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: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/medicinal-chemistry-symposium-power-of-kinases-beyond-oncology-indications-tickets-52224840905?aff=erelexpmlt
In 2018, ACS recognized 52 awardees. To read some of the wonderful contributions made by the individuals being acknowledged, follow the link below. https://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/membership-and-networks/ls/grantsawards/local-section-outreach-volunteers/2018.html

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
Abstract:
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
Abstract:
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.

 
SAVE THE DATE: DECEMBER 19, 2018

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 louise.lawter@gmail.com. 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 http://m.princeton.edu/map/).
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:

Undergraduate
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.
Participants:

Printed Materials:

Yes
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.


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












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

Monday, June 11, 2018

Sandwich STEM Academy Clean Energy Festival 2018

Dr. Jack Driscoll (@pidguy), President of PID Analyzers, a Sandwich STEM Academy Science Advisory Board Member and STEM Academy grandparent, was an exhibitor at the STEM Academy Clean Energy Day






This event was funded through Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, through a grant that was written and facilitated by the Sandwich STEM Academy Science and Engineering teachers and took place at Sandwich High School for Sandwich students in Grades 6, 7 and 8 on Tuesday, May 22nd (9:30am-2pm) and showcased and celebrated renewable energies. The Clean Energy Fair’s mission is to promote sustainable and renewable energy through hands-on education. The event included a brief welcoming ceremony, an energy carnival, hands-on learning energy activities, exhibitor booths, a “passport” to record their learning experiences, and a gift bag for all students. Grade 7 and 8 students attended a brief welcoming ceremony in the auditorium, then headed to the gym, where they spent a total of 75 minutes, rotating through three stations: the energy carnival, exhibitors’ booths, and hands-on energy activities.


 PID Analyzers, a Sandwich-based manufacturing company, was among the 10 exhibitors at STEM Academy Clean Energy Festival. 
PID Analyzers' exhibit was on energy storage with batteries used to power their portable analyzers. Batteries included lead acid (old type), NIMH, LiPO, and Li ion. The students were very excited about the event and an 11th grader taking photos and videos said that she wished that she had something like this when she was in the 7th grade.






Sunday, June 10, 2018

GC/FUV for analysis of ambient (ppb level) greenhouse gases

ABSTRACT SYMPOSIUM NAME: Joint Symposium of the Separation Science Subdivisions 

ABSTRACT SYMPOSIUM PROGRAM AREA NAME: ANYL
CONTROL ID: 2980438
PRESENTATION TYPE: Oral
TITLE: GC/FUV for analysis of ambient (ppb level) greenhouse gases
AUTHORS (FIRST NAME, LAST NAME): Jennifer L. Maclachlan1John N. Driscoll1
INSTITUTIONS (ALL): 1. PID Analyzers, LLC, Centerville, MA, United States. 
ABSTRACT BODY: 
Abstract: 
We have recently improved the sensitivity of our far UV absorbance detector by nearly an order of magnitude so that it can now detect ppb levels of methane (CH4), nitrous oxide (N2O) and carbon dioxide (CO2). We have added a concentrator to our Portable GC 312 so that we can further improve the accuracy of the measurement. Nearly a decade ago the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) required large emitters of heat-trapping emissions to begin collecting greenhouse gas data under a new reporting system since CH4, N2O, & , CO2 , since these gases absorb strongly in the infrared trapping heat in the atmosphere and affecting the temperature on the Earth. These gases have been measured using expensive long path infrared analyzers or complex gas chromatography using as many as three detectors and three valves. Our far UV absorbance detector is more simple, is capable of measuring all three gases and is a less complex alternative to existing methods.

Photoionization detector with sealed or windowless discharges for ppb detection of VOC’s or and or fixed gases

ABSTRACT SYMPOSIUM NAME: Advances in Sensors and Biosensors for Environmental Monitoring

ABSTRACT SYMPOSIUM PROGRAM AREA NAME: ENVR
CONTROL ID: 2976537PRESENTATION TYPE: Oral Only

TITLE: Photoionization detector with sealed or windowless discharges for ppb detection of VOC’s or and or fixed gases

AUTHORS (FIRST NAME, LAST NAME): John N. Driscoll2Jennifer L. Maclachlan1INSTITUTIONS (ALL): 1. PID Analyzers, LLC, Centerville, MA, United States. 
2. PID Analyzers, LLC, Sandwich, MA, United States. 

