SERMACS 2022 Virtual/Hybrid Program


Virtual/Hybrid Program

Puerto Rico Convention Center, Ballroom A

There  will be a limited number of presentations offered in virtual mode. These include all Plenary Lectures as well as all presentations and activities in Ballroom A. After registration to the virtual program, your will get an email with the instructions and link. The Hybrid Program is summarized below. 


8:30 am – 12:05 pm – Nanotechnology Approaches to Biology and Medicine

P. S. Weiss, Organizer, Presiding

8:30 Opening Remarks.

8:40 Nanotechnology Approaches to Biology and Medicine. P.S. Weiss

9:20 Carbohydrate-based Ionic Liquid Coated Polymer Nanoparticles for Selective Targeting of Cancer Cell. G. Singh, E.E. Tanner, G. Dasanayake

9:40 Targeted ligand design of N-heterocyclic carbenes for biological applications on gold surfaces. I.M. Jensen, G. Kaur, J.P. Camden, D.M. Jenkins

10:00 Ionic Liquid-Coated Polymeric Nanoparticles for Targeted in situ Hitchhiking on Blood Components. E.E. Tanner

10:20 Coffee Break.

10:45 Choline carboxylic ionic liquid-based gold nanoparticles for biomedical applications. P. Vashisth, E.E. Tanner, C. Smith

11:05 Application of DMPO-nitrone adduct aided nano-bioassay for quantifying Particulate Matter (PM)-induced oligomerization process of Amyloid Beta proteins. J. Bang, J. Wei, K. Omar, R. Hawkins, D.K. Taylor, B.K. Dey

11:25 EPR Spectroscopy in Studies of Nanomaterials. A.I. Smirnov

11:45 Ionic liquid to invade skin barriers to improve topical drug delivery. M. Nurunnabi, M. Huda


1:25 – 4:40 pm – The Chemistry of Solar Fuels I

J. L. Dempsey, J. Velazquez, J. Y. Yang, Organizers

J. L. Colon, Presiding

1:25 Opening remarks.

1:35 The LiSA Roadmap: Routes to selective synthesis of liquid solar fuels via coupled microenvironments. H. Atwater

1:55 CO2 electrochemical reduction mechanism on copper electrodes: Intrinsic kinetics and the role of mass transport. J. Jang, C.G. Morales-Guio

2:15 Chemical challenges facing scalable hydrogen production with alkaline membrane electrolyzers. S.W. Boettcher

2:35 On the mechanism of water oxidation in nickel-iron layered double hydroxides. B.M. Hunter

2:55 Earth-abundant electrocatalysts for the oxygen evolution reaction of water splitting using nanostructured layered inorganic materials. J.L. Colon, M. Ramos-Garcés, J. Sanchez, K. La Luz-Rivera, A. Cortés-Ortiz, V.M. Figueroa-Lozada, Y. Serrano-Rosario, Y. Wu, I. Barraza-Alvarez, D. Villagran, T.F. Jaramillo

3:15 Coffee Break.

3:40 Withdrawn

4:00 Contactless Measurement of the quasi Fermi levels in illuminated Films of BiVO4, GaP, and CuGa3Se5in Contact with Aqueous Electrolytes. F.E. Osterloh, K. Becker, A.C. Kundmann, S. Daemi, Y. Cheng

4:20 How the Surface Chemistry of Tungsten Oxide Influences its Activity for the Oxygen-Evolution and Chlorine-Evolution Reactions. B.M. Bartlett

5:00 -6:00 – Plenary Lecture I

 Future of the Chemical Sciences: The Transformative Age of Chemistry. Angela Wilson


8:30 – 9:30 am – Plenary Lecture II 

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

9:55 am – 12:25 pm – DEIR Symposium: Building Inclusive DEIR Communities through Societal Organizations

B. Shannon, Organizer

R. A. Robinson, Presiding

9:55 Introduction.

10:05 The state of science and the need for STEM advocacy. J. Seth

10:45 Systematizing Change and Altruism through Ecosystems focused on Broaden Participation in STEM. T. Williams

11:05 What about persons with disabilities in the DEIR discussion? M.R. Cummings

11:25 Working from the bottom up: When the top is conflicted on DEI for LGBTQ+ individuals. C.J. Bannochie

11:45 Importance of affinity organizations in corporate environments for growth and retention of diverse talent. S. Kennedy

12:05 Professional societies: Paving pathways and empowering legacies, an IDEAL journey. C. Grant


1:25 – 4:40 – Interdisciplinary Science for Arid Lands Energy and Water Sustainability II

V. Bermudez Benito, J. D. Kubicki, Organizers

C. R. Cabrera, Presiding

1:25 Opening Remarks.

