Monday, April 5, 2021

Lessons Learned from Starting a Chemical-realted Business with I&EC @ #ACSSpring2021


Lessons Learned from Starting a Chemical-related Business:  

Division/Committee: [I&EC] Division of Industrial and Engineering Chemistry

Thursday, April 1, 2021

Marketing and maintaining your small chemical business: Advice from a managing director


ABSTRACT SYMPOSIUM NAME: Lessons Learned from Starting a Chemical-related Business
CONTROL ID: 3557841
PRESENTATION TYPE: Oral Only : Do not consider for Sci-Mix
TITLE: Marketing and maintaining your small chemical business: Advice from a managing director
AUTHORS (FIRST NAME, LAST NAME): Jennifer L. Maclachlan1, John N. Driscoll2
INSTITUTIONS (ALL): 1. PID Analyzers, LLC, Centerville, MA, United States.
2. PID Analyzers, LLC, Centerville, MA, United States.
This presentation will include true stories of running a successful family owned and operated small chemical business from the point of view of the daughter of the famed "Father of Photoionization". Emphasis on small chemical business marketing do's and don'ts will include specific examples of digital and social media as well as personal branding and networking. Maintenance is required to keep the business operational and obstacles related to personnel management, supply chain, customer service, and operating as an essential business during COVID-19 will also be addressed.

SCHB rises to the call: Members-helping-members during the coronavirus pandemic


ABSTRACT SYMPOSIUM NAME: Chemical Business Poster Session
CONTROL ID: 3557874
PRESENTATION TYPE: Poster Only : Consider for Sci-Mix
TITLE: SCHB rises to the call: Members-helping-members during the coronavirus pandemic
AUTHORS (FIRST NAME, LAST NAME): George W. Ruger1James Skinner1David J. Deutsch1Abhishek Kantak1Joseph E. Sabol1Mukund Chorghade1Jennifer L. Maclachlan1, Adam Sussman1, Janet L. Bryant1, Niteen A. Vaidya1
INSTITUTIONS (ALL): 1. SCHB, Modena, NY, United States.
In 2020, SCHB expanded its member benefits, including creating a weekly forum for SCHB members to help each other. In the early stages of the COVID shut-down, members sought information on viruses and public health, business continuity advice, and continuation of the social interaction that we missed in Philadelphia. We started with a weekly "discuss business" teleconference, and quickly evolved to video Zoom sessions, with speakers on a timely topic, special events like the RMRM and Chemluminary after party, open forum, and nearly all were branded as "SCHB Happy Hour 'n' Learn." Topics included cyber-security when working from home, workplace safety for essential workers re-opening, SBA PPP and EIDL programs, cooking, food, and beverage, school reopening, vaccines, and generally everything SCHB members would discuss if in person at an ACS national, regional, or specialty conference.

Some weeks were continue the discussion after an ACS webinar, and others were in collaboration with technical divisions, e.g., BMGT, CHAS, and ENFL, or local sections, e.g., Princeton, Philadelphia, and Chicago. We sought to "continue the conversation" that would have occurred as members moved from symposia in the convention center to the reception to the hotel bar. Each week regular attendees would greet new and potential members and show how we can share and learn from each other, even if on a remote virtual platform.

Monday, February 22, 2021

HNU PID Lamp Sensitivity


The Photoionization Detector (PID) is very sensitive and provides a response to a wide range of organic and some inorganic compounds at part per billion (ppb) levels. The HNU PID consists of an ultraviolet lamp and an ion chamber.  The detector measures the concentration of gases present in a sample  using the method of pbotoionization.Photoionization occurs when a molecule absorbs a photon (light energy) of sufficient energy, creating a positive ion and an electron as shown below:
R  + hn  = R+  + e-
The sample drawn into the ion chamber is exposed to photons generated by the ultraviolet lamp. Molecules in the sample with ionization potentials less than or equal to the energy level of the lamp are ionized. The ionization potential is that energy in electron volts (eV) needed to free an electron from a molecule. A positively biased accelerator electrode repels these ions, causing them to travel to the collecting electrode, where an analog signal proportional to the concentration of the sample is generated.  The signal is amplified to provide an analog output for graphic recording or electronic integration. Ultraviolet lamps are available in four energies; 8.3, 9.5, 10.2, 10.6 and 11.7 electron volts (eV).  Our lamps have the longest lifetime and operating hours in the industry.

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Monday, February 8, 2021

Essential Protections: Young Workers During the COVID-19 Pandemic

I'm a featured presenter at this upcoming California Industrial Hygiene Council webinar happening on February 9, 2021. 

