University of Puerto Rico-Río Piedras

Jan 31 - Feb 1, 2014

"This was my first interactive session with ACS and it was great."

Anupam Biswas
National Chemical Laboratory, India

San Juan, Puerto Rico

Jan 31 - Feb 1, 2014


University of Puerto Rico-Río Piedras

Av Juan Ponce de León

San Juan, 00925

Puerto Rico

ACS on Campus is headed to San Juan, Puerto Rico for an event hosted by the University of Puerto Rico-Río Piedras. We're offering tips and tools for the publishing process, SciFinder®, ACS ChemWorx, preparing a resume and more! There will be special afternoon programming offered for undergraduate students as well as programming tailored for graduate students and faculty.

Read full module descriptions here.

Program Notes:

  • You do not have to register for all of the sessions in order to attend. You are invited to come for as many of the sessions as your schedule allows
  • Complimentary food will be provided for all registered participants
  • ACS on Campus is a great opportunity to network, build skills and learn tips and strategies to help you advance in your career

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Ingrid Montes, Ph.D.

Professor of Chemistry, University of Puerto Rico at Río Piedras; Director-at-Large, Board of Directors, American Chemical Society (ACS)

Ingrid Montes received a B.S. in Chemistry and a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from the University of Puerto Rico at Río Piedras. She has taught chemistry at this institution for 27 years, earning full professorship and tenure in 1998. Dr. Montes has two areas of current research: Organometallic chemistry and Chemical education. For the past 24 years, Dr. Montes has been the Faculty Advisor of the ACS Student Affiliate (now, “Student Member”) Chapter. This chapter has received 21 consecutive ACS Student Outstanding Awards. She also founded the first Graduate Chemistry Student Association in Puerto Rico and serves as its Faculty Advisor.

Dr. Montes has been a member of the Board of Directors of the ACS-Puerto Rico Section for 20 years. Her roles include Chair for three times, (1995, 2003, 2011) and Councilor (1998 to present). She chairs the system wide committee of the University of Puerto Rico that oversees the improvement of academic chemistry programs. Dr. Montes is an American Chemical Society and IUPAC (International Pure and Applied Chemistry) Fellow. She is also a Member of the Advisory Board: Journal of Chemical Education and Chair of the ACS, Advisory Board for ChemMatters Magazine. She received the 2012 ACS Volunteer Service Award, the ACS-Puerto Rico Section Leonardo Igaravidez Award and ACS-Puerto Rico Section Chemical Education Award, among others.

Dr. Montes is an author/co-author of 6 Laboratory Manuals for teaching chemistry; a much-sought-after speaker with over 200 presentations to her credit – including more than 200 co-authored with her students, and nearly 20-refereed publications over her distinguished career as both an educator and a researcher.

Christopher W. Jones, Ph.D.

Editor-In-Chief, ACS Catalysis; New-Vision Professor, School of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, School of Chemistry and Biochemistry and Georgia Institute of Technology

Christopher W. Jones, Ph.D. is the New-Vision Professor at the School of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering and Adjunct Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Georgia. His research interests are in the broad areas of materials design and synthesis, catalysis and adsorption. Specific emphases are placed on catalytic materials for energy applications, fine chemical and pharmaceutical applications, and on adsorbents for CO2 capture. His research group's work on the rational design of molecularly engineered materials draws from a number of different disciplines to enable the development of functional materials with applications in areas such as catalysis and separations. His group utilizes inorganic, organic and organometallic synthetic techniques to endow solid materials with well-characterized surfaces where the physical and chemical properties of the solid are manipulated by understanding and controlling the structure of the material on all length scales. This research sits squarely at the crossroads of a number of disciplines, and his group is composed of chemical engineers, chemists, material scientists, and environmental engineers.