1:35 Diversification of Water Supplies for Long-term Sustainability in El Paso. S. Reinert, I. Santiago

1:55 Removal of endocrine disruptors in wastewater treatment plants: a binational study along the US-Mexico border region. W. Lee, B. ROCHA-GUTIERRE, R. De La Torre-Roche

2:15 Nano-enabled composite materials for water treatment: adsorption, electrochemical degradation, and detection methods. D. Villagran, M. Marcos, S. Yin, N. Ocuane, A. Castillo, J. Calvillo, J.L. Gardea-Torresdey

2:35 Oil spill contaminate removal by novel nanofiber-based membranes. Z. liu, R. Al-rewaily

2:55 Phytoremediation using mangroves and iron-based nanomaterials for contaminated environments. K. Soto-Hidalgo

3:15 Coffee Break.

3:40 From Glow-Sticks to Sensors: Single-Electrode Electrochemical Detection for Paper-Based Devices. E.M. Vidal, C. Domini, D.C. Whitehead, C.D. Garcia

4:00 Density Functional Theory computation of adsorption of H2O and carbon bearing species to clay mineral surfaces. L. Tribe

4:20 Organic-mineral interactions at the molecular level: impacts and research needs. J.D. Kubicki

5:00 – 6:00 pm – Plenary Lecture III

NSB Vision 2030: A Call to Action. Victor R. McCrary, Jr.


8:30 – 11:45 am – Ligand and Biomolecular Contributions to Metal Bioactivity and Therapeutic Potential

A. D. Tinoco, Organizer, Presiding

8:30 Introductory Remarks.

8:40 Transport of chromium(III) by transferrin with aid from low-molecular-weight chromium-binding substance. J.B. Vincent

9:00 Measuring Biological Thiols: Examining Metal Effects on Glutathione Oxidation. N.L. Finch, L.A. Broughton, J.L. Brumaghim

9:20 Illuminating the Role of Magnesium(II) in Liver Disease. M. Brady, J. Gruskos, K.H. Chu, D. Buccella

9:40 Lessons learned from exploring the insulin enhancing properties of vanadium phosphatase inhibition. A.D. Tinoco, D.C. Crans, O.O. De Leon, J.A. Benjamin-Rivera, K. Gaur, S. Markham

10:00 Coffee Break.

10:25 Exciting anti-cancer results with cobalt(III) and copper(II) complexes: In vitro studies on a triple negative breast cancer cell line. A. Holder, D. Alajroush, C.B. Smith, B. Anderson, S.J. Beebe

10:45 Synthesis, structure, and applications of ferrocene-hormone conjugates in breast cancer. E. Melendez

11:05 Protic ruthenium anticancer compounds: Describing the role of ligand charge in both photodissociation and singlet oxygen production. E.T. Papish, O. Oladipupo, S. Das

11:25 Illuminating Heme Trafficking and Signaling in Health and Disease. A.R. Reddi


2:30 – 4:45 pm – Symposium on Sustainable Green Chemistry III

J. C. Colberg, Organizer

H. Cheng, Presiding

2:30 Opening Remarks.

2:40 New materials and methods to address polymer sustainability. J.N. Brantley, A.D. Fried, N.G. Galan, B.J. Wilson

3:00 Dynamic Covalent Chemistry in Polymers for Improved 3D Printing. R. Smaldone

3:20 Intermission.

3:45 Simplifying the Synthesis of Conjugated Polymers with Electron-Rich Pyrrolopyrroles. G.S. Collier

4:05 Impact of side chain modification of donor polymer on optical and thermal properties of polymer non-fullerene blends. B.R. Gautam, S. Jones, Z. Kelly, S. Han, B. Kim

4:25 Sustainable Applications of Banana Skin. L. Liu, P. Van den Abbeele

5:00– 6:00 – Plenary Lecture IV – Nobel Laureate Address

The Development of Asymmetric Organocatalysis and Metallaphotoredox. David McMillan


8:30– 9:30 – Plenary Lecture V

Chemistry and Biology of Natural Products. Erick M. Carreira

10:00-12:00-i-RIPS (Remote International Poster Session)

