The Biennial NJ-ACS Baekeland Award & Symposium
Every 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by the initiative, creativeness, leadership, and perseverance of the individual (indicated by published or unpublished evidence) and who will be under the age of 40 as of January 1 of the award year.
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
Nov 15, 2019 Baekeland Award Symposium
Leo Hendrik Baekeland Award for 2019
Congratulations to the 2019 Leo Hendrik Baekeland Award Winner!
2019 Baekeland Symposium
Date: Friday, November 15, 2019
Time: 1:00 PM
Getting there: The symposium takes place on the Florham Campus of Fairleigh Dickinson University. Although the campus has an entrance from Madison NJ, if you are driving you should use the entrance at 175 Park Ave, Florham Park NJ 07932. The meeting room is Lenfel Hall, which is located in one of the main buildings on campus, called Hennessy Hall, or "The Mansion". Navigating the campus is tricky, but Google Maps knows some locations and roads on the campus, so this link gets you to the front of Hennessy Hall:
As usual with Google Maps, you can click the "Directions" link to the left of the map to get turn-by-turn directions.
But we are asked to use Parking Lots 2 and 8. The following link takes you straight to both lots. When you reach the end of the route, turn left for Parking Lot 2 (which is larger), or right for Parking Lot 8 (which is a little closer): https://www.google.com/maps/dir//40.7785887,-email@example.com,-74.4350862,212m
1:00 - Registration / Snacks
1:30 - Welcome Address Dr Cecilia Marzabadi, Baekeland Symposium Chair
1:40 - Professor Sidney A. Hecht, Director, Biodesign Center for BioEnergetics Professor, School of Molecular Sciences Arizona State University
Protein Synthesis with Non-canonical Amino Acids In Vitro and In Vivo
2:20 - Professor Dinshaw Patel, Professor and Abby Rockefeller Mauzé Chair in Experimental Therapeutics Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Sloan Kettering Institute
Structural Biology of CRISPR-Cas Surveillance Complexes
3:00 - Professor Amanda S. Garner, Assistant Professor of Medicinal Chemistry, College of Pharmacy, University of Michigan
Chemical Probing of Coding and Non-Coding RNA Biology
3:40 - Break / Refreshments
4:10 - Professor James M. Collman, George A. and Hilda M. Daubert Professor of Chemistry, Emeritus, Stanford University
From Theory to Practice: Invention of Reversible Respiration Inhibitors
4:50 - Remarks and Baekeland Award Presentation
Dr. Katherine Lee, ACS Director, District 1
Dr. Amjad Ali, NJ-ACS Section Chair
5:00 - Keynote: Professor Neal K Devaraj
Exploring the Lipid World
5:50 - Closing remarks Dr. Les McQuire, NJ-ACS Awards Chair
Neal K. Devaraj is a Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of California, San Diego. A major research thrust of his lab involves understanding how non-living matter, such as simple organic molecules, can assemble to form life. Along these lines, he has developed approaches for the in-situ synthesis of synthetic cell membranes by using selective reactions to “stitch” together lipid fragments. His lab's work has enabled the first demonstration of perpetually self-reproducing lipid vesicles and artificial membranes that can dynamically remodel their chemical structure. Recently, his lab has demonstrated that in situ synthesis can assemble lipid species within living cells, enabling studies that decipher how lipid structure affects cellular function.
Raised in Manhattan Beach, California, Prof. Devaraj left the west coast to pursue undergraduate studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, graduating with dual bachelor's degrees in Chemistry and Biology. He earned his doctoral degree in chemistry from Stanford University under the mentorship of Prof. James Collman and Christopher Chidsey. After a postdoctoral fellowship with Prof. Ralph Weissleder at the Harvard Medical School, he joined the faculty of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of California, San Diego. His work has been recognized by the 2016 National Fresenius Award, the 2017 American Chemical Society Award in Pure Chemistry, being selected as the 2018 Blavatnik National Laureate in Chemistry, and the 2019 Eli Lilly Award in Biological Chemistry. In recognition of his contributions to teaching, Dr. Devaraj was named a 2016 Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar.
Sidney Hecht obtained his Ph.D. in Chemistry at the University of Illinois. Following studies as an NIH Postdoctoral Fellow in Molecular Biology at the University of Wisconsin, he was a member of the MIT Chemistry faculty from 1971-79. He was the John W. Mallet Professor of Chemistry and Professor of Biology at UVa from 1978-2008. From 1981-87 he held concurrent appointments at Smith Kline & French Laboratories, first as Vice President Preclinical R&D, then as Vice President Chemical R&D. Since 2008 he has been Director of the Center for BioEnergetics in the Biodesign Institute, and Professor of Chemistry at Arizona State University. He has been an Alfred P. Sloan Fellow, and a John Simon Guggenheim Fellow. Hecht received the 1996 Cope Scholar Award of the ACS and was selected as Virginia's Outstanding Scientist for 1996. He received the 1998 Research Achievement Award of the American Society of Pharmacognosy and is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and of the American Society of Pharmacognosy. He received the ASU Faculty Achievement Award in Defining Edge Research: Innovation (2011) and was recently elected a Senior Member, National Academy of Inventors (2019). He has been an Associate Editor of the Journal of the American Chemical Society since 1992.
