2012 Fall Luncheon

The California Los Padres Section of the American Chemical Society Fall Luncheon Meeting will be held at

Noon, Saturday, October 20, 2012
at Café Stella
3302 McCaw Ave, Santa Barbara, CA (map)
A lunch buffet will be served including garden salad, quiche Lorraine or three cheese ravioli, and chocolate cake.

The luncheon is in honor of 50-year ACS members Peter Ford and Donald Graves, and 60-year ACS member Eugene Burns.

The Featured Speaker will be the 50 year honoree
Peter C. Ford
Professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, UCSB.

Speaking on:
New adventures in biomass conversion to chemicals and fuels.

Efficient methodologies for converting renewable biomass solids to liquid fuels have the potential to reduce dependence on imported petroleum while easing the atmospheric carbon dioxide burden. This presentation will discuss the challenges faced when switching chemical and fuel feedstocks from fossil fuels to biomass and other renewables. These will be illustrated in terms of a new catalytic process being developed at UCSB that quantitatively converts wood and cellulosic solids to liquid and gaseous products in a single stage reactor. Lastly, I will describe the very new NSF Center for the Sustainable Use of Renewable Feedstocks (CenSURF) that has just been approved and that will be headquartered at UCSB.

Professor Ford joined the University of California, Santa Barbara chemistry faculty in 1967 after earning his Ph.D. with Ken Wiberg at Yale and serving as a postdoctoral fellow with Henry Taube at Stanford. He has also been a Visiting Fellow at the Australian National U., Guest Professor at the U. Copenhagen, an Alexander von Humboldt US Senior Scientist at U. Regensburg and U. Muenster, and Guest Investigator at the US National Cancer Institute. He is a Fellow of the AAAS. Honors include the 2008 Award in Photochemistry of the Inter-American Photochemical Society and the 2013 ACS Award for Distinguished Service to the Advancement of Inorganic Chemistry. At UCSB, Professor Ford has served as Research Advisor for 61 Ph.D. graduates and numerous B.S., M.S. and postdoctoral students. His current research is focused on applications of photochemistry for NO and CO delivery to physiological targets, fundamental mechanisms of small molecule bioregulators, and catalytic conversions of biomass to chemicals and fuels. He is the Director of the new NSF Center for the Sustainable Use of Renewable Feedstocks (CenSURF) that is headquartered at UCSB.

Registration for this event is now closed. Please use the contact link above to inquire about this event, or call (805) 364-2860.

4 Replies to “2012 Fall Luncheon”

  1. I signed up and used my wife’s paypal account, which is under her name Kathleen.
    I assume this is OK. Only I will be coming.

    Willes H. Weber

  2. Hello,

    Do students have to be current ACS members to attend this event? I am trying to increase the numbers in our new student affiliate (CSUCI) but not all students of the campus chemistry club are student members of ACS.

    -Jason Robinson, Free Radicals Chemistry Club, CSU Channel Islands

    1. Yes, we should be able to accommodate you. General registration is now closed, but please contact the secretary using the contact form or the phone number above to make last minute arrangements.

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