Southeastern Regional Meeting 2016


Program Summary

The South Carolina Local Section of the American Chemical Society will host the 68th Southeastern Regional Meeting (SERMACS 2016) at the Columbia Convention Center in Columbia, SC, from Sunday, October 23 through Wednesday, October 26. The theme is “Catalyzing Chemical Changes” and the meeting has the schedule (Sunday through Wednesday) and the high-level programming of a national meeting.  Featured Speakers are Nobel Laureate Martin Chalfie, Priestly Medal winner Harry Gray, Cope Scholars Miguel Garcia-Garabay, William Dichtel and Luis Campos; ACS current and past presidents Donna Nelson and Diane Grob Schmidt, naturalist and ETV NatureScene host Rudy Mancke, and FBI DNA expert Rhonda Craig.  It’s going to be “Yuge.”

The general chair of the meeting is Angela Peters (Claflin University) and the program chair is Scott Goode (University of South Carolina). Please visit the SERMACS 2016 website,, for evolving program details as well as registration and hotel information. 

Technical Program

Twenty-eight specialized symposia are scheduled for the meeting including “Advances in Forensic Chemistry;” “Asymmetric Chemistry throughout the Southeast;” “Catalysis & Biocatalysis;” “Chemical Applications of Chemometrics;” “Cope Symposium: Molecules to Functional Supramolecular Materials;” “Cutting Edge of Biological Inorganic Chemistry;” “Dynamics of Molecular Processes: Theory, Simulations, Insight;” “Electrocatalysis;” “Electronic Structure: Concepts & Applications;” “Emerging Environmental Contaminants;” “Finding Solutions to Environmental Challenges in Agriculture;” “Frontiers in Nucleic Acid Chemistry;” “High School Chemistry: New Approaches to Catalyze Change for YOU!!!;” “Metal Complexes of Scorpionate & Related Ligands;” “Molecules to Functional Supramolecular Materials;” “New Chemistry Toward Functional Polymeric Materials;” “Nuclear Power & Safety;” “Realities of the Chemical Industry: Career Opportunities & Paths;” “Reform Pedagogy in Undergraduate Chemistry;” “Scattering Measurements of Polymers & Nanomaterials;” “Secrets and Strategies for Successfully Commercializing Chemical Ideas;” “Small-Molecule Inorganic Chemistry in the Southeast: Honoring Jerome Odom;” “Structural & Functional Characterization of Proteins;” “Structure-Property-Relationship of Nanoscale Materials;” “Supramolecular Assemblies & Metal-Organic Frameworks;” “Synthesis & Application of Biofunctional Nanomaterials;” and “Women Chemists in the Southeast.”
The meeting will also include general symposia (oral and poster) in “Analytical Chemistry,” “Biological Chemistry,” “Chemical Education,” “Colloid Chemistry,” “Computational Chemistry,” “Environmental Chemistry,” “Inorganic Chemistry,” “Interdisciplinary Chemistry,” “Materials Chemistry,” “Organic Chemistry,’” “Physical Chemistry,” and “Polymer Chemistry.” Undergraduates are encouraged to present their work in both poster and oral sessions; the undergraduate presentations will be judged and prizes, funded by Eastman Chemical, will be awarded

The Venue

The Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center and the Hilton Columbia Center will anchor the programming.  The venue is in the Vista entertainment district. adjacent to the University of South Carolina Campus.  Yelp lists 144 restaurants within walking distance (1 mile) of the Convention Center with choices ranging from fine dining to great hot dogs.Click to add text, images, and other content

High School Program

We invite all teachers in the South East Region of ACS to join the exciting teachers program on Sunday. The program will feature extended and interactive presentations.  Featured speakers include Rudy Mancke, known best as the host of the ETV show Naturescene who will share his observations of the effects of the Chernobyl accident on the flora, fauna, and human populations in the affected area.  Rhonda Craig, with the DNA Casework Unit of the FBI, will present the forensic case study of the disappearance of Brooke Wilberger.  In addition, there will be several interactive activities by teacher for teachers that you will be able to immediately use in your classroom. The high school teacher registration includes a continental breakfast, a luncheon and a workshop by Jack Breazeale on the new ACS Task Force for Safety Education Guidelines for High Schools. 


The ACS Leadership Institute will offer Coaching and Feedback on Sunday, October 23, 2016 from 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM.  Effective Chemical Safety Management: A Risk-Based Perspective for The Chemical Hygiene Officer will be taught by Harry Elston Monday, October 24, 2016, 8:30 AM- 5:00 PM.  The ACS Career Pathway Workshop, Finding Your Pathway will be taught by Mary Engelman on Tuesday, October 25, 2016 9:00 AM- 12:00 PM and the companion Resume Reviews at 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM


The SERMACS Exposition will open with a 5 PM Sunday night reception with a subsidized cash bar and refreshments.  We are expecting 30-50 exhibitors to showcase their products from Sunday October 23 to Tuesday October 25. 


The Southeastern Regional awards will be presented at an awards luncheon at 12 noon on Wednesday the 26th.  These include CHED Southeast Region Award for Excellence in High School Teaching, the E. Ann Nalley Regional Award for Volunteer Service, the Stanley Israel Award for Advancing Diversity in the Chemical Sciences, the SERMACS Industrial Innovation Award, and the Partners for Progress and Prosperity Award.

Special Events

Social program: YCC/WCC Luncheon Monday, October 24, 2016; SCI-Mix Monday, October 24, 2016; Minority Affairs Dinner Monday, October 24, 2016; Undergraduate Awards Luncheon Tuesday, October 25, 2016; Ice Cream Social with ACS Board of Directors Tuesday, October 25, 2016; BBQ Dinner with Jazz Tuesday, October 25, 2016; Regional Awards Luncheon Wednesday, October 26, 2016
Visits off-property: SC State Museum: 4D Theater, Planetarium. Observatory, and Galleries Tuesday evening October 25, 2016; Doty Scientific - Manufacturer of NMR probes and accessories Tuesday, October 25, 2016; South Carolina Energy and Gas Nuclear Reactor Construction Site, Jenkinsville, SC Wednesday, October 26, 2016


Advance registration will close at 11:59 PM on Oct. 17, 2016. On-site registration will continue through the end of the meeting. For additional details, see