Dreyfus One-Day Symposium: Making Molecules & Materials


The Camille & Henry Dreyfus Foundation sponsored a Presidential Symposium on Making Molecules and Materials (the topic of the 2015 Dreyfus Prize) at the Spring national meeting of the American Chemical Society in San Diego on Tuesday, March 15, 2016. The full program is below.

9:00  Introduction: Donna Nelson, ACS President

Chair: Session I – Marye Anne Fox, University of California, San Diego

9:10 Frances Arnold, California Institute of Technology

   Innovating with Evolution: Expanding the Enzyme Universe to Make Molecules and Materials

9:45 Joseph DeSimone, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

   Instead of 2D-printing Over and Over Again: Continuous Liquid Interface Production of 3D Objects

10:20  coffee break (15 minutes)

Chair: Session II – Louis Brus, Columbia University

10:35 Chad Mirkin, Northwestern University

   Making Materials with Programmable Nucleic Acid Bonds

11:10 Moungi Bawendi, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

   Fundamental Science and Applications of Nanocrystals

11:45  Lunch

Chair: Session III – Richard Zare, Stanford University

2:00 Melanie Sanford, University of Michigan

   Development of New C-H Bond Functionalization Reactions

2:35 David Tirrell, California Institute of Technology

   Non-Canonical Amino Acids as Tools for Protein Medicinal Chemistry

3:10  refreshment break (15 minutes)

Chair: Session IV – Matthew Tirrell, The University of Chicago

3:25 Craig Hawker, University of California, Santa Barbara

   Combining Facile Synthetic Strategies and Simple Purification Techniques for the Preparation of Unique Materials

4:10 Krzysztof Matyjaszewski, Carnegie Mellon University

   From Molecules to Materials: Macromolecular Engineering by Taming Free Radicals

4:45 Symposium ends


Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Symposium

Above: Drs. S. Lippard, D. Oxtoby, L. Hood, S. Sarma, and E. Carter.

The third symposium for recent Camille and Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholars was held at the New York Academy of Sciences on Friday, October 24. Approximately 40 of the most recent Teacher-Scholars presented posters of their research, bracketed by talks from four renowned senior Teacher-Scholars and a preeminent digital learning expert. This year's speakers were (in sequence): Stephen Lippard, David Oxtoby, Leroy Hood, Sanjay Sarma, and Emily Carter.

Video of these talks is available here.


Welcome, Henry C. Walter, President, Dreyfus Foundation
Introduction, Marye Anne Fox, Chair, Scientific Affairs Committee, Dreyfus Foundation
Stephen Lippard, Arthur Amos Noyes Professor, MIT, Teacher-Scholar 1971
Cancer Treatment with Platinum and Other Metal Complexes
Moderator: Richard Zare
David Oxtoby, President, Pomona College, Teacher-Scholar 1980
A Teacher-Scholar Looks at Climate Change
Moderator: Matthew Tirrell
Leroy Hood, President and Cofounder, Institute for Systems Biology, Teacher-Scholar 1974
The Emergence of Systems Medicine and Proactive P4 Medicine: Catalyzing the Transformation of Healthcare

Moderator: John Brauman
Sanjay Sarma, Director of Digital Learning, MIT
Lessons in Digital Learning
Moderator: Louis Brus
Emily Carter, Founding Director, Andlinger Center
for Energy and the Environment, Princeton University, Teacher-Scholar 1992
Building a Sustainable Energy and Environmental Future
Moderator: Marye Anne Fox


ACS Presidential Symposium on Chemical Instrumentation

2013 Dreyfus Prize winner R. Graham Cooks of Purdue University was among the speakers who presented their research at a Presidential Symposium on Chemical Instrumentation at the national meeting of the American Chemical Society in Dallas on March 18, 2014. The prominent chemists who spoke represent major contributors to the field: David Chandler (Sandia), Michael Fayer (Stanford), Wayne Hendrickson (Columbia), Wilson Ho (UC Irvine), Ann McDermott (Columbia), W. E. Moerner (Stanford), and Lloyd Smith (U. of Wisconsin-Madison). The Dreyfus Foundation is pleased to support this symposium.

Pictured (l. to r.): Wayne Hendrickson, Wilson Ho, Henry C. Walter (Dreyfus Foundation, President), Thomas Barton (ACS, President), Ann McDermott, David Chandler, Lloyd Smith, R. Graham Cooks, W. E. Moerner, and Michael Fayer.


