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

Register Now

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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Alumni Hall
1400 N. Roosevelt Rd.
Schaumburg, IL60173

Map & Directions:



STREAMING LOCATION #1 (to be confirmed)

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




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

$0.00 REMOTE SITE #1 - Lecture only registration

$0.00 Individual Donation (flexible amount)
$0.00 Donation to Project SEED (flexible amount)

$15.00 T-shirt: CHICAgO Elements
$10.00 Tote bag: CHICAgO elements - blue




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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”




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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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