The February 2020 Chemical Bulletin Print

    Next Meeting

    Omar K. Farha

    Professor of Chemistry, Northwestern University

    "Smart and Programmable Sponges"

    Friday February 21
    Ram Restaurant & Brewery
    Rosemont, IL
    + Remote site(s) and Facebook Live


    This talk will focus on metal–organic frameworks (MOFs) from basic research to implementation and commercialization. MOFs are a class of porous, crystalline materials composed of metal-based nodes and organic ligands that self-assemble into multi-dimensional lattices. In contrast to conventional porous materials such as zeolites and activated carbon, an abundantly diverse set of molecular building blocks allows for the realization of MOFs with a broad range of properties. We have developed an extensive understanding of how the physical architecture and chemical properties of MOFs affect material performance in applications such as catalytic activity for chemical warfare agent detoxification.

    Farha science



    5:30 - 6:30 Registration and Student Poster Session
    6:30 - 7:30 Buffet dinner
    7:30 - 7:45 Introductory remarks
    7:45 - 8:45 Main lecture


    MAIN SITE:  Ram Restaurant & Brewery (Rosemont, IL)
    REMOTE LOCATION #1: Purdue University Northwest (Hammond, IN)

    The Chicago Section of ACS is an ISBE provider for professional development units for Illinois teachers. Teachers who register for monthly meetings will have the opportunity to earn CPDU’s.

    BUFFET DINNER - Main site only:

    Chimichurri Chicken, Mac and Cheese with Roasted Mushrooms
    Caesar Salad, Seasonal Rice, Seasonal Vegetable
    Non-alcoholic Beverage


    Dinner Registration Deadline: 11:00 AM on Tuesday, February 18
    Lecture-only Registration Deadline: 11:00 AM Thursday, February 20

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


    Omar K. Farha is an associate professor of chemistry at Northwestern University, president of NuMat Technologies, and Associate Editor for ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces. His current research spans diverse areas of chemistry and materials science ranging from energy to defense-related challenges. Specifically, his research focuses on the rational design of metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) for applications in sensing, catalysis, storage, separations and water purification. His research accomplishments have been recognized by several awards and honors, including the Kuwait Prize, the Japanese Society of Coordination Chemistry’s “International Award for Creative Work”, the Royal Society of Chemistry’s “Environment, Sustainability and Energy Division Early Career Award,” the American Chemical Society Analytical Division’s “Satinder Ahuja Award for Young Investigators in Separation Science,” and an award established by the Department of Chemistry at Northwestern University in his honor, called the Omar Farha Award for Research Leadership, which is “awarded for stewardship, cooperation and leadership in the finest pursuit of research in chemistry.” This award is given annually to an outstanding research scientist working in the department. Prof. Farha has 430 peer-reviewed publications, holds 16 patents, has garnered 47,000 citations, and has an h-index of 105 (Google Scholar). He has been named a “Highly Cited Researcher” in 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019. Omar is the co-founder of NuMat Technologies, the first company to commercialize an engineered system-level product enabled by metal-organic framework materials.


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    Gyte Building, Room 240
    2200 169th St.
    Hammond, IN  46323


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    $35.00 MAIN SITE DINNER - Nonmember
    $15.00 MAIN SITE DINNER - Student
    $0.00 MAIN SITE - Lecture only registration

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    $0.00 Donation to Project SEED (flexible amount)

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    Safety First Minute

    ACS Launches New Industry Newsletter for Members

    It is exciting to continue the practice of Safety First! reports at our monthly board and dinner meetings, as well as in The Chemical Bulletin, in 2020. This month’s report comes courtesy of former Chicago Section chair, current section councilor, and longtime board member Ken Fivizzani. Ken also served as chair of the Chicago Section Environmental and Lab Safety Committee for many years prior to 2018, and his service at the national level has been recognized with the Lifetime Achievement Award from the ACS Division of Chemical Health and Safety in 2019.

    The ACS recently inaugurated a new online publication, called ACS Industry Matters Newsletter, dedicated to helping members thrive in the chemical industry. This new weekly newsletter, which is sent electronically to ACS members working in industry, provides information and insights related to leadership, innovation, safety, and sustainability in the chemistry enterprise. Safety is the primary focus of a regular series of essays, called “On the Safe Side,” that appear every other week in the newsletter. Frankie Wood-Black and our own Ken Fivizzani alternate as authors of this feature column.

    Ken has contributed two columns since the newsletter was launched in April 9, 2019. “Personal Emergency Response” was the subject of an October 31 commentary, and “Working Alone” appeared in the December 5 issue of Industry Matters.

