The complete Technical Program is being determined; abstracts submitted for presentation at the conference are currently under review.  Presenters of accepted abstracts will be notified no later than July 31, 2018 of their abstract acceptance, and the Program determined thereafter.  

Confirmed Invited Speakers:

Professor Fikile Brushett - MIT

Presenting: The Role of “Electro”-Chemical Engineering in Addressing Global Energy Challenges

Presenter Biography:  Fikile Brushett is an Associate Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).  He received his B.S.E. in Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania in 2006 and his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2010, under the supervision of Professor Paul J.A Kenis.  From 2010-2012, he was a Director’s Postdoctoral Fellow in the Electrochemical Energy Storage group, under Dr. John T. Vaughey, at Argonne National Laboratory.  In 2013, he started his own laboratory at MIT where his research group seeks to develop transformative electrochemical technologies that enable a sustainable energy economy.  He is especially fascinated by the fundamental processes that define the performance, cost, and lifetime of present and future electrochemical systems.  He has received several awards for his research and teaching, including being named one of Chemical & Engineering News’s Talented 12 in 2017.


Professor Malika Jeffries-El - Boston University

Presenting: Design and Synthesis of Organic Semiconductors for Advanced Applications

Presenter Biography:  

Malika Jeffries-EL received BA degrees in Chemistry and Africana Studies at Wellesley College. She earned her Master’s and Ph.D. degrees in organic chemistry from The George Washington University. After spending one year at Smith College as a Mendenhall Fellow, she then worked as a post-doctoral researcher under the direction of Professor Richard D. McCullough at Carnegie Mellon University. In 2005, she joined the faculty in the Chemistry Department at Iowa State University and was promoted to associate professor with tenure in 2012. In 2015 she was a Martin Luther King Jr. visiting professor with Professor Timothy Swager and she joined the Department of Chemistry and Division of Materials Science at Boston Univeristy in 2016.
Dr. Jeffries-EL's research focuses on the development of organic semiconductors–materials that combine the processing properties of polymers with the electronic properties of semiconductors. She has won numerous awards including the Lloyd Ferguson Award from NOBCChE (2009), NSF CAREER award (2009), the ACS-Women Chemist Committee Rising Star award (2012) and the Iota Sigma Pi Agnes Fay Morgan Award (2013). She is also a dedicated volunteer and has served in several activities within the American Chemical Society. She became a fellow of the ACS in 2018.


Professor LaShanda TJ Korley - University of Delaware

Presenting: Programmable Responses in Hygromorphic Bilayer Composites

Presenter Biography:  LaShanda T.J. Korley recently joined the Departments of Materials Science and Engineering, and Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Delaware as a Distinguished Associate Professor.  Previously, she held the Climo Associate Professorship of Macromolecular Science and Engineering at Case Western Reserve University, where she started her independent career in 2007. Her research program involves utilizing design rules from Nature in the development of mechanically-enhanced and tunable materials. She is the PI of the NSF PIRE: Bio-inspired Materials and Systems. Professor Korley received a B.S. in both Chemistry & Engineering from Clark Atlanta University, and a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1999.  Dr. Korley completed her Ph.D. at MIT in Chemical Engineering and the Program in Polymer Science and Technology in 2005. LaShanda Korley was a Provost’s Academic Diversity Postdoctoral Fellow at Cornell in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. 


Professor David Nagib - Ohio State University

Presenting: C-H and C-O Functionalization via Radical Chaperones

Presenter Biography:  David grew up near Philadelphia, PA as the eldest of four siblings in an Egyptian family with a strong love for teaching and education. He earned his B.Sc. with honors at Boston College in 2006, studying peptide-catalyzed desymmetrization with Prof. Scott Miller. In 2011, he earned his PhD at Princeton University, developing medicinally relevant trifluoromethylations via photoredox catalysis with Prof. David MacMillan. As an NIH Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of California, Berkeley, he studied C-H activation via oxidative gold mechanisms with Prof. F. Dean Toste. Since 2014, David has been an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at The Ohio State University, where his team’s research on radical-mediated C-H and C-O functionalization has been recognized by the American Chemical Society, National Institutes of Health, and National Science Foundation. When not working alongside his awesome labmates, David enjoys running along the Scioto River, checking out Columbus’ great foodie scene, and planning future world travels.