ABSTRACT BODY: Abstract: The Photoionization detector (PID) with a 10.6 eV lamp and a sealed window has been shown to be 50-80 times more sensitive for aromatic hydrocarbons than the flame ionization detector (FID) but the 10.6 PID does not respond to small molecules like formaldehyde, chloro alkanes, MeOH, C2-C4 alkanes, The 11.7 PID will respond to many of these compounds with sub ppm detection limits but it has a lithium fluoride window that results in decreased transmission after absorption of the photons at 11.6 and 11.8 eV. This color center formation limits the useful lifetime to 700-800 hours on the gas chromatograph (GC). We have designed a windowless PID option that uses the same base (ion chamber) and can easily be exchanged with the sealed 10.6 eV lamp when a different application is needed. We will compare the sensitivity of a sealed 11.7 lamp with the windowless lamp. The windowless argon lamp will not have 11.7 sealed lamp transmission problem but now it becomes very important to maintain a constant (high purity) argon flow and constant discharge conditions. If we change the discharge gas from argon to helium, we will be able to have a detector with an ionization source with an energy of 20.2 eV that will be able to detect organic, inorganic and fixed gases at low ppb levels. We will compare the results for the sealed PID with the windowless PID for a number of gas mixtures.



Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Analysis and identification of ppb levels of VOC’s in ambient air via GC-PID-FID

ABSTRACT SYMPOSIUM NAME: Analytical Division Poster Session
ABSTRACT SYMPOSIUM PROGRAM AREA NAME: ANYL
CONTROL ID: 2980432
PRESENTATION TYPE: Poster
TITLE: Analysis and identification of ppb levels of VOC’s in ambient air via GC-PID-FID
AUTHORS (FIRST NAME, LAST NAME): John N. Driscoll1Jennifer L. Maclachlan1
INSTITUTIONS (ALL): 1. PID Analyzers, LLC, Centerville, MA, United States. 
ABSTRACT BODY: 

Abstract: 
We have developed a GC system with a PID/FID in-series that will concentrate an ambient air sample so that low ppb or even ppt levels of VOCs in ambient air can be detected. We have shown that the PID (10.6 EV) has a response that increases with the number of double bonds while the FID does not have the same dependence. All these structures have the same response for the FID. This feature can be utilized to identify alkanes, alkenes and aromatic hydrocarbons in a concentrated ambient air sample. Using a capillary column, the PID /FID ratios were 15 (alkanes), 30 (alkenes) and 75 (aromatics) respectively. This technique is more sensitive, simpler, easier to maintain and, of course, less expensive than a continuous GC/MS system for ambient air measurements.

Friday, May 25, 2018

#AIHceEXP: The @pidgirl experience

Photo by Jennifer Morris Photography

#AIHceEXP May 20-23 2018 Philadelphia, PA

The primary reason that we attend the #AIHceEXP annually is to exhibit our suite of gas detection products.

Featured real-time detection products included: 

First level screening tools for rapid identification of the source of the spill/smell/area of concern-Total VOC monitoring: Model 102+ PID with multi-sensor options and Model 115 FID





Second level screening tools for separation of components where general knowledge of types of contaminants/chemicals are being used: Continuous monitors: Model 112
(PID/FID or TCD).
Hand-Held GC: Model 121

Third level tools for sophisticated monitoring:
Model 312 Portable Gas Chromatograph with PC on board and dual detector capability-ideal for applications where the user can eliminate sending samples to the lab
Model 301C: Process Analyzer for 24/7 data reporting of complex matrices.


Nearly everyone who came by my booth at #AIHceEXP wanted to know what makes our PID lamps last so long? How do we have an 11.7eV lamp that operates for 500 hours? The answer is simple: We developed the technology and have, since 1973, had a reputation in the gas and vapor detection industry for manufacturing durable, accurate and reliable instrumentation. While there are commercially available products that are in smaller and in sleeker packages, our competitively priced PID remains the most sensitive and selective on the market. Interested in trading in your old PID and upgrading to an HNU? Contact me today.