    Emergency preparedness is a hallmark of an effective safety culture. Every employee must be fully versed on what to do in case of an emergency, be it fire-, weather- or health-related. Policies and procedures should also be reviewed on a regular basis so that when an actual emergency occurs, every employee knows to “don’t just sit there, do something!”

    Working alone in a laboratory or any workplace area where hazardous chemicals, equipment or procedures are being used presents unique challenges that must be addressed and understood by everyone in an organization. Hazards and risks must be assessed – and documented – and appropriate response provisions must be taken into account. Have alarms been installed? Is there another person within “shouting” distance? Do security personnel monitor the workplace on a regular basis? These are NOT rhetorical questions! Your safety depends on knowing the answers!

    Thank you to Ken for your lifetime of service and dedication to the American Chemical Society. To all members of the Chicago Section – please help us continue to improve our Safety First! initiative by providing feedback, comments, and ideas for future discussion.

     - Irene Cesa

    ACS Industry Matters Newsletter for members “features information, insights, and advice to help you thrive in a dynamic, challenging, and exciting working world.”

    Ken Fivizzani retired from Nalco Company (now Ecolab) where he was the chemical hygiene officer for nineteen of his twenty-six years there. Within ACS, he has been active in the Division of Chemical Health and Safety (CHAS), the Committee on Chemical Safety (CCS), the Committee on Community Activities (CCA), and the Chicago Local Section. He is an ACS Fellow. He co-authored the Last Word column in the Journal of Chemical Health and Safety for fourteen years.  He is a chemistry graduate of Loyola University Chicago and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.


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    Letter from the Chair

    In our introductions at our Board Meeting in January, I asked the group to specify why they joined the American Chemical Society (ACS) or what do they get out of it that keeps them as members of the ACS. The replies were varied but here are a few of the responses:

    • C&ENews
    • Gaining skills to meet others (networking)
    • Finding new employment opportunities
    • Gaining resources and connections for students
    • Webinars and keeping up to date
    • Access to world leaders in your field – collaborations
    • Safety
    • Fulfills the responsibility to the integrity of the profession
    • Offers professional resources such as résumé services and salary calculators
    • Gives leadership opportunities
    • Teaching young kids (outreach)
    • Gives an opportunity to contribute back to society


    If you’re wondering why some of your colleagues are not members, it may be that they are not aware of all that being an ACS members can do for them. If you have other reasons for being a member, please share them with me so that my list can be more complete.  Thanks.

    We have recently determined that our  J. Willard Gibbs Medalist for 2020 is Dr. Zhenan Bao from Stanford University.  Dr. Bao will be presenting some of her research at the Gibbs Ceremony on May 15. I hope you can make it as she has done some phenomenal work in the area of organic polymer materials and electronic device design and fabrication.  Cool stuff – check out her videos at!

    Additionally, it has been announced that the Fred Basolo Medal 2020 Recipient will be Dr. Omar Yaghi from the University of California, Berkeley ( This award given out by the Department of Chemistry at Northwestern University for Outstanding Research in Inorganic Chemistry will take place on October 16.  Save the date!

    Speaking of saving dates, I hope to see you for what is sure to be an outstanding talk by Dr. Omar Farha ( I’ve only seen Dr. Farha speak one time. He is definitely one of the best speakers that I’ve ever heard. You don’t want to miss this one on February 21.

    Have a good month!


    Paul Brandt, Chair

    [email protected]


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    Board & Committee Members

    The Chicago Section Thanks its Board and Committee Members for Their Service During 2019


    Chair Tim Marin
    Chair-Elect Paul Brandt
    Past Chair Ken Fivizzani
    Vice Chair Josh Kurutz
    Secretary Rebecca Weiner
    Treasurer Amber Arzadon



    Rebecca Sanders 2018-2019
    Linghong Zhang 2018-2019
    David Crumrine 2018-2019
    Margaret Schott 2018-2019
    Sherri Rukes 2018-2019
    Barb Moriarty 2018-2019
    Carmen Marquez 2018-2019
    Doris Espiritu 2018-2019
    Aleks Baranczak 2019-2020
    Fran Kravitz 2019-2020
    Margy Levenberg 2019-2020
    Milt Levenberg 2019-2020
    Kenny Onajole 2019-2020
    Andrea Twiss-Brooks 2019-2020



