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List of Individual Symposia

Actinide Chemistry and Separations for Nuclear Energy

This symposium will focus on fundamental studies into the chemistry of the f-block elements and separations relevant to emerging fuel cycle challenges and critical material recovery.

Advances in Asphalt Materials and Characterization

They symposia seeks new developments for asphalt binder materials including alternative binders and asphalt extenders. The materials can consist of bio-mass based feedstocks, wastes or other naturally occurring feedstocks. Abstracts including paving materials, methods, or recycling practices which improve the CO2 footprint and life cycle assessment are also encouraged. Traditional petroleum based asphalt is incredibly complex, adding to this new materials for partial replacement in the form of extenders, or switching to completely new materials is equally complex. Therefore, abstracts on the characterization of these materials by chemical and physicochemical methods—especially with regards to performance, cracking and oxidation—are strongly encouraged.

Chemistry of Psychedelics

This symposium will showcase the latest advancements in the field of psychedelics from a chemical perspective, bringing together experts in the field to discuss recent developments and discoveries in the chemistry of psychedelics, including the synthesis, analysis, and pharmacology of these compounds.

CO2 chemistry at the nexus of energy, materials and environmental sustainability

This session welcomes all aspects of electro-, photo-, bio-, or thermochemical conversion of CO2 into fuels, polymers or value-added platform chemicals. New experimental or computational directions pertaining to process intensification (e.g., reactive capture and tandem catalysis) and novel materials are of particular interest.

Fermentation Science

Fermentation science covers a broad range of overlapping research areas including biochemistry, microbiology, and analytical chemistry that come together to produce some of our favorite foods and beverages. This symposium will include talks related to all aspects of fermentation science including but not limited to beer and wine production, sensory analysis, food fermentation, ingredient analysis, and the microorganisms behind fermentation.

Frontiers in Computational Modeling of Energy Materials

The design and discovery of energy materials is a highly active field of research driven by society’s increasing power demands and need for sustainable energy solutions. Computational modeling plays a crucial role in expediting the discovery and design of next-generation materials for energy storage, harvesting and conversion. This symposium will cover different topics highlighting the advances of computational modeling techniques and their applications for energy materials. Topics of interest include but are not limited to: implementation of ab initio, classical, and multi-scale modeling as well as emerging machine learning-guided approaches (including machine learning-aided development of forcefields or potentials) for materials’ discovery; advances in semiconductor materials for renewable energy applications; computational modeling of materials in non-equilibrium, dynamic and extreme environments; and co-optimization of materials’ properties for different applications, such as thermal and electronic property optimization for thermoelectrics. The one-and-half-day symposium will include a panel discussion on perspectives and future directions of computational modeling of energy materials. A poster session will also be organized to particularly highlight the contribution from graduate students and early-career researchers.

Innovation at the Extended Value Chain: Enablers of Circular Economy

Innovation at the extended value chain refers to the process of designing and implementing systems that enable the reuse, recycling, and repurposing of materials and products to enable circularity. The status-quo-of organic waste management is the collection and accumulation at the landfill. While we are conversant with the extraction-based materials recovery, we have very little knowledge how to separate heterogeneous waste stream and generate high-value materials with an efficiency that matches or exceeds the linear economy-based value chain. We will discuss some of the innovative works in the field of computer vision, composite manufacturing, or solvent and chemical based recycling to stretch the boundary of imagination-a key step towards enabling extended value chain. Circularity at the extended value chain is important for businesses because it enables them to reduce their environmental impact, improve resource efficiency, and create new business opportunities.

Ionic Liquids for Sustainable Technologies

Proactive approaches toward sustainable technologies: where ionic liquids come into play.

