Pheromones are in the Air: Friends, Lovers or Foes

Pheromones are in the Air: Friends, Lovers or Foes

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Love at first sight? Desire in a bottle? There have been a lot of claims about what pheromones can do, but what is the science?  Join Dr. George Preti and Dr. Charles J. Wysocki of the Monell Chemical Senses Center, as they discuss the chemistry of pheromones and how mood and emotion can be communicated through chemical signals.


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What You Will Learn

  • What are pheromones?
  • How humans communicate using chemical signals.
  • Do commercially sold pheromones work
  • And much more…



Webinar Details

When: Thursday, February 13, 2014 @ 2pm-3pm ET

Cost: Free to attend Live

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Meet Your Experts

Dr. George Preti received his B.S. in Chemistry from the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn in 1966 and his PhD in Organic Chemistry in 1971 from the MIT, with a specialty in Organic Mass Spectrometry with Professor Klaus Biemann.  He joined the Monell Chemical Senses Center in Philadelphia immediately after graduation.  Monell, a non-profit research institute, is world leader in multidisciplinary, basic research in olfaction and gustation.  Dr. Preti is a Member of Monell and an Adjunct Professor, Department of Dermatology, University of Pennsylvania.  For four decades, his research has focused upon the nature, origin and functional significance of human odors: e.g. bioassay-guided approach to the identification of human pheromones, odors diagnostic of human disease, human malodor identification and suppression and examining the “odor-print” of humans.


Dr. Charles Wysocki is a member of the Monell Chemical Senses Center and has a M.S. in Psychology and a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Florida State University. He has over 130 publications, edited a book on Genetics and Olfaction, and is co-author of three odor-related patents. Dr. Wysocki’s current research includes individual variation in odor perception and chemical communication.




Dr. David Harwell is the Assistant Director of Industry Member Programs at ACS. In this role, he works within ACS to improve offerings for members working in the business of chemistry. He also serves as the lead for the ACS Entrepreneurial Initiative, which provides resources to ACS members pursuing entrepreneurial careers and endeavors. Additionally, Dave serves as an expert in the chemical industry and its effects on employment and the economy. Before joining the staff of ACS, Dave was a faculty member at the University of Hawaii focusing on silicon nanoparticles and supramolecular structures.

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2 Responses to “Pheromones are in the Air: Friends, Lovers or Foes”

  1. leonor contreras says:

    Dear Sirs, I will very much appreciate having the material of these ACS Webinar for academic purposes. I am an organic chemistry professor at the University of Santiago de Chile.
    Thanking you in advance,
    Yours sincerely

    Leonor Contreras

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