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Changes in the Nucleus
No printed or mailed copies
By Michael P. Filosa, Nucleus Editor 2005-Present
In 2015 the future of the Nucleus was assessed. At the time it was decided to go green (and save money) by only mailing hardcopy to those who specifically asked for it by a set date. The remainder of our membership would only receive a link to a downloadable pdf. At that time 115 members asked to continue receiving a printed copy. We then proceeded for the last four years to print a limited number and send extras to local chemistry clubs in order to maintain our third class mailing permit which required us to mail 300 copies.
Printing and mailing 300 copies cost us about $600 per month or $2 per copy. Over the last year the Board of Publications has discussed this issue and decided this did not make sense and that we should discontinue the printing and mailing so that we could save that $6000 per year and devote it to other needs
within NESACS. Furthermore, although we have not opted for a format such as MIT’s Chemformation newsletter there is a strong desire to move towards that type of newsletter sometime in the future.
Our plan starting with the Summer- September Issue is to no longer print and mail the Nucleus. Furthermore, the format of the pdf is likely to change. We will still endeavor to format the Nucleus so that it can be printed and archived. However, we will no longer have to fit content into a set number of pages with
the further restriction that it be in multiples of 4 pages to allow web printing and assembly. This should lead to additional savings in formatting and layout. Conversion from color to gray scale will also no longer be necessary.
I will remain editor and Art Related Technology (Harvey Steiner) will continue to assemble and produce the Nucleus for the foreseeable future.

NESACS and the 2019 ACS National Awards
Members of NESACS and former recipients of NESACS awards were recognized as recipients of national awards at the General Meeting of the ACS on Tuesday, April 2, 2019, during the 257th National Meeting in Orlando, Florida.  Bonnie A. Charpentier, ACS President, and Luis A. Echegoyen, President-Elect, presented the awards with the assistance of other distinguished ACS leaders.  Dorothy J. Phillips, Chair, ACS Board Committee on Professional and Member Relations, presented welcoming remarks.
Kathryn C. Hach Award for Entrepreneurial Success, sponsored by the Kathryn C. Hach Award Fund, to Jack N. Driscoll, PID Analyzers, LLC: “For pioneering the development and commercialization of the first portable photoionization detector (PID) for industrial hygiene and gas chromatography uses, analysis of volatile organic compounds, and deployment worldwide.”  Jennifer Maclachlan, PID Analyzers, LLC, assisted in presenting the award.
Nobel Laureate Signature Award for Graduate Education in Chemistry, sponsored by Avantor™ Performance Materials, Inc., to Bryan Michael Hunter, Rowland Institute at Harvard University: “For his outstanding doctoral thesis [at the California Institute of Technology under the direction of Prof. Harry B. Gray] on the mechanism of iron-nickel catalysis of water oxidation.”  Nandu Deorkar, Avantor, assisted in presenting the award.
Arthur C. Cope Scholars Awards, sponsored by the Arthur C. Cope Fund, to Jeremiah A. Johnson, M.I.T.: “For the development of methods for precision polymer synthesis that have generated macromolecules with novel functions and new insights into polymer network structure and mechanics.” The Cope Scholars Awards will be presented at the Arthur C. Cope Annual Symposium in conjunction with the 258th National Meeting in San Diego, CA, in August 2019.
ACS Award in Polymer Chemistry, sponsored by the ExxonMobil Chemical Company, to Timothy M. Swager, M.I.T.: “For the design, synthesis, and study of polymers with innovative molecular designs to create materials with superior sensory, electronic, optoelectronic, and mechanical properties.” Jay Dias, ExxonMobil Chemical Company, assisted in presenting the award.
Roger Adams Award in Organic Chemistry, sponsored by Organic Reactions, Inc. and Organic Syntheses, Inc., to Stephen L. Buchwald, M.I.T.: “For breakthroughs in catalysis and ligand design that have had a profound impact on the synthesis of medicines, novel materials, agricultural agents, and natural products.” Rick Danheiser, M.I.T., assisted in presenting the award.
The winner of the Priestley Medal, sponsored by the ACS, was K. Barry Sharpless, The Scripps Research Institute, who was a member of the faculty at M.I.T. in 1970-77 and 1980-90: “For inventing catalytic, asymmetric oxidation methods and click chemistry; for recognizing ligand accelerated catalysis and chemistry ‘on water’; for discovering the CuAAC and SuFEx click reactions.” Prof. Sharpless received the Theodore William Richards Medal from NESACS in 1998 and the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2001.
In addition, the James Flack Norris Award in Physical Organic Chemistry, sponsored by the ACS Northeastern Section, was presented to Eric V. Anslyn, University of Texas at Austin: “For pioneering applications of physical organic chemistry to the development of new chemical sensors.” Andrew Scholte, NESACS Chair, assisted in presenting the award.
The winner of the 2007 James Flack Norris Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Teaching of Chemistry from NESACS, Diane M. Bunce, The Catholic University of America, received the ACS Award for Achievement in Research for the Teaching and Learning of Chemistry, sponsored by the ACS Exams Institute: “For her work to understand how students acquire and retain chemical knowledge, as well as her efforts to improve chemical education research.”
Other NESACS members who assisted with the award presentations were Katherine Lee, ACS Board of Directors; Wayne Jones, ACS Board of Directors; Ephraim Honig, Strem Chemicals.

