Category: Career

October 18, 2018

Looking Back on the ACS Publications Library Summit Series India 2018

By Manish Uniyal

ACS Publications Library Summit Series recently touched down in India for four special events in Delhi, Kolkata, Bengaluru, and Mumbai, from September 21 to 28, 2018. More than 70 key opinion leaders from the academic and corporate community, including Chief Librarians from the institutions in the region and other key stakeholders from academic, corporate institutions […]

October 10, 2018

Meet ACS Biomaterials Science & Engineering’s Early Career Board Members

By Molly Ferns

ACS Biomaterials Science & Engineering has announced the members of its inaugural Early Career Board. This initiative will provide young investigators with guidance and insight into the editorial process as they pursue their independent research careers. Over the course of a three-year term, the journal will foster professional mentoring relationships between its established Editorial Advisory […]

October 4, 2018

Reflecting on Data at the ACS National Meeting

By Linda Humphreys

As Science Faculty Librarian at University of Bath, U.K., I have built up a wealth of knowledge of chemical information sources and experience in supporting chemistry undergraduates and researchers.  Much of my knowledge has been gained through effective networking with my peers, academic chemists, and publishers.  This year, the ACS offered an unprecedented opportunity for […]

September 28, 2018

ACS on Campus: Empowering Early Career Researchers at NIT Calicut

By Manish Uniyal

ACS Publications set off to NIT Calicut in India on September 7, 2018,  to meet with local early career researchers and students. The event’s distinguished speaker list featured Professor Abhishek Dey, Associate Editor for ACS Catalysis and an Associate Professor at the Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science, as well as  Professor Thalappil Pradeep, […]

September 20, 2018

Women in Bioconjugate Chemistry: Celebrating Women Scientists

By Erin Lavik

Professor Erin Lavik of University of Maryland, Baltimore County, is an Associate Editor of Bioconjugate Chemistry. A number of years ago, I was helping to organize an event with some exceptional scientists, and I asked that we highlight the fact that we had so many strong women scientists. It was explained to me that scientists […]

Biosensors in libraries

September 18, 2018

Biosensors: Can We Use Them in the Library?

By Alice Graves and Kate Qualmann

Sensors convert chemical information into an electrical signal that we can capture and analyze. But how can this technology be put to use in a traditional library? Radio-frequency identification (RFID) is a sensor type that has found its way into many libraries for tagging assets, checking material in and out, general shelf management, and security. […]

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September 17, 2018

3 Tips for Librarians Attending Their First ACS National Meeting

By Kelsey Jordan

Professional networking! Cutting-edge chemistry! Lobster rolls! The 256th ACS National Meeting & Exposition has it all. Thanks to the ACS Publications Travel Grant for Librarians, this year’s Boston meeting was one of the biggest and grandest conferences I have ever had the pleasure of attending. There was always so much going on that it was […]

September 13, 2018

Finding Inspiration at the 256th ACS National Meeting & Exposition in Boston

By Alyssa Rozendaal

Alyssa Rozendaal is currently a graduate student at Indiana University where she works as a Graduate Assistant in the Sciences Library.  When I was awarded the ACS Publications Travel Grant to attend the 256th ACS National Meeting & Exposition in Boston this fall, I didn’t quite believe it was real.  I can honestly say it […]

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September 12, 2018

A European Librarian’s View on the 256th ACS National Meeting & Exposition

By Lieselot Verryckt

Lieselot Verryckt is an information specialist at the Central Library of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) in Belgium. When I heard that ACS Publishing was opening up their travel grant program to librarians from Europe/Middle East/Africa, I was eager to apply. I was even more excited when I received the news that I was selected […]

Nanoelectrode Probe

August 29, 2018

Now You Can Watch Cellular Respiration with a Novel Nanoelectrode Probe

By Li-Qun Gu

Professor Li-Qun Gu is a Professor of Bioengineering at the Dalton Cardiovascular Research Center at the University of Missouri. He and ACS Sensors Associate Editor Professor Yi-Tao Long of East China University of Science have known each other for more than 15 years. Professor Gu is a pioneer in biological nanopore DNA sequencing while Professor […]

