Oct 12 - Oct 12, 2012

"My experience at the event turned out to be awesome! The talks were very informative and helpful."

Hiroko Ajiki
New York University, New York, NY

Kolkata, India

Oct 12 - Oct 12, 2012



2A, 2B Raja Subodh Chandra Mallick Road


Kolkata, West Bengal 700032


The Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science is the oldest research institute in India and is devoted to the pursuit of fundamental research in the frontier areas of Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Energy, Polymer and Materials.

ACS on Campus was a part of a larger editorial visit taking place in India from October 1-12. 

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Friday October 12, 2012

14:00-14:10 Opening Remarks

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14:10-15:30  Basics of Scholarly Publishing: From the Editors Themselves

This session will be a panel discussion with ACS editors covering the core topics of the Basics in Scholarly Publishing and Copyright/Ethics in Scholarly Communications talks.

15:30-16:30 Careers in Chemistry: What can I do with a PhD?



16:30-17:00 Using SciFinder to Find a Job


M. G. Finn, Ph.D

Editor-in-Chief, ACS Combinatorial Science

M. G. Finn is Professor in the Department of Chemistry of The Scripps Research Institute, where he also directs the Scripps Predoctoral Training Program in Molecular Evolution. In addition, he holds joint appointments at The Skaggs Institute for Chemical Biology, Center for Integrative Molecular Biosciences, and the Kellogg School of Science and Technology. His laboratory is highly interdisciplinary, focusing its research efforts on the use of viruses as chemical building blocks for catalysts, materials, pharmaceuticals, and diagnostic agents; the development and applications of highly reliable organic transformations for the discovery of biologically active compounds and functional materials; and the use of molecular evolution techniques to develop new enzymes. Dr. Finn’s laboratory engages in many collaborative projects with colleagues within The Scripps Research Institute as well as with research groups around the world.

M. G. Finn received his PhD in 1986 from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, working with Professor K. Barry Sharpless on the mechanisms of the asymmetric epoxidation reaction. Next, he was awarded an NIH Postdoctoral Fellowship at Stanford University to study metalloporphyrin chemistry. Dr. Finn joined the faculty of the University of Virginia in 1988, where his group studied the reactivity of Fisher carbene complexes, metal-substituted phosphorus ylides, and a variety of transition metal-catalyzed processes.

University of Californa San Diego

NCL - Pune, India

Kolkata, India

Prof. Samaresh Bhattacharya

Professor of Chemistry, Jadavpur University

Professor Samaresh Bhattacharya is a Professor of Chemistry, Jadavpur University.   He received his Ph.D. degree in 1986 from Jadavpur University. His research interest includes coordination and organometallic chemistry of heavier transition elements with special emphasis on bond activation and catalytic reactions. He received the Bhatnagar award in 2005. He is a fellow of Indian Academy of Sciences, Bangalore.

Kolkata, India

Dr. Sourav Basu

Associate Vice-President, Chembiotek, Kolkata

Dr. Sourav Basu is currently the Associate Vice-President, Chembiotek, Kolkata.  His expertise in the area of chemistry includes total synthesis of steroids; Ni catalyzed organic transformations, development of new reagents and methodologies and parallel synthesis of libranes.

Kolkata, India

Dr. Soumitra Dev

Chief Research Manager, East India Pharmaceutical Works Ltd.

Dr. Soumitra Dev is currently associated as Chief Research Manager at East India Pharmaceutical Works Ltd. His expertise in the area of Synthetic Organic Chemistry. He received his Ph.D. degree from Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science (IACS) in 1990.

Kolkata, India

Amos B. Smith, III

Editor-in-Chief, Organic Letters

Amos B. Smith, III, is the Rhodes-Thompson Professor of Chemistry as well as Member of the Monell Chemical Senses Center and Associate Director of the Penn Center for Molecular Discovery at the University of Pennsylvania.  In addition, he is both an Honorary Member and Visiting Director of the Kitasato Institute in Tokyo.  Dr. Smith's research is dedicated to natural product synthesis, bioorganic chemistry, and materials science. More than 75 architecturally complex natural products have been prepared in his laboratory. Moreover, Dr. Smith, in collaboration with Ralph Hirschmann, pioneered the design and synthesis of non-peptide peptidomimetics of neuropeptideic hormone/transmitters and protease enzyme inhibitors. In collaboration with Peter Jurs, Dr. Smith developed groundbreaking computerized pattern recognition techniques that make it possible to analyze primate chemical communication.

Dr. Smith received his PhD from Rockefeller University.  To date, he has co-authored over 575 publications and delivered over 600 invited lectures, including plenary lectures at the National Organic Chemistry Symposium and numerous Gordon Research Conferences. His recent honors and awards include Honorary Membership in the Pharmaceutical Society of Japan, Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Royal Society of Chemistry Centenary Medal, Yamada Prize, Fellow of the American Academy of the Arts and Sciences, and Inaugural Fellow of the American Chemical Society.

