Princeton ACS Meeting, Thursday, March 24, 2016
Richard Riman Ph.D., Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Rutgers University will speak on
“Zero-Waste Sustainable Infrastructure Materials”
Friend Center, Princeton University
Mixer at 5:30 pm; Presentation at 6:30 pm followed by dinner
Abstract: We have invented new processes for manufacturing both cement and concrete. Relative to conventional concrete, our concrete reaches peak hardness faster, is more durable, and reduces maintenance costs. This concrete uses CaSiO3 cement, which cures with CO2 instead of water. Curing occurs via a carbonation reaction permanently sequestering CO2 via CaSiO3 formation. The use of CaSiO3 instead of Ca2SiO4 and Ca3SiO5 phases enables the cement to be manufactured with less limestone at temperatures 250˚C lower than Portland cement. Thus, in sum, the consumption of CO2 and reductions in reaction temperature and limestone enable concrete to be produced with a 30% energy reduction and a 70% net reduction in CO2 emissions. Carbonate cement concrete has been used to make a wide range of precast products along with new methodologies to make cast-in-place concrete. If all concrete construction projects in the US employed carbonate cement, a reduction of 70 million tons of CO2 per year is possible. Carbonate cement manufacturing technology has been proven at full scale thereby ensuring a reliable cement supply chain. However, the industrial supply chain for CO2 cannot sustain the concrete industry because CO2 production levels are too low. A zero-waste sustainable solution will be presented to address the CO2 deficiency but also yields resource, environmental and societal benefits that goes well beyond that of reducing CO2 emissions.
Biography: Richard Riman is a Distinguished Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Rutgers University. He uses hydrothermal technology to explore photonic, biomedical, electronic and structural fields. Current research is focused on the discovery and development of green manufacturing methods for the production of ceramics in order to provide sustainable solutions to significant technological and environmental problems. He has numerous patents related to hydrothermal technology including systems and methods for carbon capture and sequestration using novel concrete products. Professor Riman’s entrepreneurial interests include founding Solidia Technologies, Piscataway, NJ, and a company providing green construction materials for buildings and infrastructure, and, more recently, RRTC. He holds a B.S. degree in Ceramic Engineering from Rutgers and a Ph.D. from MIT in Materials Science and Engineering. He is the recipient of many research awards including the NJ Inventor’s Hall of Fame, R&D 100 New Materials Innovation award in 2013, along with awards from the National Institute of Health, National Science Foundation, Office of Naval Research, ALCOA, DuPont, Johnson & Johnson, and the American Ceramic Society.
Reservations: The meeting will be held in Friend Center Princeton University. The social mixer will begin at 5:30 pm in the Convocation Room. The lecture will be held in Auditorium 101 at 6:30 pm followed by dinner in the Convocation Room. The Friend Center is located on William Street. Parking is available in lot 10 and lot 13 on William or the North Garage on Prospect Street (see http://m.princeton.edu/map/). The seminar is free and open to the public. Reservations are required for dinner, which is $20 ($10 for students). Please contact Louise Lawter at email@example.com or 215-428-1475 by March 20 to make reservations. Reservations must be canceled no later than March 23 to avoid being billed for the dinner.
Coming this August: PACS to Host STEM Student Outreach
This August PACS will host a STEM outreach program for nominated high school and Princeton University students. This program will expose all students to the vast array of opportunities that exist in STEM fields, stimulate entrepreneurship, and will provide professional development workshops to prepare students for these careers. The goal is to provide these students with the advice and mentorship we wish we had when first starting our careers. Our marquee event, August 19th, will feature Bassam Shakhashiri, the 2012 ACS President, well known for his “Science is Fun!’ chemical demonstrations. The event is open to the public and there will be a dinner following the seminar.
The information you can provide on your career choices and the path you took to reach your current position is extremely valuable, especially to those students who are interested in breaking into industry, which is so highly competitive. In addition, we are looking for workshop leaders that would be willing to perform mock interviews and resume assessments along with guidance and counsel for career development that is required to pursue careers in STEM. If you are interested in participating as a professional volunteer or financial sponsor please contact Christin Monroe (firstname.lastname@example.org).
2016 Chemagination Announcement and Call for Volunteers
The Princeton and Trenton ACS local sections’ Chemagination competition is planned for June 11th. Details about the competition at Princeton University are posted at the Princeton ACS website at Chemagination. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Dr. Barbara Ameer (email@example.com), Chemagination Committee Chair.