My father, Jack Driscoll, and I are also members of the Real-Time Detection Systems Committee which meets in-person at this meeting. This is a very active committee and although there was a 6am start time for this group, the room was full! Additionally, I moderated an education session for the Real-Time Detection Systems Committee programming titled: Studies in Real-Time Detection Systems: Monitoring Exposures. This session had over a hundred people at it and was broadcast live to the virtual conference attendees. One of the speakers in the session, Phil Smith, who is a longtime colleague and friend of our family, was inducted as an American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) Fellow at the Mark of Excellence Breakfast!
Photo by Jennifer Morris Photography

I've been Chair of the AIHA Teen Workplace Safety Task Force since September 2017 and we had our first in-person meeting at #AIHceEXP. This is a grass-roots effort that is under the AIHA Government Relations umbrella. We are currently seeking additional task force members and if educating teens in your community about workplace safety and taking legislative action in your state to require that teens receive workplace safety as part of their educational curriculum in schools peaks your interest, please contact me to learn more.

AIHA excels at organizing and facilitating networking events! From the Catalyst Merry-Go-Round to the MSA Power Hour, I logged lots of networking at this conference!
I even managed a quick visit to LOVE Park on my way between #AIHceEXP social events!



Thursday, May 17, 2018

Talking safety: Why safety matters


Invited presentation on the PRES track at #ACSBoston

Talking safety: Why safety matters
by Jennifer Maclachlan, PID Analyzers, LLC


Maclachlan is the Chair of the American
Industrial Hygiene Association's Teen
Workplace Safety Task Force
Safety is a core value for many professional societies including the American Chemical Society (ACS) and the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA). Through education, training and leading by example, members of the ACS and AIHA can create what ACS President, Peter Dorhout, has coined an "ethos of safety". 40 young workers die each year, and 60,000 more are rushed to the emergency room due to workplace injuries. Educating students about workplace hazards that include but are not limited to chemical, electrical, physical (fall, trip, slip), emotional (includes verbal abuse, bullying etc.) and more using tools like the National Institute of Occupational Health and Safety (NIOSH) Talking Safety curriculum and abbreviated materials known as Safety Matters, developed jointly by NIOSH and AIHA, member volunteers of AIHA and ACS can introduce these to teachers, students and legislators in their own communities. Communication about ACS resources such as the Guidelines for Chemical Laboratory Safety in Secondary School and Academic Institutions will be addressed as well as other outreach opportunities that ACS can leverage to support safety cultures in 2018 and beyond.


Tuesday, May 8, 2018

What to expect at STEM Journey V on May 12th



Join us on Saturday, March 3, 2018 from 11am-3:30pm at Sandwich High School for STEM Journey V. This event is organized by the Cape and Islands Boy Scouts Council of America, the Northeastern Section of the American Chemical Society, PID Analyzers, LLC and Sandwich STEM Academy.

Event registration will begin at 10:45am. There will be two lines: One for pre-registrants and one for onsite registrations.

Opening ceremonies will begin promptly at 1100hrs and the US Air Force will present Colors.
STEM Journey V is a free, all-ages general public event hosted by Sandwich STEM Academy at Sandwich High School, featuring hands-on science, technology, engineering and math activities and demonstrations, led by area stakeholders including educators, business owners and New England area colleges and universities. Having the participation of colleges and universities at STEM Journey gives high school students an opportunity to be exposed to the STEM fields of study and career paths that these institutions offer. STEM-related middle and high school student projects will be showcased, upcoming STEM workshops and camps will be promoted and supplemental resources for STEM Education in the classroom and for home-schoolers, will be available.
The Keynote Address on "Underwater Robotics in the 21st Century" will be delivered by Rhonda Moniz of Hydroid, Inc. at 1:15pm. 
Opening Remarks will be given at 1pm by Dr. Dorothy Phillips, member of the American Chemical Society board of directors on the topic: “Women in STEM”. #womeninscience
The mission of STEM Journey is to engage and excite grade K-12 students in Southeastern Massachusetts to pursue a study of and ultimately a career in, science, technology, engineering and math through the exploration of STEM-related activities, potential college majors and the lecture related to a successful career in STEM. Additionally, STEM Journey seeks to educate and inform the public about educational and technological trends in STEM fields through its exhibition partners and exceptional lectures.

