ACS National Meeting & Expo

Macromolecular Chemistry: The Second Century

March 22 - 26, 2020 | Philadelphia, PA, USA

Join Elsevier for a series of events at the ACS Spring Meeting in the Pennsylvania Convention Center on March 22–26

As always, the ACS National Meeting and Expo will attract passionate and forward-thinking chemistry professionals from around the world — people who are focused on solving problems in a dynamic and changing world. This year’s theme of chemistry and water connects a fundamental science with a fundamental resource, and promises lively and important talks, workshops and discussions. Elsevier is proud to be attending this event to show how we plan to continue supporting and empowering researchers in the chemical sciences.

Booth activities

Join us at Booth 1015 in the Exhibitors’ Hall of the Pennsylvania Convention Center. It’s a great opportunity to meet representatives of our chemical sciences teams and hear the latest about our journals, books and research solutions.

Here’s what you can do at the Elsevier booth:

  • Find out all about our new chemical sciences journals and open access plans
  • See demos of Reaxys, our dedicated solution for chemical sciences research
  • Meet acquisition editors to find out about editing books in chemistry and chemical sciences
  • Get great discounts on chemistry and chemical sciences books at the booth
  • Learn more about the Reaxys PhD Prize and the Reaxys Prize Club

Speaker sessions

Welcome to Elsevier speaking sessions! These talks will focus on different ways in which artificial intelligence and machine learning solutions are making chemical data more discoverable and easier to leverage for research and discovery.

Unlocking data science and cheminformatics insights for chemists

Dr Frederik van den Broek, Consultant, R&D Solutions, Elsevier

TIME OF PRESENTATION: Wednesday, March 25, 2020 from 3:40 PM - 4:00 PM
ROOM & LOCATION: Bridge Over Arch Street - Theater 8 - Pennsylvania Convention Center

Many believe that Artificial Intelligence has the potential to revolutionise not only life sciences and healthcare, but also chemistry and chemical synthesis, which is why there has recently been a great increase in applying Machine Learning and Big Data-handling techniques to medicinal chemistry and chemical synthesis. To train these new models efficiently and reproducibly requires a combination of different types of information from various sources.

This talk will give an overview of how the data and modelling platform, which was initially developed for data scientists and cheminformaticians, could also be turned into a valuable resource for chemists by adding enabling tools and more guidance to unlock algorithms usually reserved for data scientists and those with strong programming skills.

Reaxys-PAI Predictive Retrosynthesis: rewiring chemistry and redesigning synthetic routes

Juergen Swienty Busch, Director of Product Management, Elsevier

TIME OF PRESENTATION: Thursday, March 26, 2020 from 10:20 AM - 10:40 AM
ROOM & LOCATION: 116 - Pennsylvania Convention Center

Reaxys-PAI Predictive Retrosynthesis solution, developed in collaboration between Elsevier and Waller and Segler et al., deploys next generation technologies to augment chemical synthesis and chemist knowledge, helping drive innovation, time and cost savings.

The state-of-the-art ‘deep learning’ computer program produces blueprints for the sequences of reactions needed to create small organic molecules swiftly. This artificial-intelligence tool has digested nearly every reaction ever published (> 15 million) and has the potential to transform the way synthetic and medicinal chemists work in the future. Increasing the success rate in synthetic chemistry would have a huge benefit in terms of expenditure, speed and efficiency on any synthesis project including drug discovery programs.

This talk will discuss the solution and feedback from chemists demonstrating its utility, with some examples from recent drug development programs.

Article collections

Macromolecular Chemistry

In keeping with the theme of this year’s ACS Spring National Meeting & Expo, we’ve created a resource center with free-to-access content on macromolecular chemistry. Articles are free to read until 30 June 2020.

Supramolecular functionalization of carbon nano-onions with hyaluronic acid-phospholipid conjugates for selective targeting of cancer cells
Marta d’Amora, Adalberto Camisasca, Alice Boarino, Silvia Giordani, and Silvia Arpicco
April 2020
Colloids and Surfaces B: Biointerfaces
Carbon nano-onions (CNOs) are promising materials for biomedical applications due to their low cytotoxicity and excellent biocompatibility. This article may pave the way for the applications of functionalized CNOs as selective drug delivery platforms in cancer cells.

