14th Asian Chemical Congress in Bangkok

  • Author: ChemistryViews
  • Published: 08 September 2011
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This year the Chemical Society of Thailand (C.S.T.) hosted The 14th Asian Chemical Congress 2011 (14 ACC) between 5-8 September 2011 in Bangkok, Thailand.

The Asian Chemical Congress (ACC) is held at two yearly intervals as a tradition hosted by the members of the Federation of Asian Chemical Societies (FACS). The FACS is a federation of 28 chemical societies of countries and territories in the Asia Pacific. The general objective of the Federation is to promote the advancement and appreciation of chemistry and the interests of professional chemists in the Asia Pacific.

The theme of this years' very successfull conference was Contemporary Chemistry for Sustainability and Economic Sufficiency. Supawan Tantayanon, chair of the organizing committee and president of FACS and recent interview partner of ChemViews, said that the theme of the conference reflects the key role of the chemical sciences in addressing global environmental, health, and energy challenges.

Thailand's Princess Chulabhorn, a Ph.D. chemist and patron of the Chemical Society of Thailand, was unable to preside over the opening ceremonies as planned. Many attendees were looking forward to meeting her.

Plenary lectures were given by:

  • Yuan Tseh Lee, Nobel Prize winner in Chemistry 1986, Academia Sinica:
    Elementary Processes Involved in Matrix Assisted Laser Desorption Ionization
  • Ada E. Yonath, Nobel Prize winner in Chemistry 2009, The Helen & Milton A. Kimmelman Center for Biomelecular Structure & Assembly, Israel:
    The Amazing Ribosome
  • Keiji Morokuma, Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japa, and Emory University, Atlanta, GA, USA:
    Theoretical Studies of Chemical Reactions and Dynamics of Biomolecular Systems in Protein
  • Yongyuth Yuthavong, National Science & Technology Development Agency, Thailand:
    Drug Development at the Interface of Chemistry and Biology
  • Minoru Isobe, National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan, and Professor Emeritus Nagoya University, Japan:
    New Molecular Science from Synthetic and Bioorganic Chemistry related to Natural Products
  • Niyazi Serdar Sariciftci, Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria:
    Organic Nanostructures for Solar Energy Conversion: From Photovoltaic Electricity to Synthetic Fuels using CO2 Recycling

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