Monday, February 27, 2012

An afternoon in the life of a chemistry ambassador

Guest Blog post by: Dr. Jack Driscoll

Today (Feb. 27, 2012) I visited the Cold Springs Elementary School in Plymouth, MA. I had met the Principal (Mrs. Laura Dolloff) at our 4thCape Cod Science Café in Dec. 2011. Two of the teachers were interested in starting a science club and my visit would kick it off. I brought a few slides to explain pH and three water samples (pH range 5-11) to provide a bit of color for the pH paper test. We had nearly 100 students from grades 2-5. When I asked for volunteers, everyone raised their hands. One of the teachers commented that some of those kids never volunteer for anything, I picked two boys and a girl who were very excited. About 10 children used the pH paper before  their buses were there.


I explained that science can be more difficult than geography but we live in a very technological society and it will be even more so in your generation. I mentioned a Dick Tracy comic strip in the 1950’s where his “TV watch” was used to communicate with HQ. Now 60 years later, that technology is available in the I Phone. I asked how many of you have cell phones and 80% raised their hands. This surprised the teachers. 

I showed them the portable VOC analyzer that we manufacture in Sandwich and the class got very excited. 

Kim Williams, who teaches 4th  and  5th grade science did an experiment called "elephant tooth paste" and the kids loved it! 

I had at least a half dozen kids come up to me and tell me that they loved science. That made it all worthwhile. 

I talked to the two teachers for about an hour after the talk discussing NESACS programs with Boston MOS and Boston Children’s Museum, Cambridge Science Festival, SE MA STEM EXPO and various ACS programs and experiments for schools. I suggested that they become chemistrv ambassadors and look for videos of Bassam Shakhashiri experiments on you tube that would be interesting for their Jack Driscoll

How Can We Sustain Our Chemistry Outreach Beyond #IYC2011? With #IYCplus1

Join us Tuesday morning March 13, 2012  in Room 311F  of the Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, FLA at our PITTCON Conferee Networking Session where the topic of discussion will be:  
How Can We Sustain Our Chemistry Outreach Beyond the International Year of Chemistry? 
Facilitated by: Jennifer Maclachlan and George Ruger. 

Jennifer and George are both *Chemistry Ambassadors* and participated in several International Year of Chemistry community outreach events in 2011 including the Greater Boston Mass Spec Discussion Group Annual Family picnic. Read the press we got on this here.

Science Cafes are a fantastic way to engage both your local scientific community as well the general public. Jennifer organized four successful science cafe events during the International Year of Chemistry: read more here.

2012 ACS-organized Chemistry of Food Science Cafes at the upcoming West Coast and East Coast Science Festivals:

East Coast: Cambridge Science Festival

Join the Chemistry Ambassadors on Facebook today

Thursday, February 23, 2012

ACS Division of Analytical Chemistry #pittcon Poster Session

ACS Division of Analytical Chemistry Poster Session
Monday Afternoon March 12, 2012 

Red Area on Exposition Floor, Aisles 1300-1500

All posters will be on display from 10:00 AM to 4:30 PM with authors present from 1:00 PM to 3:00PM 

Location of the posters is on the Exposition Floor – Red Area, Aisles 1300-1500.  The Exposition
Floor opens at 9:00 AM.

(790-1 P) Developing a Fundamental Understanding of the Behavior of Porous Polymer Monoliths in Capillary Electrochromatography Systems TRISHA H PATEL, Trinity University, Douglas T Nolan, Jessica K Lam, Jing Liu, Nicholas J Kuklinski, Michelle M

(790-2 P) Chemical Constituents of the Burmese Python (Python Molurus Bivittatus) Sexual Attractiveness Pheromone  ALLISON BALLOON, Malone University, Jeff Goff, Chris Carmichael, Skip Snow

(790-3 P) Studies of Real-Time Changes in Electroosmotic Flow Under Dynamic Buffer Conditions  AARON OSHER, Skidmore College, Ryan Ahern, Kimberley A Frederick

(790-4 P) Evaluation of Thermoresponsive Hydrogels for In-Capillary Preconcentration of Proteins in CE LELAND MARTIN, Skidmore College, Sarah Bashaw, Kimberley A

(790-5 P) Characterization of Low Cost Plastic Microfluidic Chips  BRENDA OLIVO, Skidmore College, Leland Martin, Denise Croote, Kimberley A Frederick

