Rochester Local Section (Chartered in 1912)

Chemistry In Emerging Technologies Lectures-2018

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 three  lectures in the 2018 program will discuss the basic science and the target products of nanophase materials, new chemistry for the stabilization and applications of alkali metals, and printing technologies for additive manufacturing.  These free lectures are open to the general public - including students looking for insight into future career opportunities.

7:00 pm: Lectures

 8:15 – 9:30 p.m.: Reception  – Peckham Hall Lobby  

Monday March 5, 2018

Dr. Kenneth Reed – Co-Founder & CTO

ZeroValent NanoMetals  (

 Nanotechnology and Entrepreneurism: A Potent Reaction Mixture 

*A Poster Session will be held during the 8:15-9:30pm Reception*

October 1,

Dr. David Wang
 SiGNa Chemistry, Inc.  (
Stabilized Alkali Metals: From Chemicals to Crude
5, 2018
Dr. Denis Cormier  -  Earl W. Brinkman Professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering & AMPrint Center  Director, Rochester Institute of Technology   (
Functional 3D Printing for Additive Manufacturin

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Chemistry In Emerging Technologies Lectures-2018

Nazareth College - Peckham Hall, Room 10, 4245 East Ave., Pittsford, NY           

Monday, March 5, 2018

Nanotechnology and Entrepreneurism:

A Potent Reaction Mixture

Dr. Kenneth Reed,  Co-founder & CTO

                     ZeroValent NanoMetals  (

7 p.m.:  Lecture

The Rochester region is rich in materials science technology, in large part due to its Big Three (now smaller) legacy companies and its world-class educational institutions. An additional legacy from these companies is a trove of available human capital that has become (perhaps out of necessity) entrepreneurial in nature. This presentation will address the historical origins of the “ancient art” of nanotechnology, its evolution through the ages, what makes nanotech so neat and how the author and other members of the “lost tribe” of Eastman Kodak have attempted to address some rather large and imposing societal challenges by bringing to bear their technical passions and fledgling experiences via small business creation. 

Dr. Kenneth Reed received his B.Sc. in Chemistry at RIT and his Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry at Stanford Univ. in 1976. He then returned to Rochester to begin his industrial career in the Kodak Research Laboratories where his work centered on materials chemistry for use in silver halide photographic products, including synthesis and characterization of dispersions of nanophase materials, an area that would be central to his future as an entrepreneur.  This work resulted in 22 patents and induction into the Kodak Distinguished Inventors Gallery. After a very successful 30-year career at Kodak, Ken began the next phase of his technical career - applying his expertise in nanophase materials for new applications and new business development.  Initially working in a lab at RIT with his team of scientists, a process for the synthesis of ceria with particle sizes in the 2-5 nm size range was developed.  In 2007 he co-founded his first company, Cerion Energy, to commercialize this material and its versions doped with other metal oxides as an additive for diesel fuel that provides improved fuel efficiency and decreased harmful emissions from diesel engines. Ken’s most recent company, ZeroValent NanoMetals (ZVNM), formed in 2016, is a material science company with expertise in the development, customization and manufacture of high-performance metal nanoparticles and unique alloys in the 2-5 nm size regime. The focus for these materials is the application of their nanosize-dependent properties for the development of transformative new products for a wide range of industries including high performance thin layer (non-vacuum) coatings, flexible printed electronics, and 3D metal printing (additive manufacturing).

 8:15 – 9:30 p.m.: Reception – Peckham Hall Lobby

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Chemistry In Emerging Technologies Lectures-2017

Nazareth College - Peckham Hall, Room 10, 4245 East Ave., Pittsford, NY           

Monday, November 13, 2017 

White Organic Light‐emiting Diodes (OLEDs): Materials, Device,  Architectures and Applications 

Dr. Marina Kondakova, Director of Device Formulation

OLEDWorks, LLC    (

 7 p.m.:  Lecture

OLED lighting is unique as it offers a pleasant, uniform, diffused light, minimizing the need for fixtures.  In combination with other

characteristics, such as ultra-thin shape and glare-free light, OLEDs

can be used to realize innovative lighting applications and designs. An OLED

is an electronic device that emits light in response to an applied potential

and consists of a substrate and several organic layers sandwiched between

two electrodes.  It operates by charge injection from the electrodes into

the adjacent organic layers, transport of injected charge carriers

through organic layers, recombination of holes and electrons to

generate excited states of molecules, followed by their radiative

deactivation, which is taken out of the device as electroluminescence.

