Worcester Polytechnic Institute Professor Bruce Bursten Honored for Distinguished Service in Field of Inorganic Chemistry

WORCESTER, Mass. (PRWEB) January 15, 2020

Bruce Bursten, a chemistry and biochemistry professor at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), has been named by the American Chemical Society (ACS) to receive the 2020 ACS Award for Distinguished Service in the Advancement of Inorganic Chemistry.

The annual award recognizes individuals who have advanced inorganic chemistry by significant service and outstanding research. The award cites Bursten “for distinguished contributions to inorganic chemistry as an outstanding researcher in inorganic electronic structure and bonding, inspirational teacher and author, and forward-thinking leader.”

Bursten will receive the award in March at the ACS National Meeting in Philadelphia. The event will include a symposium in his honor.

“I am deeply humbled to receive this award from the American Chemical Society,” Bursten said. “To be selected to receive this award by peers within my discipline is a very special honor to me. I am grateful to my students and colleagues who have given me such a rich and satisfying career in chemistry.”

Bursten’s research centers on the correlation of theoretical and experimental electronic structural data with the bonding and reactivity patterns of metal-containing molecules. He is the author or co-author of more than 160 research papers, and he has presented more than 200 research seminars at universities other than WPI, national laboratories, and companies. He is also a co-author of one of the leading textbooks in college general chemistry, currently in its 14th edition.

Bursten is a former provost of WPI. He has served as chairman of the ACS Division of Inorganic Chemistry, as president of ACS, and as chairman of the chemistry division of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). His honors include a Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation Teacher-Scholar Award, an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellowship, the Spiers Medal and Prize from the Royal Society of Chemistry in the United Kingdom, and the Morley Medal of the Cleveland Section of the ACS. He has also received the Catalyst Award, a teaching honor, from the American Chemistry Council. He is a fellow of AAAS and ACS.

Bursten received a bachelor of science in chemistry, with honors, from the University of Chicago in 1974, and a PhD in chemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1978.

“We congratulate Dr. Bursten for his tremendous contribution to the field of inorganic chemistry,” said Jean King, Peterson Family Dean of Arts and Sciences at WPI. “We are very proud when our faculty are nationally recognized for their contributions, and grateful that the American Chemical Society saw fit to recognize our distinguished colleague.”

About Worcester Polytechnic Institute

WPI, the global leader in project-based learning, is a distinctive, top-tier technological university founded in 1865 on the principle that students learn most effectively by applying the theory learned in the classroom to the practice of solving real-world problems. Recognized by the National Academy of Engineering with the 2016 Bernard M. Gordon Prize for Innovation in Engineering and Technology Education, WPI’s pioneering project-based curriculum engages undergraduates in solving important scientific, technological, and societal problems throughout their education and at more than 50 project centers around the world. WPI offers more than 50 bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degree programs across 14 academic departments in science, engineering, technology, business, the social sciences, and the humanities and arts. Its faculty and students pursue groundbreaking research to meet ongoing challenges in health and biotechnology; robotics and the internet of things; advanced materials and manufacturing; cyber, data, and security systems; learning science; and more. http://www.wpi.edu


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zSpace and MEL Science Partner to Bring Chemistry Concepts to Life for Millions of Students through Augmented and Virtual Reality

MIAMI (PRWEB) January 15, 2020

Today at the Future of Education Technology Conference (FETC), zSpace Inc., Silicon Valley-based edtech provider, and MEL Science, London-based VR and hands-on learning science education specialists, announced a partnership to bring MEL Science’s curriculum-based chemistry courses to zSpace’s augmented and virtual (AR/VR) education platform.

This partnership delivers the MEL Chemistry application and lesson plans to millions of students around the world, expanding content available to zSpace users. As of today, 10 activities for middle school and 39 for high school are available through MEL Chemistry, including lessons and makerspace labs that provide open-ended creation opportunities and hands-on learning activities.

With MEL Chemistry on zSpace, students use AR and VR to experience being inside pure substances, mixtures, and even atoms. MEL Chemistry provides an engaging visualization and explanation of chemistry concepts – from atoms to molecules, including the periodic table, gas laws, and isomerism. This hands-on learning and technology bolstered approach to education enables students to unlock deeper levels of engagement and understanding of chemistry concepts.

“We are delighted to be partnering with zSpace to bring chemistry lessons to life for millions of students. At MEL Science, we are passionate about using the latest innovative technology to enrich education for young people, and embracing interactive VR is a great way for students to build an intuitive understanding,” said Vassili Philippov, CEO of MEL Science.