NCL - Pune, India

Kolkata, India

C. Dale Poulter

Editor, The Journal of Organic Chemistry

C. Dale Poulter is the John A. Widtsoe Distinguished Professor of Chemistry as well as Research Professor of Medicinal Chemistry and Adjunct Professor of Biochemistry at the University of Utah.  He is also Honorary Professor at the University of Queensland.  Dr. Poulter examines the interface between organic chemistry and biology, which has enabled him to pioneer the use of genetics and molecular biology to construct bacterial and yeast strains to produce recombinant enzymes. Among his groundbreaking achievements, he established the mechanisms for biosynthesis of the major metabolic intermediates in the isoprenoid biosynthetic pathway.  Moreover, in collaboration with Jim Sacchettini, he discovered the isoprenoid fold found in enzymes that catalyze the major carbon-carbon forming reactions in this pathway.

Dr. Poulter earned a PhD from the University of California, Berkeley.  He has been invited to present over 400 lectures, including the Gassman Lectureship, Willsmore Lectureship, and Hirschman Lectureship. Among his many honors, he has received the Ernest Guenther Award and James Flack Norris Award from the American Chemical Society and the Rosenblatt Prize from the University of Utah.  A Member of the National Academy of Sciences, Dr. Poulter has been elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and American Chemical Society.

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Kolkata, India

David G. Whitten

Editor-in-Chief, Langmuir

David G. Whitten is Co-Director of the Center for Biomedical Engineering and Professor in the Department of Chemical & Nuclear Engineering and Department of Chemistry at the University of New Mexico.  He is internationally recognized as a leading researcher in the field of photochemistry.  His research examines various aspects of spectroscopy, molecular assemblies, diagnostics, interfaces, and conjugated polymers and antimicrobials.  In particular, Dr. Whitten conducted landmark research on the application of metal complexes to photoinduced electron transfer and photochemical conversion of solar energy.

Sandia National Laboratories

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Kolkata, India

Jonathan Sweedler

Editor, Analytical Chemistry; James R. Eiszner Family Chair in Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, University of Illinois at Urbana IL 61801 USA

Jonathan V. Sweedler has been at the University of Illinois since 1991, and is currently the Director of the School of Chemical Sciences.  With a research focus on analytical neurochemistry, Sweedler develops new tools for measuring the brain’s chemistry using microseparations and laser based detection, single cell analysis, mass spectrometric imaging, nanoliter volume NMR and microfluidics.  As a member of large international research teams, Sweedler has performed comprehensive interrogation of the genome, transcriptome, and peptidome in a broad range of animals to uncover the signaling molecules and pathways involved in diverse functions and behaviors. By advancing the instrumental capabilities in separa­tion science, signifi­cant gains have been made in understanding the distribu­tion and release of neurotransmi­tters from individual cells.  Sweedler has authored or coauthored over 300 peer-reviewed and has received numerous awards including the Ralph N. Adams Award, The EAS Award for Outstanding Achievements in the Fields of Analytical Chemistry, Pittsburgh Analytical Chemistry Award, Heinrich-Emanuel Merck Prize, ACS Analytical Instrumentation Award, the Gill Prize, and the ACS Analytical Arthur Findeis Award, and is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Chemical Society, and Royal Society of Chemistry.

For more information, see:  http://www.chemistry.illinois.edu/faculty/jonathan_sweedler.html

Kirk Schanze

Editor-in-Chief, ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces

Kirk Schanze is Professor of Chemistry and Chairman of the Organic Chemistry Division at the University of Florida. In addition, he is a Panel Member for the Research Associateship Program of the National Research Council. Dr. Schanze’s laboratory investigates the interaction of light with organic and organometallic materials. Specifically, the laboratory is developing state-of-the-science optical applications such as light emitting devices, fluorescent sensors, solar energy conversion, and non-linear optical phenomena.  In addition, Dr. Schanze has conducted considerable research on the development of thin film-based luminescent oxygen sensor materials to measure air pressure distributions in wind tunnel models.

NCL - Pune, India

Kolkata, India

Robin D. Rogers

Editor-in-Chief, Crystal Growth & Design

Robin D. Rogers serves as Distinguished Research Professor, Robert Ramsay Chair of Chemistry, and Director of the Center for Green Manufacturing at The University of Alabama. In 2010, he was named a Chinese Academy of Sciences Visiting Senior Scientist for the Institute for Process Engineering in Beijing. His research explores the innovative use of ionic liquids and green chemistry to develop sustainable technologies.  This includes the development of advanced polymeric and composite materials from biorenewable polymers such as cellulose as well as the creation of novel strategies for separation and purification of value-added products from biomass.  Dr. Rogers is also exploring ways to improve the energy efficiency of biomass conversion technologies.  Lastly, his research seeks to improve pharmaceutical performance while at the same time reducing chemical waste from pharmaceutical manufacturing.