The R&D Tax Credit – Catalyzing
Innovation in the Chemicals Industry
Has your company designed, developed or produced new or improved products by experimenting with new formulations, materials or ingredients? Has your company experienced failed batch trials or experimented with scale-up processes for existing products? Has your company attempted to develop new production processes, techniques or methods to increase yields, reduce waste or otherwise improve manufacturing efficiency?
If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then there is a strong chance that your company will benefit from a Research and Development (“R&D”) tax credit study. Increasingly, business management teams are recognizing the importance of taking advantage of the R&D tax credit as a powerful incentive for remaining competitive and refueling critical innovation efforts.
The Chemicals Industry and the R&D Tax Credit Opportunity
The federal R&D tax credit is available to taxpayers who incur expenses for qualified research activities (QRAs) conducted within the US. The credit is comprised primarily of the following types of qualified research expenses (QREs): Wages paid to employees who attempt to develop or support new or
improved products or processes, supplies used for new product development or experimentation, and outside contractors who perform QRAs on behalf of the taxpayer. The purpose of the R&D credit is to offset some financial burden that companies assume by undertaking high risk, high reward development
projects. Many states offer similar research credits which may be claimed additionally once the federal credit has been calculated.
The chemicals industry is an essential component of the U.S. economy, driving innovation for every other sector. The industry’s approximately 10,000 firms produce more than 70,000 products, accounting for more than $800 billion in revenue and touching 96 percent of all manufactured products.
Companies within the chemical industry frequently encounter technical issues related to new product development, compliance with safety and regulatory standards, product yield, product purity and scalability. Technical issues can also arise when companies attempt to improve their product development efficiency by incorporating new Agile methodology. Supply chain management has become increasingly important for chemical companies as they struggle to remain competitive. Research to adopt and integrate lean manufacturing, just-in-time inventory, Six Sigma and Kaizen principles to optimize manufacturing processes and methods are employee activities that may qualify for the R&D tax credit.
Examples of Qualifying Initiatives and Activities for Chemical Companies
  • Designing and developing new products – particularly products that are safer, more effective, have increased functionality, better performance or longer shelf life
  • Researching and testing to identify new applications for existing chemical products
  • Experimenting to gain compliance with new domestic or foreign regulatory requirements
  • Design and development of new testing methods or protocols
  • Product modifications to increase yield or decrease reaction times
  • Improving manufacturing technologies, processes or techniques Experimenting with new software or technologies for product or process improve, Anchinments
  • Research and process developments
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Actual Examples from Anchin’s R&D Practice - New Product Development
One of our chemical industry clients had been researching for a renewable wood byproduct to use as a new raw material in its polyurethane foam line of products. It ultimately identified that Lignin, often used in the paper industry, could now serve as a new viable raw material for the chemical industry due to its recent increase in supply and availability. There were very few commercially available lignin-based products which presented the client with a significant market opportunity. The company is now developing the first of its kind commercially available liquid lignin polyol for the polyurethane industry. While the company had considerable prior experience with propylene oxide reactions, the handling of lignin as a chemical feedstock was entirely new to their team of scientists.
New Process Development
Company set out to develop a reliable and cost-effective manufacturing process to produce Electronic grades of two new products which are sold as ALD (Atomic Layer Deposition) precursors. The challenges encountered during the project development were to create a process that would generate a cost-effective high yield and consistently deliver high enough purity to meet the quality standards. The project investigated the synthesis and purification using a new synthetic route. During the project, purity and yield were evaluated to develop a process that would reliably produce a cost-effective final product.
Maximizing the yield of the process was essential for enabling manufacture of commercially viable products.
Anchin’s R&D Practice
We are skilled and experienced at identifying qualifying projects and initiatives within each area of your business and we are experts at examining and capturing all allowable expenses towards your company’s research credit. Our dedicated team has decades of experience and is familiar with important issues in
every sector of the chemicals industry. Anchin ensures that our clients maximize the R&D tax credit opportunity available to them.
The key to accurately calculating R&D tax credits is distinguishing between qualified and nonqualified research activities and expenses. The determination cannot be made by a company’s accounting or project management systems. Many allowable expenses can be overlooked by taxpayers who do not work with R&D experts to identify all of their potentially qualifying expenses. Equally important to properly
calculating the R&D tax credit for your company is properly documenting the expenses in a way that will withstand IRS audit. Anchin will work with your technical employees to capture critical details which illustrate how your company’s research activities meet IRS criteria for inclusion of these expenses.

