Plenary Lectures & Symposia


Nobel Laureate and Plenary Lectures

The SERMACS 2022 Organizing Committee is delighted to present a strong scientific program in a diversity of areas including these outstanding plenary lectures.


David MacMillan, McDonnell Distinguished University Professor of Chemistry at Princeton University – NOBEL LAUREATE LECTURE

The 20221 Nobel Prize in Chemistry winner will be features here. Title and abstract will be announced shortly.

Plenary Speakers

Chemistry and Biology of Natural Products – Erick M. Carreira ETH Zurich

The lecture will include discussion and analysis of recent natural product targets that have been synthesized in the group. It will focus on target-oriented synthesis as a driver for the generation of novel bioactive agents, methods and approaches. The methods involve novel and unexpected reactivity as well as unusual building blocks that are fully integrated to produce efficient synthetic pathways.

Plenary Speakers

American Chemical Society – Angela Wilson 2022 ACS President

The Abstract for this plenary will e placed here

Plenary Speakers

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.



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X-Ray Crystallography: Powder and Single Crystal Advances in the Southeast Region

Organizer: Dr. Will Lynch, Dr. C. Padgett and Dalice Pinero Cruz

This symposium will highlight the use of x-ray diffraction in the southeast region to evaluate inorganic materials, organic compounds and biomolecules. XRD plays a vital role in structure elucidation for scientists in all areas of chemistry from solid state to biochemistry. Topics of interest will include the use of crystallography and powder diffraction to further the understanding of complex structures and the role they play in chemical and biochemical processes.

Our target will be one full day 12-16 papers, plus a small poster session

We will attempt to get funding from: a) Coastal Georgia Local Section, Division of Inorganic Chemistry , Division of Organic Chemistry and our industrial partners Rigaku and Bruker.


Fostering international collaborations during the pandemic

Organizer: Carmen Valdez Gauthier, Florida Southern College,

This symposium will focus on the various ways that chemists have responded to the multiple challenges presented by the pandemic including the use of video conferencing and other technologies to foster new collaborations and promote learning. The symposium will highlight work that was carried out by student and international chapters to promote community outreach programs such as national chemistry week and chemists celebrate earth week.


Forensic Chemistry

Organizer: José R. Almirall (FIU)


Chemistry Education Research into Practice

Organizers: Jeffrey Raker, U. South Florida, and Gonger Shultz, U. of Michigan,

This session will include talks that address how education research is being implemented in the context of chemistry courses at all education levels. Talks can be focused on conducting chemistry education research studies that lead to detailed and tangible implications for classroom practice, OR course, and curriculum reform projects that are informed by and rooted in the education research literature (both chemistry education and broader education literature). Potential speakers are encouraged, as well, to submit ‘paired’ talks where together the two talks address the research and practice components of a larger project; the two talks should have different presenters.


Biomolecular Regulation of Metal Bioactivity

Organizer: Arthur Tinoco (UPR-RP)
Duration: One day


Sharing best teaching practices backed by evidence

Organizer: Sonia Underwood, Florida International University,

Given the recent year of the COVID-19 pandemic, many faculty tried new teaching practices. Some of these newly implemented teaching practices will continue to be used moving forward. This symposium is meant to be a place where faculty can share these great newly implemented or developed teaching practices that are here to stay. Presenters for this session should use evidence gathered from their classroom to highlight both the teaching practice and its impact on themselves, students, or classroom culture. From this symposium the audience should take away new ideas for their chemistry courses to use in the future.

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