(790-6 P) Tetrahymena Thermophila Proteomics  DOUGLAS BEUSSMAN, St. Olaf College, Robert S Pieh, Aaron J Chamberlain

(790-7 P) Date-Rape Drug Detection: MDA and Mixtures  DOUGLAS BEUSSMAN, St. Olaf College, Britta Anderson

(790-8 P) GC-MS:  Investigating Human Scent Differentiation  DOUGLAS BEUSSMAN, St. Olaf College, Brooke Reaser

(790-9 P) Differentiation of Cotton Fibers from Clothing and Other Common Items Using Isotope Ratio Mass Spectrometry  DOUGLAS BEUSSMAN, St. Olaf College, Jason Eckmann

(790-10 P) Structural Changes of Octadecyltrichlorosilane Nanostructures in Liquid Environments: Molecular-Level Views of Surface Wetting SHALAKA   KULKARNI, Louisiana State University, Venetia D Lyles, Wilson K Serem, Jayne Carol Garno

(790-12 P) A Novel Method for Detection of Ethanol and Methanol in Distilled Alcoholic Beverages Using Raman Spectroscopy  BURCU GUVEN, Hacettepe University, Huseyin E Genis, Ismail H Boyacı, Ugur Tamer

(790-13 P) Effects of Sample Pretreatment Procedures on the Precision of Determination of Phthalate Esters in Child Care Products by Gas Chromatography/Mass Spectrometry (GC-MS)  RICHARD R WHITNEY, Shimadzu Scientific Instruments, Nicole M Lock, Jiarui “Jerry”  Wang, Zhuangzhi Max Wang, Clifford M Taylor

(790-14 P) Spontaneous, Transient Release of Adenosine Occurs After A1 Antagonist Administration  MICHAEL NGUYEN, University of Virginia

(790-15 P) A Comparison of DNA Separations Performed on Glass and Plastic Microfluidic Devices  JAMES M KARLINSEY, Penn State Berks

(790-16 P) International Year of Chemistry 2011- The Global Water Experiment at the Fresh Air Fund  GEORGE RUGER, ACS Mid Hudson

(790-17 P) Fabrication of Nano Array Structure for Transmission Type Surface Plasmon Resonance Sensor TAKASHI USUI, Tokyo Metropolitan University, Akihide Hemmi, Hulie Zeng, Katsumi Uchiyama, Hizuru Nakajima

(790-18 P) A Microfluidics Experiment for the Quantitative Analysis Laboratory ERIN M GROSS, Creighton University, Michelle E Clevenger, Kalani A Parker, Connor J Neuville

(790-19 P) Combining Ionization with Gas Phase Chemical Reaction for Identification of Components of Complex Mixtures Using Atmospheric Pressure GC QTof  DOUGLAS MICHAEL STEVENS, Waters Corporation, Chang (Sam) Hsu, Steven Lai, Adam Ladak

(790-20 P) Interaction of Hydrophobically Coated Zinc Oxide Nanomaterials with Municipal Solid Waste Landfill Leachate: A Systematic Fluorescence Based Study SRIJITA BASUMALLICK, University of Central Florida, Stephanie Bolyard, Debra Reinhart, Swadeshmukul Santra Santra

(790-21 P) Sensors for Hypnotic Drugs EUGENIA EFTIMIE TOTU, University Politehnica of Bucharest, Cristina Aurelia Nechifor

(790-22 P) Fabrication and Chemical Separations on Binder-Free Carbon Nanotube Templated Thin Layer Chromatography Plates  DAVID S JENSEN, Brigham Young University, Supriya S Kanyal, Andrew E Dadson, Michael A Vail, Robert C Davis, Richard Vanfleet, Matthew R Linford

(790-23 P) Utilizing Social Media to Continue the International Year of Chemistry Mission Beyond 2012  JENNIFER L MACLACHLAN, PID Analyzers, LLC

(790-24 P) Advantages of a Hyphenated PID/MS Combination for GC Applications  JACK DRISCOLL, PID Analyzers, LLC, Clifford M Taylor, Jennifer L Maclachlan

(790-25 P) Image Analysis of Ecological Changes Based on the Size and Shape of
Microalgae Cells  MORGAN MCCONICO, University of Tennessee, Rebecca Horton,
Frank Vogt

