Trenton ACS Local Section


The Alembic: December 2016

Posted by Crowe, Matthew on January 18, 2017 at 9:30 AM


December 2016


Trenton ACS Elections Are This Month!

Check out the ballot below


Trenton ACS Election 2016

In an effort to highlight our leadership board, we have asked all candidates for the 2016 Trenton ACS election to submit a biographical sketch for their election.

Teller Committee: Abby O’Connor, Joseph Baker and Thom Caggiano

Voting will occur from December 8 to December 20, 2016

Positions for the election are chair elect, treasurer, secretary, and councilor.

Candidate Chair Elect 2017, who will be Chair in 2018 and Past Chair in 2019

Dr. Matthew Crowe

Statement from Dr. Crowe: Matthew (Matt) Crowe earned a B.S. in Chemistry from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2000) and a Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry from the University of Texas at Austin (2005). Matt worked as a Physical Chemistry Post-Doctoral Research Associate at the University of Washington in Seattle (2008-2010), and was the Director of the Mass Spectrometry Facility for UNC-Chapel Hill’s Chemistry Department (2005-2008). Following his Post-Doc, Matt worked as a Senior Chemist and then Associate Research Scientist in Core R&D, Analytical Sciences at The Dow Chemical Company (2010-2016). In June of 2016, Matt started work as Senior Associate in the Analytical Science group at Ingredion Incorporated, where he is currently employed. Over the course of his career, Matt has published 16 peer reviewed articles and 1 book chapter.

Matt has been a member of several scientific societies, including the American Chemical Society (ACS), the American Society for Mass Spectrometry (ASMS), and the American Vacuum Society (AVS). Matt has given research talks at the national meetings of all three of these organizations, and has organized and chaired symposia for ASMS and the ACS, covering topics from undergraduate education in analytical chemistry to industrial analytical chemistry. He has served as a manuscript reviewer for Langmuir (2007), on the ASMS program review committee (2007 & 2008, and as a career panelist for the Center for Enabling New Technologies Through Catalysis (CENTC) (2009-2010). Matt has also participated in a program that brings students from the National Technical Institute of the Deaf (NTID) to work as summer interns at Dow Chemical.

Matt has been a member of the Trenton ACS (TrACS) board of directors since 2012, serving as a Director (2012), Chair-Elect (2013), Chair (2014), Alternate Councilor (2014), and Councilor (2015-Present). In his time on the TrACS board, Matt has organized and participated in a large number of events, including hosting a live webinar “The Chemistry of Motorcycles and Cars”, in collaboration with the National ACS. Matt is an associate member of the Committee on Chemical Safety (CCS) of the ACS.

Candidate Statement: I am very excited at the prospect of serving as Chair-Elect and then Chair of the Trenton ACS. I have been heavily involved with the local section for the past five years, and believe I can lead our section effectively at the local level as well as represent the Trenton ACS well at the National level. During my time as Chair-Elect and Chair, I plan to continue our section’s strong support of local high school teachers and students through scholarships and outreach events. I also plan to focus on broadening chemistry students’ understanding of career paths accessible with a chemistry degree through partnering with local industry and academics. Lastly, I plan to make safety a top priority, and empower chemists to work safely through my work with local chemists and the ACS Committee on Chemical Safety. 


Candidate for Treasurer for 2017

Dr. Danielle Jacobs

Statement from Dr. Jacobs: Danielle (Dee) Jacobs holds a B.S. in Chemistry (2002) from Haverford College, and Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2008). After spending Spring & Summer 2008 as an AAAS Science & Engineering Mass Media Fellow on the Northern Colorado Front Range, Dee joined the faculty at Rider University just outside of Trenton, NJ. Throughout her brief time at Rider, Dee has served as the Director of Rider's established and award-winning ACS Project SEED Program, and has dedicated most of her curricular and extracurricular efforts to the (1) promotion of undergraduate research scholarship, significantly that of underrepresented populations, and (2) enhancement of written and oral communication skills for science majors. Dee has been a member of the American Chemical Society since 2002, a Director for the Trenton Section of the ACS from 2009-2011, and the Assistant Treasurer for the Local Section since 2012. She was directly responsible for the award and execution of two ACS Innovative Projects Grants for the Local Section (2009 and 2011), both of which funded a series of chemistry career cafes, wherein local chemists from a variety of careers networked with high school, college, and graduate students in the Mercer and Bucks county areas.


