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Thursday, January 19, 2012 Meeting
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Eric Toone
Dr. Eric Toone

Deputy Director for Technology
for the Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E)

The Advanced Research Projects
Agency – Energy:   A New Paradigm in Transformational Energy Research

Date:  Thursday, January 19, 2012

European Crystal Banquet Center
519 W. Algonquin Road
Arlington Heights, IL
Parlor BC

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

Dinner reservations are required and should be received in the Section Office via phone (847-391-9091), email (, or web by noon on Monday, January 16.   PLEASE HONOR YOUR RESERVATIONS.  The Section must pay for all food orders.  No-shows will be billed.  Seating will be available for those who wish to attend only the meeting.


5:00 - 6:00 PM · Job Club
5:30 - 6:15 PM · Pre-dinner talk by Katie Leach
5:30 - 6:30 PM · Social Hour
6:30 - 7:30 PM · Dinner
7:30 PM · General Meeting
7:45 - 8:45 PM · After-dinner talk

After Dinner Presentation:  “The Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy:   A New Paradigm in Transformational Energy Research”

Abstract:     In the Spring of 2009 President Obama announced $400M in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funding for a new agency – the Advanced Research Projects Agency, or ARPA-E.  The Agency exists to fund high risk, high reward transformational research to reduce energy related emissions, reduce imports of energy from foreign sources, improve energy efficiency in all economic sectors, and ensure American technological lead in advanced energy technologies. 

In two years the agency awarded over $350M in support of 121 projects across the entire energy landscape, including renewable energy, biofuels, building efficiency, carbon capture, and the electrification of transportation.  But achieving impactful change in the energy space requires successful negotiation of a path to commercialization plagued by pitfalls that often frustrate the deployment of technological innovation.

This lecture will describe the history and mission of ARPA-E, highlight some of the revolutionary technologies currently supported by ARPA-E, and examine through example critical considerations for the deployment of transformational energy technology.

Biography:  Dr. Eric Toone is the Deputy Director for Technology for the Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E), responsible
for oversight of all ARPA-E Technology and directs the ARPA-E’s Electrofuels program. In addition to his role at ARPA-E, Toone is
currently the Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professor of Chemistry and Professor of Biochemistry at Duke University.

Toone is a scientific founder of two venture-backed companies: Aerie Pharmaceuticals, a research-based ophthalmology company, and
Vindica Pharmaceuticals, a nitric oxide delivery company.  He has served as a permanent member of the Bioorganic and Natural Products Study Section at the National Institutes of Health, and is currently a member of the NSERC Organic & Inorganic Review panel (Canada). 

Toone has authored over 100 scientific papers and over 30 patents. He is an associate editor of the journal Biopolymers and the editor in chief of the monograph series Advances in Enzymology.  He studied chemistry as an undergraduate at the University of Guelph, graduating in 1983. That same year he moved to the University of Toronto to begin graduate studies with Professor J. Bryan Jones. Toone graduated from the University of Toronto in 1988 and moved to Harvard University to continue his studies with Professor George Whitesides.

Pre-Dinner Presentation:  A discussion on using social media to communicate to fellow scientists, by Kathryn (Katie) Leach.

Map and Directions

Parking: Free 


Vegetable medley of broccoli, baby carrots & rutabaga
Choice of:

Apple Crumb Cake




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