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    "From Rectifying to Energy: Some Reflections" - Northwestern Prof. Mark Ratner, Gibbs Medal Awardee (May 2012)

    May 18, 2012
    5:00 PM - 9:30 PM
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    Casa Royale
    783 Lee St.
    Des Plaines, IL 60016
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    The Chicago ACS is proud to present Northwestern Chemistry Professor Mark Ratner with the 2012 Gibbs Award for his work in electron transfer mechanisms, molecular electronics including single molecule electronics, and quantum dynamics. At the Chicago Section's May meeting, the Chicago Section will give Prof. Ratner with the Gibbs Medal, and the awardee will talk about his work:

    "The power of chemical science to transform our understandings of the world, and of the world itself, are remarkable. The talk will describe some of the excitement that I have been privileged to participate in, starting from some rudimentary ideas about how current moves through molecules, and finishing (so far!) with a discussion of some of the ways that theory and experiment can come together to help us develop photovoltaic devices, devices that can lead to control of our energy future using molecules in an intelligent and interesting way.

    The tour will feature some significant people, from Willard Gibbs on to 2012."

     

    The evening will feature other luminaries of the American Chemical Society:

    Northwestern Prof. Tobin Marks (Awardee of the 2001 Gibbs Medal and 2011 Dreyfus Scholar, among other honors) will introduce Prof. Ratner

    Chairman of the National American Chemical Society, Bill Carroll, will present the award.

    Program:

    6:00 PM  Reception with hors d'œuvres and 2 complimentary drinks
    7:00 PM Dinner
    8:30 PM ACS Event Introduction
    8:45 PM Gibbs Award Lecture 

    Biography: 

    Mark A. Ratner is a materials chemist, whose work focuses on the interplay between molecular structure and molecular properties. This includes such aspects as molecular electronics, molecular optoelectronics, molecular systems design and biomolecular behavior, as well quantum and classical methodologies for understanding and predicting molecular structure and response. The major focus of his research for the last three decades has been the understanding of charge transfer and charge transport processes based on molecular structures, ranging from nonadiabatic intramolecular behavior to aspects of molecular devices, including photovoltaics, conductive polymers, molecular transport junctions and molecular switches.

    His professional history involves undergraduate work at Harvard, graduate work at Northwestern, postdoctoral work at Aarhus and Munich, and faculty positions at New York University and Northwestern. He is now Dumas University Professor at NU and Co-Director of the Initiative for Sustainability and Energy at Northwestern (ISEN). He has very active international collaborations, particularly in Denmark, Israel and the Netherlands. He has been awarded the Feynman Prize, the Langmuir Award of the American Chemical Society, and is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the International Academy of Quantum Molecular Sciences, the Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and an annual canoe trip which puts all things back into perspective.

    Dinner:

    Cream of Asparagus Soup

    Signature Salad Pre-Dressed with Raspberry Vinaigrette Dressing

    Entree:

    Prime New York Strip Steak OR

    Baked Salmon with Dill Sauce OR

    Eggplant Parmigiana

    Duchesse Potatoes

    Green Beans Almandine

    Warmed Apple Cobbler à la mode with Caramel Sauce

     

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