    Ken Fivizzani 2017-2019
    Barb Moriarty 2017-2019
    Russ Johnson 2018-2020
    Fran Kravitz 2018-2020
    Charles Cannon* 2018-2020
    David Crumrine 2019-2021
    Margy Levenberg 2019-2021
    Milt Levenberg 2019-2021
    Inessa Miller 2019-2021
    Susan Shih 2019-2021
    Tim Marin Chair

     *deceased October 2019

    Alternate Councilors

    Omar Farha 2017-2019
    Josh Kurutz 2017-2019
    Ilana Lemberger 2017-2019
    Carmen Marquez 2017-2019
    Amber Arzadon 2018-2020
    Tom Higgins 2018-2020
    Paul Brandt* 2018-2020
    Katie Leach 2019-2021
    Tim Marin 2019-2021
    Rebecca Weiner 2019-2021

    *will complete term of Charles Cannon


    Board-Appointed Comittees

    Bylaws Russell Johnson
    Ken Fivizzani
    David Crumrine
    Fran Kravitz
    Herb Golinkin
    Policy Ken Fivizzani
    Section Trustees Mark Kaiser 2017-2019
    Ken Fivizanni 2018-2020
    Milt Levenberg 2019-2021


    Board-Appointed Standing Comittees

    Budget Director Fran Kravitz
    Kari Stone
    Comptroller Herb Golinkin
    Barb Moriarty
    The Chemical Bulletin Paul Brandt
    Peggy Schott
    Ken Fivizzani
    Helen Dickinson
    Josh Kurutz
    Kari Stone
    Michael Koehler
    Nick Boaz
    Office Affairs Tim Marin
    Paul Brandt
    Ken Fivizzani
    Susan Shih
    Avrom Litin


    Strategic Planning Comittee

    Susan Shih
    Sherri Rukes
    Paul Brandt
    Bernie Santasiero
    Josh Kurutz
    Ken Fivizzani
    Mark Cesa
    Mike Koehler
    Russell Johnson


    Ad-Hoc Committees

    Annual Report Ken Fivizzani
    Distinguished Service Award Ken Fivizzani
    GLRM (Great Lakes Regional Meeting) - General and Local Susan Shih
    Barb Moriarty
    Historian Josh Kurutz
    Peggy Schott
    Mike Koehler
    National Affairs Fran Kravitz
    Nominations Rebecca Weiner
    Josh Kurutz
    Sharada Buddha
    Russ Johnson
    Paul Brandt
    Samantha Harvey
    Sherri Rukes
    Elizabeth Swift
    Tim Marin
    Peggy Schott
    Mark Cesa
    Project SEED Scholarship Paul Brandt
    Senior Chemists Charles Cannon
    Louis Defilippi
    State Fair Fran Kravitz
    Milt Levenberg
    Ken Fivizzani
    Harsh Bapat
    Charles Cannon
    Avrom Litin
    Craig McLauchlan
    Frank Salter
    Donna Salter
    Jackie Stewart
    Linghong Zhang
    Paul Brandt
    Richard Boice
    Melinda Boice
    Barb Moriarty
    John Miyazaki
    Margy Levenberg
    Stieglitz Lecture Josh Kurutz
    Willard Gibbs Medal Paul Brandt


    Standing Committees

    Awards Inessa Miller
    Communications/Technology Josh Kurutz
    Kenny Onajole
    Brooks Maki
    Milt Levenberg
    Tim Marin
    Richard Cornell
    Benedictine University
    Concordia University
    Loyola University
    St. Xavier University
    North Central College
    Oakton Community College
    Roosevelt University, Schaumburg
    Purdue University Northwest
    Education, Primary School Paul Brandt
    Sherri Rukes
    Fran Kravitz
    Education, High School

    Paul Brandt
    Sherri Rukes
    Russ Kohnken
    David Crumrine
    Sandra Helquist
    Kevin Crowe
    Tim Marin
    Karen Stone

    Education, College Bob Chapman
    Bernie Santasiero
    Employment & Professional Relations Fran Kravitz
    Environmental & Lab Safety Irene Cesa
    Susan Shih
    Ken Fivizzani
    Michael Koehler
    Gibbs Arrangments Margaret Levenberg
    Sharada Buddha
    Gail Wilkening
    Tim Marin
    Milt Levenberg
    Richard Cornell
    Hospitality Richard Cornell
    House Simonida Grubjesic
    Ilana Lemberger
    Long-Range Planning Paul Brandt
    Tim Marin
    Russ Johnson
    Bernie Santarsiero
    Mark Cesa
    Ken Fivizzani
    Susan Shih
    Sherri Rukes
    Mike Koehler
    Josh Kurutz
    Minority Affairs Charles Cannon
    Program Andrea Twiss-Brooks
    Project SEED Paul Brandt
    Raelynn Miller
    Public Affairs Michael G. Koehler
    Public Relations Russell Johnson
    Josh Kurutz
    Milt Levenberg
    Fran Kravitz
    Bill Hayward
    Women Chemists (WCC) Rebecca Weiner
    Dr. Anita Mehta
    Elizabeth Swift
    Na Zhang
    Katie Leach
    Jing Su
    Sharada Buddha
    Margy Levenberg
    Jessica Tyrus Mackay
    Vivian Sullivan
    Eryn Pondo
    Rebecca Robbins
    Niina Ronkainen
    Younger Chemists (YCC) Joel Schoenberg
    Mona Soflaee
    Community Activities

