The American Chemical Society, the world's largest scientific society, will convene its 16th
biennial winter fluorine conference, Jan. 12-17, 2003, in St. Pete Beach, Fla., hosted by the ACS' Division of Fluorine Chemistry. Over 100 scientific presentations will be made at the winter conference and approximately 250 scientists and students will attend the meeting at the Tradewinds Island Grand Hotel (727-367-6461).
Fluorine chemistry is a unique and specialized branch of chemistry with important commercial applications in areas such as pharmaceuticals, agrochemicals, plastics and polymers, and refrigerants. Members of the division promote their interest in fluorine and its positive impact on society by organizing technical conferences and sponsoring research scholarships. The division's membership is international, with representation from all of the industrialized nations.
In addition to in-depth scientific presentations, the division will present the Society's Award for Creative Work in Fluorine Chemistry on Jan. 16 to David A. Dixon of the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, Wash. Dixon, a Battelle Fellow, has expanded the understanding of fluorine chemistry and advanced the use of computational chemistry including chlorofluorocarbon (CFC) replacements, organofluorine molecules and inorganic fluorides.
Other conference highlights include the following symposia and sessions:
Monday, Jan. 13Green chemistry and solvents (Novel methods for the preparation of fluorine-containing ionic liquids) Ionic liquids containing fluorine can absorb a wide variety of chemical compounds. They are environmentally friendly compounds because of their decreased
vapor pressure in ordinary conditions. The researcher will explain new methods for the synthesis of a variety of organic ionic liquids. (Darryl D. DesMarteau, Clemson University, Department of Chemistry, H. L. Hun
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