Conference Program

2017 Welch Conference on Chemical Research
"advances in synthetic and biological Chemistry"

Hilton Houston North Hotel, Houston, Texas
October 23-24, 2017

Peter B. Dervan
Program Chair

The 2017 Welch Conference on Chemical Research will provide advances in chemistry with applications in biology, medicine and materials.  The goal of synthetic chemistry is the discovery or invention of new properties.  The late Nelson Leonard described this as “syntheses with a purpose.”

In a session on chemical biology, renowned scientists will describe small molecules that control stem cell self-renewal and differentiation, the use of alpha/beta peptide unnatural oligomers in biology, base editing technology that enables programmable correction of point mutations in human genomes, redox chemistry at a distance mediated by DNA through long range signaling and coordination of DNA repair, synthesis of increasingly complex architectures for medicine, and new approaches to glycosylation-targeted cancer therapy.

In a session on new materials, pathfinding researchers will spotlight the evolution of enzymes that catalyze reactions not known in living systems, invent nanoscale materials at the interface between the physical and life sciences, reimagine 3D manufacturing based on continuous liquid interface production technology, innovate selective chemistry on colloidal nanoscale objects, assemble nanosheets for catalytically active late-transition metal nanoparticles, and apply quantum dots to bioimaging and energy harvesting.  In addition to the 12 all-star Speakers, 4 distinquished scientists will act as Session Leaders and guide discussion after the talks.


Monday, October 23, 2017
Session I + II

Tuesday, October 24, 2017
Session III + IV