Category: History/Trivia

April 19, 2017

Celebrate Earth Day By Testing Your Environmental I.Q.

By Jesse Stanchak

Chemistry is important to the past, present, and future of the modern environmental movement. Many of today’s thorniest environmental problems have their roots in the work of earlier generations of chemists. But if chemistry has sometimes been part of creating ecological problems, it is absolutely essential to humanity’s efforts to solve them. That’s why the […]

  • Earth Day

February 23, 2017

JACS Image Challenge: Spectacularly Scientifically Fun!

By Lingling Chen

In order to allow readers to interact with research content in an educational manner, the Journal of the American Chemical Society is launching the JACS Image Challenge on our Facebook page! JACS Image Challenge is a recurring multiple-choice question about a recent JACS article or communication. You may take a look at the image from […]

December 2, 2016

ACS Honors the Discovery of Ivermectin

By Keith Lindblom

This month the American Chemical Society designated the discovery of ivermectin as a National Historic Chemical Landmark in a ceremony at Merck & Co., Inc., in Rahway, New Jersey. Why is the discovery of ivermectin such an important achievement in the history of chemistry? The story starts when a scientist discovers a lowly bacterium near […]

  • Ivermectin
  • Nobel Prize

December 2, 2016

Celebrating the History of B Vitamin Research With ACS

By Keith Lindblom

This month the American Chemical Society designated the research of Merck & Co., Inc., on the vitamin B complex as a National Historic Chemical Landmark in a ceremony in Rahway, New Jersey. The story of the discovery of the vitamin B complex begins in 1889, when a Dutch physician named Christiaan Eijkman, working in the […]

  • Vitamin B

October 14, 2016

National Chemistry Week 2016: Solving Mysteries Through Chemistry

By Jesse Stanchak

Each year, we set aside a week in October to reach out and share positive messages about the transformative power of chemistry. Welcome to Chemistry Week 2016! This year’s theme is “Solving Mysteries Through Chemistry.” How can you get involved? It’s easy! Chemistry Week is all about sharing your love of chemistry with others, with […]

  • National Chemistry Week

October 10, 2016

National Historic Chemical Landmarks: Honoring the Discovery of Radiocarbon Dating

By Keith Lindblom

On Oct. 10, the American Chemical Society will dedicate a National Historic Chemical Landmark at the University of Chicago in Chicago, Illinois, in honor of Willard Libby’s discovery of radiocarbon dating. Libby’s method for dating organic materials by measuring their content of carbon-14 provides objective age estimates for carbon-based objects that originated from living organisms. […]

  • Radiocarbon Dating

September 30, 2016

Chemistry of Tea and Coffee

By Finbar Galligan

On the whole, you can divide people into two groups: coffee drinkers, and tea drinkers. (A shadowy third group – those who don’t like hot drinks – are to be regarded with deep suspicion.) Imbibing these plant-infused hot beverages has become deeply entrenched in the culture and lifestyle of people the world over. Around 2.5 […]

  • coffee
  • tea

August 26, 2016

What’s Your ACS IQ?

By Jesse Stanchak

Attendees at the 252nd ACS National Meeting who visited the ACS Publications booth were greeted with a little quiz to test their knowledge of both chemistry history and ACS trivia. Think you’re up to our chemistry quiz challenge? There’s only one way to find out. Content loading… <br /> Please enable javascript!<br />

  • 252nd ACS National Meeting and Exposition
  • quiz

May 6, 2016

ACS Publications: By the Numbers

By Andrew Clinton

In 1879, the American Chemical Society began the publication of chemical research with the first issue of the Journal of the American Chemical Society. Today, ACS publishes almost 50 peer-reviewed journals filled with cutting-edge articles across a broad spectrum of scientific disciplines. ACS Publications delivers more than 1 million research articles through its award-winning web […]

  • American Chemical Society
  • Infographic
Fictional Librarians

May 3, 2016

7 Fictional Librarians to Guide You on Your Quest for Knowledge

By Katherine Stevens

The depictional of fictional librarians in media is often laden with tropes and inaccuracies — not unlike the portrayal of chemists. Despite these pitfalls, however, there are quite a few fictional information specialists who make the job look cool and fun. Here are seven of our favorite fictional librarians: Barbara Gordon (DC Comics) Widely regarded as one […]

  • Librarians
Where does an article's DOI come from?

April 21, 2016

Where does an article’s DOI come from?

By Bryan McBournie

There is more to an article’s Digital Object Identifier (DOI) than you may think. Every published article has an alphanumeric string assigned to it, which not only makes citation easier but also ensures the article has a persistent link online. The International DOI Foundation maintains the platform. Recently, ACS created its own format based on that […]

  • DOI
  • Journals
  • publishing
  • research

April 6, 2016

The American Chemical Society Celebrates 140 Years of Advancing Chemistry

By Keith Lindbloom

On April 6, 1876, a group of 35 chemists founded the American Chemical Society in New York City. According to Charles F. Chandler, one of the co-founders, the new society would “prove a powerful and healthy stimulus to original research …, would awaken and develop much talent now wasting in isolation …, [bring] members of […]

  • American Chemical Society
  • history
5 black chemists who changed the world

February 1, 2016

Celebrate Black History Month with 5 Remarkable Black Chemists

By Jesse Stanchak

The history of chemistry is full of contributions from black scientists. They have made important discoveries in areas such as agriculture, medicine and more. They have helped firefighters, aided criminal investigations and even gone to space! Celebrate Black History Month with this video looking back at the lives of five important black chemists, produced in […]

  • Betty Harris
  • black chemists
  • black history month
  • George Washington Carver
  • Mae Jemison
  • National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers
  • Patricia Bath
  • Percy Julian

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 […]

September 23, 2015

Why Do Old Books Smell So Good?

By Michael Woodruff

The smell of old books is as ubiquitous and memory-jogging as that of cut grass or freshly baked bread. It instantly transports us to musty college libraries, second-hand bookshops sliced by shafts of light thick with dust mites, and the well-turned, softly yellowing pages of our favorite novels – re-read and re-thumbed down the years. […]

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Librarians

September 9, 2015

Ten Fictional Chemists to Inspire You to Greatness

By Katherine Stevens

Science in media is rarely portrayed as it is in real life—that’s why we call it science fiction. No matter how sound or unsound the science is in your favorite show or movie, chances are you’ve come across a character whose work in science has influenced you in some way. Here are some of our […]

  • ACS Members
  • Authors
  • Researchers