Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Maclachlan named 2018 Outreach Volunteer of the Year by the Northeastern Section of the American Chemical Society

In an effort to recognize the immeasurable outreach efforts made by local section volunteers, the American Chemical Society's Committee of Community Activities (CCA) has established the Local Section Outreach Volunteer of the Year award program. Each local section has an opportunity to recognize one individual annually for demonstrating extraordinary outreach volunteer service within the section. Volunteers are only eligible to be recognized once every five years.

In recognition of their exemplary outreach efforts, ACS provides each participating local section with a certificate and gift to present to the awardee during a local section meeting or another event. The program and some awardees will also be recognized in an issue of Chemical & Engineering News (C&EN) later this year.
Jennifer Maclachlan is the 2018 Northeastern Local Section ACS (NESACS) Volunteer of the Year. Maclachlan has been involved in numerous public relations and outreach activities in 2017, which includes Chair of the ACS Committee of Public Relations (2016-2018); member of the NESACS Public Relations Committee (2010-present); Public Relations Chair for the Small Chemical Business Division (2010-present); co-founder of the Cape Cod Science Cafes in 2011 during the International Year of Chemistry, the most recent Cape Cod Science Café event included a “Science in Your Swimsuit” Café (50 children) in 2017 and again, in 2018, and the annual Wicked Cool STEM Science Café with the Cape & Islands Council of the Boy Scouts of America (600+ attendees-Jennifer been coordinating NESACS participation at this event since 2013); organizer of the NESACS outreach tables at the AAAS Family Science Days at the Hynes Convention Center (2013 and 2017); and co-founder and co-organizer of the STEM Journey Event on Cape Cod (800+ attendees annually) since 2014.
Maclachlan will be recognized by her NESACS colleagues on Thursday, December 13, 2018, at Sanofi in Waltham at 6:45pm, at the NESACS December Monthly Meeting and Medicinal Chemistry Symposium. If you wish to attend this awards dinner, please use this link to access the online ticket site:
In 2018, ACS recognized 52 awardees. To read some of the wonderful contributions made by the individuals being acknowledged, follow the link below.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

An Improved Method for the Analysis of ppt Levels of Mercury in Ambient Air

Assignment Status:AssignedSession Title:ACS (American Chemical Society) Poster Session
Session Date03/17/2019Starting Time:( Slot # 25 )
SUNDAY POSTERS: 3:30pm-7:30pm Author(s) present 5:30pm-7:30pm Location: Pub Pittcon, Pennsylvania Convention Center, Philadelphia, PA

Authors: Driscoll and Maclachlan
A method for the analysis of ppb levels of mercury using a photoionization detector (PID) with a 10.6 eV lamp was described several years ago. The ionization potential for Hg is 10.43 eV, so it responds to the PID. A new gold film in the preconcentrator was used to collect and concentrate the Hg vapor from the air.

The system is purged at 200 degrees C to remove any water vapor and/ or VOC’s from the gold film. This also improves the selectivity of the PID since all VOC’s which would respond are removed. Then the gold film is rapidly heated to 550 degrees C to remove the Hg.
We have decreased the volume of the preconcentrator by more than an order of magnitude and changed the heating method. Instead of a cartridge heater we are using an RF heater. We are now able to heat the low mass concentrator at ten times the speed. This gives us a much sharper peak and a much faster cool down time. We have improved the detection limit for Hg from about 10 ppb to < 1 ppb and with a reasonable sampling time, we can achieve < 1 ng/m3 which is a typical number for ambient air.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Fast GC PID & FUV Detectors for Measurement of Greenhouse Gases in Livestock Barns

Assignment Status:AssignedSession Title:Analytical Agricultural Applications (Half Session)
Session Date03/17/2019Starting Time:03:05 PM ( Slot # 1 ) 

Authors: Driscoll and Maclachlan
Carbon dioxide, methane, and nitrous oxide are important greenhouse gases. In fact, methane is the second largest anthropogenic greenhouse gas (GHG), that contributes 14% of total anthropogenic GHG emissions estimated in 2004. Agricultural emissions of methane account for about 60% of the total methane from anthropogenic sources, of which 25% arises from fermentation in livestock. A considerable effort is underway to modify the diets of livestock to reduce methane emissions. A rapid analysis of these components is necessary to accurately measure these components. A considerable amount of ammonia is present and that should be measured.

One potential solution to this dilemma is to utilize fast GC columns with a low mass in a portable GC like the PID Analyzers Model GC312. What is a FAST GC column? There are several types: One approach involves using a 25m x 0.32 mm ID, 0.25µm film thickness that is resistively heated and can be programmed at a much higher rate than conventional ovens. It can also be cooled faster since it has a very small thermal mass. This is the approach that we have taken. The detectors used would be a Far UV Absorbance detector (FUV) for carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide and a PID for measuring ammonia. A complete analysis of these gases can be done in about 3 minutes. This method will provide better detection limits and more accurate results than conventional spectroscopic methods.

