Meeting/Event Information

    Microscopy at the McCrone Group - Tour and Introduction by Dr. Kent Rhodes, plus WCC Career Event

    November 12, 2015
    5:00 PM - 9:30 PM
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    The Greek Islands
    300 East 22nd St.
    Lombard, IL 60148

    The McCrone Group is internationally recognized as a world leader in microscopy, microanalysis, materials characterization, and the solving of tough materials problems. Today, The McCrone Group, Inc. is regarded as "The Premier Microscopy Resource" and combines the talents and skills of its staff in the areas of materials analysis, instrument sales, and education. 

    Join the Chicago Section for a short introduction to the McCrone Group by its Technical Director Dr. Kent Rhodes, followed by a fascinating tour of the McCrone laboratories. Prior to dinner, our Women Chemists Committee (WCC) will have a career development event for all chemists, geared for those about to graduate and enter the job market. Note that the pre-dinner events, dinner, and short talk will be at the Greek Islands restaurant, and the tour will be at the McCrone Group builing, approximately five miles away. 

    Tours will consist of two parts:

    1. Talk, "Advances in Chemical Analysis of Small Particles" by Kent Rhodes – Senior Vice President & Technical Director, McCrone Associates, Inc.

    2. Tour of the McCrone Associates Laboratories/Hooke College of Applied Sciences

    Particles – small, discrete pieces of material – are important components of many things, either as the fundamental form of a substance, or as unwanted contaminants. Many manufactured products and natural materials consist of particulate materials, or are formed from particles. Particle analysis may include size, size distribution, shape, surface charge, and chemistry, to determine the compositions, characteristics, and sources of particulate materials.

    Chemical analysis of individual particles can be very challenging, especially when particles of interest are small, and mixed with background material. Many particle analysis questions are the classic “needle in a haystack” problem, where particles of a particular composition must be measured in a large background of other particles. Some common applications are environmental studies, criminal forensics, cleanliness evaluation, and failure analysis.

    Recent advances in the technology for automated particle analysis (APA) using scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and energy-dispersive x-ray spectrometry (EDS) enable the analysis of large numbers of particles – typically 1,000 to 1,000,000 – for size, shape, and elemental composition. The method combines the high-resolution imaging of SEM and microanalysis capabilities of EDS with automation to analyze large populations of particles, to address questions impossible to answer by manual analysis.

    This talk will show examples of using APA to investigate problems involving particle contamination, failure analysis, and environmental sourcing. Each investigation required the analysis of tens of thousands of particles in order to find a solution. After the talk, we will tour The McCrone Group to see the instrumentation used for particle analysis, and other analytical applications, as well as Hooke College of Applied Sciences. 


    • 5:00 - 7:30  Registration (Greek Islands)
    • 5:00 - 6:30  Social Hour with cash bar and WCC Mentoring Activity (Greek Islands)
    • 6:30 - 7:30  Dinner (Greek Islands)
    • 7:15 - 7:30  Talk from McCrone Technical Director Kent Rhodes (Greek Islands)
    • 7:30 - 8:00  Transit to McCrone Group
    • 8:00 - 9:15  Tours of McCrone Group (McCrone Group)


    Maps and recommended driving directions will be distributed at dinner. Tours will be in conducted in 2 groups and should be finished no later than 9:15 pm. We look forward to seeing you at Greek Islands!

    Note that our special evening will be split between two locations:

    5:00 - 7:30

    8:00 - 9:15

    Greek Islands

    300 E 22nd St
    Lombard, IL  60148

    McCrone Group

    850 Pasquinelli Drive
    Westmont, IL 60559


    The Womens Chemists Committee Pre-dinner activity:

    You Have Almost Finished Your BS/PhD/PostDoc in Chemistry - Now What?

    Are you wondering what you’ll do after completing your studies? Don’t know how to get a job in the chemical field? Not sure of what you want to do? The Chicago Section Women’s Chemist Committee will be sponsoring a mentoring session for all chemistry graduate, undergraduate and postdoctoral students, female and male, who are interested in getting jobs in chemistry. Members of the Chicago Section ACS with experience in corporate, academic and government settings will be present to help students with their resumes, answer career questions, and provide examples of the types of jobs available in chemistry today.

    Immediately following this activity, students and postdocs are invited to attend the Chicago Section monthly dinner meeting at a subsidized cost.

    For further information or transportation possibilities, please call the Chicago Section ACS office at 847-391-9091.

    Attendees at the dinner, female and male, are welcome to attend the student session and tell the students about your careers in chemistry. No previous preparation is necessary.  Just come and sit down and share your story.

    Family Style Dinner Menu

    • Appetizers: Saganaki Home Made Gyros and Taramosalata
    • Salad: Athenian salad
    • Entrees: Sliced Roast Beef, Vegeterian Mousaka, Spanakotiropita (Spinach Pie) Chicken souvlaki, with sides of Rice pilaf and potato or baked vegetables (Briami)
    • Dessert & Coffee: Baklava, Galaktoburiko, Karidopita



    $35.00 Member

    $37.00 Non-member

    $20.00 Student/Unemployed/Retired

    $10.00 Tote bag: CHICAgO elements - natural canvas

    $10.00 Tote bag: CHICAgO elements - blue

    $0.00 Lecture only