Week Ahead: Chemical Society Event to Explore Industry’s Impacts

Chemistry’s global economic impact is the focus of the American Chemical Society’s national meeting Sunday through Thursday, one of several environment and energy events during the week of Aug. 21.

Among the speakers at the Washington conference is Chuck Kahle, a former vice president of coatings research and development for PPG Industries, a global supplier of paints, coatings, optical products, specialty materials, and fiberglass. Kahle is expected to talk about global trends, the growing emphasis on mergers and acquisitions, and strategies to improve success rates for chemical innovations.

Ivica Labuda, a Georgetown University adjunct assistant professor of biomedical graduate education, is expected to discuss research on pesticide detection in food, while George Mason University communications researcher John Kotcher is scheduled to explain ways of engaging different audiences on climate change.

The meeting will cover a broad array of other topics, including turning plant waste into carbon fiber for cars and airplanes, designing nanoparticles to sop up sunblock from oceans to save coral reefs, and redesigning quantum dots—very small semiconductor particles—so they release fewer hazardous metals when used in televisions and other products.

News conferences from the event will be on YouTube starting Monday. Pat Rizzuto and Tiffany Stecker will cover some of the meeting’s sessions.

In Other News

Eclipse impacts: Monday’s solar eclipse, which is set to bring total darkness to areas of the U.S., will offer power grid operators, utilities and electricity generators a rare opportunity to test an expected dropoff of more than 12,000 megawatts of solar power supplies. Bloomberg BNA staff will monitor.

Monuments changes: Thursday is the deadline for Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to send a final report to President Donald Trump containing Zinke’s recommendations for any changes to national monuments designated since January 1996. The issue springs from two Utah national monuments—Grand Staircase-Escalante, designated that year, and Bears Ears, designated last year. Zinke issued in June his interim suggestion that Bears Ears monument be reduced in size, while Grand Staircase-Escalante—which has coal reserves and may have natural gas reserves—remains to be mentioned. Alan Kovski will track.

Nuclear reactors: The Nuclear Regulatory Commission will hold a Thursday public meeting at its Rockville, Md., offices to get feedback on reactors that do not use light water as the coolant. Both the NRC and Energy Department are interested in helping industry develop technologies for such advanced reactors. Bloomberg BNA staff will monitor.

Drinking water workshop: The Environmental Protection Agency will hold a workshop from Tuesday to Thursday in Cincinnati with the Association of State Drinking Water Administrators on handling small drinking water system challenges.

Non-animal testing: EPA scientists will take part in the Tenth World Congress on Alternatives and Animal Use in the Life Sciences in Seattle on Sunday through Thursday. They will share the EPA’s scientific advances in developing alternative, non-animal testing approaches for chemicals.

Climate change gathering: U.K. business and management publisher Allied Academies is holding a Congress on Climate Change Thursday and Friday in Birmingham, England. The event will focus on innovative research supporting effective responses to climate change.

South Korea and carbon: The United States Energy Association will hold a Monday briefing in Washington on South Korea’s research on carbon capture, utilization and sequestration technology. South Korean President Moon Jae-in, who took office in May, has pledged a vigorous nuclear-free shift to renewable energy and vowed to use climate change as a driver for economic growth.