Crano Memorial Lecture

The Crano Memorial Lecture Series

The lecture series honors John C. Crano, a former Chair of the Akron Section and an active ACS member.   John was employed by PPG Industries from 1961 to 1998, contributed much to resins for ophthalmic lenses, and was instrumental in the effort to develop a commercially viable plastic photochromic lens which was marketed as Transitions®.  John received a B.S. degree in Chemistry in 1957 from Notre Dame, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Case Western Reserve University in 1959 and 1962, respectively.  John published in many journals, edited books on photochromism,  organized conferences, and held eighteen U.S Patents.  John is remembered as an excellent scientist, a skilled and organized leader, and a mentor.  After John's passing, the Crano Memorial Lecture Series was established to celebrate and honor John's accomplishments and contributions to science and the ACS.  The Crano Memorial Lecture Series is made possible thanks to an endowment from PPG Industries and Transitions Optical Inc. as well as generous contributions from many individuals.

Photo from Organic Photochromic and Thermochromic Compounds, Vol 2.

Tributes to John Crano can be found in the following publications:

Organic Photochromic and Thermochromic Compounds, Vol. 2.  Topics in Applied Chemistry, John C. Crano and Robert J. Guglielmetti, Eds.  1999.  Kluwer Academic/Plenum Pubishers, NY.  ISBN 0-306-45883.

Barry Van Gemert (2000).  The Commercialization of Plastic Photochromic Lenses:  A Tribute to John Crano.  Molecular Crystals and Liquid Crystals Science and Technology.  Section A.  Molecular Crystals and Liquid Crystals, 344:1, 57-62, DOI:  10.1080/10587250008023814.

Distinguished Lecturers

Nominations for Lecturers are requested and reviewed by members of the Executive Officers of the Akron Section.  Lecturers are requested to give a research oriented lecture at The University of Akron in the afternoon, and a more general interest talk at an evening meeting. 


Bruce A. Armitage, Professor of Chemistry and Co-Director, Center for Nucleic Acids Science and Technology, Carnegie Mellon University,


Thaliyil (T.V.) Rajanbabu, Professor of Chemistry, The Ohio State University


Kenneth S. Suslick is the Marvin T. Schmidt Research Professor of Chemistry, Professor of Materials Science & Engineering, and Professor of the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science & Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign.


Ivan J. Dmochowski,  Professor of Chemistry, The University of Pennsylvania.


Todd D. Kraus, Professor Chemistry, Professor of Optics, The University of Rochester.


Sunil Saxena, Professor of Chemistry, The University of Pittsburgh.


Mahdi Muhammad Abu-Omar, The Duncan and Suzanne Mellichamp Professor of Green Chemistry in the Departments of Chemistry & Biochemistry and Chemical Engineering at University of California, Santa Barbara.


Melanie S. Sanford, Moses Gomberg Collegiate Professor of Chemistry and Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Chemistry, The University of Michigan.


Anne B. McCoy, Professor of Chemistry, The University of Wisconsin.


Bartosz A. Grzybowski, Associate Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering,  Northwestern University.


Matthew Platz, Professor of Chemistry, The Ohio State University.


Tobin Marks, The Vladimir N. Ipatieff Professor of Catalytic Chemistry and Professor of Material Science and Engineering, Department of Chemistry, Northwestern University.


Robert G. Bergman, Professor of Chemistry, University of California at Berkeley.


Thomas B. Rauchfuss, Larry Faulkner Research Professor of Chemistry, The University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana.


Paul von Ragué Schleyer, Graham Perdue Professor of Chemistry at The University of Georgia.


Kendall N. Houk,  The Saul Winstein Chair in Organic Chemistry at the University of California, Los Angeles.


Peter Wipf, Distinguished University Professor of Chemistry at the University of Pittsburgh.


Douglas C. Neckers, Professor of Chemistry, The Bowling Green State University.


Nicholas J. Turro, The William P. Schweitzer Professor of Chemistry at Columbia University.


Anthony M. Trozzolo, The Charles L. Huisking Professor of Chemistry at the University of Notre Dame.


Robert Grubbs,  The Victor and Elizabeth Atkins Professor of Chemistry at the California Institute of Technology.

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