(790-26 P) Single-Molecule Magnets: A Playground for Magnetochemists, Physicists, and Spectroscopists CHRISTOS LAMPROPOULOS, University of North Florida

(790-27 P) An UPLC-MS/MS Method for Simultaneous Determination of 14 Bile Acids in Sea Lamprey Plasma, Liver, Intestine, and Gill  HUIYONG WANG, Michigan State University, Chu-Yin Yeh, Ke Li, Yu-Wen Chung-Davidson, Weiming Li

(790-28 P) Development of Glucose Oxidase Microsensors Using Two Innovative Enzyme Entrapment Techniques for the In vivo Detection of Glucose Fluctuations Using Fast Scan Cyclic Voltammetry  AMANDA K CORDER, North Carolina State University, Leyda Z Lugo-Morales, Phillip L Loziuk, Christina Tang, Saad Khan, Leslie A Sombers

(790-30 P) A Service Learning Approach to Quantitative Analysis Laboratory  KIMBERLY DENISE CHICHESTER, St. John Fisher College, Irene Kimaru, Lynn Donahue


Sunday, February 19, 2012

Guest blog post: AAAS Annual Meeting & the chemistry connection

The 2012 AAAS Annual meeting is taking place in Vancouver, Canada from February 16-20, 2012 #AAASMtg.  The AAAS contains members of the various scientific disciplines.  One of those is Chemistry.  

Last year was 2011, The International Year ofChemistry!  Throughout the whole year, the accomplishments of Chemists and the field of Chemistry were celebrated at events nationwide and worldwide.  The four themes of IYC 2011, Environment, Energy, Materials, and Health, one for each quarter, were showcased by events and talks. 

Scientists worldwide celebrated IYC 2011 and held events to teach the public about the importance of not just Chemistry, but all of the STEM related fields and the Natural Sciences.   The AAAS did their part by having posters and banners letting everyone who visited the meeting know what year it was.  There were IYC related activities worked into the meeting schedule.  

NESACS demo of Global Water Experiment at
Cape Cod Science Cafe event IYC Q2
Photo credit: J. Maclachlan

A special 5th theme, the Global Water Experiment, took place worldwide as scientists took measurements of the bodies of water around them and submitted that data to the global database.  The biggest portion of the GWE was a measurement of pH values of the bodies of water.  Other activities involved determining the salinity of the bodies of water, making a water distillery to supply clean water from polluted water, and purifying dirty water to make it safe to drink.

Bassam Shakhashiri, 2012 President of the American Chemical Society
 celebrates IYC with *Science is Fun* demo, CT Valley Section.
Photo credit: G. Ruger

As a Chemist, I know how important all the sciences are to the world around us.  Having attended the last two AAAS meetings, I can see a great diversity in the fields that other scientists choose to work in and to study.  The AAAS does a great job in bringing all these fields together in one place and exposing the attendees to areas that they do not see in their regular work.  While most scientific conferences are focused on a narrow range of topics related directly to that field, the AAAS does a great job showcasing many different fields. 

We, George Ruger (@gruger04) and Jennifer Maclachlan (@pidgirl) will be unable to attend this year’s meeting.  We will be in attendance next year when the meeting is in Boston, Massachusetts.  And we will be bringing our own brand of Chemistry to the event.  See some of our links below.  The New England area has many colleges and businesses, so there will be a large cross section of the sciences represented by local companies and professionals.  We look forward to seeing many of you from out of town in attendance as well.   
ACS Denver Tweetup: Chemical & Engineering News write up on this event


Pittcon 2011 Tweetup

ACS Leadership Institute Tweetup 2012

There are many things to do after the meeting as well.  We hope that you all had the chance to enjoy Alison’s @AC_at_work   Social Media Soiree in Vancouver.  We hope to see it again in Boston!!  And perhaps next year you can see how we do social media events ACS style!  We promise to pick a different night of the week.  We are no match for Alison, and we know it! -George Ruger

Thursday, February 16, 2012

@pidguy's #pittcon 2012 schedule

@pidguy a.k.a. Dr. Jack Driscoll is facilitating a conferee networking session on Sunday March 11, 2012 with @pidgirl a.k.a. Jennifer Maclachlan
addressing the question How can the modern analytical chemist overcome the barriers of new method introduction? Click here for session info.

