Volunteers Needed!

We have two upcoming events that really need help. Please contact the people below to give your support.

Intel Science Fair

The Intel Science Fair will take place on May 13-16, 2014. If you would like to volunteer as a judge, please contact Brian Brady at brian-dot-b-dot-brady-at-aero-dot-org.

Boy Scout Expo
May 31, 2014
Rose Bowl Stadium Concourse

1001 Rose Bowl Drive, Pasadena, CA ?
8:30 am to 4:00 pm (including setup and cleanup)

SCALACS will be hosting its annual Chemistry Merit Badge activity at the Scout Expo being held at the Rose Bowl Stadium Outside Concourse. We are hoping to help at least 80 scouts earn their badges, so we need a minimum of two instructors for each of four stations.  Last year we helped 150 scouts get their chemistry badges.

We’re looking for volunteers throughout the day for a minimum of two hour shifts. Lunch is not provided but there will be snacks and beverages. There is a cooler to store your lunch. Parking is free.

If you would like to volunteer, please contact Derek Marin at Derek.Marin-at-DunnEdwards-dot-com or Jerry Delker at delker-at-earthlink-dot-net before May 28th.

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2014-05-06: Tolman Award Dinner honoring Prof. Mark Thompson, USC

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Tolman Award Dinner Meeting

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

USC University Club
at King Stoops Hall

705 West 34th Street
University of Southern California
Los Angeles, CA 90089-1541

“Using Phosphorescent Metal Complexes to Squeeze Every Last Photon Out of an Organic LED”
Mark E. Thompson
Professor of Chemistry and Materials Sciences

6:00 p.m. Check-in & Hosted Social Hour
7:00 p.m. Dinner
8:00 p.m. Presentation

The Award: The Richard C. Tolman Medal is awarded each year by the Southern California Section of the American Chemical Society in recognition of outstanding contributions to chemistry in Southern California. The Tolman Medal recognizes broad accomplishments in chemistry rather than a single fundamental discovery. These contributions may be of several kinds, including seminal research of widely regarded influence, achievements of broad impact in chemical technology, significant contributions to chemical education, and outstanding leadership in science on a national level. To be eligible for the Medal, the recipient must have accomplished a major portion of his or her work while a resident of Southern California.

Abstract: We have developed a great deal of chemistry around phosphorescent iridium and platinum complexes for monochromatic and white OLEDs. These materials give LEDs with efficiencies close to 100%. The reason that these Ir and Pt complexes perform so much better than pure organic analogs is that the electroluminescent process generates a mixture of singlet and triplet excited states. The strong spin orbit coupling of third row transition metals efficiently mixes singlet and triplet states, allowing us to collect all of the electrically generated excitations. In this talk, I will start with the mechanism of electroluminescence and then move on to our work in studying a wide range of iridium and platinum organometallic complexes, which emit with near unit efficiency from the UV to the nearinfrared. We have prepared high efficiency OLEDs with the visible and NIR emitting materials. I will also discuss our efforts to generate broadband (white) emitting OLEDs. Time permitting, I will discuss our recent results with Copper based phosphors for electroluminescence.

Mark E. Thompson
2013 Richard C. Tolman Award Recipient

The Southern California Section of the American Chemical Society is pleased to announce the 2013 Recipient of the Richard C. Tolman Award, Mark E. Thompson of USC.

Dr. Mark E. Thompson (Ph.D., California Institute of Technology) is Professor of Chemistry at the University of Southern California.  Dr. Thompson received his B.S. degree in Chemistry in 1980 (U.C. Berkeley) and  his Ph.D. in chemistry in 1985 (California Institute of Technology).  He spent two years as a S.E.R.C. fellow in the Inorganic Chemistry laboratory at Oxford University.  Prof. Thompson took a position in the Chemistry Department at Princeton University in 1987, as an Assistant Professor.  In 1995, Prof. Thompson moved his research team to the University of Southern California, where he is currently a Professor of Chemistry.  His research program involves the study of new materials and devices for electroluminescence, solar energy conversion, chemical/biological sensing and catalysis. Prof. Thompson is the author of approximately 300 papers in refereed professional journals and holds more than 130 patents primarily in the areas of molecular and polymeric materials for optoelectronic applications, organic thin film devices, and heterogeneous catalysis.

Cost: There is a choice of dinner entree of Red Wine Braised Beef Brisket or Risotto with Roast Roma Tomatoes and Lavender. The cost is $35 which includes the hosted social hour, the meal, and wine with dinner, payable at the door with cash or check. Please RSVP to Nancy Paradiso at office@scalacs.org or 310 327-1216 by Wednesday, April 30th.

