Category: Career

January 28, 2016

Review: “What You Need for the First Job, Besides the Ph.D. in Chemistry”

By Diane Bunce

If you are expecting a tired look at how to apply for your first job, What You Need for the First Job, Besides the Ph.D. in Chemistry is not the book for you. I approached the book with mild interest, figuring it would be a review of what I already knew. Within the first few pages, […]

  • ACS Symposium Series
  • Diane M. Bunce
  • ebooks
  • first job in chemistry
Ye Li

January 27, 2016

The Evolving Role of Librarians Part Two: Ye Li

By Katherine Stevens

The following interview is with Ye Li, Chemistry Librarian, University of Michigan Shapiro Science Library.  How has your job changed over the years? What is it like being a 21st-century librarian, compared with the more traditional image most people have in their minds? Ye Li: I have been in the profession for about six years […]

  • ACS Chemical Information Division
  • American Library Association
  • Association of College and Research Libraries
  • Librarians
  • Special Libraries Association
  • University of Michigan Shapiro Science Library
  • Ye Li

January 26, 2016

Watch how spermbots could someday help couples conceive

By Jesse Stanchak

Infertility is a complex issue, filled with both practical and emotional challenges. It can be particularly frustrating when the difficulty lies in just one small part of the fertilization process, such as low sperm motility. In these cases, the sperms are healthy and viable, but they have difficulty reaching the egg on their own because […]

  • ACS Nano Letters
  • artificial insemination
  • assisted reproduction
  • infertility
  • micromotors
  • nano devices
  • spermbots

January 25, 2016

C&EN Roundup: Volkswagen Emissions, Cyanobacteria Toxins and Calcium-Ion Batteries

By Jesse Stanchak

Chemical & Engineering News covers the world of chemistry, from research and education to business and policy. Here’s a sampling of their coverage of research from ACS journals: *** Volkswagen emissions deception may have cost $430 million and 46 lives Volkswagen provoked plenty of outrage from consumers when it was revealed last year that nearly 600,000 […]

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Bioconjugate Chemistry
  • Calcium-ion batteries
  • Chemical and Engineering News
  • Chemistry of Materials
  • Environmental Science and Technology
  • Volkswagen

January 22, 2016

ACS Editor’s Choice: On-Demand Drug Delivery with Lanthanide-Doped Upconverting Nanoparticles

By Jesse Stanchak

This week: Discover a method for on-demand drug delivery with lanthanide-doped upconverting nanoparticles, insights into the preparation of graphene oxide, a low-cost alternative to infrared thermal imaging devices — 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 […]

  • ACS Macro Letters
  • ACS Sensors
  • Chemistry of Materials
  • JACS
  • Molecular Pharmaceutics
  • Nano Letters
  • on demand drug delivery
  • Organometallics

January 21, 2016

Video: Meet ACS Sensors EIC J. Justin Gooding

By Chi Wang

ACS Sensors is one of the newest journals from the American Chemical Society, publishing its very first issue on Jan. 22. But just what is the journal’s mission? What kinds of submissions is it looking for? And what drives ACS Sensors Editor-in-Chief J. Justin Gooding to lead this new journal? In this quick video, Gooding […]

  • ACS Sensors
  • J. Justin Gooding
  • video

January 20, 2016

The Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters’ ACS LiveSlides: Off the page, into the world

By Chi Wang

In 2013, the editors of the Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters realized that to increase authors’ reach, they’d need to attract a wider audience, including readers from outside the chemical physics and atomic molecular physics disciplines. To do that, published articles would need to be made more accessible, possibly shorter, and friendlier to mobile devices. How could […]

  • ACS LiveSlides
  • Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters
  • Prashant Kamat

January 19, 2016

Spend a Day with Bioconjugate Chemistry EIC Vincent Rotello

By Angela Walker

Have you ever asked yourself “What does an ACS Publications Editor-in-Chief do each day?” Well, you’re not alone. We traveled to the town of Amherst, located in the Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts to check out the day in the life of Vincent Rotello, Editor-in-Chief of Bioconjugate Chemistry. See what a not-so-typical day is like […]

  • Bioconjugate Chemistry
  • video
  • Vincent Rotello

January 16, 2016

ACS Drives Chemistry Patents

By Finbar Galligan

Quality academic journals are the cornerstone supporting commercial innovation and scientific advance. Find out how ACS is driving corporate success and creating lucrative patents for the pharmaceutical and biotech industries… “Sometimes, one small piece of chemical research published in a journal can power a research and development breakthrough that allows a company to make billions […]

