Western Carolinas Local Section


Congratulations to our 50- and 60- year members

Posted by George on August 30, 2017 at 8:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Our 50- and 60- year members are celebrated at the September meeting in Hendersonville.

50 Year Members 

William Dorow 

Paul Kalicky 

Robert Roskoski 

Alden West 

60 Year Members

Ronald Bakule

Henry Griffin

Andrew Kallianos

Hans Kuhn

Jude Sommerfeld

Royce Woosley

Details for January meeting - January 24 at USC Upstate

Posted by George on January 14, 2017 at 10:25 AM Comments comments (1)



"Dynamic Nuclear Polarization-Enhanced NMR Studies of Nanoparticles."

Dr. Leah Casabianca

Assistant Professor

Clemson University


University of South Carolina Upstate

Olin B. Sansbury, Jr. Campus Life Center

800 University Way

Spartanburg, SC 29303

Order of Events:

6:00 pm – Meet and Greet Olin B. Sansbury, Jr. Campus Life Center

6:30 pm Dinner (Optional) Olin B. Sansbury, Jr. Campus Life Center (Room 309)

$18 Members/$5 High School Teachers and Student Members

Ø House Salad

Ø Cranberry chicken

Ø Glazed carrots

Ø Basil Orzo

Ø Bread/Rolls

Ø Chocolate cake

Ø Coffee, tea, water

7:30 pm Lecture Olin B. Sansbury, Jr. Campus Life Center

**We ask that you RSVP if you are attending the seminar and/or having dinner.

Please RSVP by TUESDAY JANUARY 17, 2017 to: wcacs2017@gmail.com and leave your name, contact number or email address, how many will be attending seminar and/or dinner and if student or high school teacher status is applicable.

Dynamic Nuclear Polarization-Enhanced NMR Studies of Nanoparticles

Abstract: Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) is one of the most versatile techniques for atomic-level structural characterization of chemical systems ranging from small organic molecules to large systems such as proteins or materials. One of the main disadvantages of NMR, however, is its low sensitivity. One way to enhance the sensitivity of NMR that has gained recent popularity is called Dynamic Nuclear Polarization (DNP). DNP relies on the transfer of polarization from unpaired electrons to nearby nuclei. Normally, the unpaired electrons are introduced into the sample by doping the sample of interest with organic free radicals, although naturally occurring paramagnetic defects can be used as polarization agents as well. In this talk, we will present the results of two studies. In the first, we show that intrinsic paramagnetic defects in the diamond lattice can be used as DNP polarization agents to increase the 13C NMR signal of carbons in nanodiamonds. In the second, we discuss the development of HighlY-effective Polymer/Radical beads (HYPR-beads) which are organic nanoparticles that have been doped with a known hydrophobic DNP polarizing agent. HYPR-beads have been used to polarize 13C and 7Li nuclei in aqueous environments at low overall radical concentrations, and without the need for an added glassing co-solvent.


Bio: Dr. Casabianca received a B. S. degree in chemistry from Rice University in 2002 where she did undergraduate research with Prof. Seiichi P.T. Matsuda. She completed her Ph. D. in the lab of Prof. Angel C. de Dios at Georgetown University in 2008. Her thesis work involved using solution-state NMR and chemical shift calculations to understand the mechanism of action of anti-malarial drugs. She then did a postdoctoral fellowship (2008-2010) with Prof. Yoshitaka Ishii at the University of Illinois at Chicago working on structural characterization of graphite oxide. Her second postdoctoral fellowship was in the group of Prof. Lucio Frydman at the Weizmann Institute (2010-2013) where she worked on dynamic nuclear polarization of diamond samples. She joined the faculty at Clemson University in 2014.

website announcement - sorry for delay

Posted by George on January 14, 2017 at 10:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Greetings all.  It appears webs.com is doing a change in their site builder, and I can not modify the main pages.  I can post in this section and I hope I can update the calendar, but it may be a few days before I can update the officers and meetings section.

Just over a week left to vote in the WCACS elections!

Posted by George on November 8, 2015 at 10:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Voting will close at the beginning of dinner at the November WCACS meeting at Wofford.  You should have received your electronic ballot in an email from our secretary, Zachary Davis.  If you did not receive a ballot email and you are a member of the Local section, please contact one of the members of the elections committee - Zachary Davis, Meredith Newman or George Heard.

Do you facebook? We do now!

Posted by George on March 5, 2015 at 4:05 PM Comments comments (0)

For those of you on Facebook, we've started up a brand-new page for the Western Carolinas Local Section.  We'll be posting items of interest and creating signups for events so you can get reminders of upcoming activities in your FaceBook feed.  Check out the latest posts on the sidebar of the Western Carolinas ACS webpage, and if you're on FaceBook, like and follow us!

MMC-15 a success

Posted by George on August 27, 2013 at 4:05 PM Comments comments (0)


The 15th IUPAC conference on Macromolecular Compounds was held in the upstate are on August 13-16.  You can read more media about the conference and see a gallery of pictures at the conference's website.

Announcing the 15th IUPAC Symposium on MacroMolecular Complexes

Posted by George on February 13, 2013 at 7:05 PM Comments comments (0)

The 15th Annual IUPAC Symposium on MacroMolecular Complexes will be taking place in the Upstate from August 13-16, 2013.  WCACS has provided support for this conference and encourages members to consider attending or submitting to the call for abstracts.   Deadline for abstract submission is May 15, 2013.

Get full details of MMC-15 at their website, and check back here for reminders of submission dates.