Western Carolinas Local Section

November WCACS Meeting:  November 18 at Converse College





"ACS Award for Research at an Undergraduate Institution: 40 years of research with undergraduates investigating reactions of halocarbons in the gas phase"

Dr. Bert Holmes

Phillip G. Carson Distinguished Chair of Science

 Professor of Chemistry

University of North Carolina Asheville



CONVERSE COLLEGE - driving directions

Wilson Hall, Bain Room - building 1 on this campus map

October WCACS Meeting:  October 30 at Bob Jones University



"Functional, Biodegradable Nanomaterials for the Remediation of Environmental Contaminants"

Dr. Dan Whitehead

Assistant Professor

Clemson University




Howell Memorial Science Building (here's the college map)

September WCACS meeting:  Honoring our 50- and 60-year members.  September 16 in Hendersonville, NC


On Tuesday, September 16 we will have our traditional September meeting recognizing our 50- and 60-year members. This is a great time to meet new Section members or to renew old acquaintances. We will hear short anecdotes from our honorees as well as a special presentation. We will be meeting at Bay Breeze Seafood Restaurant, 1830 Asheville Hwy in Hendersonville (http://www.baybreezeseafood.com). This casual event will begin a 6 PM with the meal beginning at 6:30. 

More details and a menu will be posted here when they become available.  Please RSVP by 5 PM on Friday, September 12, 2014 to:  WCACS2014@gmail.com and provide your name and the names of those in your party, contact number or email address.

September 6, 2014 - ACS Leadership Development Course in Asheville


For September we are bringing our members a special opportunity.  We will be hosting Jason Ritchie who will facilitate the ACS Leadership Development Course "Collaborating Across Boundaries".   The cost for this course for members is only $20, and will include lunch.

Location:  Highsmith Center Mountain Suites, UNC Asheville

Time:  9:00am - 2:00pm

Check back for more details and enrollment information soon.

April 2014 Awards Meeting - April 15 at Furman University

 Our April meeting is a special one for several reasons. It is our last meeting of the academic year, it is traditionally our largest meeting of the year, and we gather to celebrate the achievements of students studying chemistry at the High Schools, Colleges, and Universities in the Western Carolinas Section. Please mark your calendars for Tuesday, April 15 for an evening of science and camaraderie at Furman University! 

The meeting will be in the Atrium of Townes Science Center, Furman University. A campus map can be found at http://www.furman.edu/campusmap/   GPS Users: The address is 3300 Poinsett Highway, Greenville, SC, 29613. Please note that weather permitting, we will eat outside, so a light jacket or sweater is advised.

March 2014 meeting - Tuesday March 18 at the Roper Mountain Science Center in Greenville

Our March meeting will take place at the Roper Mountain Science Center, 402 Roper Mountain Road, Greenville SC 29615, in the Symmes Hall of Science.

  Please RSVP  by THURSDAY MARCH 13, 2014 to:  wcacs2014@gmail.com and leave your name, contact number or email address, and how many will be attending the Meet-n-Greet and/or the presentation.

Order of events

6:00pm - Meet and Greet, tour of Symmes Hall of Science (appetizers will be served)

7:00pm -  presentation

 Batteries- How they work and why they die

Dr. William Tindall

Eastman Chemicals (retired)

Fifty years ago our needs for batteries were largely confined to the car’s starter and a dim flashlight.  The car battery required frequent water additions performed at the full service gas station.  The flashlight batteries leaked and corroded the flashlight abandoned in the drawer or glove compartment.  Today, reliable high capacity batteries are needed to provide power for a host of mobile devices- watch, pacemaker, tools, cell phone, lab top, garage door opener or even the primary power source for a car.  Hundreds of battery chemistries are known but only a few have the optimum properties for targeted consumer applications- lead acid, alkaline, nickel metal hydride, silver oxide and lithium ion.

I will describe the chemistry that provides power from these common batteries, the chemistry that leads to their death, and the details of how this chemistry is packaged into the consumer product.   Some useful information on how to buy, care for and store batteries will be provided.

About our speaker

 Dr. William Tindall grew up in upstate NY.  He earned his B.S. from Clarkson College and Ph.D. in Electrochemistry from the University of Minnesota.  He worked as an analytical chemist at Eastman Chemical Company in areas of atomic spectroscopy, environmental lab, mass spectrometry, chromatography and on some special projects.  Dr. Tindall is now retired and is a consultant for analytical chemistry, polymer chemistry and corrosion.   His hobbies include raising sheep, outdoors activities, and furniture making.

February 2014 meeting - Tuesday February 25 at Presbyterian College

 Our February meeting will take place at the Harper Center for the Arts at Presbyterian College in Clinton, SC.


  • Take exit 54 off Interstate 26 for South Carolina 72 toward Clinton
  • Pass through uptown Clinton and turn left onto E Calhoun St
  • Turn left onto S Adair St then take the 1st right onto 5th Ave
  • The Harper Center will be on the right next to the duck pond

High Temperature Polymer Membranes for Fuel Cells and Sustainable Energy Devices

 Dr. Brian Benicewicz

 Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

 University of South Carolina

January 2014 meeting - Thursday January 30 at USC Upstate

 Our January meeting will take place in the Ballroom on the third floor of the Campus Life Center (Building K on this campus map).  Suggested parking options are given in this map.

 Directions to USC Upstate 

 From U.S. 176: Use Exit 22, Valley Falls Road. At the top of either ramp, turn LEFT on to Valley Falls Road. Proceed to North Campus Boulevard. Turn right on to North Campus Boulevard.

From Business I-85 North: Use Exit 5-B, Milliken Road. Proceed along the frontage road to the Milliken Bridge over Business I-85, and turn left crossing over Business I-85. At the four-way STOP at the end of the bridge, continue straight on North Campus Boulevard.

From Business I-85 South: Use Exit 6, SC 9. Proceed along the frontage road for about ½ mile being careful not to re-enter Business 85. Turn right at the Milliken Bridge and follow North Campus Boulevard to the campus.
From Business I-85 South: Use Exit 6, SC 9. Proceed along the frontage road for about ½ mile being careful not to re-enter Business 85. Turn right at the Milliken Bridge and follow North Campus Boulevard to the campus.
 From I-85: continue to use Exit 72 on to U.S. 176 towards Spartanburg. Then use Exit 22 to Valley Falls Road as above.

Once on campus, turn onto Hodge Dr. (there is only one way to turn, no matter how you come to campus), and turn in to either the second or third parking lot on your right (labeled P on the map).  The CLC is adjacent to both of these areas.

 Synthesis and Characterization of Transition Metal Alkynyl Complexes as Possible Building Blocks for Molecular Electronic Devices

Dr. Paul Wagenknecht
Department of Chemistry

Dr. Paul Wagenknecht
Department of Chemistry 
Furman University