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    Prof. Kim Dunbar - 2019 Basolo Medal Lecture and Dinner

    October 18, 2019
    4:15 PM - 9:00 PM
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    Northwestern University Technological Institute, LR3
    2145 Sheridan Road
    Evanston, IL 60208

    Fred Basolo Award Presentation and Dinner

    Kim Renee Dunbar

    University Distinguished Professor

    Davidson Professor of Science
    Department of Chemistry, Texas A&M University

    "Adventures in Wernerian Coordination Chemistry"


    Decades of fundamental research in transition metal and rare earth chemistry, with applications as disparate as anti-cancer drugs, molecular magnets and conductors, and various switchable materials, have taken me and my group on many enjoyable adventures. One major avenue of investigation in our laboratories has been devoted to the renaissance of cyanide chemistry, which traces its origins to the first recorded coordination compound, viz., the Prussian Blue pigment synthesized over 300 years ago. A second important focus in our group involves the study of metal ion binding with anions and redox active ligands, work that resulted in the discovery of anion-pi interactions and new architectures for transition metal and lanthanide ions with tunable structures and properties. A third thrust area is a career-long effort to elaborate the chemistry of dirhodium compounds in the ground and excited states, efforts that have led to exciting new directions in cancer and energy research. In all of these research activities, irrespective of the problems being addressed, the central theme is coordination chemistry, the basic principles of which were laid out by Alfred Werner in the late 19th century. Vignettes of our excursions in the world of the ever-fascinating metal-ligand bond will be shared with emphasis on the journey - which is far more interesting than the destination!


    Northwestern University 2145 Sheridan Road, Evanston, IL 60208

    • Tech K140          1:00 p.m.                    Special BIP Seminar
    • Tech LR3            4:15-4:30 p.m.            Refreshments
    • Tech LR3            4:30-5:30 p.m.            Presentation of Medal/Lecture  

    Hilton Orrington-1710 Orrington Avenue , Evanston, IL – Heritage Ballroom, 2nd floor

    • 6:00 p.m.                             Reception 
    • 7:00 p.m.                             Introduction and Dinner
    • 8:00 p.m.                             General ACS Meeting

    TEACHERS! All K-12 educators can receive continuing education credits for attending our meetings. Get your CE form at the registration desk.


    • Jumbo lump crab cakes (Sweet corn butter, roasted red pepper puree and crispy micro greens)
    • Vegetable spring roll (with ponzu dipping sauce)
    • Thai chicken satay (with peanut sauce)
    • A1 marinated sirloin skewer

    Salad: House salad (baby field greens in a radicchio lettuce cup with cucumber, tomatoes, herb focaccia crostini and balsamic vinaigrette)

    Entrees: (choice of 1)
    • Roasted Portobello stack (grilled vegetables, sandwiched between roasted Portobello mushrooms over quinoa pilaf) - Vegetarian
    • Pan seared white fish (almond-pistachio crusted, drizzled with citrus beurre blanc and parmesan risotto) - Fish
    • Rosemary panko crusted chicken (Dijon demi-glace with whipped mashed potatoes) - Chicken
    • Grilled beef filet (carmelized shallot cabernet demi-glace with whipped potatoes) - Beef

    Dessert: Warm chocolate lava cake


    Dinner Registration Deadline: 12:00 Noon on Friday October 11, 2019
    Lecture-only Registration Deadline: 12:00 noon Thursday, October 17, 2019

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


    Professor Dunbar is the Davidson Chair of Science Professor and University Distinguished Professor in the Department of Chemistry at Texas A&M University. She received her Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry from Purdue University in 1984 with Professor Richard A. Walton and carried out postdoctoral research at Texas A&M University from 1985-86 under the direction of the late F. Albert Cotton. She joined the Texas A&M chemistry faculty in 1999 after being a faculty member at Michigan State University from 1987-1999 where she was served as University Distinguished Professor from 1998-1999. In 2004, she was named a Davidson Professor of Science at Texas A&M University and a joint holder of the Davidson Chair in Science, meriting particular distinction as the first female chair holder in the history of the College of Science. Kim Dunbar's research in synthetic and structural inorganic chemistry, funded over the years by the National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy, the National Institutes of Health, the Food and Drug Administration, the American Chemical Society-Petroleum Research Fund and the Welch Foundation, is focused on the application of coordination chemistry principles to the solution of diverse problems ranging from designing new magnetic and conducting materials to anticancer agents and is a pioneer in the study of anion-pi interactions. Major professional honors include the ACS Award for Distinguished Service in the Advancement of Inorganic Chemistry, the Fred Basolo Medal for Outstanding Research in Inorganic Chemistry from Northwestern University and the Chicago ACS Local Section, an Honorary Degree from Westminster College, a Presidential Award for Service to NOBCChE and the STEM Community at the 42nd Annual "Bridging Generations Through STEM" NOBCChE conference, the Inaugural Eminent Scholar Award at Texas A&M University from the Women Former Students’ Network, a Distinguished Achievement Award in Research from the Association of Former Students at Texas A&M, AND the Inaugural Distinguished Achievement Award in Graduate Mentoring from the Association of Former Students at Texas A&M. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, the American Chemical Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Earlier in her career Dr. Dunbar received a Sigma Xi Research Award, an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellowship, and a Camille and Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award. She also received Distinguished Alumna Awards from her graduate alma mater Purdue University and her undergraduate institution Westminster College. She was a Wilsmore Fellow at the University of Melbourne, Australia and a Visiting Professor at the Institut Le Bel, Université de Strasbourg, France. Dr. Dunbar served her profession as Associate Editor of Inorganic Chemistry for 12 years and is a past Secretary, Chair, Councilor and member of the Executive Committee of the American Chemical Society's Division of Inorganic Chemistry and was a member of the Minority Affairs Committee. She has also served as local section Chair for the Texas A&M Section of the ACS. She has graduated 47 students with Ph.D. degrees and mentored over 60 graduate students, 60 postdoctoral researchers and Visiting Scholars and more than 40 undergraduates. She collaborates extensively with colleagues from Europe and Asia as well as North America. Dr. Dunbar is the author of over 415 publications and 22 book chapters or reviews.



    Map for Basolo Lecture


    Northwestern University Technological Institute
    2145 Sheridan Road
    Room LR3
    Evanston, IL 60208

    Map & Directions:


    Hilton Orrington
    1710 Orrington Ave
    Evanston, IL  60201

    Lecture:  Noyes St. Lot or Campus Drive Garage (shown on map)
    Dinner: Parking garage $8; Valet parking curbside at Hilton Orrington $12

    The Hilton Orrington is a 10-15 minute walk from the lecture location.


    $35.00 MAIN SITE DINNER-AIChE Member

    $35.00 MAIN SITE DINNER-ACS Member

    $37.00 MAIN SITE DINNER-Guest/Non-member

    $0.00 MAIN SITE-Lecture only

    $15.00 T-shirt: CHICAgO Elements

    $10.00 Tote bag: CHICAgO elements - blue