January 16, 2016

The Chemistry of Wine

By Michael Woodruff

You don’t need to be a connoisseur to know that the flavors and smells associated with wine exist across a vast spectrum. But what exactly is going on to create these distinctive aromas? Read our article on the chemistry of wine to find out. Wines offer us a variety of aroma and flavors, some flying […]

January 16, 2016

New and Improved ACS Platform Launched

By Katherine Stevens

ACS has enhanced its access to Supporting Information for its readers and joined forces with Figshare to deliver content further afield. Find out how this will change the way you read journal articles…  Supporting Information is data or additional content developed by an author to supplement their published journal article. The intention is to further […]

January 16, 2016

C&EN: A Vital News Service for Chemists

By Mark Fraser

Since 1923, Chemical and Engineering News has served as the most trusted primary news source for information on the latest developments and technology for chemists worldwide. Now, Watch Glass is showcasing some of those ground-breaking discoveries. What’s more, you can access it for free… For over 90 years, the weekly periodical Chemical and Engineering News […]

January 16, 2016

Altmetrics and the Art of Being Found

By Erin Wiringi

Altmetrics are changing the way we measure value in academic work. Read our article to find out more about the impact these modern metrics can have on your library. Altmetrics (or alternative metrics) are new quality measurements for scholarly and academic interactions online. They allow us to see how far research travels through social media […]

January 15, 2016

ACS Editors’ Choice: Can Plasmonic Nanoparticles Improve Solar Cells?

By Jesse Stanchak

This week: A perspective on whether plasmonic nanoparticles can enhance solar cells, a look at the effects of ingesting microplastics on seabirds, a move toward more complex molecular topologies in pharmaceutical research – and more! Each and every day, ACS grants free access to a new peer-reviewed research article from one of the Society’s journals. […]

  • ACS Editors' Choice
  • ACS Photonics
  • Environmental Science and Technology
  • Molecular Pharmaceutics
  • Organometallics
  • plasmonic nanoparticles
  • solar cells
  • The Journal of Physical Chemistry C
A growing presence in China

January 14, 2016

ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces: A Growing Presence in China

By Angela Walker

It’s easy to miss out on promising, high-quality research when you stick to major capitals to the exclusion of smaller cities and outlying regions. That’s as true in the United States as it is in Japan, India, or China. Journals without a presence in those smaller communities often risk being overlooked when its scientists are […]

  • ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
  • China
  • Harbin
  • Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters

January 13, 2016

Explore New Multidisciplinary Topics with ACS Virtual Collections

By Renee John

Some chemistry topics are so important, so complex, so ripe for discussion that a single article just can’t do the subject justice. That’s why ACS publishes Virtual Collections — special issues and ACS Selects from ACS journals that offer deep dives into a variety of important subjects. These collections reflect topics of current scientific interest and […]

  • ACS Chemical Biology
  • ACS Chemical Neuroscience
  • ACS Combinatorial Science
  • ACS Infectious Diseases
  • ACS Select
  • ACS Select Virtual Issue
  • Bioinorganic Chemistry
  • Chemistry of Materials
  • Gram-Negative Resistance
  • Hottest Chemistry Research Topics
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • JACS
  • Journal of Chemical Information and Modeling
  • Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
  • Ligand Design
  • materials genomics
  • Organocatalysis
  • The Journal of Organic Chemistry
  • Virtual Issue
  • Virtual Special Issue
A. Paul Alivisatos

January 12, 2016

Nano Letters Founding Editor A. Paul Alivisatos Awarded National Medal of Science

By Liesa Ross

Founding Nano Letters editor A. Paul Alivisatos will receive the National Medal of Science at a White House ceremony in early 2016. Alivisatos is the director of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, a professor of chemistry and the scientific founder of two nanotechnology companies. He also serves on the Editorial Advisory Board of ACS Nano. Alivisatos […]

  • A. Paul Alivisatos
  • ACS Nano
  • Nano Letters
  • National Medal of Science
  • National Science Foundation

January 11, 2016

Is ACS Manuscript Transfer Service right for you?

By Katherine Stevens

With so many quality scientific journals it can be hard to know which journal is the right one for your work. Here at ACS Publications, we strive to streamline the submission process as much as possible, which is why we are pleased to introduce Manuscript Transfer service. Editors may suggest that a manuscript may be […]

  • ACS Manuscript Transfer Service
  • Journals
  • Researchers
  • submissions

January 8, 2016

ACS Editors’ Choice: A New Use for Lithium-Ion Batteries — and More!