A Cartoon by Sidney Harris
Drilling muds are viscous fluids of chemical mixtures used in geotechnical drilling to flush boreholes, carry debris to the surface, lubricate drills and related functions — the humor is that this sounds pretty much like a process, on a very different scale, that cosmetics users would like to achieve with pores in their skin! It is funny in part because of the absurdity of using an engineering-scale chemical mixture as a personal care product. But perhaps the real joke is that skin care products, like many products people use every day, are all mixtures of chemicals, and the perception of their safety or toxicity may have more to do with how they are marketed than their actual chemical composition.
- Shana Sturla, ETH Zürich
[Sturla is Editor-in-Chief of the ACS journal Chemical Research in Toxicology]

Volunteering with the United States Pharmacopeia
By Chris Moreton, FinnBrit Consulting
The United States Pharmacopeia (USP) is one of three sets of official standards recognized under the US Food Drug and Cosmetic Act; the other two are the National Formulary (NF) and the Homeopathic Pharmacopeia of the United States. The USP is published by the United States Pharmacopeial Convention, Inc. (also called USP), headquartered in Rockville, MD. The current CEO of USP is Dr. Ron Piervincenzi. USP has a permanent staff and laboratories at its headquarters in Rockville, MD and satellite laboratories in China, India and Brazil. It also has further satellite office in Switzerland, Brazil and Ghana and it recently expanded its presence to Ethiopia, Indonesia, Nigeria and the Philippines. USP’s work is supported by a network of Expert Committees and Expert Panels staffed by volunteer experts. I have been a volunteer with USP since the year 2000.
The USP was first published in 1820. This makes it one of the oldest of the modern pharmacopeias. Originally, it was revised every 10 years. The first Committee of Revision was established in 1830. Later, it was revised every five years, and the USP continues to operate on a five-year Revision Cycle. However, the book is now revised and re-issued annually with two supplements per year. This change in the revision schedules reflects the increasing number, range and complexity of pharmaceutical products, the ever-increasing sophistication of drug substances, and the need for better specifications and control methods for modern medicines.
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NESACS members win 2019 ACS Awards
The ACS has announced the winners of the 2019 awards, which will be presented at the ceremony on Tuesday, April 2, 2019, in conjunction with the 257th ACS National Meeting in Orlando.  The following NESACS members will be honored for their achievements:
  • ACS Award in Polymer Chemistry, sponsored by ExxonMobil Chemical, Timothy M. Swager, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
  • Roger Adams Award in Organic Chemistry, sponsored by Organic Reactions Inc. and Organic Syntheses Inc., Stephen L. Buchwald, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
  • Arthur C. Cope Scholar Awards, sponsored by the Arthur C. Cope Fund, Jeremiah Johnson, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
  • Kathryn C. Hach Award for Entrepreneurial Success, sponsored by the Kathryn C. Hach Award Fund, John N. Driscoll, PID Analyzers.
  • Nobel Laureate Signature Award for Graduate Education in Chemistry, sponsored by Avantor Performance Materials, Bryan M. Hunter (student), Rowland Institute at Harvard, Harvard University, and Harry B. Gray (preceptor), California Institute of Technology.
See the complete list of recipients here

Lab Safety Short Courses

A new Massachusetts law effective Feb. 1, 2019 will require all public employees to adhere to OSHA safety standards. LSI's courses include OSHA compliance and are designed to help administrators and school teachers to be in adherence with the new law.

