Division of Fluorine Chemistry

A Division of the American Chemical Society

22nd Winter Fluorine Conference

 January 11-16, 2015

TradeWinds Island Grand Beach Resort

St. Pete Beach, FL

Dr. Robert G. Syvret, Robert.syvret@arkema.com

Prof. David A. Dixon, dadixon@ua.edu

Conference Co-Chairs


Technical Program

The Technical program for the 22nd Winter Fluorine Conference is available for download as a pdf file at this link.

General Information

The 22nd Biennial Winter Fluorine Conference, sponsored by the ACS Division of Fluorine Chemistry, will be held at the TradeWinds Island Grand Resort, in St. Pete Beach, FL, on January 11–16, 2015.


The conference will feature invited plenary and oral presentations as well as contributed papers and posters by fluorine chemists. This conference provides a forum to discuss progress in modern Fluorine Chemistry including new developments in Organic, Inorganic, Physical, and Medicinal and Biological Chemistry.


Registration is now open and closes on Friday, December 26, 2014.  Registration for members, nonmembers, students and press will include access to the opening reception on Sunday; the technical sessions; breakfast, exhibit and poster session; and the banquet reception and dinner on Thursday evening.  Guest registration options are also available to all attendee spouses.  Guest may register as a guest with all event tickets or as a guest with no tickets and purchase individuals tickets to the event(s) they wish to attend.  Attendees are encouraged to register in advance as onsite fees will be slightly higher. 

On-Site Registration hours

  • Sunday, January 11 - 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
  • Monday, January 12 – 7:00 AM – 5:30 PM
  • Tuesday, January 13 - 7:00 AM – 5:30 PM
  • Wednesday, January 14 - 7:00 AM – 10:30 AM
  • Thursday, January 15 - 7:00 AM – 5:30 PM
  •  Friday, January 16 - 7:30 AM – 10:00 AM

Participants can register in one of several ways:

Via Internet: https://www.xpressreg.net/eReg/?ShowCode=WFCR015

Print the registration form, then fax or mail the completed form

Fax:  (614) 447-3671

Mail: ACS Member Services

P.O. Box 3337

Columbus, OH  43210-3337

If you have questions regarding your faxed or mailed in registration, please contact ACS Member Services at (800) 333-9511 or (614) 447-3776.


Registration Fees:


Registration Categories

Advance Registration

Onsite Registration

ACS/Fluorine Member















Guest w/all event tickets



Guest w/no tickets (Must purchase individual ticket(s)*



Welcome Reception & Poster Session



Breakfast, Expo, & Poster Session



Awards Reception & Banquet



Cancellation Policy

Cancellation of registration must be made in writing by Monday, December 15, 2014 in order to receive a full refund less a $25 cancellation processing fee.  Cancellations should be sent by fax to (614) 447-3671.  Cancellations received after December 15, 2014 will not be honored.


Housing is now open and will close on Sunday, December 14, 2014.  A block of rooms have been reserved at the TradeWinds Island Grand Beach Resort in St. Petersburg Beach, FL at a discounted rate of $139.00 single/double occupancy (not including room and occupancy tax). 


Participants are encouraged to make their hotel accommodations at the TradeWinds Island Grand Beach Resort in order to assist the conference with meeting its contractual obligation with the hotel.  On behalf of the ACS Division of Fluorine Chemistry, we appreciate your support!

Amenities included in the room rate include:

  • Self-parking for one car per guestroom*
  •  Use of Fitness Center and Tennis Courts
  • Daily coffee/local newspaper
  • In-room safes
  • Wireless internet access in guest rooms and common areas
  • Local, credit card, operator assisted access calls, and toll free calls
  • Domestic in/out faxes
  • Business Center use/Internet use
  • Beach cabana (1 per room), miniature golf, and paddleboats

*For bus arrival groups, parking arrangements must be made in advance.  Due to limited parking facilities, no oversized vehicles, trailers or RV’s are permitted to park on property without prior arrangements. 

Parking for non-overnight drive-in guests will be subject to availability and will be charged a $15 parking rate per day.  Valet parking is also available for an additional $8.00 per day and subject to availability for non-overnight availability.