By Jesse Stanchak

This week in ACS Editors’ Choice: a surprising use for lithium-ion batteries; a new class of hydrogen evolution catalyst; a screening process for spotting compounds with analgesic properties – 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 […]

  • ACS Editors' Choice
  • open access
  • research
Michael Qiu

January 5, 2016

A Lifeline for Librarians: Meet ACS’ Michael Qiu

By Katherine Stevens

As all good librarians know, you don’t have to know the answer to every question. But you can always find an answer if you know where to look. When it comes to questions about ACS Publications, librarians can get the answers they seek with Michael Qiu, ACS’ new Library Relations Manager. Michael responds to librarians’ queries […]

  • Librarians
  • Michael Qiu
  • research
Gum and carbon nanotubes sensor

January 4, 2016

Watch Carbon Nanotubes Give Used Chewing Gum a Second Life

By Jesse Stanchak

You might think gum is useless once it’s been chewed, but researchers at the University of Manitoba and the Children’s Hospital Research Institute of Manitoba have a surprising new application for this sticky substance. By combining chewing gum with carbon nanotubes, they built a durable yet flexible motion sensor that could have a variety of […]

  • ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
  • carbon nanotubes
  • chewing gum
  • Children’s Hospital Research Institute of Manitoba
  • health sensors
  • University of Manitoba

December 14, 2015

Announcing ACS Omega: The Last Word in Rapid, Objective Publication

By Erin Wiringi

Hold on to your lab glasses — ACS is unveiling something big. This week, ACS announces the creation of ACS Omega, a new open-access, multidisciplinary journal publishing high-quality, peer-reviewed research from around the world. We made the big announcement in Hawaii at Pacifichem, an international chemistry conference. ACS Omega will be a home for original […]

  • ACS Journals
  • ACS Omega
  • chemistry
  • megajournal
  • open access
  • research

December 11, 2015

Pacifichem 2015: Connecting Chemistry with Society

By Miranda Paley

Pacifichem celebrates the coming together of the chemical societies of far-flung nations, and in so doing, their cultures as well.  It is only fitting, then, that in the Pacifichem venue they will discuss the role that chemistry plays in society as a whole. Whether it is supplying the new clean energy sources we need to […]

December 11, 2015

Pacifichem 2015: Chemistry of Clean Energy Conversion, Storage, and Production

By Rhea Williams

Every five years the International Chemical Congress of Pacific Basin Societies (Pacifichem) becomes the pre-eminent forum for scientists from around the globe to discuss cutting-edge developments in all areas of chemistry. The theme for this year’s conference in Honolulu, Hawaii is Chemical Networking: Building Bridges Across the Pacific, with an emphasis on the collaborative nature […]

December 10, 2015

Pacifichem 2015: Bench to Bedside

By Kristen Kindrachuk

Chemistry plays a central role in the advancement of modern medicine. Although chemistry has long been the foundation for the discovery and development of therapeutics, its contributions to the fight against disease are continually expanding. From research on nutraceuticals and functional foods that provides a foundation of knowledge for the promotion of health and reduction […]

December 10, 2015

Pacifichem 2015: Biological Chemistry

By Ranjini Prithviraj

Biological chemistry is an amalgamation of the chemical and life sciences. It is the study of the chemistry of living organisms at the cellular and molecular level, and is vital to the understanding of these living organisms. Applications are diverse and range from pharmaceuticals, diagnostics and cancer research, to agriculture. The Biological Chemistry technical symposia […]

December 10, 2015

Pacifichem 2015: Materials & Nanoscience

By Heather Tierney

Pacifichem 2015 will host a variety of “Materials & Nanoscience” sessions, covering topics such as self-assembly, materials synthesis, energy, membranes, magnetic materials, graphene, nanoparticles, spintronics, optoelectronics, bioinspired materials, electrochemistry, and much more. In the selection below, we have featured a few top articles from across the ACS Publications portfolio that relate to these exciting sessions. […]

December 8, 2015

Pacifichem 2015: Physical, Theoretical & Computational Chemistry

By Carlos Toro

Since its founding in 1984, the International Chemical Congress of Pacific Basin Societies (Pacifichem) has been a pre-eminent forum for scientists around the globe to showcase and discuss the most recent leading-edge developments in all areas where chemistry is the core discipline. In its seventh edition, Pacifichem 2015 is anticipated to draw more than 10,000 […]

  • Pacifichem 2015
  • Physical Theoretical & Computational Chemistry

December 8, 2015

Pacifichem 2015: Agrochemistry, Environmental, and Geochemistry

By Tamara Hanna

The fields of agricultural chemistry, environmental chemistry, and geochemistry address challenges in areas including alternative energy, green chemistry and sustainability, biomass, remediation, and human health. As a primer to the exciting research that will be presented at Pacifichem, we’ve compiled a collection of articles, from across the ACS portfolio, that highlights the broad scope of […]