Monday, September 10, 2018

Advancing Innovation and Entrepreneurship: Innovate Now~Launch~Leverage~Lead

The Innovative Project Grant by Jennifer Maclachlan and Mukund Chorghade of the American Chemical Society Division of Small Chemical Businesses was funded by the American Chemical Society Divisional Activities Committee in the August 2018 round of funding.


Join us for Advancing Innovation and Entrepreneurship: Innovate Now~Launch~Leverage~Lead, an entrepreneurial conference sponsored by the ACS Division of Small Chemical Businesses (SCHB) in partnership with and hosted by the Princeton Section of the American Chemical Society (PACS).

The focus of this conference will be on disruptive innovation, advanced technology, and integrated collaborative networks for R&D and commercialization in the globalized economy. Attendees can join several very distinguished scientists and business leaders who will discuss, parlay, and stimulate ideas on emerging opportunities and their promise and potential: We will gain refreshingly new insights and perspectives from the collective wisdom of the assembled network of thought leaders. SCHB/PACS will illustrate the various growth and developmental opportunities for the younger generation to expand horizons and collaborate sans frontiers.

Wednesday, December 19, 2018 Princeton ACS  December meeting

Welcome to Princeton ACS and Meeting                                                Susan VanderKam, Chair, PACS
Introduction to SCHB                                                                                Peter Lauro, Chair,  SCHB
Innovation, Chemistry, and Jobs:
Entrepreneurship Shapes Our Tomorrow
                                              Mukund Chorghade, Chair-Elect, PACS
Massively Collaborative Drug Development:
A New Antimalarial Emerges from Academia                        Spencer Knapp, Professor, Rutgers Univ
Advancing Entrepreneurial Thinking: How an MBA can help           Barbara Ameer, Board, PACS
From Blackjack to Entrepreneurship                                                     Pam Randhawa
Building your Brand in the Digital Age                                                                  Jennifer Maclachlan
Chem and Engineering News Promotes Entrepreneurship              Michael McCoy, Executive Editor for  Business, C&EN

This to be followed by reception / dinner
Reservations: The Symposium is free and but reservations are required. There is a charge of $20 for dinner ($10 for students).  To make a reservation go to Symposium and Dinner Reservation If you have questions email The Symposium will be held in Frick Chemistry Laboratory, Princeton University. The lectures will be held in the auditorium (B52) followed by dinner in Taylor Commons (CaFe area).  Frick Laboratory is located at the east end of the pedestrian bridge on Washington Rd, adjacent to the Weaver Track and Field Stadium. Visitor parking is available in Lot 21, corner of Faculty Road and Fitzrandolph Road (see
Note:  The Symposium and Dinner will also serve as the Princeton ACS Section December Meeting & Year-End celebration!

Speaker Biographies:

Peter C. Lauro of Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr, Boston Office Vice Managing Partner and member of the firm-wide Diversity & Inclusion Committee. He is a seasoned patent attorney who focuses his practice in the life sciences, primarily in the biotechnology and organic chemistry fields. He has extensive experience in the areas of patent prosecution and client counseling, including patent portfolio management and development, agency contested proceedings and litigation. Peter has an educational and professional background in the sciences. This experience has augmented his legal practice in fields such as biotechnology, pharmaceutical chemistry and formulations, and materials chemistry. He has helped clients develop patent portfolios related to screening assays, diagnostics, analytical devices, medical devices, genomics, biologics, vaccines, small molecule pharmaceuticals, clean tech and other areas.
Spencer Knapp is a faculty member at Rutgers University. His research accomplishments have comprised natural products total synthesis, new synthetic methods, medicinal chemistry (tuberculosis and malaria), structural bio-inorganic chemistry, and enzyme mechanism and inhibition.Two notable scientific achievements are the development of the GlcNAc-thiazoline inhibitors, which have served as powerful biochemical tools for understanding the action of the human enzymes O-GlcNAcase and N-acetylhexosaminidases (the latter associated with Tay-Sachs and Sandoff’s diseases), and the collaborative development of the ATP4 inhibitor SJ733, now in human clinical trials for malaria. He has received an NCI Young Investigator Award, an American Cyanamid Faculty Award, and a Hoechst-Celanese Innovative Research Award, and chaired the Princeton ACS Fall Organic Symposium in 2003, 2009, and 2014.
Barbara Ameer is a drug development and pharmacology consultant and an Adjunct Associate Professor of Medicine at Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. Prior to that appointment, she was Research Associate Professor at Rutgers in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology. Dr. Ameer earned undergraduate and professional doctorate degrees in pharmacy at University of Connecticut and Virginia Commonwealth University, respectively. She pursued an MBA at Rutgers to complement her science knowledge with coursework and projects involving management, business strategy and entrepreneurship. Over the subsequent 15 years, she applied these learnings during consulting and while interacting with academic colleagues and professional societies.

