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Division/Committee: [SCHB] Division of Small Chemical Businesses

Earth is becoming hotter, people and places are more connected, and COVID remains a thorn in our side. Start-ups, small, and growing chemical businesses should be nimble and react quickly to changing external conditions, so as to maintain and increase market share. Aligned with U.N. Sustainable Development Goals: 4) Quality Education; 9) Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure; and 17 Partnerships for the Goals.

Tuesday
Introductory Remarks
02:00pm - 02:05pm USA / Canada - Central - August 23, 2022 | Location: Regency D (Hyatt Regency McCormick Place)
Division: [SCHB] Division of Small Chemical Businesses
Session Type: Oral - Hybrid

Tuesday
3757858 - Innovations in selective lignin upgrading to create profitable and sustainable chemical businesses
02:05pm - 02:25pm USA / Canada - Central - August 23, 2022 | Location: Regency D (Hyatt Regency McCormick Place)
Ian Klein, Presenter
Division: [SCHB] Division of Small Chemical Businesses
Session Type: Oral - Hybrid
With a renewed global focus on sustainable and biobased products, small chemical businesses are well positioned to move nimbly and drive innovation across market sectors. Spero Renewables seeks to create value by focusing on development of sustainable and biobased products within high value markets to drive early revenues and pave the way for future expansion to larger volume markets. Spero centers this strategy on a unique ability to selectively upgrade lignin. As the most abundant renewable carbon source on the planet, non-edible lignocellulosic biomass is an excellent feedstock for decarbonization of the chemical industry. However, utilization of non-food lignocellulosic biomass remains underdeveloped. Modern biorefineries have developed solutions to create renewable chemicals and fuels from the carbohydrate portion of lignocellulosic biomass. However, nature’s primary source of aromatic chemicals, lignin, remains a waste byproduct burned for its heat value. Lignin valorization can significantly improve the economics of biorefining by producing valuable phenolic products. Spero’s core lignin conversion technology can be selectively tuned and applied to a variety of biomass feedstocks to produce solutions to markets ranging from high value flavor molecules to monomers well suited for BPA replacement in thermoset plastics. Recent chemical insights and deployment of Spero’s lignin upgrading technologies will be discussed.
Tuesday
3755459 - Why DEIR matters to your small business and how to enjoy the process
02:25pm - 02:45pm USA / Canada - Central - August 23, 2022 | Location: Regency D (Hyatt Regency McCormick Place)
Dr David Cunningham, Presenter
Division: [SCHB] Division of Small Chemical Businesses
Session Type: Oral - Hybrid
Diversity Equity Inclusion and Respect (DEIR) practices can help promote your business, establish positive community relationships, encourage employee creativity, build trust with stakeholders, and make the workplace a great place to be. The key to DEIR practices is listening, emotional awareness, thought, and respectful honest response. A simple intuitive approach to DEIR for small businesses will be presented, modeled, and discussed
Tuesday
3743232 - Advance continuous manufacturing of pharmaceuticals for solving drug shortages
02:45pm - 03:05pm USA / Canada - Central - August 23, 2022 | Location: Regency D (Hyatt Regency McCormick Place)
Anita Mehta, Presenter
Division: [SCHB] Division of Small Chemical Businesses
Session Type: Oral - Hybrid
Covid-19 Pandemic has exposed the problems that exist in the manufacturing and distribution systems worldwide. International trade restrictions or other disruptions (as happened during Coronavirus pandemic), will necessitate domestic manufacturing of pharmaceuticals. Also, the development of chemical processes using environmentally friendly experimental protocols and solvents and using continuous manufacturing methods is of high importance to stay competitive in world markets and to decrease dependence on the import of pharmaceuticals from outside the country.

This talk will be focused on how drug manufacturing is done right now (batch manufacturing) and how it needs to change (continuous manufacturing). The talk will address the role of chemists to achieve self-sufficiency of the hospitals, local pharmacies to make and dispense as many medicines as possible.

Tuesday
3753484 - Adapting to the pandemic and new trends in the pipette maintenance business
03:05pm - 03:25pm USA / Canada - Central - August 23, 2022 | Location: Regency D (Hyatt Regency McCormick Place)
Nicolas Gerst, Presenter
Division: [SCHB] Division of Small Chemical Businesses
Session Type: Oral - Hybrid
Performing maintenance and calibration of pipettes and other equipment has been a challenge during the pandemic. Especially work that must be performed in the field. We’ve had to adapt our services in order to deal with supply shortages, such as pipette tips and other parts for repairs.
A lot of university laboratories have deferred their maintenance schedules and the pipettes need additional work to bring them back to accurate working condition. This puts pricing pressure on our customers and business.
We are looking at further fields of research and how it may affect pipette maintenance. For example, measuring PFAS (from environment, food, cosmetics, etc.) requires some special attention to avoid contamination during sample preparation. Pipetting samples could be a source of contamination. Some parts and lubricant in pipettes contain PFAS.

