February 27, 2009 Meeting
Joint with IIT
The Kilpatrick Lecture & Banquet
Professor Susan Olesik
Dow Professor
Dept. of Chemistry and the Nanoscience & Engineering Center
The Ohio State University,
Columbus, OH
Susan Olesik

" Unique Carbon Chemistry: Applications in Space Science and Nanoscience "


Date:  February 27, 2009
Location:    IITís McCormick Tribune Campus Center
Auditorium and Ballroom MTCC
3201 South State St.
Chicago, IL

Cost:  $35 for members of ACS and their guests, $37 for non-members,
     $20 for students or unemployed

Dinner reservations are required and should be received in the Section Office via phone (847-647-8405), FAX (847-647-8364), email (chicagoacs@ameritech.net), or web by noon on Monday, February 23.    PLEASE HONOR YOUR RESERVATIONS.  The Section must pay for all dinner orders.  No-shows will be billed.


4:30 - 5:30 PM  Pre-dinner Lecture
5:00 - 6:00 PM  Job Club
5:30 - 6:30  PM  Social Hour
6:30  PM Dinner
7:30  PM Presentation of Kilpatrick Lecture

Topic: " Unique Carbon Chemistry: Applications in Space Science and Nanoscience "

Abstract:  The synthesis of unique unsaturated precursor polymers has allowed the development of glassy carbon-based micro and nanofabricated devices for a broad range of applications. These polymers typically are soluble in common organic solvents and also have minimal weight loss when heated and converted to glassy carbon. Accordingly, micro and nanofabrication techniques can be used to generate structures with highly levels of nanoscale integrity. Applications that we are currently working on include carbon media that eventually may be able to detect early stages of lung cancer as well as carbon media for nanoscale biosensors. Similar precursor polymers were also previous used to make a carbon separation device to characterize the atmosphere of Titan, Saturn’s largest moon. How can carbon do all this? This presentation will include a discussion of the unique properties of the precursor polymers and the resultant carbon materials.

Biography:   Susan Olesik received her A.S. from Vincennes University, B.A. from DePauw University in 1977 and her Ph.D. in 1982 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, working with James Taylor. She was also a postdoctoral fellow for Milos Novotny at Indiana University from 1982-1884 and for Tomas Baer at University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill from 1984-1986. She has been a faculty member at The Ohio State University since 1986, being promoted to Associate Professor in 1992 and Professor in 1997.  In 1987, she received the American Society for Mass Spectrometry Research Award; in 1990 she received the Eli Lilly Research Award; in 1998 she received a Commendation from NASA for work on Cassini-Huygen’s Probe; and in 2000 she received the AWISCO Woman in Science Award from the Association for Women in Science in Central Ohio. She has an extensive publication record, has served on numerous editorial advisory boards, as well as review boards. She is most known for work in two areas of separation science — Enhanced-fluidity Liquid Chromatography and Low temperature Glassy Carbon Chromatography.   Most recently her research has expanded polymer synthesis in supercritical fluids, new separation science for high complicated mixtures and the synthesis of carbon micron and nanoparticles and fibers.

In 1999 Olesik started a science outreach program entitled, Wonders of Our World or W.O.W.  It is a science education outreach project for elementary schools. The project involves the close collaboration of Ohio State University faculty members and students, the entire faculty of elementary schools, middle school science teachers, and local area scientists. Through the collaboration with elementary school teachers, the program intends to 1) enhance the science literacy of elementary students and elementary school teachers, 2) increase the science material that K-8 science teachers are comfortable presenting to their students, 3) increase the involvement of local scientists, parents and undergraduate science students in important community projects, and 4) generate a model that can be used by scientists across the United States to assist science programs in other elementary schools.

W.O.W. will be finishing its tenth year of operation in the spring 2009. It serves over 2000 K-8 students every year through the strong efforts of more than 450 volunteer scientists. To date, the program has served over 10,000 elementary school students. The improvement in the students’ content knowledge through this program is well documented through significant improvement in standardized test data for all students who have been involved in the program. However, the positive impact of this collaborative effort on the K-8 teachers and volunteers is also significant.  While scientists often prefer to shun the lime light, their enthusiasm for their profession should be shared with others. This program is an example of how active scientists support K-12 science education on a continuing basis.

Predinner Lecture:

"The Practicing Scientist and K-12 Science Education"

presented by Dr. Susan V. Olesik, Dow Professor, Department of Chemistry and the Nanoscience and Engineering Center, The Ohio State University

Abstract: The United States science and technology (S&T) enterprise is a key contributor to the world economy. According to the 2008 Science Indicators of the National Science Board, since 2003 the United States has been the world leader in science and technology value-added manufacturing, providing over 40% of the global S&T production. As manufacturing activity continues to leave the U.S., S&T innovation is becoming increasing critical to our economic well-being. These facts clearly illustrate the need to keep the U.S. science and technology enterprise advancing forward. Continued innovations in S&T require a scientifically literate workforce, as well as a populace that appreciates the importance of science education to our place in the world economy. Enhancements in science education are currently being considered at both the national and local levels in the U.S.

This presentation will highlight a science outreach program that allows active scientists to productively collaborate with K-12 science teachers to advance K-12 science education. Ten years ago, the Wonders of Our World (W.O.W.) program was initiated as an alliance between scientists and teachers to improve K-5 science education. Today, this has expanded to include involvement in science outreach efforts that span K-16 science. The structure of these programs will be highlighted along with data illustrating their remarkable impact.

Speaker's Biography:  See above.

Map and Directions

Parking:   The closest parking lots are the Visitor's Parking Lot A4 immediately north of the MTCC and Lot D1 immediately south (across 33rd street) of the MTCC. Parking is free after 7 p.m. in Lots A4 and D1. Before 7 p.m., parking is metered. Visit parking.iit.edu or map for maps and more parking info.

There is free street parking on both sides of 30th street (for a block west from State Street) and on State street north of 30th and south of 35th street with rush hour restrictions on the west side (for south bound traffic from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.)


Salad of mixed greens with candied walnuts, craisins, goat cheese and pomegranate vinaigrette.
Entree choices
1) Fire roasted Angus beef filet with blue cheese fritter atop herbed mash potatoes with chanterelle mushrooms, white corn and heirloom tomatoes
2) Grilled salmon with chili lime sauce, served with wild rice pilaf and asparagus
3) Parpadella pasta with roasted eggplant, zucchini squash and mushrooms served in a creamy tomato sauce and topped with shredded parmesan cheese


Those attending the meeting may wish to use the student cafeteria which features excellent freshly prepared food served at various buffet stations on an all-you-can-eat basis for $10 plus tax per person. The student cafeteria is located in the McCormick Tribune Campus Center (MTCC) which is the same building as where the Kilpatrick Lectures will be held.

The student cafeteria opens at 4:30 PM and closes at 7:00 PM Sharp for dinner. One should plan to be there prior to 6:30 PM.

Please inform the Section Office if you plan on using the cafeteria option so that we can inform the staff there to expect additional people.

Also in the above same building is a small convenience type store which offers sandwiches and soft drinks.

Updated 1/27/09