October 2004 Meeting
Basolo Award Presentation

Joint Meeting of the Northwestern University Department of Chemistry and the Chicago ACS Section


Dr. Malcolm H. Chisholm

Distinguished Professor of Mathematical and Physical Sciences
The Ohio State University
Malcolm Chisholm
Topic:   Routes to New Generation Polymers Employing Single-site Metal Alkoxide Catalysts, Polyesters, Polyethers and Polycarbonates from Renewable Resources

Date:  Friday, October 22, 2004

Background information about the Basolo Award

NOTE: The Basolo Medal Lecture will be held at 4:30 P.M. - 5:45 P.M. at Northwestern University.
--- The Medalist Lecture is open to the public and admission is free to all those wishing to attend. ---

Northwestern University
Technological Institute
2145 Sheridan Road
Evanston, IL
Lecture Room 3

Abstract:     The limited world supply of oil and the ever-increasing demand for its consumption will profoundly affect mankind in many ways. Currently, greater than 90% of all commodity chemicals are fossil-fuel based. We can anticipate a move away from a hydrocarbon-based chemical industry towards one based on renewable resources. In terms of plastics or synthetic polymers, we will see a move toward polyoxygenates. Polyesters can be prepared from the ring-opening polymerization of cyclic esters derived from biomass, and polyethers by the ring-opening polymerization of Natures's oxiranes. The current production of polycarbonate by the toxic and environmentally-hazardous use of phosgene and bis-phenol-A will surely be replaced by a process involving the regular alternating coupling of an oxirane and carbon dioxide. In all these endeavors, metal-oxygen bonds will play a key role. In this talk, I will review current research endeavors aimed at the preparation of polyesters, polyethers and polycarbonates employing single-site metal alkoxide catalysts of zinc, magnesium, calcium, aluminum and tin.

Biography:     Malcolm H. Chisholm was born in Bombay, India to Scottish parents and educated in England, Canford School and Queen Mary College, London.  He received his PhD. in 1969 under the direction of Professor D.C. Bradley and did postdoctoral studies at the University of Western Ontario with Professor H.C. Clark.    

After academic appointments at Princeton and Indiana University, he assumed his current position at The Ohio State University in 2000 where he is Distinguished Professor of Mathematical and Physical Sciences.  His research interests include the chemistry of complexes with metal-metal multiple bonds, the use of alkoxide and related pi-donor ligands in organometallic chemistry, and molecular routes to materials and the development of catalysts and for the preparation of biodegradable and biocompatible polymers from readily renewable resources.

Professor Chisholm is the author of over 500 publications and has received several awards for his research including the Awards for Inorganic Chemistry and Distinguished Service to Inorganic Chemistry of the ACS and the Centenary and Ludwig Mond Lectureships of the Royal Society of Chemistry.  He is a Fellow of the Royal Society, London, American Academy of Arts & Sciences, and the recipient of the Davy Medal of the Royal Society.  He has served as Associate Editor for the Americas for Chemical Communications, Dalton Transactions, the inorganic journal Polyhedron and has held several positions of office within the ACS, including Chair of the Division of Inorganic Chemistry.

Location of the dinner and general meeting:   Zhivago Restaurant & Banquets
9925 Gross Point Road
Skokie, IL

Cost:    $32.00 each for Section members and one guest.   Students and out of work half price.   $34 for others.
Basolo Lecture:    4:30 PM - 5:45 PM at Northwestern
Job Club:    5:30 PM at Zhivago Restaurant
Reception:    6:00 PM - 7:00 PM at Zhivago Restaurant
Dinner:    7:00 PM at Zhivago Restaurant
Presentation of Basolo Medal:   8:00 PM at Zhivago Restaurant

Presentation of the Basolo Medal: Milt Levenberg, Chair, Chicago Section American Chemical Society and Hilary Arnold Godwin, Chair, Chemistry Department, Northwestern University.

Reservations:   (847) 647-8405, or by e-mail: chicagoacs@ameritech.net
                    by noon, Tuesday, October 19

Please honor your reservations. We must pay for all dinners ordered. No-shows will be billed.

From the city: Take Lake Shore Drive North to Sheridan Road into Evanston. Continue on Sheridan Road to the Tech Institute. From the west: take I-88 east to 294 north to Dempster east. Proceed east on Dempster into Evanston. Turn left onto Chicago Ave. and proceed to Sheridan Road. Take Sheridan Road north to the Tech Institute. The Technological Institute is at the intersection of Sheridan Road and Noyes Street in Evanston.

To those attending the Basolo Medal lecture, parking after 4:00 P.M. is available in the lot across from the Technological Institute at the corner of Noyes Street and Sheridan Road. Parking is also available on the side streets just west of this lot--however, observe the posted signs. Car-pooling is always encouraged.

Lecture room 3 is on the first floor of the Technological Institute and is most easily reached by entering through the main doors facing Sheridan Road. The lecture room is clearly marked and there will be signs at the entrance to guide you to the room.

Zhivago Restaurant:
From the Tech Institute: Go North on Sheridan Rd. and turn left on Central St. Turn left on Gross Point Rd. and proceed to the restaurant.

From Edens Expressway heading North:  Take Dempster east to Gross Point Rd. Turn left on Gross Point Rd. and proceed to the restaurant.

From Edens Expressway heading South:  Exit on Old Orchard Road. Go east to Gross Point Rd. Turn right on Gross Point Rd. and proceed to the restaurant.

PARKING is free in the lot. Parking is also available at Keeler and Gross Point Road.


6:00 p.m. - 7 p.m. Reception

Complementary wine, soft drinks, and hors d'oeuvres served butler style.  Hors d'oeuvres selection: Artichoke & Spinach, Smoked Salmon, & BBQ Meat Balls.

7 p.m. Dinner

APPETIZER COURSE - SERVED FAMILY STYLE:  Breads, Herbed Butter, Chopped Liver, Fresh Tomato & Mozarelia Salad, Fire Cracker Meat Rolls with Asian Sauce, Calamari & Fresh Vegetables.

SOUP COURSE:  Cream of Mushroom

DINNER COURSE:  Choice of entrée is either Chicken Florentine (chicken breast served on a bed of spinach), Salmon (broiled salmon on a bed of spinach with Sonoma Curtier Russian river sauce), or Beef Brochette: (skewered beef tenderloin filet prepared in house marinade and grilled with an array of vegetables). Each entrée is served with rice pilaf, fresh vegetables, & potatoes. A vegetarian bowtie pasta entrée is available on request.

DESSERT COURSE - SERVED FAMILY STYLE: Assorted pastries including Napoleon, Tiramisu, and Spartak chocolate cake.


BEVERAGE:  Coffee, Tea, Soft Drinks; Wine will be served with dinner.

Updated 9/25/04