Injectable biomaterials for translational medicine
Huan Zhou, Chunyong Liang, Zi Wei, Yanjie Bai, Sarit B. Bhaduri, Thomas J. Webster, Liming Bian, Lei Yang
September 2019
Materials Today
Reviewing the design and fabrication considerations of injectable biomaterials in the context of medical translation, the engineering strategies used for new materials to meet the growing demands in regenerative and intelligent medicine, and the progress in their development for selected clinical applications.

Design strategies for fluorescent proteins/mimics and their applications in biosensing and bioimaging
Honghua Deng, Shuting Yan, Yan Huang, Chunyang Lei, Zhou Nie
January 2019
TrAC Trends in Analytical Chemistry
Current strategies for rational design and modification of fluorescent proteins/mimics and their relative applications in biosensing and bioimaging are reviewed.

Cyclic dipeptide nanoribbons formed by dye-mediated hydrophobic self-assembly for cancer chemotherapy
Mengyao Yang, Chengqian Yuan, Guizhi Shen, Rui Chang, Ruirui Xing, Xuehai Yan
December 2019
Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
This paper describes a remarkable new procedure for preparation of cyclic dipeptides having important advantages for chemotherapy, including improved bioavailability and cellular uptake.

Synthesis, iron binding and antimicrobial properties of hexadentate 3-hydroxypyridinones-terminated dendrimers
Tao Zhou, Kai Chen, Li-Min Kong, Mu-Song Liu, Yong-Min Ma, Yuan-Yuan Xi ,Robert C.Hider
August 2018
Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters
Investigates the synthesis of  macromolecular chelators and their potential applications in the medical area, for instance, in treatment of iron overload-related disorders and in the treatment of external infections.

In vivo monitoring of superoxide anion from Alzheimer's rat brains with functionalized ionic liquid polymer decorated microsensor
Qiwen Peng, Xueyan Yan, Xinran Shi, Shanshan Ou, Hui Gu, Xiaoxing Yin, Guoyue Shi, Yanyan Yu
November 2019
Biosensors and Bioelectronics
Application of functionalized ionic liquid polymer onto PB nanoparticles and carbon nanotubes to reveal to reveal the O2-related pathological process of Alzheimer's diseases is reported.

Safe and potent MRI contrast agents by complexing gadolinium with enzyme/reduction dual-sensitive branched polymers
Xiaoming Wang, Shiwei Guo, Zhiqian Lia, Xueyang Xiao, Lei Gu, Qiang Luo, Hu Zhang, Qiyong Gong, Kui Luo
December 2019
Applied Materials Today
This study provides an important theoretical and experimental foundation for construction of Gd-based multi-sensitive polymeric MRI contrast agents with great biosafety and high efficiency.

Detection of harmful chemicals in plastic toys
Xiaoxiao Ma et al
October 2019
International Journal of Mass Spectrometry
A China-based team have developed a rapid, sensitive and simple method to detect prohibited additives in plastics and plastic toys.

Synthesis and characterization of water-soluble PEGylated lignin-based polymers by macromolecular azo coupling reaction
Jilei Wang, Shang Li, Ruiqi Liang, Bing Wu, Yaning He
January 2018
Chinese Chemical Letters
Water-soluble PEG grafted lignin-based polymers were synthesized by macromolecular azo coupling reaction between alkali lignin and PEG based macromolecular diazonium salts in alkaline water, showing many advantages such as high efficiency, controllable grafting radio, extremely mild conditions and without organic solvents.

A fluorescent signal “removal” sensor via duplex-specific nuclease-aided cleavage for miRNA detection in flow cytometry
Weipan Peng, Yiwen Huang, Qian Zhao, Guowei Lian, Minghui Chen, Jiafang Piao, Xiaoqun Gong, Jin Chang
January 2020
Colloids and Surfaces B: Biointerfaces
MicroRNAs play an important role as next-generation biomarkers in the early diagnosis of cancers. In this article a fluorescent signal “removal” sensor for one-step, sensitive and specific detection of multiple microRNAs by flow cytometry (FCM) is described.