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Essential Protections: Young Workers During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Jennifer Maclachlan, Chair of AIHA's Teen Workplace Health and Safety Committee and Yasin Kan, CA Young Worker Partnership

Feb 9, 2021 11:45 AM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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CIHC Feb 9th Webinar Registration 

Reminder: Each webinar will qualify for 0.167 CM point (equivalent to one hour of technical 


Tuesday, February 2, 2021



February/March/April 2021

WHEN: Wednesdays
February 3 – April 28 from 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm ET

WHERE: Zoom 

REGISTRATION & INFORMATION: Required for Zoom invitation

STEM JOURNEY & Cape Cod Science Cafe are on Instagram
It's STEM Journey time of year and we've partnered with Penn State Berks Chemical Society, A Student Chapter of the American Chemical Society to bring our STEM Journey and Cape Cod Science Cafe audiences an amazing opportunity to participate in this virtual and FREE after school enrichment series that encompasses all that STEM Journey offers but weekly and over the course of 3 months.
STEM Journey and the Cape Cod Science Cafe are partnering with this
FREE VIRTUAL AFTER SCHOOL CHEMISTRY PROGRAM organized by The Lehigh Valley Section of the American Chemical Society (LVACS) funded by the American Chemical Society (ACS) Diversity, Inclusion, & Respect Grant, is partnering with community organizations to provide an interactive, virtual after-school chemistry enrichment program via Zoom! 

This program provides students with an opportunity to make new friends while meeting and connecting with scientists and college STEM students from across our vibrant, diverse communities. Not only will students learn about chemistry careers, and summer research opportunities for high schoolers through the ACS Project SEED Program, but weekly activities also include free fun experiments, themed demonstrations, guest speakers, a movie watch party, book club, and more! 

Please do let me know if you decide to signup for this program (Penn State Berks is handling registration).

Thanks and hope to see you Wednesdays at After School Chemistry!

All the best,
Jen Maclachlan, Organizer
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Jen Maclachlan, Managing Director

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Tuesday, January 26, 2021

A New Simpler Method for Mercury in Water using HG/PID


Accepted for presentation at PITTCON 2021 

AUTHORS: Jack Driscoll, President, PID Analyzers, LLC and Jennifer Maclachlan, Managing Director, PID Analyzers, LLC

Environmental Methods for Clean Water

Session Number: L55-0
  • Oral Abstract
  • Oral Abstract

  • A New Simpler Method for Mercury in Water using HG/PID
    • Session Number: L55-02
    • Friday, March 12, 1:50 PM - 2:10 PM


    At the 2015 PITTCON held in New Orleans, LA we discussed "A new method for the analysis of ppb levels of mercury in air and water". This method used hydride generation (HG) to generate elemental mercury which was made specific using gas chromatography (GC) to remove any organic interferences configured with a photoionization detector (PID). In 2021, we have developed a new simpler method of hydride generation by adding permanganate to the reducing solution to oxidize any organic compounds, we remove any residual water, then employ a PID with a 10.6 electron volt (eV) lamp to detect mercury which has an ionization potential of 10.4eV. Eliminating the need for the use of a GC with this new method not only saves time, it is more cost effective. Additionally, the detection limits for the HG/PID have been improved by at least an order of magnitude.

    Monday, January 25, 2021

    Optimization of a GC/PID Method for Terpene Identification and Analysis at PITTCON 2021

    Accepted for presentation at PITTCON 2021: 

    AUTHORS: Jack Driscoll, President PID Analyzers, LLC and Jennifer Maclachlan, Managing Director, PID Analyzers, LLC

    Friday, March 12, SESSION START 1:30 PM OUR PRESENTATION @ 3:25pm

    Cannabis and Hemp - Current Topics
    Session Number: L53-0
  • Oral Abstract

  • Optimization of a GC/PID Method for Terpene Identification and Analysis
    • Session Number: L53-06
    • Friday, March 12, 3:25 PM - 3:45 PM


    At PITTCON 2020 in Chicago, IL we discussed "Analysis of Medical Cannabis Terpenes by GC-PID" and have spent a significant amount of lab time optimizing the gas chromatography (GC) by photoionization detector (PID) method.This optimized method includes improved chromatography (improved low dead volume PID, peak resolution and comparative analysis of carrier gases), the addition of proportional valves for the management of flow control and makeup gas, evaluation of methods for sample handling: Headspace, dilution, and, direct injection, and the development of a terpene profile library.

    Thursday, January 21, 2021

    An Evening with The Chemical Angel Network: An SCHB Happy Hour N' Learn Event


    Join us on Zoom on Friday January 29, 2021 at 7pm ET as we welcome these special guest hosts for our weekly Happy Hour N’ Learn event: Our esteemed colleagues and Chemical Angel Investors from The Chemical Angel Network: 

    Judy Giordan, Joseph Steig, Mark Vreeke, and Sid White

    What to expect if you attend: 7pm-8pm ET 

    • We’ll begin at 7pm ET with brief introductions (name, where you are located, what you do for your day job)

    • A short presentation given by The Chemical Angel Network

    • Q&A 

    • Then, 8pm-9pm this room will ‘Continue the Conversation’ with Judy Giordan and Sid White on Building an Investable Business

    Simultaneously we will open two breakout rooms for Round-Table Discussions from 8pm-9pm ET:

    • What do Angels (really) want with Mark Vreeke

    • Beyond Angels: Questions about other forms of investment capital with Joseph Steig

    This event is FREE and open to folks who are interested in the topic and participating. 

    RSVP NOW to attend: 

    Questions? Email

    Friday January 29, 2021 @7pm ET On Zoom-Credentials Emailed the day before the event

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