His research interests include the synthesis and mechanism of action of bleomycin group antitumor agents. He identified DNA topoisomerase I as the locus of action of the alkaloid camptothecin and participated in the discovery and development of the camptothecin analogue topotecan, marketed under the trade name Hycamtin for the treatment of ovarian cancer and small cell lung cancer. At ASU, his Center is studying the chemistry of the mitochondrial electron transport chain with the goal of devising therapeutic strategies to treat mitochondrial diseases. Other research interests include the elaboration and study of proteins containing synthetic amino acids. He has published more than 460 research papers and has supervised more than 250 graduate students and postdoctoral associates.
Dinshaw J. Patel is Member and Abby Rockefeller Mauze Chair in Experimental Therapeutics in the Structural Biology Program at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York city. He received his PhD from New York University in Chemistry in 1968, followed by a year of postdoctoral training in Biochemistry at NYU Medical School (1967) and two years of postdoctoral training at AT&T Bell Laboratories (1968-1969). His independent career has included a permanent appointment as Distinguished Member of Technical Staff at AT&T Bell Laboratories (1970-1984), tenured Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics at Columbia University-Health Sciences (1984-1992) and his current appointment at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (1992-current). His research interests are in structural biology of macromolecular recognition involving peptides, proteins, RNA and DNA using nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) and x-ray crystallography. His current research interests span the following areas: RNA silencing, epigenetic regulation of histone and DNA methylation marks, cytoplasmic metazoan nucleic acid sensors, riboswitches and ribozymes, protein-RNA complexes mediating disease syndromes, lipid transfer proteins, and replication of DNA damage sites by bypass polymerases. His recent research has incorporated cryo-EM approaches to structurally characterize large protein-nucleic acid complexes and machines. In the last decade he has published extensively in the highest impact biological journals and is internationally renowned for his scientific contributions.
Dr. Patel's research achievements have been recognized through receipt of the AT&T Bell Laboratories Distinguished Technical Staff Award (1983), the Distinguished Alumnus Award of New York University (1997) and the FEZANA Jamshed and Shirin Guzdar Excellence in Profession Award (2014). In 2019, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award of the American Association of Indian Scientists in Cancer Research and the inaugural Tan Jiazhen International Collaboration Prize. He has served in the past on the Scientific and Medical Advisory Boards of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (1989-1996) and the National Cancer Institute (2000-2005). He currently serves on the Scientific Advisory Boards of the European Institute of Chemical Biology, Bordeaux, France (2009-), the Institute of Research in Biomedicine, Barcelona, Spain (2011-), the Beijing Advanced Innovation Center for Structural Biology, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China (2016-), the School of Life Sciences and Technology, Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin, China (2017-), the Biology Department of Southern University of Science and Technology, Shenzhen, China (2019-) and Shenzhen Bay Area Laboratory, Shenzhen, China (2019-). In recognition of his scientific contributions, Dr. Patel was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 2009 and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2014.
Amanda Garner received her Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Pittsburgh working under the supervision of Prof. Kazunori Koide and completed NIH-funded postdoctoral studies in the laboratory of Prof. Kim Janda at The Scripps Research Institute. She began her independent career in 2013 in the Department of Medicinal Chemistry at the University of Michigan. Her laboratory uses chemical biology, medicinal chemistry and molecular and cellular biology approaches to investigate the high-risk/high-reward areas of targeting microRNAs, RNA-protein and protein-protein interactions for probe and drug discovery.
Dr. James P. Collman was born in Beatrice, Nebraska. He received his BS and MS from the University of Nebraska. He received his PhD from the University of Illinois in 1958. He has held academic positions at the University of North Carolina from 1958-1962 and then at Stanford University from 1959 to the present. He achieved the rank of Professor in 1966, Stanford Professor 1967- 1980 and Daubert Professor 1980-present.
Dr. Collman is a member of the National Academy of Science (1975) and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (1975). He has received honorary doctorates from the University of Bourgogne (1988) and the University of Nebraska (1988). He was the California Scientist of the Year in 1983.
His research interests are in organometallic chemistry, multiple metal-metal bonds; functional models of hemoglobin, myoglobin, and cytochrome-c oxidase. He also studies drugs to inhibit blood clotting, maintain stem cells, and treat mitochondrial diseases.
Registration:Registration deadline is November 22, 2019 – Extended to Dec 4. Note: Students must register for $5, but their $5 will be refunded at the door
Dec 8, 2017 Baekeland Award Symposium
Leo Hendrik Baekeland Award for 2017
Congratulations to the 2017 Leo Hendrik Baekeland Award Winner!
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
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. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org http://sulfur.scs.uiuc.edu 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.
- 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.
- 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. 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) Janus droplets  that can be reoriented to give strong optical responses in response to pathogens. (3) Integrated optical systems that make use of the refractory optics to create novel sensing modalities.
 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.
 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.
 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.
 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.
 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 (meeting is past)
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
Dec 4, 2015 Baekeland Award Symposium
Leo Hendrik Baekeland Award for 2015
Congratulations to the 2015 Leo Hendrik Baekeland Award Winner!
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
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
Leo Hendrik Baekeland Award for 2013
Congratulations to the 2013 Leo Hendrik Baekeland Award Winner!
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,
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.
Pre-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.
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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