High efficiency OLEDs require multiple layer device architectures to

provide exciton confinement and charge transport balance. OLED devices

can be built on a wide variety of rigid, flexible, and transparent

substrates. During recent years, white OLED (WOLED) devices

have undergone very fast development as they emerge as next

generation lighting sources. White light in OLED can be obtained by

emission from a monochromatic emitter in combination with

down-conversion layer or by simultaneous emission of light from

several emitters in the correct proportions.  Various device architectures

are used to achieve high efficiency that allows OLED technology to

compete with other lighting products. Recent progress on WOLED

from materials perspective, device performance and future applications

will be discussed.

Dr. Marina Kondakova has 15 years’ experience in organic

light-emitting diodes (OLED) technology with broad knowledge of

OLED physics and material science. Before joining OLEDWorks in 2010,

Dr. Kondakova worked at the Kodak OLED Business Unit where she

was responsible for development of WOLED technology for lighting

and displays through device architecture engineering and use of

improved materials. Her work has also included detailed studies of

OLED degradation mechanisms. At OLEDWorks, Dr. Kondakova leads

the R&D team focused on development and optimization of

high-performance OLED lighting panels that will be fabricated by a

low-cost, innovative manufacturing process. This development is guided

by manufacturing challenges and opportunities to improve product

reliability. Dr. Kondakova has a doctorate in Physical Chemistry and

has authored numerous publications and patents in the OLED field.

 8:15 – 9:30 p.m.: Reception – Peckham Hall Lobby

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                             Monday October 2, 2017
             The Palladium™ Diagnostic System
                Dr. Richard Murante, Senior Research Scientist
                Integrated Nano-Technologies, LLC (
7 p.m.: Lecture
The Palladium™ system is a fully-automated modern lab in a portable device, capable of complete sample preparation and diagnostics with a minimum of training. Its fully-networked reporting provides critical and actionable results in minutes.  Integrated Nano-Technologies (INT), founded in 2000, has developed this electronic DNA sensor, which incorporates a universal sample preparation system, and a novel rotary valve disposable cartridge for automated processing of complex biological samples.  This development work has involved working with food safety, veterinary, and medical personnel across corporate, non-profit, university, governmental, and military organizations worldwide to develop systems that enable economical on-site testing and place diagnostic tools directly in the field. The initial commercial application for the system will be in detection of food borne pathogens in food processing facilities. Subsequent applications of the system will leverage the same disposable cartridge design to diagnose infectious diseases in animals and eventually humans.

Dr. Richard Murante
is a Senior Research Scientist with Integrated Nano-Technologies.  He has played a pivotal role in the development of the Company’s core technology. His area of specialty is biochemistry and molecular biology. He received his PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Rochester. He later went on to be a Research Assistant Professor at the University of Rochester before joining INT in 2000. Dr. Murante has multiple publications in the field of molecular biology. He has experience in the genetic computing field and has served as the Principal Investigator on a number of significant federal awards.

 8:15 – 9:30 p.m.: Reception – Peckham Hall Lobby

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Nazareth College - Peckham Hall, Room 10, 4245 East Ave., Pittsford, NY

 Monday, March 27, 2017

Mending Broken Bones: Opportunities and
Challenges with 3D Printing

Prof. Hani Awad

Associate Director, Center for Musculoskeletal Research, URMC, Department of
Biomedical Engineering, University of Rochester


7 p.m.:  Lecture

Abstract: Tissue engineering or regenerative medicine approaches based on engineering cells and scaffolds into “spare-parts” promise to shape the future of reconstructive surgery and organ transplantation. To that end, recent work in our laboratory has developed innovative strategies for adapting lowtemperature
3D printing technology to fabricate osteoconductive calcium phosphate (CaP)
scaffolds for applications in preclinical small and large animal models of bone regeneration. We have adapted this technology to create CaP scaffolds for concomitant, local delivery of multiple antibiotics to significantly improve the outcomes of established implant-associated bone infection (osteomyelitis) in a mouse model compared to the current clinical practice of using antibiotic-laden
PMMA spacers. This technology has translational potential in medical image-guided reconstruction of massive bone loss in scenarios involving extremity bone and craniomaxillofacial trauma or infections.

