Photoinduced Processes in Macroscopic, Supramolecular and Nanoscale Inorganic Materials

Organizer: Angel Martí (Rice University)
Duration: 1.5 days

This symposium will highlight research from a variety of photophysical and photochemical processes in inorganic materials. Inorganic materials will be broadly defined as nanomaterials, such as metal nanoparticles, semiconductors, nanotubes, and sheets; soft mater such as inorganic surfactants and liquid crystals; and supramolecular materials such as MOFs, zeolites, clays and layered materials. The study of photoactive organic and inorganic molecules encapsulated, adsorbed or associated with inorganic materials is also of interest for this symposium. We anticipate topics related to sensing, solar fuels, energy transfer, electron transfer, photochemical transformations, photodynamic therapy, quantum dots, and photoluminescent materials, among others.

Visualization of chemical phenomena

Organizer: Maria Oliver-Hoyo NC State University,

Finding alternative ways to observe objects or processes that cannot be seen by the naked eye is critical in chemistry instruction. This symposium will showcase both practice and research-based approaches that have shown effectiveness in promoting visualization and consequently, understanding of chemical concepts. Topics of interest may include the use of well-designed interventions and resources, role of modeling in the development of visualization tools, instruments to monitor the promotion of visual-skills, and visualization as a path to achieve cognitive gains. Abstracts must clearly describe the methodology and results from either the practice and/or research components.

Project SEED Symposium

Organizers: Ajay Mallia, Georgia Gwinnett College ( and Douglas Masterson, The University of Southern Mississippi (
Date: Saturday, October 22,2022, (9:00 am)

Starting from 1968, ACS Project SEED helped more than 11,000 high school students to participate in a summer research program at academia, industry, or government institutions. This symposium will showcase presentations from project SEED coordinators, mentors, and committee members about successfully planning and organizing the SEED program. This symposium will also highlight the research poster presentations of Project SEED HS students.

Model Programs for Broadening Diversity and Participation in STEM – Isiah M. Warner

In the United States, less than half of the students who enter into science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) undergraduate curricula as freshmen will graduate with a STEM degree. For under-represented groups, that number is considerably less. An increased need for innovative initiatives that promote undergraduate retention and achievement within STEM exists. The Louisiana Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (LA-STEM) Research Scholars Program at Louisiana State University has developed a premier model for increasing persistence and achievement within the STEM disciplines.

Puerto Rico NSF-PREMs Symposium

Co-organized by Dr. Idalia Ramos (UPR-Humacao), Dr. Jorge L. Colón (UPR-Río Piedras), and Dr. Ubaldo Córdova (UPR-Mayagüez).
Duration: 1.5 days

The National Science Foundation Partnerships for Research and Education in Materials (NSF-PREM) program’s purpose is developing the next generation of materials researchers by enhancing diversity in materials research and education. PREM achieves this goal by stimulating the development of formal, long-term, collaborative research and education partnerships between minority-serving colleges and universities and the NSF Division of Materials Research (DMR)-supported centers and facilities. In Puerto Rico there are currently three active NSF-PREM programs: (a) the University of Puerto Rico at Humacao-University of Pennsylvania (UPenn) PREM program (PREM UPRH-UPENN), a partnership between the UPR Humacao and Cayey campuses and the UPenn Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC), which began in 2004; (b) the Wisconsin-Puerto Rico PREM program, a partnership between the UPR-Mayagüez, Río Piedras and Medical Sciences campus and the University of Wisconsin-Madison (PREM-UPRM), which started in 2018, and (c) the PREM Center for Interfacial Electrochemistry of Energy Materials (CIE2M) program, a partnership between UPR-Río Piedras campus, the Ana G. Méndez University Cupey and Gurabo campuses, and the Cornell High Energy Synchrotron Source (CHESS) at Cornell University (NSF-PREM CIE2M), established in 2018. The Puerto Rico NSF-PREMs symposium will highlight the progress made by these three programs in providing research and educational opportunities in materials research to undergraduate and graduate students from Puerto Rico, including the outreach efforts made with elementary, middle, and high school teachers and students on the island.

The symposium will consist of three half-day sessions on (1) nanostructured multi-functional materials, (2) nanoscale interactions of macromolecules and organic molecules, and (3) non-equilibrium studies of interfaces. Topics to be covered include the latest research on single-atomic-layer materials and nanofibers of electro-active polymers; nanoparticle-protein interactions; catalytic materials with controlled sites by atomic layer deposition; flexible porous coordination polymers for gas capture; crystallization, polymorphism, dynamics, and structures of active pharmaceutical ingredients; dynamics of active particles in anisotropic media; active colloids templated from liquid crystals; collective behaviors of active colloids; oxygen-reduction and evolving electrocatalysts, nanostructured materials for dye-sensitized solar cells, and hybrid solid-state supercapacitors.

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