MACROMANILA 2013: Frontiers in Polymer Technologies

The University of the Philippines Institute of Chemistry (IChem) , UP Chemistry Alumni Foundation, Department of Chemical Engineering (DChE) in partnership with Case Western Reserve University (CWRU), USA are organizing MACROMANILA 2013: Frontiers in Polymer Technologies on May 23-24, 2013 at the IChem Building, UP, Diliman.

The conference will have plenary sessions as well as oral or  poster presentations from academe and industry.  The plenary sessions will feature seven (7) professors from the Macromolecular Science and Engineering Department of CWRU.  The topics of their talks include nanocomposites, biomaterials, polymer processing, self-healing plastics, aerogels, and state-of-the-art research and technologies.

Target attendees are industry stakeholders, academia, government researchers and students involved in the science and engineering of plastics, polymers and rubber.

Submit now your extended abstract for oral or poster presentation. There will be prizes for best oral or poster presentation of students (graduate or undergraduate).Attached is the flyer for Call of Papers and the Macromanila Abstract template. Deadline is April 30, 2013. Send via email to: terence.tumolva@coe.upd.edu.ph or to fdelmund@yahoo.com.

Registration is Php 800  inclusive of lunch and snacks and conference materials. Registration is on-site only.

ASEAN Conference on X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy (ACXAS)

ASEAN Conference on X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy (ACXAS) will be held in Cha Am, Petchaburi, Thailand during 12-13 July 2013. It is organized by Synchrotron Light Research Institute (SLRI) under a Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST), Thailand. The ACXAS conference aims to bring together Thai, ASEAN and international researchers interested in X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy on varied fields from basic to applied science in both experimental and theoretical topics, and to initiate an opportunity for them to share and exchange their knowledge and experience. The conference will also include an annual meeting of the SLRI XAS users, a current status of three XAS beamlines at SLRI, and the highlighted lectures by key invited speakers; Dr. Bruce Ravel and Dr. Shelly Kelly.

Venue: Hotel Novotel Hua Hin Cha Am Beach Resort and Spa, 854/2 Burirom Road, Cha Am, Petchaburi, Thailand. The hotel locates between Cha Am and Hua Hin beach and it is within 10 to 15 minutes drive from Hua Hin Airport and Hua Hin Night Market.

Supported accommodation by SLRI: Private single/double rooms at the Novotel will be provided for the invited speakers, and shared double rooms will be provided for participants with the accepted abstracts for both oral and poster presentations.

Notes:

  1. For the latest information of our conference, please visit: http://acxas.slri.or.th/.
  2. The number of participants is limited; a maximum of 60 participants will be accepted.
  3. Supported accommodation by SLRI: Private rooms at the Novotel will be provided for the invited speakers, and shared double rooms will be provided for participants with the accepted abstracts for both oral and poster presentations.
  4. Abstract submission & online registration Deadline: May 20, 2013.

Contact: Sidaphat Rodthai and Churintorn Neti (Tel. 66-44-217-040 ext. 1603-4).

2013 Children’s On-the-Spot Poster Making Competition Winners

The Philippine Federation of Chemistry Societies (PFCS), in cooperation with Dow Chemicals, Chemrez, Boysen, and Shell, is proud to present the top three winners for the 3rd Children’s On-the-Spot Poster Making Competition: Isabelle Manto from Saint Jude Catholic School (1st place), Gabrielle Kristine Entice from South City Central School (2nd place), and Jean Edsel Gonzalbo from Tomas Morato Elementary School (3rd place).

Isabelle Manto Saint Jude Catholic School FIRST PLACE

Isabelle Manto
Saint Jude Catholic School
FIRST PLACE

Gabrielle Kristine Entice South City Central School SECOND PLACE

Gabrielle Kristine Entice
South City Central School
SECOND PLACE

Jean Edsel Gonzalbo Tomas Morato Elementary School THIRD PLACE

Gabrielle Kristine Entice
Jean Edsel Gonzalbo
Tomas Morato Elementary School
THIRD PLACE

The competition with the theme: “A better life with Chemistry”, was held for the first time at the National level last February 11, 2013 in 9 venues/Universities; Ateneo de Davao University, Ateneo de Manila University, De La Salle University-Manila, Silliman University, University of San Carlos, University of Santo Tomas, University of the Philippines-Diliman, University of the Philippines-Los Banos, and Xavier University.

The criteria for judging were based on the following: 40% on creativity, 30% on originality, and 30% on relevance to the theme. The top three winners were chosen from a pool of 28 finalists (three finalists were selected by each of the nine host schools) by a panel of judges: Mr. Joseph F. Galian (Faculty of College of Saint Benilde-School of Design and Arts, Faculty of UP Diliman-College of Fine Arts, and Art Director & Photo Director-(Digital Head Quarters) DHQ Studio), Dr. Armando Guidote (Licensed Chemist, Associate Dean for Research and Creative Work-Ateneo de Manila University, and President of PFCS), and Dr. Jaime Janairo (Licensed Chemist, Faculty and Graduate School Coordinator- Department of Chemistry, De La Salle University-Manila).

As part of the awarding ceremonies, the event will be held during the 28th Philippine Chemistry Congress in Silliman University, Dumaguete. The winning posters will be exhibited during the Congress and the 1st place winner (Ms. Isabelle Manto), together with her coach will receive free accommodations and round trip airfare ticket to Dumaguete.

Congratulations and see you there!

Children On-the-Spot Poster Making Competition in Ateneo de Manila Awarded

The local winners of the 3rd National Children’s On-the-Spot Poster Making Competition held in Ateneo de Manila were awarded last 05 March at the Leong Hall Roof Deck during the School of Science and Engineering Week.

The winners were Christian Luke Alarcon from Pinyahan Elementary School, Edsel Gonzalbo from Tomas Morato Elementary School and Jedidiah Abraham from Marikina Elementary School. They will compete in the national finals against the 3 winners each of the contest held in 8 other university venues from Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.

The winners were given the awards by Mr. Henry Siy, General Manager of Chemrez Technologies, a major sponsor of the event. Mr. Siy was assisted by Dr. Nestor Valera, Chair of the Department of Chemistry of Ateneo de Manila and Dr. Rene Angelo Macahig, local organizing head in Ateneo de Manila.

Mr. Henry Siy, Chemrez Technologies, Inc. General Manager with the local National Children’s On-the-Spot Poster Making Competition from Ateneo: Christian Luke Alarcon, Edsel Gonzalbo and Jedidiah Abraham. Also shown are the coaches and Dr. Rene Angelo Macahig, the Ateneo de Manila organizing head.

Mr. Henry Siy, Chemrez Technologies, Inc. General Manager with the local National Children’s On-the-Spot Poster Making Competition from Ateneo: Christian Luke Alarcon, Edsel Gonzalbo and Jedidiah Abraham. Also shown are the coaches and Dr. Rene Angelo Macahig, the Ateneo de Manila organizing head.

The Children On-the-Spot Poster Making Competition is an annual event that aspires to give young people an early exposure to science and elicit their understanding of the role of chemistry in everyday life. This activity hopes to contribute to a greater public interest in and appreciation of chemistry, particularly among the youth.

The contest is organized by the Philippine Federation of Chemistry Societies in cooperation with different Philippine universities. For 2013, the theme for the contest is “A Better Life with Chemistry”. It is open to students, Grades 4 to 7, and held in nine participating institutions during Chemistry Week from 09-16 February 2013. This is the first time the activity was implemented nationwide.

Other major sponsors of the event are Dow Chemical Philippines, Inc., Shell Philippines, Inc. and Pacific Paint (Boysen), Inc.