Speaker: Hani A. Awad received his BS in Mechanical Engineering from the Univ. of Jordan in 1993 and his Ph.D. at the Univ. of Cincinnati under the mentorship of Dr. David Butler, a leading expert in tendon and ligament repair, followed by a post-doctoral fellowship with Dr. Farshid Guilak at Duke Univ. In the Fall of 2004, he joined the Univ. of Rochester where currently, in addition to his faculty position in the Depart. of Biomedical Engineering, he is Associate Director, Center for Musculoskeletal Research, URMC. His research focuses primarily on Musculoskeletal Tissue Engineering with an emphasis on challenging clinical problems and translational solutions. Recognition of his pioneering work has included the Kappa Delta - Ann Doner Vaughan Award and an Early Career Translational Research Award in Biomedical Engineering
(Wallace H. Coulter Foundation).

8:15 – 9:30 p.m.: Reception Peckham Hall Lobby

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  Peckham Hall, Rm. 12 - Nazareth College, 4245 East Ave., Pittsford, NY 

       Monday, October 3, 2016

Ionic Liquid Electrolytes for Safer Li-Ion Batteries 

Dr. Surya Moganty, CTO, NOHMs Technologies, Inc.


7:00 pm: Lecture

Among the various battery technologies, Lithium-ion batteries provide highest energy density and suitable cycle life for the mobility and consumer market needs.  With the ever-growing demand to gain more run time, high voltage Li-ion battery electrode chemistries are being developed to increase the energy density. Safety concerns of these high energy dense batteries are also growing. NOHMs Technologies is developing non-flammable, non-volatile, ionic liquid-hybrid electrolytes (NanoLyteTM) that overcome safety concerns in Li-ion batteries. Ionic liquids are a unique class of organic salts with negligible vapor pressure, non-flammability, good room-temperature ionic conductivity, wide electrochemical windows, and favorable chemical and thermal stability. They are ideal candidates for safer electrolytes in Li-ion batteries. Using the power of ionic liquids, NanoLyteTM high voltage electrolytes for lithium ion batteries will reduce the current cost of Li- ion batteries up to 50% and improve runtime. NanoLyteTM high temperature electrolytes push the limits of what is possible for rechargeable batteries. The unique properties of this material, as well as its battery performance, will be presented.

Dr. Surya Moganty received his Ph.D. in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering in 2009 from Clarkson University and subsequently worked as a Postdoctoral Associate with Prof. Lynden Archer at Cornell University, where he developed nanomaterials for Li-ion batteries, including Li-S cathode materials and electrolytes. Dr. Moganty is an expert in hybrid materials, ionic liquid electrolytes, and electrochemistry, and was previously a new product Process Engineer at Intel. He published 19 peer reviewed research articles and currently holds one US patent. Dr. Moganty, as a PI, received $7M funding from various Federal and NY State funding agencies to support his research work.

8:15 – 9:30 p.m.: Reception Peckham Hall Lobby         


Chemistry in Emergying Technologies Lectures

Nazareth College - Peckham Hall, Room 10-12, 4245 East Avenue, Pittsford, NY 

Monday, October 19, 2015

Introduction to Vaccinex and Therapeutic Antibodies

Dr. Ernest Smith, Senior Vice President, Research & Chief Scientific Officer

Vaccinex, Inc. (

7:00 pm: Lecture

Founded in 1997 and located in Rochester, NY, Vaccinex, Inc. is a privately held clinical stage immunotherapy company engaged in the discovery and development of human therapeutic monoclonal antibodies and vaccines to treat serious diseases. Vaccinex has developed the only library-based antibody discovery technology capable of directly expressing bivalent, fully human antibodies in mammalian cells. The company is building an impressive pipeline of therapeutic antibodies with the potential for effectively treating various autoimmune diseases including multiple sclerosis and cancers.
Dr. Ernest S. Smith has served as Vaccinex’s Senior Vice President, Research and Chief Scientific Officer since December 2008. Dr. Smith previously served as Vice President, Research and Chief Scientific Officer from April 2003 to December 2008 and Research Director from June 2001 to April 2003. Prior to joining Vaccinex, Dr. Smith was a research scientist at the University of Rochester. Dr. Smith received a B.A. in Biology from St. John Fisher College, and an M.S. and a Ph.D. in Immunology from the University of Rochester.

