Illinois-Iowa Local Section

Illinois-Iowa Section of the American Chemical Society.

Upcoming Events

Please support your ACS by participation in these events.

Chemistry Career Night

Chemistry Career Night

Wednesday, September 26 @ 6:00 pm


Where: Augustana College, Hanson Hall rm 304 
726 35th St.
Rock Island, IL 61201


Schedule: Social time with free pizza at 6:00 pm

Careers in Chemistry talks at 7:00 pm


Food:  Free pizza and soft drinks


Presentation: Local chemical professionals will give their views on opportunities and expectations in the chemical industry.  


RSVP: to Alan Abbott (


Cost: free


Hope to see you there!

Recent Past Meetings                                                 

Environmental Chemistry Night

Monday, May 14 @ 6:00 pm
Where: QC Analytical Services, 1798 Iowa Dr, Le Claire, IA 52753
Host: Dr. Randall Wanke:  Leader  of Investigative Analysis/Special Projects division
Former Chair of Chemisty at Augustana College   
Schedule: FREE PIZZA at Happy Joes, LeClaire, IA 6:00 pm
Tour QC Analytical Services 7:00 pm
Food:  Free Pizza 6-7PM
Happy Joes, 
119 N Cody Rd, Le Claire, IA 52753
RSVP: to Alan Abbott (
Cost: free
Hope to see you there!

Forensic Chemistry Night

Tuesday, April 17 @ 6:30 pm
Where: Black Hawk College, Quad Cities Campus, Building 2, room 2-105
Speaker: Sarah Anderson Drug Division, Morton Crime Lab 
Schedule: Snacks and Tours 6:30 pm
Talk to begin at 7:00 pm
Food:  snacks will be provided
RSVP: to Alan Abbott (
Cost: free
Hope to see you there!


Chemistry Trivia Night
Wednesday, March 28 @ 6:45 pm
Where: St. Ambrose University, Rogalski Center Ballroom
Schedule: Check in at 6:45 pm
Trivia to begin at 7:00 pm
Food:  Please bring your own snacks and drinks (no alcohol) to enjoy during the evening
Teams: Number of members per teams, divisions (i.e. student versus professionals or mixed), and team makeup will be decided based on RSVP numbers
RSVP: to Ritu Gurung ( by Monday, March 26.
Cost: free
Hope to see you there!:

Opioids: Fighting Addiction with Chemistry
Tuesday, February 27 @ 5:30 pm

Program :  “Program in a Box” Interactive video presentation On opioid chemistry.  
   In the United States overdose deaths from  opioids have nearly tripled in the last 15 years.  In 2016 alone they claimed 
              more than 30,000 lives.  Discover why this problem has become so widespread and how the power of chemistry can be used 
to fight the rising tide of addiction.  Expert presenters: Rita Valentino, Director National Institute on Drug Abuse; 
Marc Fishman, Medical Director, Maryland Treatment Centers; Steven McKerrall, Chemistry Team Leader Genentech;
Dan Sutherlin, Vice President Genentech 
Where: Black Hawk College, East Campus
(26230 Black Hawk Road, Galva, IL)

 Social Time/snacks provided  5:15 pm
Presentation “pre-game” 5:45 pm
Presentation  6:00 pm
RSVP: to Alan Abbott ( anytime before February 27.
Hope to see you there!

Climate Change in the Midwest: Observations and Future Projections

Tuesday, November 28 @ 6:00 pm

The presentation will explain the science of climate change by showing recent climate observations and trends and explaining future projected outcomes.

Biography:  Ray Wolf is the Science and Operations Officer at the National Weather Service in Davenport, Iowa.  He is responsible for office operations, research and training.  Ray served with NWS offices in Denver, CO where he worked on the NWS modernization, and in Stoneville, MS where he worked with farmers and producers n the MidSouth.  Ray earned a B.S. degree in Meteorology in 1982 and an M.S. in Agricultural Climatology in 1985, both from Iowa State University.

 Where: St. Ambrose University, Rogalski Center Ballroom

Schedule: Social Time at 6:00 pm                 Dinner at 6:30 pm                 Speaker at 7:15 pm

Menu:  Caesar salad, rolls with butter, pasta bar, chicken cacciatore, dessert, and refreshments

RSVP: to Rich Craddick ( on or before Wednesday, November 22.

Cost: $14.00 for members

          $10.00 for students

Undergraduate Research Conference

November 4, 2017 at St. Ambrose University 

October 24th Meeting - Program-in-a-Box

Chemistry Rocks! Exploring the Chemistry of Rocks and Minerals
We are surrounded by rocks and minerals the ground we walk on, the places we work and live, and even in the food we eat. How are chemists experimenting with these fundamental materials to help the world and make our lives better?

