Now that my abstract for a talk at the upcoming ACS meeting in Denver has been accepted, the reality of it has sunk in. I still have lots of data to collect and sense to be made out of it.

I resolved a few years ago that I wouldn’t go to an ACS meeting again unless I had something to present. It is very depressing to go to one of these extravaganzas and not be able to participate. One of the down sides of generating proprietary information is that you rarely get to present it at meetings to the scientific community. A negative side effect is that it appears to students and our academic colleagues that nothing much is being done in industry if the lion’s share of results are being presented by the university research establishment.