CO Chapter ACS


On Jan. 12, 2016 the 2015 ACS Colorado Section Award Winner, Thomas J. Bruno, presented his award talk at the Bufferfly Pavillion in Westminster Colorado. The Section Award, started in 1967, is given to a Colorado chemist with an extensive and impactful career in chemistry. Dr. Bruno, a group leader in the Applied Chemicals and Materials Division of NIST, Boulder, holds 9 patents, has been recognized twice by Dept. of Commerce Medals, has published 250 research papers, and 7 books. His Handbook of Basic Tables for Chemical Analysis is the 5th bestselling book in analytical chemistry.

In addition to being internationally recognized for applying fundamental engineering principles to resolve realistic industrial challenges, Dr. Bruno proved to be an entertaining and engaging speaker. His talk, while centered on the vital vapor sampling improvements developed by his lab (PLOT-Cryoadsorption), also took the audience on a journey through the development of scientific arson investigative techniques – or the lack thereof. Dr. Bruno even showed off an artifact of clever thermodynamics discovered in Hitler’s Germany called a vortex tube.

You really should have been there. Dr. Bruno had us all enthralled. The Butterfly Pavillion had personnel on site to interpret the Wings of the Tropics Exhibit and bring out one of their popular mascots, Rosie, the tarantula, to charm anyone brave enough to get up close and personal. The catered buffet dinner was excellent. Please join us for one of the upcoming events listed below.

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Upcoming programs are

Feb. 22, “Pharmaceuticals in Drinking water”; Todd Wells (DU), Robert Topping (Industrial Chemist) and Chad Kinney (CSU-Pueblo); Sansone’s Bistro, 5969 S. University Blvd, Greenwood Village, CO 80121 (dinner and talk 6:30 PM and cash reception at 5:30 PM). For registration contact Lawrence Berliner ( or Debbie Crans (

March 5, “MenJ – a new virulence factor and drug target” (Dean Crick, Colorado State University); Note – Saturday Lunch meeting – Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum; 215 S. Tejon Street, Colorado Springs, CO 80903 ph 719.385.5653. For registration contact Sandra J Bonetti (

April 19, The 38th Annual Award Banquet honoring Colorado High School Chemistry Students and their teachers cosponsored with CCTA (Colorado Chemistry Teachers Association); “The Chemistry of Chocolate” Speaker Howard Peters; School of Mines, Friedhoff Hall, Golden, Colorado. For registration contact Connie Gabel ( and Debbie Crans (