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SCHB named a FINALIST in TWO ChemLuminary Award categories at #ACSPhilly 2016!

The Small Chemical Business Division of the American Chemical Society has been selected as a finalist for the following ChemLuminary Award(s): Most Unique Project as Funded by a Division Innovative Project GrantGlobal Engagement Award -Jennifer Maclachlan, Public Relations Chair, SCHB

NESACS is a FINALIST in SIX Chemluminary Award categories at #ACSPhilly 2016

The Northeastern Local Section of the American Chemical Society has been selected as a finalist for the following ChemLuminary Award(s) on Tuesday August 23, 2016 in Philadelphia, PA:


Outstanding Local Section Industry Event Outstanding Local Section Career Program Award Local Section Partnership Award Outstanding Continuing Public Relations Program of a Local     Section Outstanding Local Section Younger Chemists Committee Outstanding or Creative Local Section Younger Chemists Committee Event
The 2015 self-nominations for the ChemLuminary Awards were an exemplary team effort led by 2015 NESACS Chair, Kathy Lee. The events showcased in our section's nominated events as well as those that made it to the finals, were led by a diverse group of NESACS leadership that engaged the greater NESACS membership and beyond in Local Section Activities.
We will participate in the poster session prior to the awards ceremony and watch for this post to be updated to include background about our finalist …

Recent Advances in Remediation Strategies and Technologies for the Cleanup of Hazardous Waste Sites

Accepted for presentation in the following SYMPOSIUM at #ACSPhilly 2016:
Recent Advances in Remediation Strategies and Technologies
 for the Cleanup of Hazardous Waste Sites ABSTRACT SYMPOSIUM PROGRAM AREA NAME: ENVR PRESENTATION TYPE: Oral Only TITLE: Headspace GC/PID for on-site screening of soil  and water at hazardous waste sites
AUTHORS (FIRST NAME, LAST NAME): John N. Driscoll1Jennifer L. Maclachlan2INSTITUTIONS (ALL): 1. PID Analyzers, LLC, Centerville, MA, United States.
2. PID Analyzers, LLC, Sandwich, MA, United States. ABSTRACT BODY: 
Abstract: 
Headspace screening of VOC’s in soil and water samples in the laboratories is a common practice to prevent high level samples from contaminating the GC/MS. The screening of soil and water samples in the field using a headspace photoionization detection (PID), as a Level I field screening tool, has been a common practice that has been in use for more than 25 years. A battery operated portable gas chromatograph (GC) offers Level II field …

Dr. J-Lo: Admiration and gratitude for a friend and mentor

Four times in the past seven months I have given presentations on science outreach: Rochester Local Section of the American Chemical Society, Pacifichem, the Materials Research Society and the American Chemical Society Publications webinar. In each of these presentations I told the story of how I got started with my science outreach in my own community of Cape Cod. This is story of being connected to my Northeastern Local Section of the American Chemical Society (NESACS) National Chemistry Week Coordinator who became my friend and science outreach mentor. I met Christine Jawork-Lopes at the October 2010 meeting of NESACS. The guest lecturer that evening was Al Hazari, who became another inspiration for me. I'd gone to the meeting that night to ask the Chair to sign my science café funding proposal for International Year of Chemistry mini grants. My proposal was well received and I committed to organizing not just one but four science cafes during the International Year of Chemistr…

Fracking: Economics vs Environment: Reducing the environmental footprint of methane from fracking operations #ACSPhilly PRES

To be presented at the American Chemical Society Fall National Meeting in August 2016, Philadelphia, PA

ABSTRACT SYMPOSIUM NAME: Fracking: Economics vs Environment-Invited,OralABSTRACT SYMPOSIUM PROGRAM AREA NAME: PRESIDENTIALPRESENTATION TYPE: Invited OralTITLE: Reducing the environmental footprint of methane from fracking operationsAUTHORS (FIRST NAME, LAST NAME): Jennifer L. Maclachlan1, John N. Driscoll1INSTITUTIONS (ALL): 1. PID Analyzers, LLC, Sandwich, MA, United States. ABSTRACT BODY: 



Abstract: 
Shale has become a major source of fuel in the US and that brought a booming economy to a number of states and allowed more gas for industrial usage thereby reducing pollution. With the recent reduction in fuel prices, it may be difficult to make reasonable profits on these operations.
There are environmental issues associated with hydraulic fracking including the waste water (chemicals added to keep the pores open and the gas flowing) methane leaks from fractures in the shale, and leaks …

Lead in drinking water: A new simplified method of analysis using HG/GC/PID #ACSPhilly

Accepted for presentation at #ACSPhilly 2016


ABSTRACT SYMPOSIUM NAME: Advances in Analytical Separations-OralABSTRACT SYMPOSIUM PROGRAM AREA NAME: ANYL
PRESENTATION TYPE: OralTITLE: Lead in drinking water: A new simplified method of analysis using HG/GC/PIDAUTHORS (FIRST NAME, LAST NAME): John N. Driscoll2, Jennifer L. Maclachlan1INSTITUTIONS (ALL): 1. PID Analyzers, LLC, Centerville, MA, United States.
2. PID Analyzers, LLC, Sandwich, MA, United States. 

ABSTRACT BODY:Abstract: Flint Michigan problems with lead contaminated drinking water turned into an emergency situation recently when elevated blood lead tests in children increased from 2.5 percent to 6.3 percent. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that public health actions be initiated when the level of lead in a child’s blood is 5 micrograms per deciliter (µg/dL) or more. Apparently, lead in drinking water is not just a Flint Michigan problem since recent U.S. Environmental Protection Agency data showed …

Comparison of mercury in water analysis using cold vapor AA and gold preconcentration/PID #ACSPhilly

Accepted for presentation at ACS Philly August 2016

ABSTRACT SYMPOSIUM NAME: General Posters-PosterABSTRACT SYMPOSIUM PROGRAM AREA NAME: ENVRCONTROL ID: 2511284 PRESENTATION TYPE: Poster Only TITLE: Comparison of mercury in water analysis using cold vapor AA and gold preconcentration/PIDAUTHORS (FIRST NAME, LAST NAME): John N. Driscoll2, Jennifer L. Maclachlan1INSTITUTIONS (ALL): 1. PID Analyzers, LLC, Centerville, MA, United States.
2. PID Analyzers, LLC, Sandwich, MA, United States. ABSTRACT BODY: 
Abstract: 
One popular method for the analysis of mercury (Hg) in water is EPA Method 245.2 which uses the reduction of Hg salts to Hg0 vapor with a strong reducing agent. The detection of Hg0 is by cold vapor atomic absorption (CVAA).
Hg0 has an ionization potential (IP) of 10.4 eV and can be detected at low ppb levels with the 10.6 eV lamp in our photoionization detector (PID). The reaction of mercury (Hgo) with gold preconcentration (GPC) can be used to concentrate the Hg while removing any…

Small Chemical Business Program at #NERM2016

Abstracts are now being accepted for the American Chemical Society  SmallChemicalBusinesses symposium at #NERM2016 in Binghampton, NY October 5-8, 2016. Submit today
Entrepreneur's Toolkit
Description:  ​P ractical tools for small ​chemical science ​ business owners, including intellectual property protection, licensing, technology transfer, capital formation, strategic planning, partnership/alliance/marketing strategies to  ​commercialize  opportunities domestically and internationally ​.​
Organizer(s):Jennifer Maclachlan and Bill Bernier
​Jennifer Maclachlan, PR Chair ACS Division of SmallChemicalBusinesses​