Reservations can be made either by phone or the internet

Phone number: 800-360-4016

Internet: Follow the instructions at the TradeWinds Resort Website special page for the 22nd WFC:  http://www.tradewindsresort.com/acs.aspx


Each guest will receive a confirmation of their reservation provided that they supply the hotel with their email address when making online reservations. Review this document carefully for accuracy.  Each confirmation contains a unique number that is proof of your reservation at the TradeWinds Island Grand Beach Resort.  We strongly recommend that you bring your confirmation with you to the meeting.  If you lose or do not receive your confirmation, you can obtain another by contacting the TradeWinds Island Grand Beach Resort. 


Accommodations for Guest with Disabilities

If you require special hotel accommodations because of a disability, please indicate your requirements when you make your reservation.  Be sure to reconfirm any special room arrangements directly with the hotel.


Reservations Payment Type

Hotel reservations can be guaranteed by credit card (American Express, MasterCard, or VISA).

While a valid credit is required to confirm a reservation, please note that the hotel may elect to charge a deposit of one night’s room and tax to your credit card prior to your arrival If the charge to the credit card is denied, the hotel reserves the right to release your reservation.


Cancellation Policy

Reservations should be cancelled 48 hours prior to your arrival date to the hotel.  Reservations not cancelled within 48 hours will be subject to a one night’s room and tax charge. 


Take advantage of the opportunity to showcase your company products and services and network with attendees and other companies during the 22nd Winter Fluorine Conference by registering as an exhibitor or sponsoring an event. 

The exhibition will take place on Wednesday, January 14 from 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM. The exhibitor registration fee is $500 and exhibitors may register from July 17, 2014 - December 12, 2014. 

Each exhibitor will be supplied with a 6’ skirted table with two chairs, name card, and a wastebasket.

Exhibitors may setup on Wednesday, January 14 from 7:00 AM – 8:00 AM and teardown will be from 10:00 AM– 11:30 AM.



Sponsorship opportunities are available for the 22nd Winter Fluorine Conference at various levels:










Receive some or all of the sponsorship benefits below by sponsoring an event at the conference:

·        Company logo displayed on attendee badges

·        Company name listed on the conference website

·        Link to company’s website

·        Sponsor recognition in the program booklet

·        50% discount on one employee registration

·        Free tabletop exhibit 


If your company would like to become a sponsor for the 22nd Winter Fluorine Conference, complete the sponsorship form and mail to

ACS Fluorine Division, Attn: Bob Syvret/c/o 22nd WFC

1156 Clearwood Drive

Allentown, PA 18103. 

The deadline to submit sponsorships has been extended to Monday, October 10, 2014


Delta and United Airlines have been selected as the official carriers for the 22nd Winter Fluorine Conference.  Reservations can be made by contacting one of the airlines below:


Reservations can be made online at http://www.delta.com or by calling (800) 328-1111.  A direct ticketing charge will apply for bookings by phone. When booking online, select Meeting Event Code and enter you Meeting ID in the box provided on the Search Flight page.  The Meeting ID code is NMK2Y for domestic travel and NMJTX for International travel.

United Airlines

Reservations can be made online at www.united.com or by calling (800) 426-1122.

Refer to Discount Code: ZSZF


Southwest Airlines

Beginning on October 15, 2014 conference attendees will receive a discount and bonus Rapid Reward points from Southwest Airlines through our SWABIZ® account. Southwest Airlines is offering an 8% discount off Anytime & Business Select® fares and a 2% discount off select Wanna Get Away® fares for travel to and from the conference. Book your travel between October 15, 2014 & December 26, 2014 to take advantage of the discounted rates. (Discounts are available for travel January 9, 2015 thru January 17, 2015.)


By flying Southwest Airlines, as a American Chemical Society traveler, you will also receive the following benefits: 25% bonus Rapid Reward points for your travel to & from the convention with Rapid Rewards # added to your reservation. To enroll in the Rapid Rewards program, visit www.southwest.com/corporaterapidrewards


To take advantage of this offer, click on this link: http://www.swabiz.com/flight/search-flight.html?cid=99331750


Car Rental

Hertz and Avis are offering discounted rates for the 22nd Winter Fluorine Conference.  Reservations can be made online or by contacting HERTZ directly or by clicking on the websites below:  The meeting code HERTZ should be referenced when calling to make reservations.


