Colorado State University

Feb 25 - Feb 26, 2015

"For us this was a very big turn out [over 120 attendees.] Thanks to ACS."

Neil Coville, Lecturer, University of the Witwatersrand
Johannesburg, South Africa

Fort Collins, Colorado

Feb 25 - Feb 26, 2015


Colorado State University

Morgan Library, Event Hall

1201 Center Avenue Mall

Fort Collins , Colorado 80523

ACS on Campus's next stop is the beautiful Colorado State University. We kick off the event with a night of networking on Wednesday, February 25 and continue will a full day of scholarly seminars on Thursday, February 26. This free event is open to all students of the sciences. Register now! We look forward to seeing you on campus.


Delphine Farmer, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Colorado State University

Delphine Farmer is an Assistant Professor of Analytical Chemistry at Colorado State University, studying atmospheric chemistry through both laboratory and field experiments. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from McGill University in 2000 (Honours with Great Distinction), a Master of Science degree in Environmental Science, Policy and Management from the University of California at Berkeley in 2001, and a Ph.D. in physical chemistry from the University of California at Berkeley in 2006. She received post-doctoral training in aerosol mass spectrometry at the University of Colorado-Boulder with a NOAA Climate and Global Change Postdoctoral Fellowship, before joining the faculty at CSU in 2011. Dr. Farmer received a Beckman Young Investigator Award in 2012, and continues to conduct research at the intersection of physical, analytical and atmospheric chemistry.

Elisabeth Mansfield, Ph.D.

Research Chemist, National Institute of Standards and Technology

Elisabeth Mansfield is a research chemist in the Applied Chemicals and Materials Division at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in Boulder, CO. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry from Colorado State University in 2002 and a Ph.D. in analytical chemistry from the University of Arizona in 2007. Dr. Mansfield started her time at NIST as a National Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow working on nanoparticle environmental health and safety. Her research interests have been broad during her time at NIST, focused on vapor-liquid equilibrium, nanoparticle reference materials, thermal analysis and biointerface chemistry. Dr. Mansfield received the Department of Commerce Silver Medal in 2014 for her work on a single-wall carbon nanotube Standard Reference Material and the Department of Commerce Bronze Medal in 2013 for her research in microscale thermogravimetric analysis.

Thomas Reilly, Ph.D.

Lead Chemist, Access Sensor Technologies, LLC

Thomas Reilly earned his B.S. degree in chemistry from Boston College. After graduating from BC, he moved to Colorado to pursue his doctorate in chemistry at the University of Colorado - Boulder. Following graduation, he worked as a postdoctoral scientist at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, CO. There he worked with Dr. Jao van de Lagemaat exploring how nanostructures may be used to manipulate light and energy flow in next generation polymer solar cells. Since his time at NREL he has worked at multiple start-up companies in scientific and business development roles to bring new technology to the marketplace.

Debbie C. Crans, Ph.D.

Professor of Organic and Inorganic Chemistry, Colorado State University

Debbie C. Crans is a Professor of Organic and Inorganic Chemistry and in the Chemical Biology and Cell and Molecular Biology Programs at CSU. She did her undergraduate studies at the H.C. Ørsted Institute in Denmark in Biochemistry and Organic Chemistry. She received her M.S. and Ph.D. from Harvard University. After postdoctoral studies at University of California, Los Angeles she joined the faculty at CSU in 1987.

Dr. Crans has published over 170 original research papers in fundamental areas of inorganic and organic chemistry often applied to biological or medical problems. Her expertise includes metals in medicine, coordination chemistry and spectroscopy, and she works on diseases such as diabetes and tuberculosis. She established the International Vanadium Symposium and the Zing Coordination Chemistry Conferences. She was Program Chair for the Inorganic Division for more than a decade and is currently its past chair and the chair elect of the Colorado ACS section.

Ellen Fisher, Ph.D.

Professor of Chemistry, Colorado State University; Senior Faculty Advisor to the Vice President for Research; Executive Editor of ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces

Ellen Fisher is a Professor of Analytical, Physical, and Materials Chemistry and Chair of the Department of Chemistry at Colorado State University (CSU), serving as Department Chair from 2009-2014. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry and Mathematics from Texas Lutheran University (formerly College) in 1986 (summa cum laude) and a Ph.D. in physical-analytical chemistry from the University of Utah in 1991. After two years as a postdoctoral member of the technical staff at Sandia National Labs in Albuquerque, she joined the faculty at CSU in 1993.

Dr. Fisher has published over 140 original peer-reviewed articles that span diverse topics in plasma science, materials chemistry, chemistry education and the responsible conduct of research. She has served on the editorial boards of several technical journals in her field and is currently an Executive Editor of the American Chemical Society journal ACS-Applied Materials and Interfaces.

Jon Mallett, Ph.D.

Managing Editor, Langmuir and ACS Applied Materials & interfaces

Jon Mallett was educated at the University of Bristol in the UK, where he received his PhD from the Department of Physics. He moved to the United States in 2002, where he worked at the National Institute of Standards and Technology on electrodeposited materials for magnetic data storage and for catalytic applications. In 2009 he began working for the American Physical Society from their office on Long Island as an editor of Physical Review B, which is the largest journal of condensed matter physics. In 2012 he moved back to the Washington DC area and began working for the American Chemical Society in his current role as Managing Editor of Langmuir and ACS Applied Materials & interfaces.

Askar Fahr, Ph.D.