We offer the following one and two-day programs for school teachers:

Natick, MA Two-Day Lab Safety Short Course 12/11/18 ($199 teacher pricing) *CONFIRMED*

Course description: LSI’s Safety in the Laboratory Two-Day Course provides an in-depth look at the fundamentals of lab safety and effective lab safety programs. You will learn to identify and manage common laboratory hazards; many of which you may never have considered. Using a “real world” approach to safety issues in the laboratory, our seasoned instructors will illustrate how to reduce the likelihood of injury, illness, accidents and lawsuits while providing you with simple, inexpensive (even free) things that you can do to have an even better safety program. Registrants are encouraged to bring their problem descriptions, accident accounts and safety program materials for review and discussion.
December 11 & 12, 2018
192 Worcester StNatickMassachusetts01760
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Our scholarships allow K-12 teachers to attend for $199 (Valid K12 ID, verification code, and verification of emlpoyment requiired)

How to Comply With MA’s New OSHA Regulations 12/14/18 ($99 teacher pricing) *CONFIRMED*

On March 9, 2018, Governor Baker signed a bill updating M.G.L. chapter 149§6½, requiring all public sector employers to meet the minimum requirements provided under OSHA to reduce work-related injury and illness.

In short, all public employers, which includes MA public schools, are required to be compliant with OSHA safety standards by February 1, 2019.

The Laboratory Safety Institute (LSI) has created a detailed one-day short course to help navigate and understand the new responsibilities and requirements of Massachusetts STEM educators in the public sector.

How to Comply with MA’s New OSHA Regulations will address:

  • The OSHA lab standard and additional lab regulations
  • The chemical hygiene officer’s responsibilities
  • Chemical hygiene plan development and implementation
  • Chemical hazards and control methods
  • …and more
Download full course schedule (PDF)

In addition to the listed topics, the course will also go further and discuss what the chemical hygiene officer’s responsibilities include beyond the OSHA lab standard, while also providing numerous resources to assist and guide them with the new requirements.

The course is created to encourage discussion, with scheduled discussion time and Q & A periodically throughout the day. This is to ensure that all attendees have the opportunity to have all of their questions and concerns addressed.

The course is offered at our classroom in Natick, MA and also available via webinar.

December 14, 2018
192 Worcester StNatickMassachusetts0176
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Our scholarships allow K-12 teachers to attend for $199

Natick, MA Two-Day Lab Safety Short Course 1/8/19 ($149 teacher pricing) *CONFIRMED*

Course description: Drawing on 40 years of experience, our Two-Day Lab Safety Short Course digs deep into fundamentals of what makes an effective lab safety program, arresting attention with eye–opening stories you won’t forget. You will learn to identify and manage common laboratory hazards, many of which you may never have considered. Our “real-world” approach to lab safety provides industry-tested best practices to reduce the likelihood of injury, illness, accidents (and resulting lawsuits). Bring your problem descriptions, accident accounts and safety program materials for review and discussion. You will walk away with an actionable list of simple, inexpensive (even free) things that you can do to have an even better safety program.
January 8 & 9, 2019
192 Worcester StNatickMassachusetts0176
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Our scholarships allow K-12 teachers to attend for $149



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American Chemical Society
254th ACS National Meeting
Washington, District of Columbia
August 20-24, 2017
Councilor Talking Points; Summary of Governance Issues and Actions
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Historical Notes
James Edward Phillips Robert L. Lichter Sandra Enrica Russo-Rodriguez
Edward C. (Ted) Taylor William Klemperer Marietta Schwartz
Jean-Pierre Anselme Karen L. Piper Christine Jaworek-Lopes
Vivian Walworth Daniel J. Sandman Arthur Obermayer
Benedict Gallo Haig Markarian Edwin Emerson Morse
John J. Giuffrida Claude Spencer Tommy Menino
David O. Ham Norman J. Hochella Bernard Siegal
Clarence Grant Leon Mir