Spring ACS Meeting San Francisco, April 2017

07 Jan

The Spring ACS Meeting is coming, and it’s coming quickly. Every time the New Year starts I think I have a long time before I have to assemble posters and write talks for the ACS Meeting. When I worked at the RSC it was easier in some ways as NO ONE reviewed them, no one gave comments on them and there was no clearance process involved. Mostly I was writing the talks on the flight out to the ACS or, more commonly, was writing them the evening before or morning of the presentations. There have been days when I got up in the morning at 4am to write two talks on the day I presented. Quite exhausting but at least I got to show the latest and greatest capabilities.

As an employee at the EPA there are different expectations especially in regards to the clearance process where the presentations are reviewed and signed off, pushed through our internal repository and, post-presentation, released to the community via Science Inventory. Some, not all, of the presentations and papers I have been involved with since joining EPA, are here.

I will be going to the ACS meeting with a number of colleagues and chairing a session on Thursday, all day, with Chris Grulke for the Division of Environmental Chemistry. I will be presenting a number of posters and presentations as listed below. A number of my colleagues will also be presenting. Andrew McEachran, a recent postdoc with the center will be presenting on a lot of the work that has been done in terms of the use of the Chemistry Dashboard to facilitate structure identification. The recent publication “Identifying known unknowns using the US EPA’s CompTox Chemistry Dashboard” ( reported on a comparison of the dashboard versus ChemSpider. Since then we have rolled out a lot of new functionality to support structure identification and Andrew will report on that.

PAPER ID: 2624963
PAPER TITLE: Twenty five years in cheminformatics: A career path through a diverse series of roles and responsibilities

DIVISION: Division of Chemical Information
SESSION: Careers in Chemical Information
DAY & HALF DAY OF PRESENTATION: Sunday, April, 02, 2017 – AM

PAPER ID: 2616719
PAPER TITLE: Evaluating suspect screening and non-targeted analysis approaches using a collaborative research trial at the US EPA

DIVISION: Division of Analytical Chemistry
SESSION: Analytical Division Poster Session
DAY & HALF DAY OF PRESENTATION: Sunday, April, 02, 2017 – EVE

PAPER ID: 2624980
PAPER TITLE: EPA CompTox chemistry dashboard: An online resource for environmental chemists

DIVISION: Division of Chemical Health and Safety
SESSION: Information Flow in Environmental Health & Safety
DAY & HALF DAY OF PRESENTATION: Tuesday, April, 04, 2017 – PM
PAPER ID: 2624984
PAPER TITLE: Delivering an informational hub for data at the National Center for Computational Toxicology

DIVISION: Division of Environmental Chemistry
SESSION: Applications of Cheminformatics & Computational Chemistry in Environmental Health
DAY & HALF DAY OF PRESENTATION: Wednesday, April, 05, 2017 – EVE

Looking forward to seeing you at ACS!



About tony

Antony (Tony) J. Williams received his BSc in 1985 from the University of Liverpool (UK) and PhD in 1988 from the University of London (UK). His PhD research interests were in studying the effects of high pressure on molecular motions within lubricant related systems using Nuclear Magnetic Resonance. He moved to Ottawa, Canada to work for the National Research Council performing fundamental research on the electron paramagnetic resonance of radicals trapped in single crystals. Following his postdoctoral position he became the NMR Facility Manager for Ottawa University. Tony joined the Eastman Kodak Company in Rochester, New York as their NMR Technology Leader. He led the laboratory to develop quality control across multiple spectroscopy labs and helped establish walk-up laboratories providing NMR, LC-MS and other forms of spectroscopy to hundreds of chemists across multiple sites. This included the delivery of spectroscopic data to the desktop, automated processing and his initial interests in computer-assisted structure elucidation (CASE) systems. He also worked with a team to develop the worlds’ first web-based LIMS system, WIMS, capable of allowing chemical structure searching and spectral display. With his developing cheminformatic skills and passion for data management he left corporate America to join a small start-up company working out of Toronto, Canada. He joined ACD/Labs as their NMR Product Manager and various roles, including Chief Science Officer, during his 10 years with the company. His responsibilities included managing over 50 products at one time prior to developing a product management team, managing sales, marketing, technical support and technical services. ACD/Labs was one of Canada’s Fast 50 Tech Companies, and Forbes Fast 500 companies in 2001. His primary passions during his tenure with ACD/Labs was the continued adoption of web-based technologies and developing automated structure verification and elucidation platforms. While at ACD/Labs he suggested the possibility of developing a public resource for chemists attempting to integrate internet available chemical data. He finally pursued this vision with some close friends as a hobby project in the evenings and the result was the ChemSpider database ( Even while running out of a basement on hand built servers the website developed a large community following that eventually culminated in the acquisition of the website by the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) based in Cambridge, United Kingdom. Tony joined the organization, together with some of the other ChemSpider team, and became their Vice President of Strategic Development. At RSC he continued to develop cheminformatics tools, specifically ChemSpider, and was the technical lead for the chemistry aspects of the Open PHACTS project (, a project focused on the delivery of open data, open source and open systems to support the pharmaceutical sciences. He was also the technical lead for the UK National Chemical Database Service ( and the RSC lead for the PharmaSea project ( attempting to identify novel natural products from the ocean. He left RSC in 2015 to become a Computational Chemist in the National Center of Computational Toxicology at the Environmental Protection Agency where he is bringing his skills to bear working with a team on the delivery of a new software architecture for the management and delivery of data, algorithms and visualization tools. The “Chemistry Dashboard” was released on April 1st, no fooling, at, and provides access to over 700,000 chemicals, experimental and predicted properties and a developing link network to support the environmental sciences. Tony remains passionate about computer-assisted structure elucidation and verification approaches and continues to publish in this area. He is also passionate about teaching scientists to benefit from the developing array of social networking tools for scientists and is known as the ChemConnector on the networks. Over the years he has had adjunct roles at a number of institutions and presently enjoys working with scientists at both UNC Chapel Hill and NC State University. He is widely published with over 200 papers and book chapters and was the recipient of the Jim Gray Award for eScience in 2012. In 2016 he was awarded the North Carolina ACS Distinguished Speaker Award.

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