Food trucks will be available onsite for the duration of the event, there will be a facilitated outdoor drone flying exhibition and we'll have live music by The Bert Jackson Trio from noon-3pm.

Contact Jennifer Maclachlan at pidgirl@gmail.com about the STEM Journey V event.
And check out our Facebook page at facebook.com/STEMJourney


Pre-register to attend STEM Journey using this link: bit.ly/STEMJourneyV

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Facebook and Linked-In as tools for personal branding and career advancement in the chemical sciences


SESSION: Communicating Chemistry Via Social Media

SESSION TIME:2pm-5pm

PRESENTATION FORMAT: Oral

DAY & TIME OF PRESENTATION: Sunday July 29, 2018 from 2:45pm-3:05pm

ROOM & LOCATION: 202-DeBartolo Lecture Hall 

ABSTRACT SYMPOSIUM NAME: Communicating Chemistry Via Social Media

AUTHORS (FIRST NAME, LAST NAME): Jennifer L. Maclachlan1 INSTITUTIONS (ALL): 1. PID Analyzers, LLC, Sandwich, MA, United States.



TITLE: Facebook and Linked-In as tools for personal branding and career advancement in the chemical sciences


Facebook and Linked-In are powerful social media tools that when used professionally and strategically, can become the basis for creating and maintaining an online personal brand that can assist with career advancement in the chemical sciences. This presentation will illustrate the steps necessary to craft a social strategy, personal brand creation and management, and how to achieve the "all-star profile" status on Linked-In, as well as how to construct posts which garner engagement, in the form of likes, shares, and conversation starters. There will be an emphasis on utilization of content-related graphics, providing valuable information, maintaining professionalism throughout the digital landscape, consistency of posting, and time management tips and shortcuts. Best practices for Linked-In as a strictly business social media platform and in-depth coverage of how to share scientific content on Facebook personal, business, community and group pages will be shared.


Twitter: @pidgirl
Linked-In: linkedin.com/in/jenniferlmaclachlan
Facebook Business Page: fb.me/PIDAnalyzers

Friday, February 9, 2018

STEM Journey V: What to expect




Join us on Saturday March 3, 2018 from 11am-3:30pm at Sandwich High School for STEM Journey V. This event is organized by the Cape and Islands Boy Scouts Council of America, the Northeastern Section of the American Chemical Society, PID Analyzers, LLC and Sandwich STEM Academy.

Opening ceremonies will begin promptly at 1100hrs and the US Air Force will present Colors.
STEM Journey V is a free, all-ages general public event hosted by Sandwich STEM Academy at Sandwich High School, featuring hands-on science, technology, engineering and math activities and demonstrations, led by area stakeholders including educators, business owners and New England area colleges and universities. Having the participation of colleges and universities at STEM Journey gives high school students an opportunity to be exposed to the STEM fields of study and carrer paths that these institutions offer. STEM-related middle and high school student projects will be showcased, upcoming STEM workshops and camps will be promoted and supplemental resources for STEM Education in the classroom and for home schoolers, will be available.
The Keynote Address on "Robotics in the 21st Century" will be delivered by Andrew Reichel at 1:15pm. Andrew is a Mashpee High School graduate and Robotics Engineer at iRobot.
Opening Remarks will be given at 1pm by Dr. Dorothy Phillips, member of the American Chemical Society board of directors on the topic: “Women in STEM”. #womeninscience
The mission of STEM Journey is to engage and excite grade K-12 students in Southeastern Massachusetts to pursue a study of and ultimately a career in, science, technology, engineering and math through the exploration of STEM related activities, potential college majors and the lecture related to a successful career in STEM. Additionally, STEM Journey seeks to educate and inform the public about educational and technological trends in STEM fields through its exhibition partners and exceptional lectures.
Contact Jennifer Maclachlan at pidgirl@gmail.com about the STEM Journey V event.
And check out our Facebook page at facebook.com/STEMJourney