8:15 – 9:30 p.m.: Reception – Peckham Hall Lobby


Chemistry In Emerging Technologies Lectures

Peckham Hall, Rm. 12 - Nazareth College, 4245 East Ave., Pittsford, NY

Monday, April 27, 2015

7:00-9:30 pm

Electrochemical Double Layer Capacitors (EDLC's):

 Opportunities in Energy Storage & Challenges in Chemistry

7:00 pm Lecture

Dr. William McKenna

Chief Technical Officer, Graphenix Development, Inc.

Graphenix Development, Inc. (GDI) in 2009 developed an EDLC electrode with 30% higher energy density than currently available electrodes. Drawing on our extensive expertise in chemistry, materials science, and manufacturing, GDI’s team has built a comprehensive understanding of optimal nano- and micro-pore structured materials that yield higher capacitance and energy density based on inexpensive, unexotic carbon-based raw materials. Our proprietary carbon coating process delivers product at a cost comparable to the current prices for steam activated carbon-based electrodes. By leveraging toll manufacturing such as that available at the Eastman Business Park, GDI will have lower capital expenditure requirements and a lower cost of production then our competitors. GDI will launch its first electrode product in 2015. This lecture will discuss the EDLC technology and its chemical challenges and opportunities.

Dr. William P. McKenna received a B.S. in Chemistry from The University of Oregon and Ph.D. in Physical Organic Chemistry (surface vibrational spectroscopy) from The University of Utah, followed by postdoctoral work at the Southampton University (UK). Bill began his industrial career in the Analytical Chemistry Division of the Kodak Research Laboratories in 1986. In his 21 years at Kodak his work spanned basic research through R&D management to directing
external technology partnerships and product development. He subsequently directed internal R&D programs, JDAs with other significant industrial partners, as well as numerous academic technology development partnerships in management positions at Rohm and Haas and Dow Chemical. In 2009 he joined Graphenix Development as Chief Technical Officer.

8:15 – 9:30 p.m.: Reception /Poster Session – Peckham Hall Lobby

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Peckham Hall, Rm. 12 - Nazareth College, 4245 East Ave., Pittsford, NY 

     Monday, February 23, 2015

7:00-9:30 pm

Spatially Selective Functionalization of Porous Silica for Nucleic Acid Purification Applications

7:00 pm:   Prof. Lewis J. Rothberg (Univ. of Rochester), Co-founder & CTO  Diffinity Genomics   (


An accidental discovery in my laboratory led to founding Diffinity Genomics in 2005 with the idea of commercializing new DNA assay technology. In this presentation, I will discuss the many surprises along the way and how Diffinity evolved its focus towards nucleic acid purification. Blessed by management with vision, several talented employees and a nurturing University, Diffinity launched its first product, RapidTipTM, in 2010. That product enables purification of DNA amplification (polymerase chain) reactions in less than 60 seconds and was named by the Scientist to be one of the top 10 most innovative products in the life sciences in 2010. I will review the general ideas behind the technology underlying Diffinity’s products and its prospects for the future. At the same time, I will share a personal perspective on my foray into commercialization and its impact on my life experience and scientific career.


Lewis Rothberg has been a Professor of Chemistry at the Univ. of Rochester since 1996. His group does research primarily in the area of organic electronics, investigating the science of light emission, charge photogeneration and charge transport in conjugated, processable materials with an eye to future applications in solid-state lighting, flexible displays, electronic paper and organic solar cells. Some work in the research group has strayed into biomolecular sensing applications and resulted in the formation of two local start-ups, Diffinity Genomics and Pathologics (now Adarza Biosystems). Lewis remains active in Diffinity as chief technical officer. Lewis got his undergraduate BS in Physics at the University of Rochester in 1977 and his Ph.D. in Physics with Nicolaas Bloembergen at Harvard University in 1984. His thesis work involved studies of dephasing-induced four-wave mixing to verify the correct treatment of quantum mechanical damping in nonlinear optical processes. From 1984-1996, he worked at AT&T and then Lucent Bell Laboratories on a variety of problems in soft condensed matter physics. He became Distinguished Member of Technical Staff at Bell Labs in 1994 and a Fellow of the American Physical Society in 1996.