August 24, 2018

Why European Authors Should Submit to Environmental Science & Technology and Environmental Science & Technology Letters

By Freddy Tellez

Don’t let the name fool you: journals published by the American Chemical Society are led by global teams of Editors, read by a worldwide community of scholars, and publish the best research in their fields from all over the world. Environmental Science & Technology and Environmental Science & Technology are no exception. These two journals […]

August 20, 2018

ACS on Campus Singapore: Global Opportunities in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology

By Mandy Sum

ACS on Campus recently visited Singapore for the second time, and hosted two informative events at Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR). Students, researchers and faculty members attended a full-day program at the School of Physical & Mathematical Sciences, NTU and a scientific lecture at NanoBioLab, A*STAR. The first day’s […]


August 16, 2018

Biosensors: Uniting Man and Machine

By Alice Graves and Kate Qualmann

Wearable biosensors are already available in consumer electronics, such as heart-rate monitors or fitness trackers. However, this is just a small part of the possibilities biosensor technologies offer. Of particular interest is the utility for biosensors that could monitor or even diagnose diseases. Biosensors act as a bridge, converting chemical information from within a biological […]

August 15, 2018

Lithium on the Grid

By Alice Graves and Kate Qualmann

Energy needs have changed dramatically in recent decades. Today, many consumers want to be able to generate – and, crucially, to store – their own power, freeing them from reliance on the grid. Lithium is a soft, highly reactive alkali metal with inherent nuclear instability; as a result, it does not occur freely in nature […]

August 15, 2018

Q/A: Jill Millstone on the Future of Nanoscale Materials

By Yousif Memon

Professor Jill Millstone is an Associate Professor of Chemistry at the University of Pittsburgh and an Associate Editor of ACS Nano. She currently works on metal-ligand chemistry. Her lab focuses on developing new tools and insights for nanoparticle synthesis to transform these particles into society-shaping technologies. She will deliver The Kavli Foundation Emerging Leader in Chemistry […]

August 10, 2018

ACS Editors’ Choice: Dehydration without Heating — and More!

By Jesse Stanchak

This week: Dehydration without heating, optical tweezers microrheology, spectroscopy of reactive complexes and solvated clusters — and more! Each and every day, ACS grants free access to a new peer-reviewed research article from one of the Society’s journals. These articles are specially chosen by a team of scientific editors of ACS journals from around the […]

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August 10, 2018

Meet the Winners of the 2018 ACS Infectious Diseases Young Investigator Award

By Mia Fields-Hall

The ACS Infectious Diseases Young Investigator Award recognizes outstanding young investigators in the field of infectious diseases. The award is given by ACS Infectious Diseases and the ACS Division of Biological Chemistry. The 2018 ACS Infectious Diseases Young Investigator Award goes to Anushree Chatterjee, Principal Investigator, University of Colorado; Ting Lu, Associate Professor, University of […]

August 9, 2018

Chemical Research in Toxicology Honors Simon Wan Chan

By Mia Fields-Hall

The 2018 Chemical Research in Toxicology Young Investigator Award goes to Dr. Simon Wan Chan, Associate Profesor in the Department of Chemistry at The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. He also received the 2017 Research Article of the Year Award Lectureship from the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry and the ACS Division of Agrochemicals. […]

August 8, 2018

Get to Know Oganometallics Distinguished Author Award Winner Tianning Diao

By Mia Fields-Hall

Tianning Diao, Assistant Professor of Chemistry at New York University, is the 2018 recipient of the Organometallics Distinguished Author Award. In this video, she sits down with Organometallics Editor-in-Chief Professor Paul J. Chirik of Princeton University to discuss her research.