Program Manager for the Chemical Physics/Physical Chemistry and Physical Organic Chemistry Committees of American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund (ACS PRF)

Prior to joining ACS in May 2010, Dr. Fahr was the Principal Scientist for a joint Department of Energy-Parsons Engineering project on designing, pre-testing and building the nuclear Salt Waste Processing Facility (SWPF) at Savannah River Site, South Carolina.  He led a group of scientists and engineers with objectives of solving complex chemical processing and facility design issues. He implemented innovative and cost-effective thermochemical modeling simulations and targeted laboratory investigations to better understand complex physicochemical processes in SWPF.  Results of his studies were utilized for enhanced process designs, process optimizations, and as a predictive and safety tools.  Dr. Fahr was also a Project Scientist for joint National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL)-Parsons Engineering projects for evaluations and optimizations of advanced energy conversion systems, clean coal and alternative fuels technologies.

Askar obtained his M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Physical Chemistry from Georgetown University. His graduate research focused on laser induced photochemistry, reaction kinetics, reaction dynamics and molecular spectroscopy.  Following a postdoctoral appointment in Physical Chemistry Laboratories at Oxford University, he became a Research Scientist at National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).  He studied chemical and spectral properties of a large number of highly reactive radical species that play important roles in combustion, atmospheric, environmental, and industrial processes. His research projects were funded by NASA- Planetary Atmospheres, -Upper Atmosphere and -Outer Planets Research Programs and by the U.S. Department of Energy-Basic Energy Sciences Program.  Askar has also served as an adjunct professor of Physical Chemistry at Howard University and American University, both in Washington D.C.

Brian Shofran, MS

Account Consultant, Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS)

Brian joined CAS in 2013. Based in Dallas, TX, he is responsible for the promotion of SciFinder and other CAS products in Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, and Arizona. He also provides consultation and training of CAS products for the end users and insures customer success. Brian received an M.S. in Organic Chemistry from St. Joseph’s University and a M.S. in Food Science from North Carolina State University. He has over a decade of experience as a scientist in the food and pharmaceutical environments and also has extensive experience in Mass Spectrometry both in applications development and sales support.

Jeremy Nelson, PhD

CSU Ventures, Director, Licensing & Business Development

Jeremy is the Director of Licensing and Business Development for CSU Ventures and he is a registered patent agent. He is responsible for technology marketing, patent prosecution and license negotiation of CSU-created intellectual property. Jeremy also supports start-up formation, university research activities, and corporate relations. His portfolio primarily consists of innovations in the engineering, natural science, and computer technology areas.

Being affiliated with a land grant institution, Jeremy is committed to finding smart, reasonable ways to interact with the private sector in order to provide access to CSU's cutting edge innovations and technical expertise. His specialties include contract negotiation, patent prosecution, engineering & natural sciences.

Karolien Denef, Ph.D.

Associate Director, Central Instrument Facility; Research Scientist, CSU Department of Chemistry

Karolien received a Bachelor of Science degree and a PhD in Bio-Engineering from the University of Leuven in Belgium, and did her post-doctoral research at the University of Ghent at the Department of Applied Analytical and Physical Chemistry. Her research has largely focused on plant-soil-microbial and organo-mineral interactions in the context of agricultural sustainability and soil carbon sequestration. Karolien also worked for several years in the private sector as an environmental consultant managing an international team on Climate Change and Sustainability, after which she returned to academia as a research scientist at the NREL at CSU and Managing Director of the EcoCore specialized facility. In her current position at the CIF, Karolien assists in the management and promotion of the CIF facilities and expansion of its research support, service and training components. She also manages the CIF’s Cell Culture, Mass Spec and Spectroscopy facilities and coordinates the CIF’s Summer Schools on Instrumental Methods for Materials Analysis.

Bob Topping, Ph.D.

Distinguished Scientist, Corden Pharma Colorado

Bob is a Distinguished Scientist at Corden Pharma Colorado, specializing in the synthesis and purification of peptide pharmaceutical active ingredients for the Boulder contract manufacturing organization. He received a B.S. degree in Chemistry from the State University of New York at Fredonia in 1981 and a Ph.D. in Chemistry (Inorganic) from Duke University in 1986. After a one year postdoctoral appointment in the Center for Molecular Toxicology at Vanderbilt University, he took a process development job working for Syntex Chemicals, Inc. in Boulder in their newly-formed Technology Center, developing a manufacturing process for Naproxen (Aleve®). After the sale of Syntex to Roche, he continued as a process development chemist for 20 years before the first reduction in force at Roche Colorado Corp. Bob worked 2 years as a process development chemist for Hospira Boulder, Inc, developing their current manufacturing process for semi-synthetic paclitaxel before rejoining Roche to become manager of synthetic chemistry. Upon the sale of The Boulder Roche site to Corden Pharma, Bob took on the role of Director of Quality Assurance during the initial transition before settling into his current role in process chemistry within Corden Pharma Colorado.


Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Science Cafe Networking Event


C.B. & Potts

1415 West Elizabeth

Fort Collins, CO 80521

Join ACS and the Colorado State Chemistry Department for a night of networking. Gather networking tips from local professionals and learn how to get the most out of a national meeting. Free food and drinks will be served. All science students and researchers are welcome.

6:00-6:15 pm Networking Activity

6:15-7:00 pm Science Cafe – Networking Social

7:00-8:00 pm Preparing for a National Meeting (Panel Discussion)

Thursday, February 26, 2015


Library Event Hall

Morgan Library, Colorado State University

1201 Center Avenue Mall

Fort Collins, CO 80523

8:30-9:00 am Breakfast, sign in, and onsite registration

9:00-9:30 am Welcome and Opening Remarks

11:00-11:15 am Networking Break with the ACS Editors

12:30-1:15 pm Networking Lunch

2:15-2:30 pm Networking Break

3:30 pm Closing Remarks

SciFinder® Training


Computer Classroom 174

Morgan Library, Colorado State University

3:45-4:45 pm SciFinder® – Beyond Chemistry – Training Session (Please indicate in registration if you will attend the SciFinder® training. Space is limited.)