Polymers, Plastics, and More at Pittcon 2011

The 2011 Pittsburgh Conference and Expo is happening this week in Atlanta.
The 2011 Pittsburgh Conference and Expo is happening this week in Atlanta.

The 2011 Pittsburg Conference and Expo, also known as Pittcon, is currently underway at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta. Pittcon could be described as one of the biggest playgrounds for chemists; there are more than 950 exhibitors and over 2,200 technical presentations.  According to its official website,

Pitconn attracts nearly 20,000 attendees from industry, academia and government from 90 countries worldwide and is managed by a committee of volunteers and a 10-person staff. Proceeds from Pittcon fund science education and outreach at all levels, kindergarten through adult.

The conference began yesterday and will run through Thursday, March 18. Dr. Chad Mirkin at Northwestern University opened the conference with his plenary lecture. His talk focused on integrating nanotechnology with nucleic acids to come up with some new forms of chemical functions.

Where there is chemistry, there are polymers. There is a session on polymers and plastics on the last day of the conference at 2:00 pm EST.  Among the speakers are:

Of course, there is also the usual smorgasbord of sessions on chromatography, mass spectrometry, and microscopy, which are all techniques that play a major role in polymer analysis. The diversity of the topics covered in the polymer and plastics session, as well as in others, nicely depicts the broad and deep influence polymers and plastics have in our lives.

It looks like Pittcon is getting in on the smartphone action with its own app for iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android & BlackBerry. With the app, attendees can plan their schedule in relation to specific sessions, speakers and topics, and exhibitors, as well as following the Pittcon conversation on Twitter.

Source: 2011 Pittsburgh Conference and Expo official website
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Rajendrani "Raj" Mukhopadhyay is a science writer and editor who contributes news stories and feature articles on scientific advances to a variety of magazines. Raj holds Ph.D. in biophysics from Johns Hopkins University.