Fall Scientific Meeting

Congratulations on the four best posters’ winners:

  • Nicholas Banahene from Central Michigan University
  • Tianxiong (Tom) Ju from Case Western Reserve University
  • Molly Carmien from Central Michigan University
  • John Jalkanen and Benedicta Quainoo from Central Michigan University


Saturday, October 10th, 2020

Midland ACS cordially invite you to participate in this year’s Virtual Fall Scientific Meeting and explore our theme of Sticking with Chemistry!  Details of the virtual format will be updated on sites.google.com/view/midlandfsm

Keynote Speaker Highlight:

Dr. Nick Shephard, PhD
Research Fellow, Engineered Materials
Dow Performance Silicones – Product Development

Abstract: The advantages of adhesives over mechanical fasteners and how to avoid field failure by selecting ideal durability test methods.

The advantages of adhesives over mechanical fasteners is well known. Adhesives enable the fast and simple assembly of complex parts achieving lighter weight,better toughness,less vibration and noise and lower cost. However, choosing the right adhesive in combination with a compatible surface treatment can be a daunting task. A thorough knowledge of the design parameters for durability assessment is also needed to ensure the finished part will last. For these reasons, some designers continue to avoid adhesives when possible. This talk will outline the strategies for selecting a useful durability test method. Several examples will be reviewed along with examples of durability methods which failed to correlate to field failure.

More about the Keynote Speaker: Nick has a Ph. D. in Materials Engineering Science from Virginia Tech, specializing in adhesion science and durability assessment. For the past 30+ years, he has contributed to product development for construction sealants, medical adhesives, adhesives for electronics, and conductive adhesives. Designing and building specialized test equipment to demonstrate product efficacy is one of his passions. Nick continues to apply his knowledge of adhesion science for the development of adhesive materials in Dow Performance Silicones.

Invited speakers:

Prof. Michael Thouless, PhD
Professor, Mechanical Engineering; Professor, Material Science and Engineering
Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, Mechanical Engineering; Janine Johnson Weins Professor
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI.

Prof. Chen Zhan, PhD

Professor of Chemistry, Macromolecular Science and Engineering
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI.

Prof. Roozbeh Dargazany, PhD
Associate Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI.


Event Cost

This meeting is FREE!  To ensure name tags are available for all presenters and attendees, please use the Sign Up Genius page to register.  This will also ensure we have adequate accommodations for all attending.