Pre-register to attend STEM Journey using this link: bit.ly/STEMJourneyV

Monday, January 22, 2018

Learn how SCHB assists innovators and entrepreneurs in the chemistry enterprise

ABSTRACT SYMPOSIUM NAME: Entrepreneurs' Poster Session
ABSTRACT SYMPOSIUM PROGRAM AREA NAME: SCHB
CONTROL ID: 2861977
PRESENTATION TYPE: Poster Only : Consider for Sci-Mix
TITLE: Learn how SCHB assists innovators and entrepreneurs in the chemistry enterprise
AUTHORS (FIRST NAME, LAST NAME): Peter C. Lauro1Mukund Chorghade1Abhishek Kantak1David J. Deutsch1Joseph E. Sabol1Jennifer L. Maclachlan1Carlyn A. Burton1Erika L. Oltermann1Janet L. Bryant1,Thomas Siepmann1George W. Ruger1Pete J. Bonk1Rajeev Chorghade1Niteen A. Vaidya1Anis Rahman1
INSTITUTIONS (ALL): 1. SCHB, Boston, MA, United States. 
ABSTRACT BODY: 
Abstract: 
The ACS Division of Small Chemical Businesses (SCHB) has objectives “To aid in the formation, development, and growth of small chemical businesses.” SCHB helps chemists working in small enterprises, including self-employed, with the legal, social, educational, legislative, regulatory, and economic aspects of their professional status. SCHB serves as a clearinghouse of information, a forum for discussion, and a liaison between chemical businesses and students. Through programming and networking events, including symposia coffee breaks, speaker and member lunches, and a robust division social/reception, SCHB makes it easy for members to connect with other business-minded chemists. SCHB technical programming featuresEntrepreneurs Tool-Kit, which consists of resources, best practices, and true stories of startups and entrepreneurs. SCHB programmed at four ACS Regional Meetings in 2016, organizing business and entrepreneurial sessions that ultimately earned the 2017 ChemLuminary Member Engagement Award. SCHB programmed at four Regional Meetings in 2017, too! At the recent Washington DC meeting, SCHB symposia were designed around the meeting theme Chemistry and the Global Economy and explored intellectual property, healthcare, cannabis, social media, and public policy. SCHB actively seeks the opportunity to collaborate with other ACS divisions and committees to organize thematic and business-focused symposia. Through these programs, dedicated small business Expo rows, newsletter and eblasts, and 24x365 social media, SCHB remains at the forefront of innovation for the chemical community.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Analysis of Greenhouse Gases in Ambient Air by GC/FUV accepted for presentation at #Pittcon


On January 1, 2010, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency required large emitters of heat-trapping emissions to begin collecting greenhouse gas data under a new reporting system. Nitrous oxide (N2O) Carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (CH4) and are considered the main greenhouse gases in the Earth's atmosphere. These gases absorb strongly in the infrared trapping heat in the atmosphere and affecting the temperature on the Earth. These gases have been measured using expensive long path infrared analyzers or complex gas chromatography using as many as three detectors and three valves. We developed a far UV absorbance detector (FUV 1) that we will apply to analysis of all three gases. It will just require a concentrator to detect ppb levels of these gases. The FUV detector recently has been improved so that it can detect low ppm levels of these compounds. We had developed a concentrator for N2O that could also be used for CO2 and plan some additional changes to the FUV to improve its sensitivity to CH4


1. Driscoll, JN "UV Ionization Detectors in High Resolution Chromatography", Capillary Chromatography, Hill, H. ed., Wiley & Sons, NY (1992)

2. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), “40 CFR Parts 86, 87, 89 et al. Mandatory Reporting of Greenhouse Gases; Final Rule“.


Abstract Number: 1030 - 66
Session 1030 - Environmental Posters
Day and Time: Tuesday, February 27, 2018, Afternoon
Room Exposition Floor, Aisles 2000-2700



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 ...