December 7, 2015

Pacifichem 2015: Organic Chemistry

By Sonja Krane

Organic chemistry plays a central role in drug development, biotechnology, materials science, and wide range of other fields. In our daily lives, applications of organic chemistry are ubiquitous. The collection of articles featured here illustrates the broad scope and high quality of organic chemistry published in the journals of the American Chemical Society. Many of […]

December 5, 2015

Pacifichem 2015: Macromolecular Chemistry

By Paulomi Majumder

Macromolecular science is a highly interdisciplinary field drawing from many areas of research that involve the synthesis, processing, properties and applications of polymers. Polymers form the basis of many everyday materials such as plastics, fibers, films, rubber, paints, and adhesives, and impact crucial aspects of life such as healthcare and medicine, energy, and the environment. […]


December 4, 2015

Pacifichem 2015: Learn to Tweet with the Stars

By Katherine Stevens

If you think “tweet” is something a bird does, it may be time we had a chat. Social media has an increasing presence in the scientific community, but many scientists are unsure of how to go about cultivating their online presence. Join us at Pacifichem 2015 on December 17 for Social Media Workshop for Chemists: […]

December 4, 2015

Pacifichem 2015: Pitch Your Research with the Pros at Fast Pitch

By Katherine Stevens

Gaining direct insight into whether your work is submission-ready is both rare and extremely valuable. Here is your chance to pitch your research to the editors of ACS Publications’ newest and highest impact journals. Join us for ACS Publications Fast Pitch at Pacifichem in Honolulu! Pitch your research in paradise with esteemed editors, including Carolyn […]

December 4, 2015

Pacifichem 2015: Activities to Know About

By Katherine Stevens

Pacifichem 2015 is rapidly approaching, and ACS Publications will be hosting a slew of events centered around the theme of Chemical Networking: Building Bridges Across the Pacific. Mark your calendars for the following activities to help you communicate your science across the globe. December 15-16: The Evolving Nature of Scholarly Communication: Connecting Scholars with Each […]

December 4, 2015

Pacifichem 2015: Organic Chemistry

By Sondra Hadden

Organic chemistry plays a central role in drug development, biotechnology, materials science, and wide range of other fields. In our daily lives, applications of organic chemistry are ubiquitous. The collection of articles featured here illustrates the broad scope and high quality of organic chemistry published in the journals of the American Chemical Society. Many of […]

December 3, 2015

Pacifichem 2015: Inorganic Chemistry

By Kal Banger

Inorganic Chemistry, a broad field encompassing many sub-disciplines, has tremendous impact across our daily lives by addressing the most important human health, environmental, and energy problems.  This collection of articles from leading ACS journals is illustrative of the wide scope and strong prominence of inorganic chemistry at Pacifichem. These articles exemplify some of the exciting […]

December 2, 2015

Pacifichem 2015: A Sneak Peek

By Ranjini Prithviraj

The 7th International Chemical Congress of Pacific Basin Societies, Pacifichem, will take place December 15-20, 2015, in Honolulu, Hawaii, and is jointly sponsored by seven international chemical societies: the American Chemical Society (ACS), the Canadian Society for Chemistry (CSC), the Chemical Society of Japan (CSJ), the New Zealand Institute of Chemistry (NZIC), the Royal Australian […]

December 2, 2015

Pacifichem 2015: Analytical Chemistry

By Antonella Mazur

The field of Analytical Chemistry encompasses all research involving the separation, identification, and quantification of the chemical composition of natural and synthetic materials. This includes various aspects of chemical measurement science as well as the development/application of analytical tools and methodologies. In an effort to showcase some of the most recent advances in this field, […]

November 24, 2015

Announcing the Winners of our Reviewer Contest

By Andrew Clinton

During the month of October, ACS Publications thanked our reviewers for devoting their time to the ACS and their contributions to the advancement of science in a variety of ways. As part of this celebration, any scientist who submitted a review was automatically entered to win one of three prizes: a grand prizewinner received an […]

November 18, 2015

ACS Editors Shine on the Power List 2015

By Selenah Njoloma

“Don’t take it too seriously,” says The Analytical Scientist of its 2015 Power List. But when a list claims to name the world’s 100 most influential analytical chemists, how can you not? Now in its second iteration, the Power List is “a celebration of the analytical sciences, promoting the importance of the whole field to […]