Joseph Priestley Society Lectures and Networking Receptions
Portrait of Joseph Priestley, attributed to Ozias Humphrey (British, 1742–1810). The Chemists’ Club Collection, CHF Collections. Photo by Will Brown.
The Joseph Priestley Society (JPS) promotes a deeper understanding of science, technology, and industry, with an emphasis on innovation and entrepreneurship. Speakers are leaders from a wide variety of large and small chemical companies and the financial, consulting, and academic communities.
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Upcoming JPS events
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Mike Lacey, CEO, Solvay North America
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Mark Vergnano, CEO, Chemours
- November 10, 2016 | Register now
Alan Hatton, Ralph Landau Professor and Director, David H. Koch School of Chemical Engineering Practice, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
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Audio and video recordings of selected past talks, along with full program information, can be found on the pages listed below.
June 16, 2016
The contributions of David S. Alcorn to the Chemical Heritage Foundation and to the Joseph Priestley Society were acknowledged during this special luncheon.
April 14, 2016
Harry Swan, managing director of Thomas Swan & Company, Ltd., and great-grandson of the founder, told the story of his family’s company that has survived predominantly by focusing on innovation and being prepared to take risks on new technology.
March 10, 2016
David DeVore, president, Functional Products Inc., shared his experiences creating a specialty lubricant additive company focusing on polymers.
February 11, 2016
Roger Nielsen, president, Abbey Color, explained how to identify and capitalize on opportunities to expand into market segments that rely on dyestuffs.
January 21, 2016
A moderated panel of experts discussed how the drug development process has benefited as the field has moved from mostly small-molecule chemicals to a range of biologics.
November 12, 2015
Venkatachalam “Ram” Ramaswamy discussed his work improving our understanding of atmospheric chemistry and the roles of natural and human-influenced factors driving climate change.
October 15, 2015
Henry Dubina, president, Mettler-Toledo AutoChem, Inc., revealed how his company characterizes chemical processes quickly through full analysis of thermodynamics, kinetics, and particle behavior in the lab under plantlike conditions.
September 10, 2015
CHF fellow Benjamin Gross traced RCA’s interest in creating a flat-panel television to the production of the world’s first blue LED.
April 9, 2015
CHF fellow Nadia Berenstein examined how chemical additives designed to imitate, enhance, and improve flavor made their way into the U.S. food supply.
March 12, 2015
Villanova University’s Jeffrey A. Johnson discussed the relationship between chemical production and war production, a phenomenon known as the “dual-use dilemma.”
February 12, 2015
Steven M. Pozzi of Brenntag North America disclosed how his company differentiates itself from other chemical distributors.
January 8, 2015
Ed Richman revealed the unique business model that enables his company, Richman Chemical, to make custom chemical manufacturing cost-effective.
November 13, 2014
A panel of experienced researchers and administrators discussed creative ways to sustain research in the face of shrinking budgets.
October 16, 2014
Steven V. Abramson, president and CEO of Universal Display Corporation, discussed his company's role in the organic light-emitting device revolution.
September 11, 2014
Fernando Musa, CEO, Braskem America, discussed important trends in the petrochemical and plastics industry.
May 8, 2014
K'Lynne Johnson, CEO and president, Elevance Renewable Sciences.
April 10, 2014
Moderated by Lawrence D. Sloan, president and CEO, Society of Chemical Manufacturers and Affiliates (SOCMA).
March 13, 2014
Miles P. Drake, senior vice president, research and development, and chief technology officer, Weyerhaeuser Company (retired).
January 9, 2014
Chris Pappas, president and CEO, Styron.
November 14, 2013
John Felmy, chief economist, American Petroleum Institute.
October 17, 2013
Andrew Place, president and interim executive director, Center for Sustainable Shale Development.
September 12, 2013
A. N. Sreeram, corporate vice president of research and development, The Dow Chemical Company.
May 9, 2013
Karen I. Winey, Professor, Materials Science and Engineering and Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, and Director, Nanotechnology and Energy Commercialization Institutes, University of Pennsylvania.
March 14, 2013
Pierre Brondeau, president, CEO, and chairman of the board, FMC Corporation.
February 14, 2013
Robert L. Stoll, partner, Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP Intellectual Property Practice Group, and former commissioner for patents, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
January 10, 2013
T. Kevin Swift, chief economist and managing director, American Chemistry Council.
November 15, 2012
Michael F. Barry, chairman, CEO, and president, Quaker Chemical Corporation.
October 16, 2012
Douglas Muzyka, senior vice president and chief science and technology officer of DuPont.
September 20, 2012
Brent H. Shanks, the Mike and Jean Steffenson Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering at Iowa State University and director of the National Science Foundation Engineering Research Center for Biorenewable Chemicals (CBiRC).
May 10, 2012
Steven Deutsch, business development manager, Rhodia Rare Earth Systems
March 8, 2012
J. Erik Fyrwald, president, Ecolab Inc.
February 9, 2012
Craig A. Rogerson, Chairman, President, and CEO, Chemtura Corporation.
January 12, 2012
Rajiv L. Gupta, executive chairman, Avantor Performance Materials, and senior advisor, New Mountain Capital; formerly chairman and CEO, Rohm and Haas Company.
November 10, 2011
R. P. “Skip” Volante, former vice president and global leader, Process Chemistry, Merck Research Laboratories.
October 20, 2011
Judith Giordan, partner, ecosVC, and senior adviser, National Collegiate Inventors and Innovator Alliance.
September 15, 2011
Keith A. Pauley, president and CEO, Mid-Atlantic Technology, Research and Innovation Center (MATRIC).
May 12, 2011
Paul T. Bowen, water technology director, environmental and water resources, The Coca-Cola Company.
March 10, 2011
Jerome A. Peribere, executive vice president of The Dow Chemical Company, president and CEO of Dow Advanced Materials.
February 10, 2011
Paul T. Anastas, assistant administrator for the Office of Research and Development (ORD) and science adviser, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
January 13, 2011
Michael H. Ott, President, CEO, and Owner, Polysciences, Inc.
November 11, 2010
Co-hosted by the Chemical Consultants Network
Ryan Dirkx, vice president of research and development at Arkema, Inc.
October 10, 2010
John J. Baldwin, cofounder and board member of Hua Medicine.
September 16, 2010
Magid Abou-Gharbia, associate dean for research, professor of medicinal chemistry, and director of the Moulder Center for Drug Discovery Research (MCDDR), Temple University School of Pharmacy
May 13, 2010
Patrick T. Moseley, President, Advanced Lead-Acid Battery Consortium
March 11, 2010
Eastern Technology Council’s Enterprise Award Winners
February 11, 2010
Stephen S. Tang, President and CEO, University City Science Center
January 14, 2010
Ellen J. Kullman, CEO, DuPont