Candidate for Secretary for 2017

Dr. Danielle Guarracino

Statement from Dr. Guarracino: Dr. Danielle Guarracino received her B.A. in Chemistry and Biological Sciences with a concentration in Biochemistry in 2002 from Cornell University. She then pursued graduate studies at Yale University where she received an M.S. in 2004 and a Ph.D. in Bioorganic Chemistry in 2008 under the tutelage of Professor Alanna Schepartz. From there, Dr. Guarracino performed post-doctoral research and teaching with Professor Paramjit Arora at New York University from 2008-2010. From 2010 to the present, Dr. Guarracino has been at The College of New Jersey, where she currently is an Associate Professor. She has taught undergraduate classes in General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Biochemistry, and advanced topics in Chemical Biology. Her research focuses on using macrocyclic peptides as first generation therapeutics to probe protein-protein interactions, as well as studying the effects of amino acid sequence on helical structure in short peptides and synthetic folded oligomers.

Candidate Statement: I am excited to run for Secretary, as being on the board of directors for the Trenton ACS has provided me many opportunities to contribute service to the field. In the past several years I have served as the editor of the Alembic newsletter and have maintained the TrACS listserve (I’m behind the emails you receive and event information you want proliferated!). As Secretary, my skilled record keeping and note-taking could help contribute to the success of our local section. In the past, my affiliation with TrACS has allowed my participation in local events and interaction with students from the elementary to the high school level and I would like to continue to have such opportunities to bring chemistry to the general public, influence student scholarship and outreach and promote local programs involving chemistry and the population at large. As Secretary I can continue my role in communication of our events and programs and promote an organized, clear means of communicating our vision.


Candidate for Councilor for 2017

Dr. Benny Chan

Statement from Dr. Chan: Benny Chan received a B.A. in Chemistry from Franklin and Marshall College and a Ph.D. in Chemistry from The Pennsylvania State University in the area of fuel cell electrocatalytic materials. He then did a post doctoral fellowship at Colorado State University and Los Alamos National Laboratories in the are of nuclear chemistry synthesis. He is currently an Associate Professor of Chemistry at The College of New Jersey with an active research program in chalcogenide solid state materials, coordination chemistry, organometallics, and student success and diversity pedagogy. He has been very active with the American Chemical Society serving as local section chair, national councilor, member of the Committee on Minority Affairs, and the LGBT activist groups. He has conducted national LGBTQ+ safe zone training sessions with a focus on trans awareness and education. Outside of work, his interests include motorcycles, video games, beach time, traveling, and his dog Moo.

He has been active in the Trenton Local Section as Chair (twice), Councilor, Director, and Chair of the Scholarship Committee.

Candidate Statement: I am very excited to continue being a Councilor for the Trenton Local Section. We have done a tremendous amount of social and technical programming at the National Meeting to represent the Trenton Section through the Division of Professional Relations. In addition, my service on the Committee on Minority Affairs has been extremely fulfilling as we dive into issues of race and ethnicity in the Society. I will continue my volunteer work on the committees as a representation of the Trenton section.


Ballot Information

Our local section election will be conducted online, as consistent with our section bylaws.

We are looking for new members to serve on our board of directors. If you are interested in becoming more involved please contact us (, Abby O’Connor, chair-elect)

Copy and paste the URL below into an internet browser to access the ballot:


Local Seminars

Nearby ACS sections include The Princeton Section, The North Jersey Section, and The Philadelphia Section. All have diverse and interesting monthly speakers. Their speaker schedules and home pages are located online at the following sites:

Princeton Section of the ACS

Princeton ACS Seminars

Philadelphia Section of the ACS

Philadelphia ACS Meetings and Events

North Jersey Section of the ACS


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