Second Teacher-Scholar Symposium, October 26, 2012

The second biennial Teacher-Scholar symposium was held at the New York Academy of Sciences on October 26, 2012. The Teacher-Scholars presented posters of their research and six presented brief oral summaries of teaching innovations. Five prominent Teacher-Scholars from earlier years gave research talks. A video of the talks given by Arup Chakraborty, Geoffrey Coates, Julie Millard, Geraldine Richmond, and Alanna Schepartz, as well as the teaching presentations, is available HERE.

Drs. A. Chakraborty, G. Coates, J. Millard, G. Richmond, and A. Schepartz.


Symposium in Catalysis at the ACS meeting, March 27, 2012

The Dreyfus Foundation sponsored a Presidential Symposium in Catalysis at the National Meeting of the American Chemical Society in San Diego on March 27, 2012. In order of appearance, the speakers were Stephen Buchwald, Eric Jacobsen, Stephen Benkovic, Judith Klinman, Daniel Nocera, Gabor Somorjai, Jens Norskov, and Tobin Marks. Charles Campbell gave tribute to D. Wayne Goodman, a scheduled speaker who passed away on February 27. The session chairs were: John Brauman, JoAnne Stubbe, Richard Zare, and Matthew Tirrell.

Dreyfus Foundation Teacher-Scholar Symposium, October 29, 2010

A Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Symposium, "Research Frontiers in the Chemical Sciences", was held in New York City on Friday, October 29, 2010. The 2009 and 2010 Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholars and the 2008 and 2009 Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholars presented posters of their research.  Bracketing the poster sessions were talks by four senior Teacher-Scholars representing different research areas of chemistry. The one-day symposium highlighted many exciting areas in the chemical sciences and promoted a network among many of the nation's leading young research chemists. The Symposium presentations by Drs. Grubbs, Kiessling, Mrksich, and Nuckolls are available as streaming video here. The titles of the speaker's talks are:

Robert Grubbs, California Institute of Technology

The Design and Synthesis of Catalysts for Use in Organic and Polymer Synthesis

Laura Kiessling, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Carbohydrate Polymer Assembly: How Do Mycobacteria Do It?

Milan Mrksich, University of Chicago

Exploring the Molecular Logic of Protein Acetylation

Colin Nuckolls, Columbia University

From Moleculaes to Materials


Symposium in Materials Chemistry at the ACS meeting, March 23, 2010

Some of the nation's leading materials chemists presented their work at the Presidential Symposium "Frontiers in Materials Chemistry: A Tribute to the Dreyfus Brothers," at the American Chemical Society's national meeting in San Francisco on Tuesday, March 23.






Frontiers in Materials Chemistry: A Tribute to the Dreyfus Brothers

Matthew Tirrell and Mark Cardillo, Organizers, Presiding


Joseph S. Francisco, ACS President

Introductory remarks

Matthew Tirrell, University of California, Berkeley


Tobin Marks, Northwestern University
New materials and processes for constructing highly unconventional organic, inorganic, and organometallic electronic circuitry

Joanna Aizenberg, Harvard University
Advanced materials for mitigation of ice accretion

Omar Yaghi, University of California, Los Angeles
Metal-organic frameworks and the 'gene' for carbon capture

Robert Cava, Princeton University
Stoichiometry, structure and bonding in the new iron pnictide superconductors

A. Paul Alivisatos, University of California, Berkeley
Nanoscale materials for solar fuel generation

David Tirrell, California Institute of Technology
Reinterpreting the genetic code

C. Grant Willson, University of Texas at Austin
Organic materials for microelectronics: a view of the future

John A. Rogers, University of Illinois
Materials for bio-integrated electronics

George Whitesides, Harvard University
Organic materials science


A Dreyfus Foundation Symposium on Environmental Chemistry Research, October 24, 2008

Climate, Energy, and the Changing Environment: A Dreyfus Foundation Symposium on Environmental Chemistry Research was held in New York City on Friday, October 24, 2008. The symposium, co-hosted by the New York Academy of Sciences, provided a current view of some of the most exciting topics within the broad field of environmental chemistry.


Streaming Video

The Symposium presentations are available as streaming video here.


Photographs of the Speakers, Dreyfus Foundation, Board of Directors and various candid shots are available.

Featured Articles

Articles on the Dreyfus Symposium, to date, have appeared in the Journal of Renewable and Sustainable Energy [HERE] and Inside Science [HERE] the news service of the American Institute of Physics.

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Symposium program