2021-2022 MEETINGS

Welcome to our 2021-2022 program year.  While the situation may evolve, our current plan is a combination of in-person and virtual programs this year.  We will host the virtual meetings through Zoom.   We understand that many of you may no longer live in the Chicagoland area, but you are welcome to sign up for the Virtual meetings.


Saturday Oct. 9, 2021 - Our first meeting of the year will be a social event at Cantigny Park on Oct. 9, 2021.  They are hosting an outdoor Fall Festival.  There are a number of events for all ages and more information may be found here. The McCormick House Museum is closed, but the First Division Museum is open. The festival and entertainment are free with parking ($5 per car), but there is a small additional fee for some activities. The address is 1S151 Winfield Road, Wheaton, IL 60189


Friday Nov. 5, 2021 - Our first in-person meeting will be on Friday, Nov. 5th at Palermo's 95th restaurant, Oak Lawn. The officers and attendees will report on the 2021 virtual symposium and we will start discussion plans for the 2023 Triennium Conference, which Aurum Iodide will be hosting.


Dec. 16, 2021             Joint meeting with ACS (Virtual via Zoom)

Speaker: Dr. Tracy Hamilton, University of Alabama at Birmingham 

Title: The Chemisty of Coffee


Jan 7, 2022                  Virtual meeting via Zoom

Speaker: Mary Virginia Orna, ChemSource, Inc.


Title: Ladies in Waiting….and Still Waiting (for the Nobel Prize)


Abstract: That there is a gender imbalance in the list of Nobel laureates is unambiguous. There are many reasons for this situation, among which one may cite the very small pool of women scientists. While that may have been true in the past, the number of women who are active in scientific research has grown exponentially, and yet we had to wait until 2020 for two women to join the other five women chemistry laureates (3.76% in the Nobel’s 120-year history). This talk will highlight an outstanding group of women, some of whom were nominated unsuccessfully for the prize many times, and some who were never nominated at all, but perhaps should have been. While we will discuss only the tip of the iceberg, there will be many more references suggested for further research and reading.


Feb. 4, 2022               Virtual meeting via Zoom


Speaker: Lei Cheng

Title: Discover and Understand Battery Electrolytes


The worldwide demand for energy has spurred research for advanced electrical energy storage devices needed for the electrical grid system to level out the irregularities in power supply and for high-capacity, cost-efficient batteries for electric vehicles to reduce dependence on finite petroleum resources. The drive to develop more efficient and reliable batteries has led to much research interest in energy storage technologies beyond Li-ion batteries. An electrolyte is an essential component in batteries, and it intimately interacts with other components in the device. In the history of developing new battery chemistries, the unique nature of electrolytes has often made it the bottleneck. In this presentation, I will first discuss the importance and challenges of developing high-performance batteries, and then present our computational approach to discovering new electrolyte materials, as well as the fundamental studies to understand the structure-property relationships of the electrolytes.


Lei Cheng is a chemist in Argonne’s Materials Science division and a technical lead for beyond lithium-ion and solid-state electrolyte research at the Argonne Collaborative Center for Energy Storage Science (ACCESS). She also serves as a focus area lead for the Liquid Solvation Science thrust of the Joint Center for Energy Storage Research (JCESR). JCESR is an Energy Innovation Hub under the U.S. Department of Energy that focuses on advancing battery science and technology.

Cheng’s research focuses on using multiscale computational methods to study material structures and properties for energy storage applications, and surface reaction mechanisms at solid-liquid electrolyte interfaces of batteries, in heterogeneous catalysis and in the atomic layer deposition processes. 


April 9, 2022 - Lewis University - Abstract deadlinne - March 5th, 2022

Speaker - Lihua Jin, Ph.D. Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, College of Science and Health, DePaul University


Apr. 23, 2022              Initiation – DePaul University (in-person)

Speaker- Carey Southern, PhD, Associate Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry, College of Science and Health, DePaul University

Title - Examining Instigators of Fiery Cell Death in order to Control Inflammation


May 14, 2022 - Morton Arboretum