The section holds regular meetings about 8 times per academic year, September-November and January-May. There are also special events scheduled throughout the year such as celebrations around National Chemistry Week (incorporating Mole Day, October 23) and Chemists Celebrate Earth Week (incorporating Earth Day, April 22). Recurring meeting themes include: student poster session, high school teachers night and awards night. Family events typically take in local sports (LV Iron Pigs AAA baseball; LV Phantoms hockey) or sample local food/beverage emporia. Our summer picnic at Nockamixon State Park is another highlight of the year! 

Meetings Calendar

September 2022
September Section Meeting
Ben Franklin TechVentures
116 Research Drive,
Bethlehem, PA 18015
Thursday, September 15th, 5-9pm

Speaker: Jonathan Wilker, Purdue U.
“Bio-inspired polymeric adhesives”
Co-hosted by Mussel Polymers, Inc.
CONTACT: Nigel Sanders,

October 2022
October Section Meeting
Albright College
Thursday, October 6th

Speaker: Kathryn Riley, Swarthmore
"Analytical techniques for the characterization of nanomaterials"
CONTACT: Matt Sonntag,

National Chemistry Week
October 16-22

“Fabulous Fibers: The Chemistry of Fabrics”
Community Outreach Events being planned
How can YOU play a role this year?
November 2022
November Section Meeting
Penn State / Lehigh Valley
Thursday, November 17th
5:30 Social; 6:00 Dinner/Meeting
7:30 Career Exploration Event


A lecture by Lauren Zarzar of Penn State University entitled “Color from Colorless Materials.” Lauren is an assistant professor of chemistry and an affiliate of the Materials Research Institute. The Zarzar Lab studies stimuli-responsive materials, the behavior of active matter, and laser fabrication methods to synthesize and pattern both inorganic and organic materials. In this lecture, Lauren explained why interference (structural) color can arise from even microscale structures (~ 100 microns) by Total Internal Reflection, such as when water droplets of different sizes form by condensation on a clean, low energy surface.

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