymerization on Dynamic Complex Colloids: Creating Stabilized Janus Droplets” ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces, 2017, 9, 7804–7811.

[5] Zhang, Q.; Savagatrup, S.; Kaplonek, P.; Seeberger, P. H.; Swager, T. M. “Janus Emulsions for the Dectection of Bacteria” ACS Central Science 2017, 3, 309-313.

Dr. William Dichte: Covalent Organic Frameworks as a Platform for Molecular Assembly Covalent organic frameworks (COFs) are two or three-dimensional polymer networks with designed topology and chemical functionality, permanent porosity, and high surface areas. These features are potentially useful for a broad range of applications, including catalysis, optoelectronics, and energy storage devices. But current COF syntheses offer poor control over the material’s morphology and final form, generally providing insoluble and unprocessable microcrystalline powder aggregates. Homogenous polymerization conditions for boronate ester-linked, 2D COFs that provide stable colloidal nanoparticles will be described. These colloids can be grown into larger, single-crystalline particles through careful control of the reaction conditions. This structural control provides new opportunities for understanding COF formation and designing morphologies for device applications. Mechanistic studies of imine-linked 2D COFs will also be discussed. These studies have revealed new catalysts that are amenable to interfacial polymerizations and the formation of extremely thin films.4



Registration deadline is November 22, 2017  – Extended to Dec 4. 
Note:  Students must register for $5, but their $5 will be refunded at the door



(Past Event)

Dec 4, 2015 Baekeland Award Symposium

Leo Hendrik Baekeland Award for 2015

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Baekeland Medal

Congratulations to the 2015 Leo Hendrik Baekeland Award Winner!

Prof Sara Skrabalak

Professor Sara Skrabalak

James H. Rudy Associate Professor, Indiana University

2015 Baekeland Symposium

Featured Prof Skrabalak as Keynote Speaker

Date:  Friday, December 4, 2015

Time: 12:00 Noon

Place: Rutgers University, Fiber Optics Auditorium

Rutgers Busch Campus

174 Frelingheuysen Rd

Piscataway NJ 08854

Directions: map to Fiber Optics Bldg , map of campus

Parking: Visitors may park In Lots 51, 59, 60A & 60B near the Student Center without permits. The map shows parking lot locations. There will be Event Parking signs posted at Lots.

Invited Speakers

Prof Christopher Murray

Christopher Murray

Prof Ken Suslick

Kenneth Suslik

Prof Amy Prieto

Amy Prieto

Prof Trevor Douglas

Trevor Douglas

Program Agenda:

12:00 - Registration / Snacks

12:30 - Welcome Address Dr. Luciano Mueller, Baekeland Symposium Chair

12:40 - Prof. Christopher B. Murray  Preparation and Properties of Strongly Coupled Nanocrystal Superlattices: From Artificial Atoms to Mesoscale Quantum Solids.

1:30 Prof. Ken Suslick  The Optoelectronic Nose:  An Adventure in Molecular Recognition

2:20 -  Prof. Amy Prieto Nanoparticles of earth abundant materials for applications in photovoltaics: linking surface chemistry to transport properties

3:10 -  Break / Refreshments

3:40 -  Prof. Trevor Douglas  Biological Approaches to Materials Synthesis

4:30 -  Baekeland Award Presentation Dr. Ron Kong, NJ-ACS Section Chair

4:40 -  Keynote: Prof. Sara Skrabalak Seeding a New Kind of Garden: Synthesis of Symmetrically Stellated Bimetallic Nanocrystals

5:30 -  Closing remarks Dr. Les McQuire, NJ-ACS Awards Chair



(Past Event)

Dec 6, 2013 Baekeland Award Symposium

Leo Hendrik Baekeland Award for 2013

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Congratulations to the 2013 Leo Hendrik Baekeland Award Winner!

Prof Christopher Chang

Prof Christopher Chang

Professor Christopher Chang

University of California, Berkeley

2013 Baekeland Symposium

Featuring Prof Chang as Keynote Speaker

Date: Friday, December 6, 2013

Time: 12:00 Noon

Place: Center for Integrative Proteomics Research, Room 120

Rutgers Busch Campus

174 Frelingheuysen Rd

Piscataway NJ 08854

Directions: map, etc

Parking: Visitors may park In Lots 58 & 58A without permits. The map shows parking lot locations. There will be Event Parking signs posted at Lots 58 & 58A.

Registration: $10 Professionals,

$5 Students, retirees, unemployed

Please register below.

Baekeland MedalPre-­Registration required by December 2, 2013 .

You may pay the registration fee online below, or make out a check to NJ-ACS and it mail to: Jacqueline Erickson, 33 Ronald Road, Lake Hiawatha, NJ 07034.

Please circulate this flyer to publicize the event.

Invited Speakers

Prof Ken Raymond

Prof Ken Raymond

Prof JoAnne Stubbe

Prof JoAnne Stubbe

Prof David MacMillan

Prof David MacMillan

Prof Michelle Chang

Prof Michelle Chang

Speakers' websites: [ Prof Raymond | Prof Stubbe | Prof C Chang | Prof MacMillan | Prof M Chang ]

Program Agenda:

12:00 - Registration / Snacks

12:30 - Welcome Address Dr. Monica Sekharan, Baekeland Symposium Chair

12:40 - Prof. Ken Raymond The Bacterial-Human Competition for Iron

1:30 - Prof. Joanne Stubbe Manganese Ribonucleotide Reductases: Role in Pathogenesis

2:20 - Prof. David MacMillan Photoredox Catalysis in Organic Synthesis

3:10 - Break / Refreshments

3:40 - Prof. Michelle Chang Synthetic Biology Approaches to New Chemistry

4:30 - Baekeland Award Presentation Dr. Jefferson Tilley, NJ-ACS Section Chair

4:40 - Keynote: Prof. Christopher Chang Molecular Imaging Approaches to Mapping and Studying Chemistry in the Brain

5:30 - Closing remarks Dr. Ron Kong, NJ-ACS Awards Chair

5:45 - Reception