Detroit Section



Patricia B. Coleman



David M. Coleman






About our Section:

The Detroit Section works closely with the ANACHEM organization to run several events annually including the ANACHEM/SAS symposium. The majority of our events occur in the fall, winter, and spring.


December, 2017: ANACHEM Holiday Party

Description: Local SAS members are invited to register for the annual ANACHEM Holiday Party which will be held on Wednesday December 6th.  Join ANACHEM and local ACS sections members at the Detroit Yacht Club starting at 6:00pm with drinks in the Grille Bar followed by Dinner at 7:00pm in the Trophy Room.   Please check back for registration costs, menu options, and further details.  Note: Traditionally everyone dresses up for this holiday event, black tie optional.  The following dress code applies for the venue - denim is not permitted and jackets are required for men. 


Recent Past Events:

November, 2018: ANACHEM / SAS Symposium

Symposium Description: Detroit section of the SAS for co-sponsoring the ANCHEM / Detroit SAS annual symposium again this year. Over 180 participants benefited from the presentation of original research papers, a full-day workshop, and the instrumentation exhibit. In particular I want to thank Detroit SAS for sponsoring the two awards for the best student posters. This year the undergraduate-student poster award was given to Katlin Lambert at the University of Detroit Mercy. The graduate-student poster award was given to Bailey McCarthy Riley at Wayne State University.

November 2nd, 2017: ANACHEM / SAS Symposium

Symposium Description: The 2017 ANACHEM / SAS Symposium was held on Thursday, November 2nd, 2017 at Burton Manor ( in Livonia, MI. A plenary lecture was given by Dr. Paul S. Cremer, the 2016 recipient of the ANACHEM Award. This year’s symposium included three oral sessions devoted to research at the academic institutions in our region. Additionally, two oral sessions for “industrial research” featured in the symposium.  An instrument exhibit, a poster session, and two educational workshops rounded out the symposium.


Detroit SAS sponsored two student poster prizes at this year's symposium.  The award included a cash component and a 1-year on student membership in SAS (with online access to Applied Spectroscopy). The undergraduate award was presented to Sahil Rafai (Principal Investigator: Dr. Mary Rodgers at Wayne State University).  The graduate student award was presented to Elahe Honarvar (Principal Investigator: Dr. Andre Ventner at Western Michigan University).


October 25th, 2017: Karen A. Esmonde-White — Tour and a Talk at Kaiser Optical Systems


As a process analytical technology, Raman spectroscopy is a powerful tool that provides real-time in situ measurements that inform on the process chemistry. Representative sampling of the process is an important aspect of ensuring a robust method, as incomplete sampling or sub-sampling may not adequately capture variations in the process. Solids and turbid media exhibit optical scattering, which affects the sampling volume of an optical probe and recovery of Raman-scattered photons. New approaches in sampling for Raman spectroscopy provide representative sampling in solids and turbid media and enable in-process corrections. Backscattered Raman, wide-area (or large volumetric) Raman, and enhanced reflection Raman are compatible with in-process measurements. Transmission Raman is a powerful off-line tool for measuring chemical heterogeneity within a solid or turbid sample. In a representative example we discuss how a hybrid approach using backscattered Raman and wide area Raman can provide multi-scale measurements in-process in order to improve understanding of a heterogeneous polymerization reaction. Similar examples in pharmaceutical and bioprocessing will illustrate Raman’s capability for providing robust measurements in process.