“What makes AR and VR learning experiences so effective is the ability for students to experiment and explore real scenarios that provide a path to future education and career opportunities,” said Paul Kellenberger, CEO of zSpace. “Our partnership with MEL Science delivers exciting lessons, simulations and experiments that will inspire future chemists and scientists.”

zSpace will be at FETC in Miami, January 15 – 17, 2020, demonstrating MEL Chemistry in booth 1002.

About MEL Science

MEL Science is a science education platform combining hands-on and interactive digital resources for home and school use. Its new VR Chemistry app is the virtual reality component of this, and takes invisible atomic and molecular level chemistry concepts and makes them visible, and in turn, understandable experiences at a human scale. Students can ‘fly’ inside various molecules, build their own in an atomic level makerspace and take quick quizzes to test understanding. Making abstract concepts intuitive is one of the highest value use cases for VR and MEL has developed an effective learning resource, proven to engage students and improve test scores. MEL is built on our belief that real learning is understanding fundamental processes, rather than cramming yourself with isolated pieces of knowledge.

About zSpace

zSpace® powers the global delivery of spatial content. A privately held, venture-backed company located in San Jose, California, it has more than 50 patents. zSpace has already disrupted the education market – more than a million students have benefited from learning with zSpace. Its technology also has applications in healthcare, entertainment, shopping, social media, gaming and more. zSpace was named “Cool Vendor” by Gartner, Inc., “Best in Show at ISTE” by Tech & Learning Magazine for three consecutive years and ranked two years in a row on the Inc. 500 list of fastest-growing companies. Visit http://www.zspace.com, or follow @zSpace on Twitter.

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ADM and P2 Science to Collaborate in Plant-Based Specialty Chemicals and Materials

WOODBRIDGE, Conn. and CHICAGO (PRWEB) January 14, 2020

ADM and P2 Science, Inc. (P2) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that intends to build on both companies’ expertise in the field of chemistry and renewable materials derived from plants. The MOU proposes the companies will work together in the development of commercial opportunities for plant-based monomers, polymers and ingredients for personal care and flavors & fragrances (F&F).

ADM has a leading global portfolio of plant-based feedstocks including carbohydrates, vegetable oils and terpenes. P2 has developed a suite of patented green chemistry process technologies that convert renewable feedstocks into high value specialty chemicals. P2 also has a growing portfolio of novel aroma chemicals and cosmetics ingredients. Under the terms of the MOU, the companies will bring these and other strengths together with the aim of developing business opportunities in the growing market for plant-based, renewable chemicals and materials. The initial program targets will include monomers for polyesters and polyamides and other chemical intermediates derived from vegetable oil feedstocks.

“We are very happy to be working with ADM in such an important area. ADM’s global presence in agricultural feedstocks is unparalleled. Their market reach and technology are second to none and we couldn’t think of a better partner to be working with in the emerging bioeconomy,” said Neil Burns, CEO of P2 Science.

“This exciting program with P2 adds to a growing pipeline of plant-based renewable chemicals at ADM,” said Paul Bloom, ADM vice president, Process and Chemical Research. “ADM values developing novel technology with innovative partners like P2. We are committed to growing our sustainable materials platform by combining agricultural feedstocks with world-class technology to provide renewable solutions to customers throughout the value chain. In 2018, ADM and DuPont opened the world’s first pilot production facility for bio-based FDME and earlier this year announced a joint development with LG Chem to produce biobased acrylic acid. In response to consumer demand for environmentally responsible products, many consumer packaged goods companies have committed to more sustainable packaging, including the use of plant-based materials.”

About ADM:

At ADM, we unlock the power of nature to provide access to nutrition worldwide. With industry-advancing innovations, a complete portfolio of ingredients and solutions to meet any taste, and a commitment to sustainability, we give customers an edge in solving the nutritional challenges of today and tomorrow. We’re a global leader in human and animal nutrition and the world’s premier agricultural origination and processing company. Our breadth, depth, insights, facilities and logistical expertise give us unparalleled capabilities to meet needs for food, beverages, health and wellness, and more. From the seed of the idea to the outcome of the solution, we enrich the quality of life the world over. Learn more at http://www.adm.com.

About P2 Science:

P2 Science is renewable chemistry company. The co-founders of P2, Professor Paul Anastas and Dr. Patrick Foley, worked together at the Yale Center for Green Chemistry and Green Engineering. P2 has developed and patented green chemistry technologies for converting renewable feedstocks into high-value specialty products. Investors in P2 include BASF Venture Capital, Xeraya Capital, Elm Street Ventures, Connecticut Innovations and Ironwood Capital. The company started up its first manufacturing plant in September of 2018 which produces commercial quantities of novel renewable aroma chemicals and cosmetics ingredients as well as pilot quantities of renewable polymer intermediates.

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