Recent progress on non-fullerene acceptors for organic photovoltaics
Hua Sun, Fei Chen, Zhi-Kuan Chen
April 2019
Materials Today
Highlighting recent progress of NFAs including polymers and small-molecules and summarizing the design strategies of NFAs in terms of pairing with the corresponding polymer donor materials.

Olefin metathesis polymerization: Some recent developments in the precise polymerizations for synthesis of advanced materials (by ROMP, ADMET)
Yanjun Chen, Mohamed Mehawed Abdellatif, Kotohiro Nomura
February 2018
Introduces the results for synthesis of end-functionalized polymers (EFP) by using olefin metathesis polymerization, including basic characteristics in ring-opening metathesis polymerization (ROMP) of cyclic olefins and acyclic diene metathesis (ADMET) polymerization for synthesis of conjugated polymers.

Composition design and medical application of liposomes
Mingyuan Li, Chunyang Du, Na Guo, Yuou Teng, Xin Meng, Hua Sun, Shuangshuang Li, Peng Yu, Hervé Galons
February 2019
European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
Summarizes the recent development on the design and optimization of liposomes, including Long-circulation liposomes, Specific active targeting liposomes, Environmental sensitive liposomes, Multifunctional liposomes, and their clinical applications.

A gel polymer electrolyte based on PVDF-HFP modified double polymer matrices via ultraviolet polymerization for lithium-sulfur batteries
Xiaojing Hao, Hongyan Wenren, Xiuli Wang, Xinhui Xia, Jiangping Tu
January 2020
Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
This paper describes a vital new type of battery cell separator based upon a gel polymer electrolyte, which has high ionic conductivity and numerous other properties leading to superior electrochemical performance.

New journals

Results in Chemistry cover

Results in Chemistry

This new open access journal offers authors the opportunity to publish in all fundamental and interdisciplinary areas of chemistry and related fields.

Find out more about Results in Chemistry

Current Research in Green & Sustainable Chemistry

As part of the CO+RE journal suite, this new primary research, gold open access journal publishes original papers and short communications on green and sustainable chemistry.

Find out more about Current Research in Green & Sustainable Chemistry


A brand new, peer-reviewed, gold open access journal publishing cutting edge organ(oid) and microfluidic device research.

Find out more about Organs-on-a-Chip

Sensors and Actuators reports

Sensors and Actuators Reports

A peer-reviewed open access journal launched as part of the Sensors and Actuators journal family, this journal is dedicated to publishing new and original works in the field of all types of sensors and actuators.

Find out more about Sensors and Actuators Reports

Clinical Spectroscopy cover

Clinical Spectroscopy

Focused on the translation of spectroscopy into the clinical environment to improve patient diagnosis and prognosis, this open access journal offers authors rigorous peer review, rapid decisions and high visibility.

Find out more about Clinical Spectroscopy

Case Studies in Chemical and Environmental Engineering

CSCEE is a new open access journal, which will create a bridge between fundamental research and full-scale applications. It will be used to share essential information, not only within the developed countries, but with the whole world with its open access nature: a truly vital conversation between academia and industry.

Find out more about Case Studies in Chemical and Environmental Engineering

Journal of Power Sources Advances

Journal of Power Sources Advances is a brand-new open access journal. The sister journal to Journal of Power Sources, this new journal will offer an expert-led open access option for researchers and technologists working on the science, technology and applications of advanced sources of electrochemical power.

Find out more about Journal of Power Sources Advances

Current Research in Chemical Biology

As part of the CO+RE journal suite, this new primary research, gold open access journal publishes research on all aspects of chemical biology and related areas.

Find out more about Current Research in Chemical Biology

Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology

JPAP focuses on results of fundamental studies covering all aspects of chemical phenomena induced by interactions between light and molecules/matter; as well as papers relating to investigations of the interaction of light with biological systems.

Find out more about Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology

Journal of Magnetic Resonance Open

Sharing the same mission as its parent journal, Journal of Magnetic Resonance, JMRO provides an open access option for articles covering Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy and Magnetic Resonance Imaging.

Find out more about Journal of Magnetic Resonance Open

A selection from our existing family of chemical sciences journals


Enjoy conference discounts of 30%* off list price + free shipping!

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See below some of the titles on display at our booth #1015 or download the full list of books here.

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