Jones received his BSE in Chemical Engineering from the University of Michigan, his MS in Chemical Engineering from the California Institute of Technology, and his PhD in Chemical Engineering with a Minor in Chemistry from the California Institute of Technology. He is a member of the International Zeolite Association, the North American Catalysis Society, the Organic Reactions Catalysis Society, the American Society for Engineering Education, the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, and the American Chemical Society. He recently was awarded the 2010 Ipatieff Prize from ACS, recognizing outstanding chemical experimental work in the field of catalysis or high pressure, carried out by an individual of any nationality who is not over 40 years of age.

V. Ramamurthy, Ph.D.

Senior Editor, Langmuir;Professor and Chair, Organic Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, University of Miami

Ramamurthy attended the Government Arts College, Kumbakonam from where he earned B. Sc degree in 1966. He obtained M. Sc degree from Indian Institute of Technology, Madras in 1968, following which he pursued his graduate education at University of Hawaii, Honolulu, USA and received Ph. D. degree in 1974. He received postdoctoral training in the laboratories of Professors P. de Mayo (University of Western Ontario, 1974-75) and N. J. Turro (Columbia University, 1975-78). He returned to India to take up an Assistant Professor position at Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore where he remained till 1987. At the Indian Institute of Science, he initiated a research program in organic photochemistry and worked on the photochemistry of thiocarbonyl compounds and initiated studies on supramolecular photochemistry.

In 1987, he joined the Central Research Division of the The DuPont Company, Wilmington, DE and remained till 1994. During this period he explored photochemical studies of organic molecules within zeolites, which led to several pioneering publications on the control of excited state behavior of molecules within the well-defined zeolite interiors. During this period he co-edited a two-volume Photochemistry-Special issue for Chemical Reviews, a compendium of a number of reviews from leaders in the field of photochemistry that provided a new thrust to photochemical research.

At Miami, he has pursued photochemical studies of organic molecules in waterIn this context he has used a number of well-defined water-soluble organic hosts as reaction media and has demonstrated the value of confined environments in controlling excited state behavior of organic
molecules. During his career Ramamurthy has sought after experts on related disciplines to pursue problems that are at the borderlines of photo-, solid state-, zeolite-, supramolecular- and spin chemistries. In addition to being a researcher and administrator (department chair since 2003), he also serves as a Senior Editor for the ACS journal Langmuir.

David Harwell, Ph.D.

Assistant Director, Industry Member Programs, American Chemical Society

In this capacity, David oversees programs and projects for ACS members working in industry.  He also leads the ACS Entrepreneurial Initiative, which provides resources to members pursuing entrepreneurial careers and endeavors.  He is also the staff liaison to the Council Committee on Economic and Professional Affairs (CEPA).

David has been certified through the ACS Leadership Development System to facilitate the Fostering Innovation, Engaging Colleagues in Dialog, Collaborating Across Boundaries, Coaching and Feedback, and Developing Communication Strategies courses as well as the ACS Career Pathways workshop series.

Penn State University

Trinity College (Dublin, Ireland)


Friday January 31, 2014

Science Café Networking Event


Museo de San Juan

150 Calle Norzagaray, at Calle MacArthur Old San Juan, San Juan, 00902

7:00-8:00 Science Cafe with Dr. Antonio Martinez Collazo - "NASA at the Museum: Technology for Space Exploration Applied to the Scientific Study of Works of Art"

8:00–11:00 Networking Reception

Saturday February 1, 2014


University of Puerto Rico - Río Piedras

Natural Sciences Building, Amphitheater CN-142

Joint Programming

8:00-8:30 Sign In and On-site Registration

8:30-9:00 Welcome and Opening Remarks

9:00-10:00 Plenary with Dr. Angel E. Kaifer - "Adventures in Molecular Recognition Chemistry"

11:30-12:30 Lunch and Networking Break

Undergraduate Afternoon Programming (Concurrent Sessions)

Location: Amphitheater CN-142

Graduate Student and Faculty Afternoon Programming (Concurrent Sessions)

Location: CNL-A-211

1:30-3:00 Putting Essential Elements of Safety in Place

Joint Programming

Location: Amphitheater CN-142

4:00-5:00 Entrepreneurship in Puerto Rico Panel Discussion

5:00-6:00 Networking Reception