August 6, 2018

Supercapacitor Polymers: New Potential for Electronics of All Sizes

By Alice Graves and Kate Qualmann

Systems for electrochemical energy storage and conversion include batteries, fuel cells, and electrochemical capacitors.[1] Recent advances in lithium battery technology have gained attention for their potential to influence the evolution and adoption of electric vehicles. However, over the past decade, some leading names in the field of electric vehicles (Elon Musk, for one) have predicted […]

the science of baking soda

August 3, 2018

The Science of Baking Soda

By Alice Graves and Kate Qualmann

Sodium bicarbonate (NaHCO3), also called baking soda, is a crystalline salt, found in a natural mineral form in nahcolite deposits. First isolated by Nicolas Leblanc in the 1790s, it wasn’t until the Solvay process was introduced in the 1860s that industrial-scale production became possible.1 Today, this chemical powerhouse is produced globally, with an estimated volume […]

July 31, 2018

Getting to Know the New Members of the Nano Letters Early Career Advisory Board

By Marcus Anderson

Nano Letters started its Early Career Advisory Board with the mission of developing a channel for early career scientists to share their experiences and perspectives on scientific publishing. As the future of the field, members also provide insights into emerging disciplines. In addition, Early Career Advisory Board members organize virtual issues highlighting topics such as nanomaterials and perovskite […]

ACS Applied Bio Materials First Issue

July 27, 2018

ACS Applied Bio Materials Celebrates Its First Issue

By Jesse Stanchak

The first issue of ACS Applied Bio Materials is now available. The new journal, which joins ACS Applied Energy Materials, and ACS Applied Nano Materials in the family of journals that started with ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, focuses on original research covering all aspects of biomaterials and biointerfaces, including traditional biosensing, biomedical, therapeutic applications, […]

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Lab Hazard Risk Assessment

July 24, 2018

Get Resources for Performing a Lab Hazard Risk Assessment

By Jesse Stanchak

Lab safety doesn’t just happen. It takes a concerted team effort to identify hazards in the lab, assess risks, and then take steps to eliminate dangers and reduce the odds of accident or injury. It can be easy to fall into complacency when it comes to lab safety, but as this video explains, regularly performing […]

ACS Energy Letters Impact Factor

July 16, 2018

ACS Energy Letters Receives Inaugural Impact Factor

By Brooke Howell

ACS Energy Letters received its inaugural Impact Factor last month with the 2017 Journal Citation Reports® from Clarivate Analytics. The partial Impact Factor of 12.277 is a testament to the hard work and participation of energy researchers around the world who have formed a community around this new journal. “Our initial success is made possible […]

July 12, 2018

Antibiotic Synthesis: A Journal of Organic Chemistry Special Issue

By Stephen Ritter

Antibiotics are a class of drugs familiar to nearly everyone for treating illnesses—both common ones such as childhood ear infections and rare ones such as dangerous methicillin-resistantStaphylococcus aureus acquired in hospitals. While frequently prescribed today, modern antibiotics have only been available for about 100 years, and only began to be widely used with the commercial […]

July 12, 2018

How ACS Project SEED Inspires the Next Generation of Chemists

By Charley James

The ACS Project SEED summer research program, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, opens new doors for economically disadvantaged students to experience what it’s like to be a chemist. Students entering their junior or senior year in high school get a rare opportunity to work alongside scientist-mentors on research projects in industrial, academic, and […]

July 11, 2018

Jonathan Sweedler Wins 2018 Torbern Bergman Medal

By Caitlin Kindberg

Analytical Chemistry Editor-in-Chief Jonathan V. Sweedler received the Torbern Bergman Medal at the inaugural National Meeting of the Swedish Chemical Society, held in Lund, Sweden from June 17-20, 2018. This award is named after famed Swedish chemist Torbern Bergman, who is considered a pioneer in the field of analytical chemistry and known for his 1775 work Dissertation on […]

July 9, 2018

Meet the Recipients of the Fall 2018 ACS Publications Travel Grant!

