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February 19, 2010 Meeting
In association with the
Illinois Institute of Technology
2010 Kilpatrick Lecture Series


Kilpatrick Evening Lecture:
Prof. Braja K. Mandal
Prof. Braja Mandal

Chair, 2010 Kilpatrick Lecture Series

Professor of Chemistry
Illinois Institute of Technology
Chicago, Illinois

“An Excursion in Polymer Chemistry with Selected Highlights of the Last Half-Century”

Date:  February 19, 2010
Location:    McCormick Tribune Campus Center (MTCC)
Illinois Institute of Technology

3201 South State Street,
Chicago, IL 60616

Cost for the banquet:  $30 per person.   Please note that IIT is handling all reservations for this event, and a check for the banquet must be mailed to IIT before Friday, February 12.

Advance online reservation along with fee of $30 is required for the banquet. The on-line reservation form is at or phone Mr. Kersh, below.  A personal check or money order must be received by Friday, February 12, 2010.  Please send your check, payable to Illinois Institute of Technology, to Mr. Todd Kersh, Department of BCPS, 3101 S. Dearborn St., Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, IL 60616. Phone: 312-567-7986.

Register on line at IIT

5:30 - 6:00 PM  Reception
6:00 - 7:00 PM Banquet
7:30 PM ACS Event Introduction
7:45 8:30 PM Kilpatrick Lecture

Pre-Dinner Topics: Recent Advances in Polymer Science & Technology

The Kilpatrick Lecture Series is an all-day event.  Admission to this event is FREE, except for attendance at the banquet.  A brochure is available with details of the day, and here is a brief agenda for the day:

10:15-10:30 AM Welcome
10:30-11:30 AM Impact of metallocenes/nonmetallocenes in polyolefin technology
Prof. Tobin Marks, Northwestern University
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM Lunch Break
1:00-2:00 PM Inorganic Polymers Prof. Ian Manners,
University of Bristol, U.K.
2:00-3:00 PM Smart polymeric materials-I
Prof. Jeff Moore, UIUC, Urbana-Champaign
3:00-3:30 PM Coffee Break
3:30-4:30 PM Smart polymeric materials-II
Prof. Samuel Stupp, Northwestern University
4:30-5:30 PM Smart polymeric materials-III
Prof. Steve Zimmerman, UIUC, Urbana-Champaign
5:30 PM Please see above for the evening schedule


After Dinner Topic: “An Excursion in Polymer Chemistry with Selected Highlights of the Last Half-Century”

Abstract:  In the past half-century, there has been remarkable growth in polymer science, from the development of convenient synthetic protocols for complex polymer architectures to novel monomers and new polymerization reactions. These advances have provided polymer chemists unprecedented confidence to realize the potential of synthesizing polymeric materials with intended properties and well-defined structures. These developments have provided indispensable building blocks in coping with myriad technological challenges of the future in all fields, from domestic, food, personal care, agricultural applications to microelectronics, automobiles, biomedical science and space research. When it comes to tell this success story in a monograph or a handy quick guide to polymer synthesis for students and mentors, it seemed apparent that a comprehensive book was very desirable to describe recent achievements in this field. In order to meet this need, I have written this book, which presents the most up-to-date developments in polymer chemistry with special emphasis on synthesis of specialty monomers and polymers, and devising new approaches to polymerization reactions. Salient features include five chapters, which contain over 500 illustrations and 900 references. The book is designed to accommodate the needs of both advanced undergraduates and graduate students.


Braja Mandal was born in the eastern part (West Bengal) of India. He obtained his B.Sc. degree with honors in chemistry from the University of Calcutta (now Kolkata). After receiving higher degrees (M.Sc., M.Tech. and Ph.D.) from the Indian Institute of Technology at Kharagpur, he joined the photolithography group of Indian Telephone Industries and worked there for two years. Subsequently, he held two postdoctoral positions, one as an Alexander von Humboldt fellow at the University of Tübingen in Germany. In 1991, he began his academic career as an assistant professor of chemistry at the Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago and now serves as professor of chemistry. His active research areas include solid polymer electrolytes, polymeric hydrogen storage media, high dielectric constant polymer films, low lattice energy lithium salts, and artificial photosynthetic molecules.

Map and Directions

Parking:   Free street parking is available on State Street between 29th and 30th Street. A limited number of metered parking places are available in the visitors’ parking lot.  Free parking will be available for attendees who have registered on-line with IIT in Event Parking Lot A3.  See the map on page 11 of the brochure.


First Course: Mixed Greens Salad with Candied Walnuts, Dried Cranberries, Pepper Crusted Goat Cheese with Balsamic Vinaigrette. Assorted Dinner Rolls with Butter and Red/White wine.

Second Course:

Third Course: Raspberry Almond Cream Cake


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