Sunday Evening posters: Sunday March 11, 2011

Analysis of volatile and semivolatile VOC's in waste oils 

Inexpensive Wireless Sensor Package for PPB Monitoring of Photochemical Smog Components VOC'S, O3, NO2 and Sunlight 

Indoor Air Pollutant Monitoring in Classrooms & Laboratories (VOC’s, CO, CO2, & ventilation Rates) 

Monday afternoon: American Chemical Society Analytical Division Poster Session:

Advantages of a Hyphenated PID/MS Combination for GC Applications

Click here for abstract


 Tuesday morning 8:30am-10:30am another networking opportunity for all you Chemistry Ambassadors out there: 

How can we sustain our chemistry outreach beyond the International Year of Chemistry? Click here for abstract.

Wednesday Afternoon oral session:

 Rapid Separations on a Portable GC with Resistively Heated Columns

Click here for abstract  

Monday, February 13, 2012

Fast GC-PID/FID Analyses using Resistively Heated Columns for Rapid Analyses in the Field

Fast GC-PID/FID Analyses using Resistively Heated Columns for Rapid Analyses in the Field

Oral presentation in Real-Time Detection Systems
John N.  Driscoll, PID Analyzers, Sandwich, MA 02653
Stan Stearns, VICI, Houston, TX 77055
Philip Smith, OSHA Labs, Salt Lake City, UT 84081

Objective- The analysis times for NIOSH ketone and aromatics methods (# 1301, 1501 & 2005) are between 25-35 minutes. The time consuming operations are the long ramping and cooling times required. The other difficulty is that if peaks are not adequately resolved, other components could interfere with the analysis. We will employ resistively heated columns to reduce the total analysis times by 50-60% to 12-15 minutes and use the PID/FID response ratios to enhance identification of components of interest. These ratios have been used previously (1) to identify the molecular structure of hydrocarbons. 

Methods- A PID Analyzers compact GC (<20#) with an external laptop will be used for the analysis that incorporates  new technology developed by VICI  that takes  polyimide-coated fused silica (FST) and removes  the polyimide layer. Then the (FST) is electroplated with nickel.  As a result of the superior heat transfer of the electroplated nickel, we are able to  rapidly and efficiently heat and achieve excellent resolution for a 30M capillary column. A mini-FID was designed that will easy attach to the outlet of the PID taking a single detector port and providing improved identification of components.

Results –For  the initial runs with the series of 12 ketones (NIOSH #1301), we were able to separate 10 of the components by just increasing the ramp rate from 10o/min to 200 /min. The final time for analysis was 11 minutes. We do have 8 ramp rates and 4 cooling fan rates so with an additional ramp, we should be able to separate methyl amyl ketone and ethyl amyl ketone and use a faster fan rate to reduce the cool down time. For NIOSH Method #1501, we were able to separate 15 of the 17 compounds in 14 minutes instead of 35 minutes. We were not able to separate nitrobenzene and naphthalene but there is a such a significant difference in the PID/FID response ratio that each of the components can be easily identified.

We have shown that the resistively heated columns can be used to improve both separations & time of analysis. The use of a second detector (FID) for confirmation of peak identity is more helpful for faster separations where complete resolution is not attained.

1.   Driscoll, et al., "Gas Chromatographic Detection and Identification of Aromatic and Aliphatic Hydrocarbons in Complex Mixtures by Coupling Photoionization and Flame Ionization Detectors," J. Chrom., 158, 171 (1978).

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Best Practices for Entrepreneurs #ACSSanDiego

Scroll below for the *Chemical Entrepreneurship Council* write-up on this excellent panel discussion at #ACSSanDiego


 SCHB Joseph Sabol  Tuesday, March 27, 2012 

Oral Session
Best Practices for Entrepreneurs - PM Session
Organizers: Joseph Sabol
Presiders: Joseph Sabol
Duration: 1:15 pm - 3:00 pm
Pres TimePub #Presentation Title
1:15 pm
Introductory Remarks
1:20 pm
Statements from Panelists. P. Wyatt, W. F. Carroll, J. Giordian
1:40 pm
Panel Discussion
2:55 pm
Concluding Remarks

Chemical Entrepreneurship Council Tuesday

Wielding social media for effective science communication