Tuesday
Intermission
03:25pm - 03:35pm USA / Canada - Central - August 23, 2022 | Location: Regency D (Hyatt Regency McCormick Place)
Division: [SCHB] Division of Small Chemical Businesses
Session Type: Oral - Hybrid

Tuesday
3724243 - Estolides technology for lubricant applications
03:35pm - 03:55pm USA / Canada - Central - August 23, 2022 | Location: Regency D (Hyatt Regency McCormick Place)
Mark Miller, Presenter
Division: [SCHB] Division of Small Chemical Businesses
Session Type: Oral - Hybrid
As an early stage company, Biosynthetic Technologies strives to deliver innovations for a sustainable future. As such, we offer Estolide technology that are bio-based, biodegradable yet deliver superior performance in lubricant applications. Initially the company started with a Passenger Car Motor Oil (PCMO) offering but over time, the company has evolved by reacting to the changing market conditions and global demand. In this session we’ll discuss our processes for course correction while maintaining our vision of delivering innovative solutions for a sustainable future. The current product line of sustainable base oils / estolides that are made from organic fatty acids found in various bio-derived oils has evolved and we will discuss our journey in to morphing into a successful, agile business with environmental protection at the helm.. In this session, we provide in depth information on estolide technology and why its benefits will change the lubricant landscape. The speaker will address topics such as hydrolytic stability, oxidative stability, seal compatibility and other performance characteristics and how they can benefit and enhance lubricant formulations.
Tuesday
3755623 - Science Trust Project OnDemand
03:55pm - 04:15pm USA / Canada - Central - August 23, 2022 | Location: Regency D (Hyatt Regency McCormick Place)
Division: [SCHB] Division of Small Chemical Businesses
Session Type: Oral - Hybrid
This talk presents Science Trust Project, an American Physical Society member-driven project beginning in April 2022 as a four-week pilot virtual workshop to promote more productive conversations around climate change and address misinformation. The Project workshop elements can be easily adapted to COVID misinformation and other conversations in the public forum. Misinformation surrounding the scientific process, scientific findings, and scientists have a negative effect on global security, public health, public discourse, and scientific funding. The goal of the Project is to empower participants with a community, tools, and concepts that can help them address scientific misinformation. Topics included: a logical fallacy categorization tool known as FLICC (Fake experts, Logical fallacies, Impossible expectations, Cherry picking, and Conspiracy theories), the fact-myth-fallacy-fact rebuttal format, an understanding of the importance of personal identity in decision making, and reflective listening, a tool for engaging in conversations. Workshop elements and future plans will be discussed.
Tuesday
3757927 - Understanding pro- and anti-vaccine information dynamics in social networks
04:15pm - 04:35pm USA / Canada - Central - August 23, 2022 | Location: Regency D (Hyatt Regency McCormick Place)
Dr. Cristian Huepe, Presenter
Division: [SCHB] Division of Small Chemical Businesses
Session Type: Oral - Hybrid
The Covid-19 pandemic continues to be a critical obstacle for businesses development in the current world. Overcoming it will require broad consensus on the benefits of vaccination and other public health measures. However, vaccine skepticism continues to hinder immunization efforts. Using social network data to understand the information dynamics between online communities could help address this problem.
We present a study of all vaccine-related conversations between Twitter users in Chile during a six-month period that includes most of Chile’s mass vaccination efforts. By training a machine learning model to classify tweets in a pro- to anti-vaccine spectrum, we characterized almost 60,000 accounts, distinguishing four communities (pro-vaccine, promoters, inhibitors, anti-vaccine) and analyzing their conversation networks.
We found that each community has a distinct behavior and interactions between its members and with others, where pro-vaccine accounts tend to communicate with likeminded ones, but anti-vaccine accounts mainly target pro-vaccine ones. Our results provide lessons for the use of social networks on the design of effective communication strategies to promote vaccination and manage public opinion on a variety of key social issues.

Tuesday
Discussion
04:35pm - 05:05pm USA / Canada - Central - August 23, 2022 | Location: Regency D (Hyatt Regency McCormick Place)
Division: [SCHB] Division of Small Chemical Businesses
Session Type: Oral - Hybrid