Determination of the adsorption rate of atrazine in a passive-type atmospheric aerosol sampler in a wind tunnel. Z. Ayala

Optimization of a method for extraction and analysis of polybrominated diphenyl ethers in passive resin adsorption samplers. R. Ayala Guzman, I, Gavilan Garcia, E. Beristain

Design, synthesis and biological evaluation of quinazoline derivatives as potential inhibitors of Lactate Dehydrogenase A. L. D. Chavez Vargas

Polypyrrole-based materials as electrochemical capacitors. C. C. Moreno Gualtero

Prediction of the resistome of family of spore-forming bacteria of the gut microbiome. B. M. Espino Jurado

Conventional microwave-assisted Fisher esterification: An alternative for organic synthesis in laboratory courses. A. Fabian Salinas, M. Ameri Morales

Electronic compatibility of unnatural nucleotides in the DNA double helix. C. Hernandez

Periodycart: An interdisciplinary activity proposal for the teaching of Periodicity through Art. J. Junior

Field work, my experience in the Environmental Chemistry course in the Chemistry school at UNAM. Z. Lopez Vega

Design of a low cost and low volume active sampler. F. Maqueda

Bioremediation of soil polluted with oil by Pleorutus ostreatus. G. Marquez Portillo

Development of time and resource diagrams for the costing of the productive process of local agroindustrial companies. P. Martinez Guendulain

BODIPYS molecular rotors as viscosity sensors. I. D. Martinez Sulvaran

Reactivity and detection methods of Gamma-hydroxybutyrate. F. May Moreno

Sustainable source of electrical energy from chemical reactions in organic matter. P. M. Peña Resendiz

Cheap and easy colorimetric biosensor made from curcumin: A home lab experience. E. Perez

Female undergraduate students leaders experience and achievements in the ACS Student Chapter, UNA. M. Porras

Single-step production of green butadiene over bimetallic silica-supported catalysts. S. Silva

Introducing green chemistry to undergraduate students: a mentoring project on green polyamide routes. S. Silva

Development and validation of analytical method for quantification of ethanol on a 70% alcohol base. H. J. Solis Xicara

First Central American Woman in Chemistry. Y. Tzian

Nanoprecipitation and characterization of PMMA and PVC nanoparticles for biological and chemical testing. B. A. Ulate Caballero

Optimization of an extraction method for the quantification of metribuzin, atrazine and 2,4-dichlorophenol in agricultural soils and their leachates from an agricultural area of CDMX (Mexico City). K. Valtierra

Evangelina Villegas: Woman who developed QPM. K. Vazquez-Cervantes

In vitro study of the effect of Parietaria officinalis extracts obtained by different methodologies on calcium oxalate and its antibacterial activity against E. coli and S. aureus. S. Velasquez

Simultaneous determination of aspirin and paracetamol content in commercial tablets by UV-Vis Spectroscopy and Multiple Linear Regression Analysis. T. Velez Puyen, S. Aphang, K. Mollo

Portable sustainable practicals in college experimental chemical education. K. Villalobos Morera, S. Sandi-Urena


1:25 – 4:20 pm – Symposium on Sustainable Green Chemistry V

J. C. Colberg, Organizer

H. Cheng, Presiding


1:25 Introductory Remarks.

1:35 Development and application of self-assembled active agents to create sustainable green materials. W. Hart-Cooper, J. McManus, K. Johnson, L. Torres, W.J. Orts

1:55 Reversible actives: Disinfectant applications, hazard analysis and use in agriculture to prevent mastitis and heal wounds. W. Hart-Cooper, J. Wilson-Welder, J. McManus, L. Torres, X. He, W.J. Orts

2:15 Fabrication of water treatment membranes using eco-friendly solvents and recycled polyethylene terephthalate. D.J. Lu, I.C. Escobar

2:35 Biodegradable mulch films produced from soy-filled polymer resins. K. Candlen, M. Haque, S. Martey, J. Ratto, W. Chen

2:55 Intermission.

3:20 Recycling polypropylene: A balance between stiffness and impact and story of compatibilizers. H.B. Nulwala, C. Diaz-Acosta

3:40 Sophorolipids and their component hydroxy fatty acid amide derivatives as antimicrobial compounds. R. Ashby, J. Msanne, H. Yosief, M. Olanya, X. Fan

4:00 Polymer Blends as a Platform for Sustainable Green Chemistry. H. Cheng, Z. He, K. Klasson, A. Biswas

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