Dr. Rogers obtained his PhD in Chemistry from The University of Alabama.  He holds 12 patents and has published over 685 papers on a diverse range of topics.  His work has been cited more than 22,000 times, and he has earned a 71 h-index.  Among his many achievements, Dr. Rogers won the U.S. Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award in 2005.  Most recently, he was granted the American Chemical Society Separations Science & Technology Award and was elected an ACS Division of Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Fellow.

NCL - Pune, India

Kolkata, India

Prof. Arun Chattopadhyay

Head of the Chemistry department of IIT, Guwahati

Professor Arun Chattopadhyay is currently Head of the Chemistry department of IIT, Guwahati.  He studied in Presidency College. He obtained his Ph. D. degree from Columbia University  in 1992. After post-doctoral work at Stanford University,  he joined the faculty of IIT, Guwahati  in 1996.  He is interested in the broad areas of nanoscale science and technology and chemical locomotion and nano-biotechnology.

Kolkata, India

Prof. Pinakpani Chakrabarti

Senior Professor of Biochemistry, Bose Institute

Professor Pinakpani Chakrabarti is currently a Senior Professor of Biochemistry, Bose Institute. He received his Ph.D. degree in 1981 from Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. His research interest is understanding the structure and folding of proteins and their interactions with other molecules, large and small, using biophysical techniques (especially, X-ray crystallography) and database analysis. He is a fellow of all three academies of India.

Kolkata, India

Prof. Sreebrata Goswami

Dean and Senior Professor of Inorganic Chemistry, Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science (IACS)

Professor Sreebrata Goswami is presently Dean (Academic) and Senior Professor of Inorganic Chemistry, Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science. He received M.Sc. degree from Jadavpur University and he earned his Ph.D. degree from IACS.  His current research interest are in metal mediated chemical transformations, C-N Bond formation, Reactivity with special emphasis on aromatic amines and functional azo-materials. He is a fellow of two Indian academies in India.

Kolkata, India

Dr. Norbert J. Pienta

Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Chemical Education

Norbert J. Pienta is Professor and Director of General Chemistry Instruction at the University of Georgia. Dr. Pienta is working to enhance chemical education at all levels of learning. He and his research group have been exploring the use of webbased tools and software to assess students’ ability to master the chemical sciences.  For example, he has examined the role of electronic data collection and visualization models to help students grasp the significance of laboratory data. Based on his research, Dr. Pienta has developed materials for faculty and graduate students to guide them on the application of tested and proven learning theories and best practices in chemistry. Most recently, he has developed tutorials for grade school teachers in the chemical sciences.

Dr. Pienta completed his PhD at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, studying synthetic and mechanistic applications of organic photochemistry. He was then awarded a postdoctoral to study the thermodynamics of carbocation formation in superacid media with Ned Arnett at the University of Pittsburgh and Duke University. Professor Pienta has published numerous research articles and book chapters in organic chemistry as well as chemical education. He is currently writing an innovative textbook for nursing and allied health science students that introduces general, organic, and biological chemistry in a health context by using case studies.

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Kolkata, India

Dr. Susan King

Senior Vice President, Journals Publishing Group, ACS Publications

Susan King, Ph.D., Senior Vice President, Journals Publishing Group in the Publications Division of the American Chemical Society has over 20 years publishing experience, five at the ACS, where she oversees the ACS portfolio of over 40 journals and specifically manages:

  1. Editorial Office Operations, responsible for development and oversight of systems for web-based peer review, and the support of Editors and their  journal editorial offices (300+) located around the world.
  2. Journal Production and Manufacturing Operations, responsible for the technical editing, composition and delivery of peer-reviewed journal and book content in print and online formats.
  3. Editorial Development, responsible for the ongoing management of the Society’s publications portfolio, to ensure that the editorial scope, mission, and scientific leadership of each journal is responsive to the needs of chemistry professionals and market demands.  This functional area includes responsibility for all content development, including the creation and integration of staff-written content for several journals, and is the nucleus for new product development, undertaken through staff with scientific expertise across the chemistry discipline.

In addition, Susan currently serves as the Vice Chair of the Executive Committee of the Professional and Scholarly Publishing Division of the American Association of Publishers.