Where: For this meeting, the section is offering three different sites!   Each location will be broadcasting a webinar prepared by national ACS. Locations are: 
     Loras College, St. Joseph Hall of Science, Room 128
     Monmouth College, Center for Science and Business, Room 378
     Augustana College, Hanson Hall of Science, Room 102
Schedule: Pizza and conversation at 5:45 pm
                  Program begins at 6:00 pm

RSVP: by Friday, October 20th to specific location host
Loras: Dave Oostendorp (,
Monmouth: Brad Sturgeon (
Augustana: Amanda Wilmsmeyer (
Cost: free

March 23rd Meeting @ SAU

Chemistry Trivia Night

Thursday, March 23 @ 6:45 pm

Where: St. Ambrose University, Rogalski Center Ballroom


Schedule: Check in at 6:45 pm

                  Trivia to begin at 7:00 pm


Food:  Please bring your own snacks and drinks (no alcohol) to enjoy during the evening


Teams: Number of members per teams, divisions (i.e. student versus professionals or mixed), and team makeup will be decided based on RSVP numbers


RSVP: to Kelly Giddens ( by Tuesday, March 21.


Cost: free

December 12th Meeting @ The Grape Life

Enjoy sampling a variety of wines and an educational session. Light hors d'oeuvres will be served. 

Location: The Grape Life

3402 Elmore Avenue

Davenport, IA 52807



Date/Time: Monday, December 12th                        

6:00-8:00 pm


Cost: $5/participant 


RSVP: Please RSVP to / 563-264-4394 by Dec 7th.


 **Participants must be 21 or older to sample the wine.

November 17th Meeting @ Augustana College

Members of our local section of the ACS will be sharing recent projects they've been working on.  

Time: 6:30-8:00 pm

Location: Augustana College, Room 102 in Hanson Hall of Science

Light snacks will be provided.

No registration fee. 

Eighth Annual IL-IA American Chemical Society Undergraduate Research Conference  

Date:               Saturday, October 8th

Location:        Rogalski Center Ballroom
                          St. Ambrose University, 518 W. Locust St., Davenport, IA

                       Campus Map:

Tentative Schedule:      

9:30am-10:30am – Registration, Continental Breakfast, and Poster Setup

10:30am-noon – Research Talks (15 min/talk with 5 min for questions)

noon-1:00pm – Buffet Lunch

1:00pm-2:00pm – Poster Presentations

2:00pm-3:00pm – Keynote address by Audra Goach Sostarecz, Ph.D.  entitled "Achieving Tenure and Beyond: The Life of a College Professor at a Liberal Arts College" and Recognition of Students


To register please complete the registration form found at the following link:  There is no registration fee.


May 19th Meeting @ Guardian Glass

Tour: Guardian Glass 

Brief Background: Plant was built and opened in 1996.  Guardian has plants like this around the world – 6 in the US.   They are privately held – our largest stock holder is Koch Industries.  They are a producer of flat glass (float process),  and also temper, mirror, and vacuum sputter coat glass.   They will be doing a major rebuilding of our glass melting  furnace next year.

Time/Date: Tour begins at 5:30 pm on Thursday, May 19th.  Tour will last about 1 to 1 1/2 hours with lots of walking.

Location: Guardian Industries Coorporation, 300 S 5th Ave E, DeWitt, IowaWhen you arrive – park in employee parking lot – at entrance gate tell the guard you are here for the tour and then we will gather in a conference room before starting the tour.

Cost: Free!

Dress Code for Safety: Long pants and closed toe shoes are required.  Safety glasses will be provided. (If you have prescription with side shields you may want to bring them.) 

RSVP: Please RSVP to / 563-264-4394 by Monday, May 16. 

April 19 Meeting @ Monmouth

Presentation: Acquisition of a 400 MHz NMR Spectrometer for Undergraduate Research in Inorganic Chemistry and Curricular Reform at Knox College presented by Dr. Helen Hoyt

Description: To support our research at a primarily undergraduate institution, writing successful grants to the NSF for major research instrumentation can often require multiple submissions, along with a comprehensive assessment of its use in the curriculum. At Knox, our recent acquisition of a 400 MHz spectrometer provides opportunities for external users and collaborators, and we’ve now been able to design new experiments and courses in our curriculum to expand the use of NMR in our undergraduate teaching laboratories. This new instrument has enabled my research program focusing on a green chemical approach to catalysis using iron complexes, specifically to investigate their synthesis, electronic structure, and catalytic hydrosilylation activity. Given that many commercial organosilicon (Si-C) products are derived from the anti Markovnikov addition of a tertiary silane (Si-H) to a terminal alkene (C=C), catalysts that demonstrate high terminal selectivity are an important industrial concern. Bidentate and tridentate α-diimine ligands are attractive scaffolds to support iron catalysts due to their ability to act as redox-active ligands stabilizing higher oxidation states of the coordinated iron center and preventing the formation of radical-initiated byproducts.

Date: Tuesday, April 19th

Location: Monmouth College; Mellinger Commons in the Center for Science and Business (corner of 6th and Broadway); signs will be posted at the building

Cost: $20, $12 for students
Time: Dinner at 6:00 pm  (Buffet with Traditional Mixed Green Salad, Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes, Sautéed Dill Green Beans, Herb Roasted Turkey, Baked Ham, Honey Biscuits and Apple Pie. Includes Assorted Rolls and Butter, Ice Water and Iced Tea.)
Presentation at 6:30 pm  

RSVP: Please RSVP to Brad Sturgeon (; tel: 309-457-2368) by Monday, April 18th.