8:15 – 9:30 p.m.: Reception Peckham Hall Lobby


Chemistry In Emerging Technologies Lectures

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.

8:15 – 9:30 p.m.: Reception / Poster Session – Peckham Hall Lobby

Chemistry In Emerging Technologies Lectures

Peckham Hall, Rm. 12 - Nazareth College, 4245 East Ave., Pittsford, NY

Monday, October 6, 2014

Lecture at 7:00 pm

An Introduction to the New Kodak: A Technology Company Focused on Commercial, Packaging and Functional Printing

7:00 p.m.: Nancy S. Ferris, Ph.D., Director, Kodak Research Labs,
                  Eastman Kodak Company
               Hwei-ling Yau, Ph.D., Senior Research Scientist, Kodak    
                  Research Labs, Eastman Kodak Company

Over the past two years, Eastman Kodak Company has experienced several major
transitions, including business restructuring under a Chapter 11 process.  In 2013, the Company emerged from Chapter 11 as the new Kodak – leveraging a long heritage of strong technologies with a renewed business focus on Commercial, Packaging and Functional Printing.  The Kodak businesses are now framed by a range of proprietary Kodak technologies that enable high quality, high-speed digital printing, package printing and functional printing.

An introduction to the new Kodak will include a description of some product offerings from the Company along with the technology platforms that are the focus of Kodak’s continued investment to create new applications in new markets.  These technology platforms will include aspects of materials science, deposition science and interfacial systems control.  In combination, these technologies enable the expansion of commercial printing into areas of functional and additive printing which provide new print solutions – beyond graphics - into expanding markets.  Some examples of the scientific work which underwrites these technology platforms will be included in the presentation with a particular focus on Kodak’s manufacturing and integration excellence to enable large scale production of printed products.

Dr. Nancy Ferris is currently the Director, Kodak Research Labs and Vice President of the Kodak Technology Center, Eastman Kodak Company.  She has over 30 years of experience in technology research and technology leadership.  Currently at the Kodak Research Laboratories, Dr. Ferris oversees the primary, scientific invention investment for Kodak and directs a staff of scientists engaged in research in the fields of materials science, device physics and image science.

As a staff scientist, Dr. Ferris’s work included characterization of complex material interfaces and she is published in this field.  For the past 16 years she has held various leadership positions in Analytical Science, Materials Science, Computational Science and Device Physics.  Dr. Ferris holds a B.Sc. degree in Chemistry from LeMoyne College, a Ph.D. in Physical Inorganic Chemistry from the University of Texas at Austin and completed Executive Leadership Development programs at Smith College and Northwestern University.  

Nancy resides in Rochester, New York with her husband.  They have two grown children who are both practicing scientists!  Dr. Ferris is actively engaged in the community and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Rochester Regional Health System in Rochester, New York.  In her leisure time, Nancy enjoys working on the restoration of her Arts&Crafts-style home, gardening, traveling (especially to National Parks) and, most of all, spending time with her family. She enjoys golf (but hates practice) in the summer time, and cooking and eating in the winter time.

Hwei-ling Yau was born and raised in Taipei, Taiwan. She received her B.S. degree in chemistry at National Taiwan University and Ph.D. in material science and engineering at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She started her career at Kodak Research Lab immediately afterwards in 1985.  Her strength has been designing and testing of functional materials for existing or new imaging

8:15 – 9:30 p.m.: Reception / Poster Session – Peckham Hall Lobby


Chemistry In Emerging Technologies Lectures

Peckham Hall, Rm. 12 - Nazareth College, 4245 East Ave., Pittsford, NY

Monday, June 23, 2014

Lecture at 7:00 pm

Adarza BioSystems: How Careful Chemistry (and other things) Made a New Simple, Sensitive, and Multiplex Protein Detection Technology Possible

  Prof. Benjamin Miller (URMC), SAB Chair, Adarza BioSystems
Reception follows at 8:15 to 9:30 pm 
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Chemistry In Emerging Technologies Lectures