1-800- 654-2240 (US and Canada)

1-405-749-4434 (Other)

Refer to Meeting Code CV#:  02UZ0014

Website:  www.hertz.com




1-800-331-1600 (US and Canada)

Avis Worldwide Discount (AWD):  B923099

Website for Avis online reservations



Tampa International airport is served by Yellow and United Cab.  Both companies charge $2.50 plus $2.40 per mile.  The minimum fee from the airport is $15, however once the meter exceeds the $15, the minimum no longer applies.  The estimated cost of transportation from Tampa International Airport to St. Pete Beach, Fl is $73 one way.

Yellow (813) 253-0121

United Cab (813) 253-2424


Directions to and from Tampa International Airport


Tampa International Airport to TradeWinds Isand Resort

Start out going South on George J Bean Pkwy

Merge onto I-275 S toward I-275 S

Merge onto FL—682 W via Exit 17 toward Pinellas Bayway/St. Pete Beach  (Portions toll)

Turn right onto Gulf blvd/Fl – 699 N

5600 Gulf Blvd is on the left

Travel time is approximately 35 minutes.


TradeWinds Island Resort to Tampa International Airport

Start out going South on Gulf Blvd/FL-699 S toward 55th Ave.

Turn left onto Pinellas Bayway Rd/FL-682 E.

Continue to follow FL-682 E (Portions toll)

Merge onto I-275 N toward Tampa

Merge onto Memorial Hwy/FL-60 W via exit 39B toward SR-589-Exwy/Tampa Int’l

Airport/Spruce St.

Take the SR-616 exit toward Spruce ST/Tampa Airport

Stay straight to go onto George j Bean Pkwy

End at Tampa Int’l Airport

Travel time is approximately 35 minutes.

Applying for a Non-Immigrant VISA

 If you need to apply for a temporary non-immigrant visa to attend the 21st Winter Fluorine conference, you are advised to apply for your visa as soon as possible and no later than 3-4 months in advance of your planned departure. If your country is on the State Sponsors of Terrorism List, you should start the application process at least 6 months in advance of the meeting.

Visa Application Guidelines: As part of new security procedures, visa applications are being sent to the U.S. State Department in Washington, DC, to be thoroughly reviewed and this process can take several months before the consulate in your home country will schedule your interview. Check with your local U.S. consulate or embassy to find out how early you should apply and how long the typical wait time is for a visa application within your home country at http://travel.state.gov/visa/temp/wait/wait_4638.html.

  • All applicants must be able to qualify for a visa on their own merits under the requirements of the Immigration and Nationality Act.
  • The conference organizers cannot intervene with the U.S. State Department or an American embassy in another country on behalf of any meeting participant.
  • Investigate whether your country participates in the Visa Waiver Program to bypass the visa process altogether. As of October 26, 2004, ALL citizens of the Visa Waiver Program are required to have Machine-Readable Passports (MRP) in order to travel to the United States without a visa. Without a MRP, you will be required to apply for a visa.
  • Beginning September 30, 2004, all foreign visitors (including Visa Waiver Program travelers) will be fingerprinted and photographed upon arrival in the U.S.


Official Documentation for Attendees and/or Presenters


ACS provides several documents that will verify your participation in the 21st Winter Fluorine Conference.  Please note that the Society cannot intervene with either the U.S. Embassy abroad or with the U.S. State Department on behalf of any participant.

  • Official Letter of Invitation for Meeting Attendees: ACS offers an official letter of invitation to the 22nd Winter Fluorine Conference. To request a letter of invitation, contact Kimberly Savage.  You can submit this letter with your visa application to verify the name, dates, location and purpose of the conference.  We will not be able to generate personal letters of invitation to the embassy or consulate on your behalf.
  • Registration Confirmation: Once you have registered for the conference, you can also take your registration confirmation paperwork to your visa interview.
Consulates/Embassies: The listing of embassies and consulates information can be found at http://usembassy.state.gov/ inside the United States