More Than 50 UMass Amherst Researchers to Present Findings at American Chemical Society Meeting

AMHERST, Mass. - More than 50 University of Massachusetts faculty members and graduate students will be presenting their research findings at next week''s meeting of the American Chemical Society (ACS) in Boston. More than 14,000 scientists are expected to attend the meeting, with 6,700 presentations scheduled during the event, slated for Sun. Aug. 23 - Fri. Aug. 28 at the Hynes Convention Center.

UMass researchers presenting findings at the meeting represent a range of departments including chemistry, chemical engineering, entomology, mechanical and industrial engineering, and polymer science and engineering. Topics discussed by UMass scientists will range from the structure of silk, to polymers which emit blue light, to the synthesis of biodegradable plastics.

In addition, two members of the UMass Amherst community are among those who will be honored at the meeting. James Watkins, assistant professor of chemical engineering, will receive the Unilever Award for the best thesis work on polymers. Watkins received his Ph.D. from the UMass polymer science and engineering department last year. Also, a special symposium is being dedicated to Robert Rowell, who retired from the department of chemistry last year, but who continues to be active in the field.

The ACS is a non-profit, scientific, and educational organization and the largest scientific society in the world, with a membership of more than 155,000 chemists and chemical engineers throughout the world.

Note: Any reporter, writer, or editor with credentials from a verifiable newspaper, magazine, radio or television station, wire service, syndicate, or other news organization may register and receive a press badge. A press room will be located at the Hynes Convention Center, room 308. Abstracts on scientists'' research will be available on an embargoed basis. For more information about press coverage, contact the ACS press office in Boston at 617/351-6808.