Oct 12 - Oct 12, 2012

“I learned how to divide my personal skills and values and connect them with various job opportunities."

Jessica Wittman, Graduate Student
University of Washington

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. 

Read full module descriptions here.

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.

NCL - Pune, India

Kolkata, India

David G. Whitten

Associate Editor, ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces; Former Editor-in-Chief, Langmuir

David G. Whitten is Associate Director of the Center for Biomedical Engineering and Professor in the Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering 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 earlier work, Dr. Whitten conducted landmark research on the application of metal complexes to photoinduced electron transfer and photochemical conversion of solar energy.

Jonathan Sweedler, Ph.D.

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

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, Ph.D.

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.

Robin D. Rogers

Editor-in-Chief, Crystal Growth & Design

Dr. Robin D. Rogers is Canada Excellence Research Chair in Green Chemistry and Green Chemicals at McGill University in Montreal, Canada and the Founding Editor-in-Chief of the American Chemical Society journal Crystal Growth & Design. He obtained both his B.S. in Chemistry (1978, Summa Cum Laude) and his Ph.D. in Chemistry (1982) at The University of Alabama before starting his professorial career at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, IL where he rose through the ranks to become Presidential Research Professor. In 1996, he returned to UA as a Professor where he held various titles including Distinguished Research Professor, Robert Ramsay Chair of Chemistry, and Director of the Center for Green Manufacturing. In 2007 he was also Chair of Green Chemistry and Co-Director of QUILL at The Queen’s University of Belfast in Northern Ireland (UK) before returning full time to UA from 2009-2014. Since 2009, he has been an Honorary Professor at the Chinese Academy of Sciences Institute for Process Engineering in Beijing, China.

Rogers holds 21 issued patents and has published over 760 papers on a diverse array of topics. His research interests cover the use of ionic liquids and Green Chemistry for sustainable technology through innovation and include: Materials (advanced polymeric and composite materials from biorenewables), Separations (novel strategies for separation and purification of value added products from biomass), Energy (new lubricant technologies and selective separations), and Medicine (elimination of waste while delivering improved pharmaceutical performance).

He has been cited over 31,000 times and has a Hirsch index of 83. Rogers was named in the 2014 Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researchers List ranking among the top 1% most cited in chemistry. In 2006, Rogers was named a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry and in 2009 was selected to the inaugural class of American Chemical Society Fellows. In 2010, he was named a Chinese Academy of Sciences Visiting Senior Scientist for the Institute for Process Engineering, Beijing, China. He was elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2012 and that same year named an ACS Division of Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Fellow.

In 2005 he was awarded the US Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award (Academic Division) for work related to the use of ionic liquids in sustainable technology. This technology was licensed later that year to BASF. He was awarded the American Chemical Society Separations Science & Technology award in 2011 and in 2012, he was named recipient of the Paul Walden Award given by the DFG-SPP 1191 Priority Program on Ionic Liquids.

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.

NCL - Pune, India

Kolkata, India

Anirban Mahapatra, PhD

Assistant Director, Editorial Development, Biological Chemistry, ACS Publications

Dr. Anirban Mahapatra joined the American Chemical Society (ACS) in 2007. His key accomplishments include the successful launch of ACS Chemical NeuroscienceACS Medicinal Chemistry Letters, ACS Synthetic Biology, and ACS Infectious Diseases.  Under his direction, his team launched ACS Sensors and ACS Energy Letters. He was also involved in the editorial launch of ACS Omega. He is currently responsible for the strategic development and management of ACS journals spanning physical, materials, and biological chemistry. Dr. Mahapatra and his team oversee half of the peer-reviewed journals published by the ACS. Dr. Mahapatra is also the leader of the Global Operations Team tasked with implementing a cohesive ACS-wide strategy in India. He is particularly fascinated by the changing landscape of how scientific information is disseminated globally. 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 research articles in Nature, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci USA., Mol. Microbiol., and J. Mol. Biol.


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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