By Michael Qiu

ACS Publications and the Award Committee have selected the recipients of the ACS Publications Travel Grant for Librarians and Library School Students to attend the 256th ACS National Meeting & Exposition in Boston, August 19-23, 2018. Linda Humphreys, University of Bath (U.K.) Linda Humphreys is Science Faculty Librarian at University of Bath, U.K.  She has been […]

July 3, 2018

3 Quick Tips for Improving Your Resume For Your First Job in Chemistry

By Libby Brennan

It takes the average recruiter 5 seconds to review a resume. Resume expert and science industry insider Dr. Amanda Riojas says highlighting your contact information on your resume is an essential part of making the most of those five seconds, since it allows the interviewer to reach you for an interview. Keep in mind that […]

June 27, 2018

Celebrating LGBT Scientists in the ACS Community

By Yousif Memon

ACS is a global scientific society, inclusive of all skilled chemistry professionals. It’s this diversity that enables excellence, innovation, and transformative action in the sciences. To celebrate inclusion during LGBTQ Pride Month, we’ve chosen to highlight select authors in the ACS community that submitted bios to 500 Queer Scientists. 500 Queer Scientists is a visibility […]

June 18, 2018

Beating the Ph.D. Blues

By Nicola Bell

Earning a Ph.D. isn’t easy, nor should it be. The challenges of running a project, making discoveries, and convincing the world how important our work is can force us to develop new, valuable skills. Everyone faces a few bruises and false starts when heading out on their own, but failure during a Ph.D. can be […]

June 13, 2018

Get Ready for the 2018 European Materials Research Society Spring Meeting With Research from ACS Publications

By Charley James

ACS Publications is heading to Strasbourg, France, this month for the 2018 European Materials Research Society Spring Meeting and Exhibit. The conference, held June 18-22, will feature a variety of important speakers and illustrious authors from ACS Publications journals, including plenary speakers Xinliang Feng and Thomas W. Ebbesen. The event promises to be eye-opening and thought-provoking for […]

June 12, 2018

Moving Closer to Commercializing Triboelectric Nanogenerators

By Jesse Stanchak

Research in ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering explores using specialized triboelectric nanogenerators to convert mechanical energy into power for children’s toys. These new generators could pave the way for lower-cost, eco-friendly toys that trade disposable batteries for biomechanical energy. Such toys could be an early commercial application of triboelectric nanogenerators. Learn more about the commercial […]

June 8, 2018

Bioconjugate Chemistry Honors Best Poster Presenters at Chinese Chemical Society Meeting

By Molly Ferns

On May 8, 2018, Bioconjugate Chemistry presented the Best Poster Awards at the 31th Chinese Chemical Society (CCS) Meeting in Hangzhou, China. Presenting on behalf of the journal was Associate Editor Professor Zhifei Dai from the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Peking University, who joined the journal this year. Joining him were Professor Chunying Chen […]

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June 4, 2018

3 Elements of a Great Scientific Talk

By Jesse Stanchak

Structure is critical to a great scientific talk. Your talk needs the proper organization if you’re going to grab your audience’s attention and hold it all the way through to the end of your presentation. But what does the organization of a memorable scientific talk look like? Georgia Tech Professor Will Ratcliff suggests using a […]

June 1, 2018

2018 Priestley Medal Winner Geraldine Richmond On Her Legacy In and Out of the Lab

By Jesse Stanchak

Professor Geraldine Richmond of the University of Oregon won the 2018 Priestly Medal for her research in molecular and surface chemistry. But her professional accomplishments extend well outside her lab. She’s also a passionate educator and a tireless advocate for science and the advancement of women within scientific disciplines. In this video, she discusses her […]

10 Keys to an Engaging Scientific Presentation

May 31, 2018

10 Keys to an Engaging Scientific Presentation

By Jesse Stanchak

What makes an engaging scientific presentation? Georgia Tech Professor Will Ratcliff uses a method based on the style of nature documentary presenter David Attenborough. Ratcliff’s approach looks to capture an audience’s natural curiosity by using engaging visuals and simple storytelling techniques. Here are his 10 keys to an engaging scientific presentation: 1) Be an Entertainer First: […]