Next-Generation Materials for Electrochemical Energy

Electrochemical systems play a key role in our energy infrastructure and are crucial for the ongoing transition to renewable and sustainable energy technologies. Meeting the rising demand for these technologies is predicated on developing novel chemistries and materials systems and understanding the interplay between chemistry and functional properties. This symposium will focus on recent, basic science advances in materials chemistry for electrochemical energy, with applications including fuel cells, batteries, supercapacitors, and beyond. Submissions should emphasize fundamental research that enables the development of these technologies. Experimental, theoretical, and computational studies are encouraged for submission.

Novel Materials for Catalysis

This symposium will focus on the design, characterization, and properties of novel materials for various applications in catalysis. A broad spectrum of topics covering the materials growth, experimental measurements, and theoretical approaches will be welcomed.

Polymer Chemistry and Materials

This symposium aims to represent polymer-related studies, ranging from polymer design and synthesis, to polymer  characterizations and properties, and to polymer applications in materials science.


Spanish language symposium for general chemistry.

Recent Developments of the CORE-CM and Carbon Engineering Projects in Wyoming and the Region

The University of Wyoming has entered into partnerships with the US Department of Energy to develop carbon ore, rare earth, and critical materials (CORE-CM) natural resources into valuable products for industrial and commercial purposes.  This symposium addresses current research in the discovery and application of these resources from the Greater Green River, Winder River, and Powder River Basins in Wyoming, Colorado, and Montana. Development of CORE-CM supply chains in the region include geochemical evaluations of coal derived resources in regard to extractability of REE/CM elements of interest, carbon materials engineering considerations, and processing technologies that promote useful materials for developing end users of CORE-CM materials. Current research on these topics will be presented and discussed in an effort to exhibit those aspects which are most promising for CORE-CM development in the region.

The Carbon Engineering program has focused on identifying and producing high carbon content products made from PRB coal. Since its inception in 2016, the Carbon Engineering program has produced many possible products from coal derived asphalt, coal char bricks, composite materials, soil amendment, and many other products in various stages of development. The program is scaling up the upstream processes that make materials used in our coal to products research so the program can move forward with commercialization efforts. The end goal is to make the coal derived products in sustainable ways and commercialize them, so coal has a promising future.

Renewable Materials from Biopolymers

The Renewable Materials from Biopolymers symposium targets new and noteworthy developments in the processing, characterization, and applications of materials prepared from renewable resources (e.g., cellulose, chitin, chitosan,…). Advances in biopolymer chemistry, polysaccharides, glycosciences, biomass processing are welcome. We also look for presentations related to challenges and prospective of preparation of biopolymeric materials at a scale – what today appears to be the competing interests of society, the environment, and economic prosperity.

Spectroscopy Meets Chemical Dynamics

This symposium will focus on the use of a wide variety of spectroscopic techniques as tools to study physical and chemical change.  All spectroscopies are welcomed (frequency and time) with applications in photochemistry, chemical kinetics, and reaction dynamics, especially those involved in studies of contemporary problems in chemical physics.

Methane: Useful fuel and feedstock, but potent greenhouse gas

Natural gas (methane) is a useful fuel and chemical feedstock, but it is a far more potent greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide. Unfortunately, the atmospheric concentration of methane is increasing faster than at any time since record keeping began in the 1980s. However, with a mean atmospheric lifetime of about ten years, control of methane emission can provide a near-term opportunity to mitigate global warming and meet the 2015 climate goals of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. This symposium focuses on methane sources and sinks, measurement technology, climate modeling, and market supply and demand.

Chemical Testing

Chemistry for Enabling Energy-Efficient Technologies for a Sustainable Future



 Thursday, September 14th


Welcome Reception

Join us for a memorable evening of networking, connection, and celebration at the Welcome Reception,  the perfect opportunity to mingle with fellow professionals, savor light refreshments, and kick-start an exciting conference experience.

Friday, September 15th

Senior’s ACS Member Breakfast 

This event is the perfect opportunity for experienced professionals in the chemical industry to come together, network, and share their knowledge and expertise.

Friday, September 15th

Awards Banquet

ACS Awards recognize excellence in chemistry and celebrate the achievements of researchers in the Rocky Mountain Region.