Colorado State University

11/16/2019 | News release | Distributed by Public on 11/16/2019 17:58

Two CSU chemistry professors to help celebrate 150 years of the Periodic Table

The Periodic Table of Chemical Elements, the fundamental organizing tool of all 118 known elements first published by Dmitri Mendeleev in 1869, had its 150th birthday earlier this year.

The historical milestone makes 2019 the International Year of the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements. In keeping with global events celebrating chemistry, chemical sciences and engineering, two CSU professors, Eugene Chen and Amy Prieto, will participate in a national roundtable in Washington, D.C. next week.

The event, taking place Nov. 20 at the National Academy of Sciences, includes among its nine speakers Professors Chen and Prieto, who are both distinguished members of the College of Natural Sciences' Department of Chemistry.

The daylong colloquium, open to both online and in-person guests, is hosted jointly by the American Chemical Society and the National Science Foundation. Speakers, ranging from representatives at academic institutions, Google, IBM and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, will highlight chemistry breakthroughs enabled by scientific understanding of the Periodic Table. Scientists will share their perspectives on the history of the Periodic Table; discoveries that have shaped society; and current trends in chemical research.