Chair – Glen Labenski
Vice-Chair – Randy Sabateni
Secretary - Kim Chichester
Councilor – Richard Hartmann
Alternate Councilor – James Reynolds
Member-at-Large - Elizabeth Burns
Member-at-Large - Maryann Mendel
Member-at-Large - Anand Sridhar
Next mixer is December 2 at MacGregors, 300 Jefferson Road, Henrietta from 5-7:00 PM.
Meet old friends, make new professional contacts from area companies and universities, line up a future job - join members of the Rochester chemical/biochemical/materials technical communities for this informal networking event. Learn about the exciting new technologies being developed at area start-up companies. No registration or charge - cash bar - students, technical professionals, managers and non-ACS members – all welcome.
The Section will provide free appetizers for those in attendance
Future 2014 Mixers:
Peckham Hall, Rm. 12 - Nazareth College, 4245 East Ave., Pittsford, NY
Monday, December 8, 2014
Lecture at 7:00 pm
Black Silicon and Patterning Technologies to Streamline Solar Cell Manufacture
7:00 p.m.: David H. Levy, Ph.D., Director of Research and Technology,
Natcore Technology, Inc.
Abstract: The Rochester laboratory of Natcore has two major research programs: a low cost process for producing black silicon, and laser based doping of silicon to produce solar cells. Black silicon refers generally to a surface etch of silicon that produces very low reflection. Our black silicon process uses a metal assisted chemical etch that creates fine pores on the silicon, all at atmospheric conditions. The morphology of the resulting surface as well as full area cell performance will be discussed. The laser doping technology we are developing will enable lower temperature processing of silicon than is used in current solar cell production, and has good synergy with the black silicon antireflection technology. The concept and progress on laser processing will also be discussed.
David Levy earned a B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania before obtaining a Ph.D. degree from MIT. He joined the Eastman Kodak Research Labs in 1992, where he was a Senior Research Scientist. During his time with Kodak, he worked with nanoparticle dispersions, solution-processable inorganic semiconductors, and was the inventor of Kodak’s Spatial Atomic Layer Deposition process (SALD) process. In 2012 Dr. Levy joined Natcore Technology as the Director of Research and Technology, with a focus on crystalline silicon solar cells. Dr. Levy has been granted 86 US patents and has been an invited presenter at meetings of the Materials Research Society and the American Vacuum Society.
Deborah Janes and Timothy Wilson exemplify the role of Chemistry Ambassadors. They both help educate kids and people about the importance of chemists and chemistry, by taking part in many community activities each year. The following thank you note from the Arnett Library says it all.
November 15, 2014
Bruce Tehan, Site Supervisor
Arnett Branch Library
310 Arnett Boulevard
Rochester NY 14619
Dear Deb and Timothy,
Thank you so much for participating in the Arnett Branch Library’s Family Science Day event. You were a big hit and gave our young visitors fun learning experiences. You were very kind to share your knowledge and your love of science with Arnett’s kids. Our community is lucky to have the American Chemical Society as a friend.
The Rochester Section Undergraduate Travel Grant Program provides funds each year to support travel for undergraduate students to attend a professional ACS-sponsored conference at which they will present their research, as the presenting author, in a poster or oral presentation. Any full-time undergraduate student in chemistry, chemical engineering, or a related field at a college/university in the Rochester ACS Section is eligible for an Undergraduate Travel Grant. Preference will be given to students who have not received the Rochester Section ACS Undergraduate Travel Grant in the past. Complete eligibility and application details can be found below.
For 2015, The Undergraduate Travel Grant Program is providing $400 towards travel for undergraduate researchers.
The application deadline for 2015 is January, 30st, 2015.
For further information, or to nominate an undergraduate student for a travel grant to an upcoming National ACS meeting, contact:
Todd Pagano, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Director
Rochester Institute of Technology/National Technical Institute for the Deaf
52 Lomb Memorial Dr
LBJ Building, Office #1285
Rochester, NY 14623
Tel.: (585) 475-4539
For Eligibility and Application Process, please visit
Nazareth College - Peckham Hall, Room 10-12
4245 East Avenue, Pittsford, NY
Chemistry, the “Central Science”, has played a critical role in the economic development of Rochester. The long history of successful development of innovative technologies continues today, both at established companies and universities as well as at many area start-ups. This lecture series will highlight emerging technologies with significant chemical components that are being developed in the Rochester area. The four lectures in 2014-15 program, will discuss the basic science of some of these technologies and the target products. These free lectures are open to the general public - including students looking for insight into future career opportunities.
7:00 pm: Lectures
|R&D Focus for the New Kodak – Functional Printing |
Dr. Nancy Ferris, Director, Kodak Research Labs/VP, Kodak Technology Center & Dr. Hwei-Ling Yau, Advanced Development Project Manager
Eastman Kodak Company (www.kodak.com)
|Black Silicon and Patterning Technologies to Streamline Solar Cell Manufacture |
Dr. David H. Levy, Director of Research and Technology
Spatially Selective Functionalization of Porous Silica for Nucleic Acid Purification Applications
| Electrochemical Double Layer Capacitors (EDLC's): Opportunities in Energy Storage and Challenges in Chemistry|
Dr. William McKenna, Chief Technical Officer
Graphenix Development, Inc. (www.graphenedev.com)
8:15 – 9:30 p.m.: Reception – Peckham Hall Lobby
The October 6 Reception will also include a Poster Session
Further information on these lectures and poster sessions, contact
Henry Gysling at firstname.lastname@example.org
On Tuesday, October 28, 2014, the Rochester Section of the American Chemical Society held its annual Recognition night.
Professor Eric E. Mamajek from the University of Rochester's
Department of Physics & Astronomy presented, “How Old is that Star (and its Planets!)”.
Some major take away for us as chemists:
2015 ACS Northeast Regional Meeting
Ithaca, NY, June 10-13, 2015
The Cornell Section of the American Chemical Society will host the 40th Northeast Regional Meeting (NERM 2015) at Ithaca College in Ithaca, NY.
For more details of speakers, visit
(1) Director of Device Development (Redwood City, CA)