March Meeting - The Chemistry and Alchemy of Brewing 

Presentation: Professor Emeritus, Dr. Robert P. Bates presenting “The Chemistry and Alchemy of Brewing”

Description: Beer making, one of the oldest examples of biotechnology, is a fascinating study of chemistry, biochemistry, and engineering.  It combines well recognized and controllable reactions and operations with complex, poorly understood phenomena, including the psychosensory response. Surprisingly, some of the most sophisticated science and technology are employed in the efficient production of mass advertised, mediocre beers.  In contrast, traditional “alchemy-driven” methods can produce exceptional yet under-recognized beers.  Fortunately, there is an achievable balance between these extremes. This presentation will cover the brewing process from raw material selection and preparation through fermentation to consumption. Emphasis will be on major pathways employed by brewers to produce a wide range of beers. These are exciting times for brewers and beer connoisseurs in the U.S. Future industry developments of relevance to consumers will be mentioned. With dedication and practice, the average chemist can brew above-average beers; so can the experienced kitchen alchemist.

Date: Thursday, March 17 , 2016

Location: Clarke University

Cost:  $20, $12 for students
Time: Dinner at 5:30 pm  in Rose O'Toole Hall
           Presentation at 7:00 pm  in Jansen Music Hall
RSVP:  Please RSVP by March 11th to Dr. Necla Demir (
asdfsadfasdfPresentation: Chemistry on the Late Show with David Letterman by Lee Marek from University of Illinois-Chicago.  This is a family oriented event in celebration of National Chemistry Week.
Description: The audience for the David Letterman show is not unlike a classroom full of high school students or college freshman! It's sitting there daring you to be interesting! One way to capture attention is to do demonstrations that are exocharmic [radiate charm-- make you want to watch] and to be a bit weird/eccentric. I use demonstrations as exocharmic motivators to captivate student interest and to focus on the day's topic. To influence high school kids, college freshman, or the general public like the Letterman show audience, you need "presence". We live in a world of the 15-second commercial, internet, IM, YouTube, Twitter, FaceBook and the National Enquirer. We need to compete, to show the people that there is something interesting and important in learning science, something about which "inquiring minds really do want to know." I will present a number of clips from the 30 Letterman shows I have been on in the past 20 years- including one used on his 10th anniversary show and one that was up for an Emmy award. I will also do a few of the simple demos with the audience. My web site shows some demos and provides more information. 
Date:  Tuesday, October 27 
Location: Clinton Community College (1000 Lincoln Blvd. in Clinton, IA)
Time: Italian Bar for Dinner at 6:00 pm (Room 139)
            Presentation at 7:00 pm (Room 116)

Cost:  $20, $12 for students

RSVP:  Please RSVP by Oct 20th to Susan Kunde (

February Meeting - Chemistry Trivia

Chemistry Trivia Night
Wednesday, February 10 @ 6:45 pm

Where: St. Ambrose University, Rogalski Center
Tentative Schedule: Check in at 6:45 pm
                             Trivia to begin at 7:00 pm

Teams: Number of members per teams, divisions (i.e. student versus professionals or mixed), and team makeup will be decided based on RSVP numbers

December Meeting - Season of Light

December 2015 Meeting - "Season of Light" Planetarium Show
Wednesday, December 16 @ 5:30 pm
Augustana College, Rock Island

At Ken Anderson Club:
5:30-5:50: Check in; Social Time
                appetizers, coffee, tea, and water served
5:50-6:00: Awards Presentation
6:00-6:40: Pasta Buffet Dinner
                classic caeser salad, fettuccini/penne pasta, alfredo/marinara sauce, Italian chicken 
                breast/ meatballs, garlic bread sticks, cookies and brownies

walk or drive to John Deere Planetarium
7:00-7:45: Holiday Planetarium Show, "Season of Light"
                Learn about how our holiday traditions are connected to ancient astronomy and how 
                our observances today are related to changes in the night sky in this annual holiday 
                planetarium program.  The program is recommended for ages eight and older.

Dinner Cost: $18 for member, $12 for spouse/guest, $10 for students.  
Planetarium Show: free

RSVP:  Please feel free to join us for the dinner and show, just the dinner, or just the show. RSVP to Amanda Wilmsmeyer ( or 309-794-3468) by Wednesday, December 9 at 4 pm.

Local Section Events 2018

Chemistry Trivia Night: February at St Ambrose University

Forensic Chemistry Night: March at Black Hawk College

Environmental Chemistry Night: May at QC Analytical

Chemistry Career Night: September at Augustana College

Undergraduate Research Conference: October 27 at St. Ambrose University

National Chemistry Week: October 21-27, "Chemistry is Out of This World"

????????????: November at Currently Open

End of Year Meeting: December at QC Botannical Garden(??)