Peckham Hall, Rm. 12 - Nazareth College, 4245 East Ave., Pittsford, NY

Monday, April 21, 2014

Applying Nanotechnology to New Printing and Patterning Processes

Dr. Robert Cournoyer, CEO
Intrinsiq Materials, Inc.  ( 

 7:00 pm: Lecture

Intrinsiq Materials, formed in 2007, is a nanomaterials company built on core technology developed at the UK Ministry of Defense. In December, 2010 company headquarters was established at Eastman Business Park in Rochester, NY, with facilities also in Farnborough, England.  Its focus is on air-handleable electronic inks and pastes for the printed electronics industry. These customized, highly functionalized nano-material based inks are greener, lower-cost alternatives to conventional electronic metallization materials. The Rochester facility houses formulation, printing and sintering capabilities, and allows for scaling production.  Current products include nano copper inks and pastes for screen-printing and inkjet printing. Photo sintering is accomplished with xenon flash lamp and IR laser systems. Laser sintering extends application to metal traces requiring very fine lines (< 5 μ), significant penetration depth, or sintering on metal substrates.  NiSi, FeNi and n and p doped Si inks are also currently in development.

Dr. Robert Cournoyer, CEO of Intrinsiq Materials, received a Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry from the Univ. of Massachusetts and then joined Eastman Kodak Company.  During his 30+ years at Kodak his management responsibilities spanned areas from R&D to manufacturing, primarily in areas involving film base for photographic products and optical films. He also spent 2 years at Kodak Australia managing photographic film and paper manufacturing.  Subsequently he spent 5 years as Manager of Optical Display Films leaving the Electronic Materials Division of Dow Chemical Company for a position as VP of R&D at Switch Materials Inc., a British Columbia high tech startup company.  In 2010 he joined Intrinsiq Materials where he oversees the development and manufacture of nanophase materials for use in inks for applications in solution coated electronics.

8:15 – 9:30 p.m.: Reception/Poster Session – Peckham Hall Lobby


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Chemistry In Emerging Technologies Lectures                               Green Chemistry - Polymers from Carbon Dioxide

Dr. Ronald Valente, Vice President, R&D

       Novomer, Inc. (

Peckham Hall, Rm. 12 - Nazareth College, 4245 East Ave., Pittsford, NY 

Monday, January 20, 2014

7:00 pm Lecture

8:15 – 9:30 pm: Reception / Poster Session Peckham Hall Lobby

Novomer, with headquarters in Waltham, MA and R&D facilities in Ithaca, NY and the Eastman Business Park in Rochester, is a new materials company pioneering a family of competitively priced high-performance green plastics, polymers and other chemicals. With proprietary catalyst technologies, Novomer's groundbreaking work allows carbon dioxide or carbon monoxide to be cost-effectively transformed into a wide variety of industrial products. Traditional plastics like polyethylene  are simply long chains of carbon molecules, which are derived from crude oil or natural gas. Novomer is able to produce many of these carbon molecules from CO2, which is usually inert, at low temperature and pressure in a very efficient manner and thus reduce the need of fossil fuel-based raw materials.  

  Dr. Ronald Valente, Novomer’s Vice President, Research and Development, has more than 25 years of research, development and manufacturing experience. Most recently, he served as Division Manager for Rochester Film Base Manufacturing, the manufacturing operations for all of Eastman Kodak acetate and polyester film base. Prior to his Manufacturing Leadership position, he was Division Director of the Worldwide Process R&D efforts for specialty chemicals at Kodak. There he emphasized rigorous operational methods to produce innovative, robust and commercially successful chemical processes. Dr. Valente has a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from the University of Rochester.


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Chemistry In Emerging Technologies Lectures

Sugars from Biomass - Applying Biotechnology to Chemical Synthesis

Peckham Hall, Rm. 12 - Nazareth College, 4245 East Ave., Pittsford, NY
Monday, October 28, 2013
7:00 pm
 Introduction by Arunas Chesonis, Sweetwater Energy CEO,
followed by lecture by Sarad Parekh, Ph. D., Sweetwater Energy CTO
The recent volatility of petroleum prices is stimulating the biorefining industry to diversify its raw material feedstock, using a broad-based sugar platform technology. Lignocellulosic biomass is widely recognized as the promising high-volume, low-cost feedstock from which one can derive C5- and C6-rich sugar streams that can be bioconverted into biofuels and chemicals.

Various emerging technologies for producing biofuels and chemicals and the current challenges for commercialization will be reviewed and technology that generates C5 and C6 sugar-rich sugar streams will be discussed

8:15 – 9:30 p.m.: Reception / Poster Session Peckham Hall Lobby

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