About the Conference

BORAM 2018

The Boron in the Americas organization started under its old acronym "Boron in the USA (BUSA)" in 1988 with an emphasis to develop the next generation of researchers in boron science through biennial workshops held in various parts of the Americas.

Now in its 16th iteration, the BORAM conference series provides a forum for typically over 150 scientists to communicate as well as cross-fertilize their discoveries and ideas in boron-related chemistry and applications. BORAM particularly encourages students and postdoctoral researchers to participate and 1) learn about the state-of-the art of boron chemistry 2) discuss their work with faculty and industrial experts in a more casual and intimate atmosphere than may be found at large meetings.


The following themes will be highlighted at the meeting, but submissions related to all topics on boron chemistry are encouraged.

  • Boron in medicinal chemistry and disease treatment
  • Boron in methodology development and synthesis
  • Boron in materials chemistry
  • Fundamental boron chemistry (structure, bonding, reactivity)

Boston College

The BORAM 2018 meeting will take place on the beautiful campus of Boston College. Located approximately 6 miles west of downtown Boston, BC is home to over 14,000 students and is comprised of 8 schools and colleges.  The University was founded in 1863 as a means of providing a college education for the children of Irish-Catholic immigrants. Originally located in Boston, the college moved to its current location in 1913 where 4 academic buildings were erected over the next 10 years.  These buildings, and many that followed, were designed in English Collegiate Gothic style.  The Chemistry Department was first housed in one of the original four structures, Devlin Hall, until completion of the 109,000-square-foot Merkert Chemistry Center, which opened in the fall 1991.  Currently the Chemistry Department is home to 20 faculty, 116 doctoral students, 20 postdoctoral fellows and approximately 35 undergraduate students conducting research.


The capital of Massachusetts, Boston is one of the oldest cities in the United States. It is also a perfect blend of the historic and the contemporary.  The Boston National Historical Park contains many of the sites that played a prominent role in the country’s bid for independence. This includes the 2.5 mile long Freedom Trail which winds through downtown Boston incorporating 16 locations of historical significance.  Always innovative, Boston spearheaded a number of firsts throughout the second half of the 19th century and early 20th century: ether was used as the first anesthetic at Boston’s Massachusetts General Hospital, the nation’s first subway system went into operation and Alexander Graham Bell patented the telephone. The city contracted with Frederick Law Olmstead to beautify Boston with a network of urban parks stretching from the Boston Common to the Jamaica Plains neighborhood.  This project paved the way for the development of Fenway Park, the oldest ballpark in Major League Baseball.  In the 20th century, Boston continued its emergence as an innovation hub and world-class city.  The city has emerged in the 21st century as a leader in the life sciences.  The cities of Boston and Cambridge alone are home to over 250 biotech companies, the top 4 NIH-funded hospitals in the United States and 48 colleges and universities.

Conference Committee

Chair of the Organizing Committee:

Shih-Yuan Liu, Boston College

Local Organizing Committee:

Jeff Byers, Boston College
Jianmin Gao, Boston College
Masayuki Wasa, Boston College


Boston College Department of Chemistry
Merkert Chemistry Center
Boston College
2609 Beacon Street, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467-3860
(617) 552-1735

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