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Kolkata, India

Dr. Anirban Mahapatra

Assistant Director, Editorial Development, Biological Chemistry
ACS Publications

Dr. Anirban Mahapatra joined the American Chemical Society in 2007. His key accomplishments include the successful launch of ACS Chemical Neuroscience, ACS Medicinal Chemistry Letters, and most recently ACS Synthetic Biology. He is currently responsible for the strategic development and management of a portfolio of 14 journals covering biological and medicinal chemistry. He is particularly fascinated by the changing landscape of how scientific information is disseminated. Dr. Mahapatra holds BSc (Honours) and MSc degrees from Midnapore College and Vidyasagar University, respectively. He earned his PhD at The Ohio State University where his scientific contribution on the genetic encoding of the unnatural amino acid, pyrrolysine, resulted in authorships in several research articles. He can be reached at a_mahapatra@acs.org

NCL - Pune, India

Kolkata, India

Prof. Tavarekere K. Chandrashekar

Director, National Institute for Science Education and Research (NISER)

Prof. Tavarekere K. Chandrashekar is presently the Director of National Institute for Science Education and Research, Bhubaneswar (NISER). He was Director of NIIST Trivandrum for 5 years before moving to NISER. He received his Master's degree from the University of Mysore in 1978 and the Ph.D. degee from Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore in 1982. After Post doctoral work at University of Massachusetts and at Michigan State University. He joined the faculty of Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur  in 1986 as a Lecturer.  His main interest is in synthesis of  expanded porphyrins and their applications. Professor Chandrasehekar has received Bhatnagar prize and Chemito award and fellow of all the three science academies of India and TWAS.

Kolkata, India

Prof. Rabindra Nath Mukherjee

Director, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER)

Prof. Rabindra Nath Mukherjee is currently the Director of Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Kolkata (IISER). He studied in University of Burdwan. He obtained Ph.D. from IACS in 1982. After post-doctoral work at Harvard University, he joined the faculty of IIT, Kanpur in 1987. In 2012, he joined IISER-Kolkata as Director. His main interest is synthetic coordination chemistry of transition metal ions with designed organic ligands. He is a fellow of two national academies of India.  He is a member of Advisory Board, Dalton Transactions and International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry and Inorganica Chimica Acta.

Kolkata, India

Prof. Siddhartha Roy

Director, Indian Institute of Chemical Biology

Prof. Siddhartha Roy is currently the Director of Indian Institute of Chemical Biology, (IICB)  Kolkata. He studied in Presidency College and obtained his B. Sc. Degree. He went to University of  Delaware for his Ph.D. research, He carried out post-doctoral research at Brandeis University and at NIH. He joined Bose Institue as a faculty in 1986 and in 2005 he joined IICB as Director. His main interest is Macromolecular Interaction, Recognition and Engineering and Drug Development. He received the SS Bhatnagar Award in 1999. He is a fellow of two national academies of India. He was awarded the Meritorious service award (1986); from Dept. of Health & Human service USA, and Human Frontier Services Fellowship, 1999.

Kolkata, India

Prof. Kankan Bhattacharyya

Director, Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science (IACS)

Prof. Kankan Bhattacharyya is currently the Director of Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science (IACS), Kolkata. He studied in Presidency College and Calcutta University. He carried out Ph.D. research at IACS and obtained his Ph. D. degree in 1984. After post-doctoral work at Notre Dame and Columbia University, he joined the faculty of IACS in 1984. His main interest is femtosecond laser spectroscopy and single molecule spectroscopy of biological assemblies. He is a fellow of all of the national science academies of India and of the third world academy of science (TWAS). He received the  Bhatnagar Award in 1997 and the TWAS Prize in 2007. He is a Senior Editor of The Journal of Physical Chemistry.

Kolkata, India

Prof. Dhrubajyoti Chattopadhyay

Guha Professor & Pro-Vice Chancello, Calcutta University

Professor Dhrubajyoti Chattopadhyay is presently Guha Professor & Pro-Vice Chancellor (Academic Affairs), Calcutta University. He received his Ph.D. degree from Bose Institute, Kolkata. His research interest included development of potent anti-viral Agents, microbial bio-diversity in wet-land area, molecular mechanism of glutamic acid induced cell migration. He is fellow of the two national academies in India.

Kolkata, India

Prof. Amit Basak

Dean, Department of Chemistry, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur

Professor Amit Basak is presently Dean (Faculty), Department of Chemistry, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kharagpur. He received Ph.D. degree from Calcutta University. He was post-doctoral fellow of Johns Hopkins University.  He joined  IIT, Kharagpur as Associated Professor 1997.  His main interest is synthetic organic chemistry. He was a member of the editorial advisory board of Chemical Communications (2006-2009). He is a fellow of all three academies in India.

Kolkata, India

Manish Bhujbal

Manager – Scientific Information
STN / SciFinder / CAS Representative

Manish Bhujbal recieved his B.S in Physics from Shivaji University, India and an MBA in Marketing, Dept. of Management Sciences, from the University of Pune, India. Mr. Manish Bhujbal serves as a Manager of Scientific Information at Sci-Edge information; where he is responsible for Sales, Marketing and training activities for CAS products and services in India.

Kolkata, India


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