Pam Randhawa 
is CEO and Founder of Empiriko, a biotech company focused on developing R&D technologies for drug discovery and home-based point-of-care devices for personalized patient treatment.  Pam has 20 years of experience in the healthcare and life sciences industries with expertise ranging from policy, corporate strategy, product development, analytics and marketing for Fortune 500 companies, startups and government. Prior to founding Empiriko, she co-founded AgroGreen Biofuels, an alternative biofuels technology company using agriculture waste. Previously, Pam held several executive positions with major healthcare technology companies. She played on the MIT blackjack team (basis for the movie “21”) as a card counter and an investor.

Jennifer Maclachlan
, co-owner of her family owned and operated small chemical business, PID Analyzers, LLC, is responsible for managing relationships with distributors and key clients as well as the web-based marketing, social, and digital media initiatives, of which she was an early adopter. Maclachlan is the Chair of the ACS National Committee on Public Relations and Communications (CPRC) and serves in various Public Relations Communications roles for the ACS. She is a founder of the Cape Cod Science Café, and founding member and organizer of STEM Journey, an award-winning K–12 annual public outreach, day-long. Maclachlan is also the Chair of the American Industrial Hygiene Association’s national task force on Teen Workplace Safety.
Michael McCoy received his B.A. in chemistry and English from Cornell University in 1985. He worked for Chemical Market Reporter, the predecessor to ICIS Chemical Business, for about 12 years before moving to Chemical & Engineering News, the flagship magazine of the American Chemical Society.Today, Michael is C&EN’s Executive Editor for Business, managing a staff of eight business reporters across the globe. Among the features he oversees is C&EN’s annual 10 Start-ups to Watch, a collection of stories about new companies that are commercializing cutting-edge chemistry. The start-ups in the collection are chosen by C&EN’s reporters based on their own knowledge and research and on nominations from C&EN readers and advisors
Mukund Chorghade is President and Chief Scientific Officer, THINQ Pharma / MVRC Research/ Chicago Discovery Solutions. He has had Adjunct Research Professor / Visiting Fellow / Scientists appointments at Harvard, MIT, Princeton, Cambridge, Caltech, Univ. of Chicago, Rutgers, Strathclyde and others. He provides synthetic chemistry and pharmaceutical development expertise to academic laboratories, pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical companies. His research interests are in Traditional Medicine derived New Chemical Entities and the discovery of “chemosynthetic livers” that find utility in drug metabolism, valorization of biomass and environmental remediation. He was ACS Section Chair (Brazoria 1990) and Northeastern (2007). He is 2018 Chair-Elect of the Princeton Section.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Exceptional Presentations In Spite of PowerPoint: How to Communicate Your Science in the Digital Age

Accepted as a Career Development Workshop: AAAS 2019 Washington, DC
21368: Exceptional Presentations In Spite of PowerPoint: How to Communicate Your Science in the Digital Age

Session Description:
“Death by PowerPoint” is in the lexicon for good reason. Giving a great presentation is about engaging an audience, which requires understanding who that audience is and what they hope to gain by listening to you. In order to deliver a great presentation, you have to create outstanding presentation materials. How do you do this? Workshop presenters will illustrate best practices on how to communicate your science during formal presentations including webinars using storytelling and anecdotes, digital tools such as simple DIY graphics which can also be applied to science communication via social media, for informal verbal presentations and time management skills both for presentation preparation and for execution of the presentation.
Workshop Audience:

Graduate Student
Postdoctoral Scholars
High-School Teacher
College and University Faculty
Early-Career Scientist
Mid-Career Scientist
Late-Career Scientist

Audience Interest Statement:

It is essential for scientists to possess strong written and verbal communication skills in the workplace with co-workers, when communicating with other researchers for knowledge mobilization, the public using broader impacts and to an audience of other scientists. This workshop will teach scientists how to communicate their science by creating engaging, impactful and interesting presentations for use in front a live audience and for presentation planning for webinars. There will be a graphics content creation tutorial with emphasis on digital and social tools and shortcuts, various what to do/what not to do scenarios, as well as interactive group activities that will require the audience to work together in teams to compete for the title of "The exceptional Powerpoint slide" accompanied by a timed short verbal presentation.

Printed Materials:

Printed Materials Description:

There will be a one page double sided handout that will provide a workshop outline including key points and instructions for the interactive activities.

Jennifer L. Maclachlan
Managing Director
PID Analyzers, LLC
2 Washington Circle #4
Sandwich, MA

Mark Jones
Executive External Strategy and Communications Fellow
The Dow Chemical Company
627-, 693 Washington St
Midland, MI

Maclachlan named 2018 Outreach Volunteer of the Year by the Northeastern Section of the American Chemical Society

In an effort to recognize the immeasurable outreach efforts made by local section volunteers, the American Chemical Society's Committee ...