Rock River Section


October Meeting and Newsletter

Posted by Joseph Ward on October 9, 2010 at 2:06 PM

October Meeting

Monday, October 18, 2010


“Distributed Generation of Algal Biofuel and Algal Based Bioproducts ”


by  Jun Yoshitani, P.E.

President, AlgaXperts LLC




Dinner and Talk:    6:00PM:  Sam’s Ristorante and Pizzeria, 6075E. Riverside (Riverside & Mulford)


Dinner Reservations to:   


Ms. Glenda Riggins at  (815) 226-4152 by Monday, October 18, 12:00pm.


Note:   Dinner will be $10 for ACS and Sigma Xi members and non-members; high-school teachers and students $5.  One does NOT have to be an ACS member to attend a lecture or dinner. While there is a small charge for dinner ($10), the lectures are free and open to the public.





About the Speaker


Mr. Yoshitani is president and co-founder of AlgaXperts LLC, a consulting and technology development firm based in Madison, Wisconsin. He is apracticing professional environmental and renewable energy engineer(biomass/biofuel). AlgaXperts’ focus is to integrate algal cultivation intoexisting wastewater treatment plants in order to provide treatment (for removalof nutrients) and to produce algal biomass that can be used as feedstock forgenerating renewable bioenergy (biomethane, biodiesel, ethanol) and otherbiobased products (fertilizer). He and his partners are developing unique algaecultivation technologies.


He will provide an overview of algal biofuel industry as it exists today, what the opportunities and challenges are, and the direction of this rapidly emerging, and perhaps,game changing industry.




Councilor news from the Boston ACS meeting


Chong Zheng attended the ACS Council Meeting as am AlternateCouncilor at the 240th ACS National Meeting in Boston on August 25, 2010.  The main agenda of the Council Meeting was tovote on whether to accept a voting method that does not require a signedballot, such as clicker voting.  The reason for the petition of this Bylaw change is that the old ballot votingprocess is very slow as several hundred signed ballots need to be collected andcounted, while new electronic voting mechanism is much more efficient.  Our section voted for the change, as do allother sections.  The vote was unanimousfor the change of Bylaw III, Sec. 4(d) to allow electronic voting method.


There was also a straw vote on whether to change theCouncilor Meeting from Wednesday to Tuesday. The majority of the Councilors voted to keep the meeting on Wednesday, the main reason being that they can attend more technical programs on Tuesday. The real vote may come in the next ACS National Meeting.


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