CSIR-National Chemical Laboratory

Oct 10 - Oct 10, 2012

"The overview in the career session was very good and seemed quite authoritative."

David Finster, Professor, Inorganic Chemistry
Wittenberg University, OH

Pune, India

Oct 10 - Oct 10, 2012


CSIR-National Chemical Laboratory

Dr. Homi Bhabha Road

Pune, 411008


CSIR-NCL, India is a research, development and consulting organization with a focus on chemistry and chemical engineering.

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Wednesday October 10, 2012: Agenda for Editorial Visit

9:00-9:30 Welcome Address: Director, NCL

NCL New Board Room

9:30-10:30 Brief Overview from ACS

Second Floor Lecture Hall

- Intro to ACS Senior VP of the Journals Publishing Group, Dr. Susan King

- Brief scientific introductions and introductions of ACS Editors

10:30-11:00 Tea

11:00-12:30 Parallel Sessions: Four Scientific Lectures by ACS Editors of 30 minutes each: 2 per session

Second Floor Lecture Hall - Organic/Bio-Organic: Drs. Dale Poulter and Amos Smith

SSBLT, PAM Laboratory - Materials/Non-Organic: Drs. Don Paul and Robin Rogers

ACS on Campus Events and Agenda Below

14:00-14:10 Opening Remarks

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14:10-15:10 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.

15:10-16:00 Careers in Chemistry: What can I do with a PhD?

This panel will feature PhD chemists sharing their career paths away from academia into other fields like industry and academic publishing.


Dr. Debnath Bhuniya

Drug Discovery, Advinus Therapeutics

Dr. Debnath Bhuniya is currently employed in Drug Discovery Facility, Advinus Therapeutics, Pune, as Director in Medicinal Chemistry. Prior to that he worked in Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories Ltd during 2000-2006, and actively pursued research in metabolic disease area. He did his MSc in chemistry (1991) and PhD in synthetic organic chemistry (1995) from IIT Kanpur, India. After receiving post doctoral experience initially from National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan and subsequently from University of Nebraska at Lincoln, USA, he began professional career in the year 2000 as Senior Research Scientist – Medicinal Chemistry, in Dr. Reddy’s. From his research contribution in drug discovery, more than 20 patent applications have been made resulting into 4 new chemical entities for human trial. In addition to new drug discovery, he supervises Advinus employees for PhD degrees, and has corresponded 10 research articles in the area of synthetic organic chemistry.

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Dr. Gautam Chatterjee

Jt. Executive President, Aditya Birla Science and Technology Company Limited  

Dr. Gautam Chatterjee heads the Science and Technology Laboratory of the Aditya Birla Science and Technology Company Limited. His areas of expertise are design and development of new polymers and blends, chemical / polymer synthesis and characterisation and material science.

Dr. Chatterjee joined the Aditya Birla Group in 2011. Prior to that, he worked with General Electric (GE) as a Lab Manager in the GE John F Welch Technology Centre in Bangalore. He was a team leader in the ICI Research and Technology Centre in Mumbai. Dr. Chatterjee started his industrial career at the GE Corporate Research Centre in Schenectady, New York (NY). He completed his Bachelor's degree in Chemistry from the University of Delhi and Master's degree in Organic Chemistry from the University of Maryland, College Park, before completing his PhD in Polymer Chemistry from SUNY-ESF, Syracuse, NY.

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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.

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.

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

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.

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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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.

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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.


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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Prashant V. Kamat, Ph.D.

Deputy Editor, The Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters

Prashant V. Kamat is Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Notre Dame. For the past 25 years, he has conducted research on the photochemistry and photoelectrochemistry of semiconductor nanostructures and sensitizing dyes. Professor Kamat seeks to build bridges between physical chemistry and materials science by developing advanced nanomaterials for cleaner, more efficient light energy conversion. His current research efforts focus on harvesting light energy using semiconductor nanocrystals and carbon nanostructures as conducting scaffolds. By tuning the photoelectrochemical response and photoconversion efficiency via size control of CdSe quantum dots and by facilitating the charge transport through 1-D architecture, his research group has provided a new and effective strategy to develop photosensitive electrodes for solar cells.

Professor Kamat earned his doctoral degree in Physical Chemistry from Bombay University and then conducted postdoctoral research at Boston University and The University of Texas at Austin. He has published more than 400 papers in peer-reviewed journals and edited two books on nanostructured materials. ISI’s ScienceWatch named him among the Top 100 Chemists of the decade 2000–2010.   A Fellow of the Electrochemical Society, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and American Chemical Society, Dr. Kamat was honored with the Honda-Fujishima Lectureship Award by the Japanese Photochemical Society and the CRSI Medal by the Chemical Research Society of India.

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.

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Prof. L. S. Shashidhara

Coordinator for Biology at IISER

Professor LS Shashidhara is a developmental biologist studying the basic mechanism by which various cells/tissues/organs are positioned in their respective places in our body and the processes that determine shape and size of different cells/organs. In addition to carrying out research, Prof Shashidhara has established a strong and interactive biology program in the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) Pune by attracting good faculty and has set up a state-of-the-art biology laboratory. Prof. Shashidhara is deeply interested in education and popularisation of science. He has organised several national and international symposia, workshops and training courses for research scholars as well as for school and college students.

Since 2007, Prof. Shashidhara is the Coordinator for Biology at IISER, Pune.  Prof. Shashidhara is a recipient of several awards including Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize, CSIR Technology Award and J.C. Bose National Fellowship. He is a Fellow of Indian National Science Academy and Indian Academy of Sciences.

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