PACS Files Its Annual Report and Picks “the Best of 2015”
Each year local ACS sections are required to submit administrative and financial reports to National ACS. As part of the process, the section can choose to self-nominate its activities for ChemLuminary Awards.
The Princeton Section governance completed our online report and identified the following 3 notable activities for ChemLuminary recognition:
- Award: Local Section Partnership Award
Sponsored by: Local Section Activities
Activity: Princeton Joint NMR Symposium of North Jersey ACS (NJACS) NMR Topical Group and Princeton ACS Section
Princeton ACS Local Section partnered with the NJACS Section’s NMR Topical Group to develop a Fall Symposium at Princeton University to update Topical Group members and their collaborators and Princeton Section members and students interested in advances in NMR for biomedical research. While it was the 4th annual event for NJACS, it was the first collaboration with the Princeton Local Section and the first time with a Princeton University venue.
NJACS’s NMR Topical Group led the planning of the afternoon technical sessions, while Princeton Local Section led planning of the evening lecture and the social mixer and dinner, all at Frick Chemistry Laboratory at Princeton University.
The October 2015 symposium was a success and our ACS groups plan to make this first-time collaborative NMR symposium a recurring event.
- Award: Outstanding Sustainability Activities
Sponsored by: Environmental Improvement
Activity: Princeton Section Science Café in Honor of the 5th Anniversary of Eco-Friendly Frick Chemistry Laboratory.
In 2015 we successfully used the occasion of the 5th anniversary of the completion of the eco-friendly Frick Chemistry Laboratory at Princeton University to focus the Princeton community’s attention on sustainable design.
Three presentations were featured during our Science Café held this past June. William Bausmith, from Princeton University’s Office of Design and Construction described the sustainability features built into the Frick Chemistry Laboratory. Thomas O’Connor, PE from the US Environmental Protection Agency’s New Jersey office enlightened us about ongoing experiments in Edison, NJ on the development of permeable parking lots and road surfaces that reduce rainwater runoff that can lead to soil erosion and flooding.
Lastly, J. Robert Hillier, FAIA, Principal, Studiohillier, Princeton, NJ, spoke on the restoration of buildings in Princeton and globally. He showed a stunningly diverse array of buildings that were designed by his firm with sustainability in mind.
3. Award: Outstanding On-going NCW Event
Sponsored by: Community Activities
Activity: Princeton NCW 2015 “Chemistry Colors Our World” Activities Night.
NCW Activities Night has been held at Princeton University in Partnership with Princeton University Department of Chemistry for 16 consecutive years. Princeton supplies the venue and related support. Each uniquely designed program has emphasized hands-on activities to fit that year’s theme. A few popular activities have been repeated in the context of several themes. The program expanded from 13 kitchen chemistry activities for 150 guests supervised by 13 volunteers from Princeton ACS and Princeton University in 2000 to 22 candy-related activities and an auditorium show for over 850 guests supervised by 120 volunteers in 2014. Volunteers added over the years include Princeton University staff and students, students and teachers from local high schools, students from other local colleges, representatives of local industry and business, and members of the general public.
In 2015 we extended the event time to three hours, prepared a 90-minute program with fewer activities and more stations for each activity, and required timed tickets. We also set a registration limit of 750.
We recruited 141 volunteers, including 81 high school students. The visitors enjoyed an interactive show on color vision and colorful chemistry, a new demonstration and poster presentation, and six colorful hands-on activities (one specially developed, four new). A good time was had by all!
251st American Chemical Society National Meeting & Exposition
“Computers in Chemistry”
San Diego, CA – March 13-17, 2016
CHEMICAL CONSULTANTS NETWORK, MARCH 9, 2016 Meeting
CECON LLC: A Broker for Science and Engineering Consultants
Michael C. Fisher
Date & Time: Wednesday, March 9, at The Cynwyd Club, Bala Cynwyd, PA
Networking, 5:30 PM; Dinner, 6:30 PM; Talk and Business Session, 7:30 PM
Reservation: Click here to register to attend the event, or e-mail CCNReservations@aol.com or call the ACS office at 215-382-1589 (leave message on voicemail if necessary). Fee, including food and beverages (wine, beer & sodas), is $30 by reservation/cancellation deadline: Saturday, March 5th. Dietary restrictions accommodated on a limited basis. There is no charge for talk only, but registration is suggested using contact information above.