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February Meeting Notice
Wednesday, February 15, 2017

John Carroll University
Dolan Science Center A202/203
University Heights, OH

4:30 – 5:30  Executive Committee Meeting
5:30-6:30    Networking/social
6:30-7:00    Dinner
7:00-8:00    Presentation



Dr. David S. Simmons, Dept. of Polymer Engineering, University of Akron
“Evolutionary design of polymeric chemical structure”
One of the major challenges facing a new century of polymer science is the need for efficient strategies to design polymers with targeted material properties. This problem is particularly acute given the development over the last decade of facile strategies for synthesis of sequence-specific polymers. These polymers have the potential to offer properties meeting and exceeding those of natural sequence-specific polymers, such as proteins and DNA, that form the foundation for life. However, these chemistries pose an enormous chemical design challenge: even a binary sequence of 20 monomers has nearly half a million possible sequences; this search space rapidly becomes astronomical as the scale of the chain and number of possible constituents is increased. Nature has spent four billion years solving this design problem; how are we to do so nearly overnight? In this talk, I describe recent work in our group combining molecular simulation, artificial evolutionary algorithms, and machine learning to solve this type of chemical design problem. In particular, I describe application of this strategy to the design of model sequence-specific compatibilizers, which have the promise of reducing interfacial energies far more efficiently than non-sequence-specific polymeric surfactants. The authors acknowledge the W. M. Keck Foundation for generous financial support of this research.


RESERVATIONS FOR DINNER REQUIRED:Please RSVP to Dr.Mark Waner ( with the names and number of people in your party by 5:00 pm on Thursday, February 9th. The menu will include: Lemon Rosemary Chicken, Shrimp Scampi, Vermicelli Pasta, Roasted Mushrooms, Mediterranean Salad / Greek Vinaigrette Dressing, Garlic Breadsticks, Cookies / Brownies. We can take credit card, checks made out to “Cleveland ACS”, or cash. The cost is $20 for members and guests, $5 for


Important Update from the Cleveland Section

With support from an ACS grant we have begun a strategic planning exercise. Please click here for an article detailing the strategic planning retreat held Oct. 10-11, 2015




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