American Chemical Society Meeting Begins
August 20, 2012

American Chemical Society Kicks Off 244th National Meeting

Lee Rannals for - Your Universe Online

The 244th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society (ACS) kicked off in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on Sunday, bringing about vibrant announcements regarding research and new discoveries.

There is an estimated 14,000 scientists and other attendees at the event, which has been nicknamed the "World Series of Science."

ACS said researchers will deliver topics ranging from chemistry's role in establishing the innocence of people wrongly convicted of murder, to a spray-on coating that keeps fruits fresh.

ACS said there will be at least five Nobel laureates presenting research this week, while another will be presenting a keynote address.

The Nobel laureates at the event include: Robert H. Grubbs, Ph.D.; Richard R. Schrock, Ph.D.; Stanley B. Prusiner, M.D.; George A. Olah, Ph.D.; Alan J. Heeger, Ph.D.; and Mario J. Molina, Ph.D.

The American Chemical Society is a nonprofit organization chartered by the U.S. Congress. It includes over 164,000 members, and is the world's largest scientific society.

The society announced at the event on Sunday that the winner of the 2013 Priestley Medal by ACS went to Pete J. Stang, a professor of chemistry at the University of Utah and editor of the Journal of the American Chemical Society (JACS).

He won a National Medal of Science last year for his "creative contributions to the development of organic supramolecular chemistry and for his outstanding and unique record of public service."

According to ACS, Stang has "pioneered" research in the field of supramolecular chemistry, which is the study of how molecules come together and build new substances with complex 2D and 3D architectures.

“It´s like a Lego set with individual building units,” Stang said in a press release. “You can make complicated structures and systems.”

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