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The New Haven Section of the American Chemical Society was established in 1912. We promote public awareness of chemistry by being involved in outreach programs in our community and work with students to encourage an interest in the chemical science arena.

Our membership is encompasses the New Haven county with 900+ members. Including companies such as Bristol-Myers Squibb, Melinta, Unilever. 

Universities in the New Haven area include Yale University, University of New Haven, and Southern Connecticut State University

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The American Chemical Society (ACS) is one of the largest professional organizations that represent the chemical industry. The ACS supports 160,000+ members globally, publishing its weekly C&EN magazine and up-to-date scientific journals.

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The New Haven section is pleased to host the Second Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium on Saturday April 29th, 2017 at University of New Haven. For more details, please visit here.

National Chemistry Week

NCW 2016 will take place on October 16 – 22, 2016.
Theme: "Solving Mysteries through Chemistry", Exploring the chemistry of fibers and forensics. 

NERM 2016 Abstract Deadline

 Registration is open: Visit
 41st Northeast Regional Meeting (NERM): Sponsored by the American Chemical Society (October 5-8, 2016).

September General Membership Meeting

When: Thursday, Sept 29, 6-9pm

Where: Eli's on Whitney, Hamden, Ct

Who:  Dr. Nelu Grinberg

Title: Insights into Chromatographic Enantiomeric Recognition of Allenes with Cellulose Carbonate Stationary Phase

Bio: Dr. Nelu Grinberg is a Distinguished Research Fellow in the Chemical Development Department at Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals in Ridgefield, CT, where he has worked for the past twelve years.  Prior to this, he worked for sixteen years in the Analytical Department at Merck Research Laboratories in Rahway, NJ, where he was a Senior Research Fellow.  He has authored and coauthored over 150 publications, including articles and book chapters.  He is currently the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Liquid Chromatography and Related Technologies, Co-Editor of the Advances in Chromatography series, and Editor of the Chromatographic Science Series book series.  He is also the only industrial chemist who has been a recipient of the Koltoff Fellowship of The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.  Dr. Grinberg was the President of the Connecticut Separation Science Council, where he established a symposium in connection with the CSSC's Horvath Award.  He has lectured on enantiomeric separation in Germany, Austria, Sweden, Israel, Hungary, Romania, Belgium, and at numerous universities in the United States.  He has given short courses on the separation of enantiomers at a number of symposia in New Jersey, Israel, Croatia and Romania, and was an Adjunct Professor at Seton Hall University in New Jersey. Dr. Grinberg obtained his Ph.D. in Chemistry from the Technical University of lasi in Romania. He conducted post­doctoral research with Professor Barry Karger at Northeastern University and with Professors Emmanuel Gil-Av and Abraham Patchornik at The Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, Israel.


Abstract:Allenes are becoming highly sought building blocks for their ability to react with many different classes of substrates.  They have three-carbon functional groups possessing a 1,2-diene moiety and serve as potential precursors in the synthesis of highly complex and strained target  molecules of biological and industrial importance. Their unique reaction behavior where the reactivity is spread over three contiguous carbon atoms has been successfully applied to the field of pharmaceuticals, dyes, and polymers.

Enantiomeric separation of a chiral allene was achieved on a 3μm Cellulose Carbamate column (Chiracel OD-3) using heptane as a mobile phase.  The base-line separation was obtained in under 5 minutes.  Thermodynamic experiments revealed that the allene undergoes mixed interactions, with a van’t Hoff plot exhibiting an entropic interaction.  To ascertain the types of interactions between the two enantiomers of the allene with the stationary phase we pursued vibrational circular dichroism (VCD), along with density functional theory (DFT) calculation.  Experiments revealed changes in the VCD spectra of cellulose upon interaction with heptane.  This talk will highlight the interactions between the cellulose stationary phase and the two enantiomers through, as observed through VCD spectroscopy and DFT calculation. 


252nd American Chemical Society National Meeting & Exposition

Where and When: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

August 21-25, 2016. 

Theme: Chemistry of the people, by the people, for the people

Extended Deadline!

Abstract submission for the Undergraduate Research Symposium has been extended to Monday April 4th! The link to submit your abstract may be found on the Undergraduate Symposium page.

Symposium attendees may pre-register for the event until the Friday April 22nd. You must be pre-registered in order to receive lunch and be eligible for the raffle drawing.


April General Meeting at Eli's on Whitney

Our April general meeting will take place on Thursday April 14th, 2016 at Eli's on Whitney

Time: 6:00-9:00pm

Schedule: networking 6:00-6:45pm, dinner 6:45-7:45pm, talk and wrap-up 7:45-9:00pm

Cost: $10 students, $15 retired ACS member, $20 ACS members, $25 non-ACS members

RSVP by Monday April 11th to or call 203-458-2844 and leave your name and phone number 

For more information about the event view the event flyer!

Save the Date - April 30, 2016

The New Haven section is pleased to host the First Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium at Southern Connecticut State University!

The symposium program will feature both oral and poster presentations given from undergraduate students conducting research at local universities within New Haven and Fairfield Counties. Presentation topics will cover research in fields such as nanotechnology, forensics, biochemisty, chemical engineering, polymer science, green chemistry, sustainability, and many more.

For more information please visit the Undergraduate Research Symposium webpage

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