    Sherri Rukes
    William Morris
    Stephanie Werner
    Celine Calvino
    Andrew Salij
    Minena Zivanovic
    Wang Shiwel
    Rich DeMuro
    Cinda Carlson
    Ka Cheong (Tim) Lau
    Cassandra Callmann
    Steven Socol
    Lorna Socol
    Luke Kwisnek
    Buckley Crist Jr.
    Kathleen Stair
    Megan Kaster
    Shyam Dedaniya
    Zhiqiang Pei
    Jaime Stasiorowski
    Scott Kleespies
    Andrea Potocny
    Koren Plata
    Meghan Ward
    Tyler Yaynes
    Waqas Rasheed
    Jerome Conn
    Patti Conn
    Jason Romero
    Carolina Portillos
    Women Chemists Commitee
    Lee Marek

    North Central College Student Chapter
    Illinois Institute of Technology Student Chapter
    St. Xavier University Student Chapter
    Elmhurst College Student Chapter
    Lewis University Student Chapter
    Benedictine University Student Chapter
    Midwestern University American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists
    Malcolm X College
    Argonne National Labs - Rob Jacob
    Iota Sigma Pi
    Society of Cosmetic Chemists
    Becky Sanders
    WIll Blodgett
    Bindhu Alappat
    Roxanne Siuda
    Dan Kissel
    Brooks Maki
    Sanja Zepcan
    Janet Warner
    Rob Jacobs
    Vivian Sullivan
    Evanston High School AP Chemistry Students
    David Crummine
    Raj Govindarajan
    Avrom Litin
    Ilana Lemberger
    Margy Levenberg
    Veronica M Berns
    Michael Gerty
    Fredrick Northrup
    Stephanie Knezz
    Katie Gesmundo
    Richard Dodd
    Tim Marin


    Starting in 2020, the Chicago Section’s committees have a new structure. The Chicago ACS board will now be comprised of five divisions — Administration, Communication, Education & Outreach, Membership, and Science. Our various committees have been grouped within this division structure where common themes, goals, and purposes align. We have also included a means for succession planning for our Committee Chair and Division Chair roles and a mentoring strategy for the people working within them. This new structure will hopefully bring us newfound efficiency, impact, and effectiveness. For additional information and listings please visit:


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    Sponsors of this issue .


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    Harris Cartoon with Campos-Seijo Commentary

    Chemists want to do chemistry. We are happiest when we are at the bench, surrounded by glassware, apparatus of all shapes and sizes and the ubiquitous safety equipment – or on our computer, performing simulations or modeling. It’s where we are at our best and feel fulfilled and productive. Duties that take us away from that familiar environment such as regulatory affairs, environmental impact assessments, safety procedures, or ethics training can be seen as an unwelcome distraction from the excitement of doing science. But those tasks are critical to how we pursue our science. Today’s chemists not only understand that but live by it.  Safety and ethics are core to chemistry, front and center in chemists’ minds. And our science is all the better for it. There is no doubt that what we now produce is of higher quality and is more responsive to the world in which we live than ever before. We thrive with those challenges and opportunities.    

    ~Bibiana Campos-Seijo,
    Editor in Chief, Chemical & Engineering News

    Funded by the ACS Innovative Grant Program and hosted by the Division of History of Chemistry, eminent cartoonist Sidney Harris agreed to provide 12 previously unpublished cartoons to ACS Local Sections for use in their news-letters and web pages beginning in January 2019. Many of his cartoons are available in the book “EUREKA! DETAILS TO FOLLOW – Cartoons on Chemistry” (2018), Sidney Harris Publisher.


