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    2018 Basolo Medalist Lecture Edward Solomon, "Activating Metal Sites for Biological Electron Transfer"

    October 26, 2018
    4:30 PM - 9:00 PM
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    Technological Institute, Northwestern University
    2145 Sheridan Rd.
    Evanston, IL 60208

    2018 Basolo Medal Lecture and Reception

    Prof. Edward I. Solomon

    Monroe E. Spaght Professor of Chemistry
    - Stanford University -

    "Activating Metal Sites for Biological Electron Transfer"


    Metal sites in biology often exhibit unique spectroscopic features that reflect novel geometric and electronic structures imposed by the protein that are key to reactivity. The Blue copper active site involved in long range, rapid biological electron transfer is a classic example. This talk presents an overview of both traditional and synchrotron based spectroscopic methods and their coupling to electronic structure calculations to understand the unique features of the Blue copper active site and their contributions to function. The relation of this active site to other biological electron transfer sites is further developed. In particular ultrafast XFEL spectroscopy is used to evaluate the met-S-Fe bond in cyt c, and its control by the protein (called the “entatic state”) in determining function (electron transfer vs. apoptosis).


    • 4:15 - 5:45  Registration at Technological Institute
    • 4:30 - 4:45  Refreshments before lecture
    • 4:45 - 5:45  Introduction and Lecture in Room LR3, Technological Institute
    • 5:30 - 6:00  Move to Hilton Orrington, 1710 Orrington Ave, Evanston, IL
    • 6:00 - 7:00  Reception at the Hilton Orrington Heritage Ballroom
    • 7:00 - 8:00  Dinner at the Hilton Orrington
    8:00  Professor Tom Mead will introduce Chair-Elect Tim Marin who will announce Chicago ACS election results.


    • Salad: Romaine wedge, shredded smoked gouda cheese, dried cherries, spiced pecans, champagne-herbed vinagrette
    • Choice of entree:
       - Rosemary and panko crusted chicken, dijon demi-glace with whipped mashed potatoes
       - Seared beef medallions
       - Seared Arctic char (fish)
       - Roasted root vegetable risotto (vegetarian), arborio rice, goat cheese, butternut squash, turnips, rutabega, thumbelina carrots, cinnamon & nutmeg
    • Chef's choice of vegetable and starch
    • Dessert: chocolate lava cake (decadent chocolate cake filled with rich chocolate ganache, served with berries and whipped cream)
    • Coffee, decaffeinated coffee, and tea


    Dinner Registration Deadline: 12:00 Noon on Monday, October 22
    Lecture-only Registration Deadline: 12:00 noon Thursday, October 25

    QUESTIONS OR NON-WEB RESERVATIONS?  Please contact the Section Office via phone (847-391-9091) or email ([email protected]).


    Edward I. Solomon grew up in North Miami Beach, Florida, received his Ph.D. at Princeton (1972) and was a postdoctoral fellow at The Ørsted Institute in Denmark and at Caltech. He started his career at MIT in late 1975, became a full professor in 1981, and joined the faculty at Stanford in 1982 where he is now the Monroe E. Spaght Professor of Humanities and Sciences and Professor of Photon Science at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory. He has been a visiting professor in France, Argentina, Japan, China, India and Brazil. He has received ACS National Awards in Inorganic Chemistry, Distinguished Service in the Advancement of Inorganic Chemistry, The Bader Award in Bioinorganic Chemistry, the Ira Remsen Award and The Kosolapoff Medal, the Centenary Medal from the RSC, The Pittsburgh Spectroscopy Award and a range of other recognitions. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a Fellow of the ACS and the AAAS.

    Professor Solomon’s research is in the fields of Physical-Inorganic, Bioinorganic, and Theoretical-Inorganic Chemistry. His focus is on spectroscopic elucidation of the electronic structure of transition metal complexes and its contribution to reactivity. He has made significant contributions to our understanding of metal sites involved in electron transfer, copper sites involved in O2 binding, activation and reduction to water, in structure/function correlations over non-heme iron enzymes, in correlations between metalloenzyme and heterogeneous catalysis and in the development of new spectroscopic methods.


    LECTURE (4:30 - 5:45):
    Northwestern University, Evanston Campus
    Technological Institute, Room LR3
    2145 Sheridan Rd.
    Evanston, IL 60208

    RECEPTION & DINNER (6:00 -8:30):
    Hilton Orrington, Heritage Ballroom
    1710 Orrington Ave.
    Evanston, IL 60201


    PARKING: $8 on campus, ~$4 in lot near reception (see map)

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    $35.00 MAIN SITE - Member

    $35.00 MAIN SITE - AIChE Member

    $37.00 MAIN SITE - Non-member

    $0.00 MAIN SITE - Lecture only

    $10.00 Tote bag: CHICAgO elements - blue