Directions: For parking information and a map, go to http://universityclub.usc.edu/html/content.cfm?CID=39. Parking is $10. Enter at Gate 4 (Royal Street and Jefferson Blvd.)

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2014-04-24: Smog City Brewery Tour and Tasting

Joint Younger Chemists and Women Chemists Event

Brewery Tour and Tasting at
Smog City Brewery

1901 Del Amo Blvd., Ste. B,
Torrance, CA 90501

Thursday, April 24, 2014
7-9 pm<

Come join your fellow chemists for a tour of the facilities and sample some great beer! There is no cover fee; drinks are $2-$3 for tasters and $6 for pints. Anyone over the age of 21 is welcome to attend.

Please RSVP to Nancy Paradiso in the Section Office at office@scalacs.org by Monday, April 21st. For directions, go to http://www.smogcitybrewing.com/

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2014-04-12: Chemistry Bowl at Pasadena City College

Saturday, April 12, 2014
8:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Chemistry Bowl Competition
Pasadena City College

1570 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91106

The Chemistry Bowl will be a competition between local ACS student chapters in the Southern California region. The competition will consist of spectroscopy, lab bench challenges, relay obstacle course, and chemistry jeopardy. Please contact Dr. Veronica Jaramillo, vijaramillo-at-pasadena-dot-edu, for more information on how you can help make this event successful, or if your chemistry club would like to participate.

The first lab bench challenge will be a titration where teams are given a set amount of time to determine the concentration of an unknown solution and then are judged by their precision, accuracy, and lab technique. In the spectroscopy challenge, teams are given a spectra to determine the correct chemical structure. The battery building challenge will require teams to build a galvanic cell. The relay obstacle course will be done out in the stadium and will consist of a chemistry themed relay. Last is the chemistry jeopardy finale where the top three teams will compete to determine a winner. The chemistry content will be limited to general and organic chemistry. All teams competing will consist of five members.

All competing teams will be divided into two groups and will be rotated. For example, Round 1 for a six team competition will begin with three teams doing battery building and the other three teams doing titration. For Round 2 the teams will alternate. This will repeat for Round 3 and 4. During Lunch the judges will add up the scores and announce the top three teams to compete in Chemistry Jeopardy.


8:30 – 9:00 AM Registration and refreshments
9:00 – 9:10 AM Morning remarks and schedule distribution


9:15 – 10:00 AM Round 1 Battery/Titration
10:15 – 11:00 AM Round 2 Battery/Titration
11:15 – 11:45 AM Round 3 Spectroscopy/Obstacle Relay
11:45 – 12:20 PM Round 4 Spectroscopy/Obstacle Relay
12:20 – 1:00 PM LUNCH
1:15 – 1:45 PM Jeopardy Playoff 1 RD
1:45 – 2:15 PM Jeopardy Playoff 2 RD
2:15 – 2:30 PM Final remarks and award ceremony
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SCALACS on Facebook and Twitter!

Don’t forget to check us out on Facebook and Twitter!

SCALACS has joined the Social Media world with an account on Facebook: www.facebook.com/scalacs
And on Twitter: @SCALACS1.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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Welcome to the Southern California Section!

This is the website of the Southern California Section of the American Chemical Society. Throughout the year, we have lots of activities posted on this website (see the side bar for upcoming events!) and also printed in our monthly magazine, SCALACS. Please browse our website and see the kinds of events we have for chemists from all walks of life – from academia to industrial chemists.

We have dinner meetings each month throughout the academic year where you can hobnob with other chemists (interesting speakers and great food!). Students can attend the dinner meetings for half the published price with valid ID. If you would like to hear the speaker at a dinner meeting without attending the dinner, just let Nancy Paradiso in the Section Office (310 327-1216 or office-at-scalacs-dot-org) know so we can reserve you a seat. We also have great outreach programs such as National Chemistry Week, Chemists Celebrate Earth Day and the High School Olympiad to share chemistry with upcoming students. We’re always looking for volunteers to help with these important programs.

Members are also invited to attend our Executive Committee Meetings. This is a great way to see our Section governance in action! The Executive Committee Meetings are held the first Wednesday of each month (excluding December, June, July and August) at 7:30 p.m. The meetings are held at the Mount St. Mary’s Doheny campus. Please call Nancy at the Section Office for directions and to let her know that you are attending.

We hope to see you soon at an upcoming meeting or volunteering at an outreach event!

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