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    From the Editor's Desk

    Dear Readers,

    The year 2020 is underway with our new complement of Officers, Directors, Councilors and their Alternates, Committee Chairs and volunteers. In case you missed the listing of names, please see last month’s bulletin issue. My thanks for their contributions to the February issue go out to Ilene Cesa, Paul Brandt, Josh Kurutz, Professor Omar Farha, Bibiana Campos-Seijo of ACS, Andrea Twiss-Brooks and the program team, Simonida Grubjesic and Ilana Lemberger, co-chairs of the House team, and all the volunteers listed on pages 5–6 in gratitude for their service to the Section in 2019.

    One hundred years ago, in the January 1920 issue, this bulletin ran a Letter to the Editor which reads, in part,

    “Sir:  The recent coal strike was one of vital concern to every chemical establishment.  It required some ingenuity in the city of Chicago to meet conditions and yet maintain fair production….Community spirit is grand and glorious, but what does the community do to provide itself with coal reserves? It does not even set aside places in which those of its members so inclined could store coal. What the public needs is a litle (sic) more self-reliance and much less dependence on the element of chance.”  Signed by “Fair Play.”                 

    ~ Margaret (Peggy) Schott, Editor
    ([email protected])


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    Sponsors of this issue


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    Special Event


    4:00 pm Monday, February 24, 2020

    North Central College
    Wentz Science Center, Room 101 (Auditorium)

    Prof. Bassam Z. Shakhashiri

    The William T. Evjue Distinguished Chair for the Wisconsin Idea
    Director, Wisconsin Initiative for Science Literacy
    Department of Chemistry, University of Wisconsin-Madison

    Please join UW-Madison Chemistry Professor Bassam Shakhashiri for an interactive session on the science of climate change, greenhouse gases, and ocean acidification. The session will include several demonstrations. Climate change affects everyone, so everyone should understand why the climate is changing and what it means for them, their children, and future generations. We must engage in respectful conversations on climate change and on the policies and actions that individuals, communities, and nations might take to mitigate and adapt to what is happening to our planet. Concentrations of greenhouse gases in Earth’s atmosphere are higher and increasing faster than at any time in the past years. The average temperature of Earth is increasing, ice is melting, oceans are acidifying, and extreme weather events are more frequent. Human activities, principally the combustion of fossil fuels, are a major source of greenhouse gases and a major driver of climate change. Individuals and groups must adapt to changes that have already occurred. Reducing emissions is required to avoid a warmer planet. Lifestyle decisions that reduce energy consumption are actually meaningful steps.


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    Professional Education

    ACS Professional Education Is Coming to Chicago

    Stay competitive and move ahead in your career in 2020 with professional development and technical training opportunities from ACS. Follow the links to these courses in downtown Chicago. Discounts are available for all ACS members.

    March 10-13        Gas Chromatography: Fundamentals, Troubleshooting, and Method Development

    May 12-15           High Performance Liquid Chromatography: Fundamentals, Troubleshooting, and Method Development

    June 15-16          Laboratory Safety & Health

    June 15-16          Chemical Engineering for Chemists

    June 15-16          Effective Technical Writing

    June 15-16          Effective Supervision of Scientists and the Technical Staff  

    June 16-18          Experimental Design for Productivity and Quality in Research & Development

    June 17-18          Risk-Based Strategy for the Development and Validation of Analytical Methods with a QbD Approach

    June 17-18          Polymeric Coatings

    September 22-25   Gas Chromatography: Fundamentals, Troubleshooting, and Method Development

    November 10-13   High Performance Liquid Chromatography: Fundamentals, Troubleshooting, and Method Development

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    Women Chemists


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    Calendar of Events


    Sunday, February 9

    Family Open House at Fermilab

    Wednesday, February 12

    Global Women’s Breakfast, “Bonding to Create Future Leaders” (see article above)

    Friday, February 22

    DuPage Area STEM Expo
    10:30 am - 3:30 pm at Illinois Tech Rice Campus

    Monday, February 24

    Global Warming: The Greatest Challenge to Society and Science” with Professor Bassam Z. Shakhashiri
    4:00 pm, North Central College (see above for details)

    March 1-5

    (Sunday - Thursday)
    PITTCON at McCormick Place
    (see advertisement above)

    MARCH 22–26

    (Sunday - Thursday)
    National Meeting in Philadelphia

    APRIL 19–25

    Chemists Celebrate Earth Week 2020
    “Protecting Our Planet Through Chemistry”


    FRIDAY, MAY 15


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    Bulletin Information

    February 2020, Vol. 107, No. 2

    Published by the Chicago Section of the American Chemical Society

    Editor: Margaret E. Schott
    [email protected]

    Online version: Josh Kurutz

    Proofreaders: Helen Dickinson, Ken Fivizzani

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