Category: Interviews

August 8, 2017

How Librarians Advance Chemistry: With ACS Fellow Grace Baysinger

By Katherine Stevens

This year the ACS named Stanford Librarian Grace Baysinger as one of the ACS Fellows. The program was created to recognize members of ACS for outstanding achievements in and contributions to science, the profession and the Society. Baysinger is currently the Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Librarian at the Robin Li and Melissa Ma Science Library. […]

August 1, 2017

What Chemical Engineers Should Know Before Going into Academia

By Chi Wang

Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research Editor-in-Chief Phil Savage knows his way around the lab, with more than 200 papers to his name. But he’s also comfortable in the classroom, serving as the Department Head and Walter L. Robb Family Endowed Chair, and Professor of Chemical Engineering at Pennsylvania State University. The two roles can require […]

April 14, 2017

Researchers Recognizing Transformative Librarians

By Michael Qiu

In celebration of National Library Week, ACS Publications invited researchers nominate a transformative librarian that has supported them throughout their career. We received nominations from researchers across the globe and are excited to share our winner: Sue Cardinal, Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Librarian University of Rochester Sue received two nominations from the University of Rochester, […]

April 12, 2017

The Transformative Power of Librarians

By Katherine Stevens

As we celebrate National Library Week, an American Library Association initiative highlighting the transformative power of libraries, we would like to take a look at how librarianship has transformed in recent years. Librarians have always played an essential role in research and information services, providing scientists with key information and helping students find what they […]

March 28, 2017

What Was ACS Doing at SXSW 2017?

By Jesse Stanchak

Earlier this year, representatives of the American Chemical Society visited Austin, Texas, to attend the South by Southwest (SXSW) Conference & Festivals. SXSW is synonymous with new ideas and important discussions, but chemistry isn’t typically part of the programming. Yet ACS was able to engage attendees in a variety of ways, including a series of […]

March 7, 2017

Exploring the Future of Energy Storage on Reddit

By Emma Weckerling

On February 21, ACS Publications hosted a Reddit AMA session with ACS Energy Letters Editor-in-Chief Prashant Kamat to discuss peer review, light energy conversion and more. Kamat is the inaugural editor of ACS Energy Letters and is also a principal scientist at the Radiation Laboratory at the University of Notre Dame. His research group focuses on multidisciplinary insight […]

  • Reddit AMA

February 22, 2017

Get to Know The Journal of Organic Chemistry Editor-in-Chief Scott J. Miller

By Jesse Stanchak

The Journal of Organic Chemistry’s new Editor-in-Chief, Scott J. Miller, brings considerable experience to the role he assumed on January 1. He is the Irénée du Pont Professor of Chemistry at Yale University, where he served as chair of the Department of Chemistry from 2009 through 2016. Miller has published important papers, including his work […]

February 21, 2017

Q&A: ACS Omega’s Krishna Ganesh on the Future of Indian Research Funding

By Jesse Stanchak

The Indian government’s recently unveiled 2017-2018 budget includes increased levels of public funding for research in a variety of disciplines. Yet, as C&EN reports, some Indian scientists are saying the new budget does not go far enough to support Indian research. One of those researchers is Krishna Ganesh, a chemistry professor, director of the Indian […]

  • India

February 17, 2017

Introducing Langmuir Senior Editor Shu-Hong Yu

By Ellie Key

Langmuir is pleased to introduce Shu-Hong Yu, who recently joined the team as a Senior Editor for the journal. Professor Yu and his research group work from the Biomimetic and Nanochemistry Lab at the University of Science and Technology of China. We asked Professor Yu about his career, his group’s research, and his advice for […]

February 17, 2017

Former NIST Director Willie E. May Looks Back on a Life in Public Service

By Katherine Stevens

Earlier this year, Willie E. May, Ph.D., stepped down as the director of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). In recognition of his outstanding career, he was chosen as the recipient of the American Chemical Society’s 2017 Award for Public Service. ASC Axial asked May to reflect on his 40 years of work […]

February 16, 2017

Jonas C. Peters Wins 2017 Inorganic Chemistry Lectureship

By Brooke Howell

Jonas C. Peters, Bren Professor of Chemistry at Caltech, is the winner of the 2017 Inorganic Chemistry Lectureship. Inorganic Chemistry and the ACS Division of Inorganic Chemistry launched the award in 2013 to anually recognize a researcher who has demonstrated creativity and impact in leading research in inorganic chemistry. “Jonas’s research program is both exceptionally […]

February 10, 2017

Talking Improved TB Testing with Mireille Kamariza

By Jesse Stanchak

Stanford doctoral candidate Mireille Kamariza helped make headlines last year, joining her adviser (and ACS Central Science Editor-in-Chief) Carolyn Bertozzi to present on a new test for diagnosing tuberculosis (TB) at the 252nd American Chemical Society National Meeting & Exposition in Philadelphia. Improved TB testing could make a huge difference in the lives of millions […]

Mostafa El-Sayed

December 28, 2016

Diving Into the Nanoscale World With Priestley Medal Winner Mostafa El-Sayed

By Jesse Stanchak

Mostafa El-Sayed’s chemistry career spans almost 60 years. His research includes using lasers and other tools to better understand the properties and behavior of molecules, especially the properties of nanoscale materials. He is a pioneer in the use of nanomedicine to fight cancer. He even has a spectroscopy rule named after him: the “El-Sayed rule,” […]

  • Priestley Medal
Discussing the Future of C-H Activation Reactions

December 8, 2016

Discussing C-H Activation Reactions With MacArthur Fellow Jin-Quan Yu

By Jesse Stanchak

Jin-Quan Yu, a professor at the Scripps Research Institute, is a recipient of a 2016 MacArthur Foundation grant for his work in developing new ways to break carbon-hydrogen bonds. He’s also the author of 99 papers in ACS Publications journals including ACS Catalysis, ACS Central Science, Accounts of Chemical Research, Journal of the American Chemical […]

September 1, 2016

The Evolving Role of Librarians on the 21st Century Campus: Part Four, Lisabeth Chabot

By Katherine Stevens

How has your job changed over the years? What is it like being a 21st-century librarian compared to the more traditional image most people have in their minds? Lisabeth Chabot (College Librarian, Ithaca College): The move from ownership of content to curating access to content has impacted all areas of library work. I like to […]

Stefano Tonzani

August 30, 2016

Get the Inside Scoop on Publishing With Stefano Tonzani

By Katherine Stevens

On August 16, ACS Publications hosted an Ask Me Anything session with ACS Omega Executive Editor Stefano Tonzani to discuss the publishing process, open access, and more. Stefano is well-versed in the scientific publishing world, having worn many hats over the course of his career. With the launch of his “baby”—ACS Omega, ACS Publications’ newest […]

  • open access
  • Reddit AMA

July 11, 2016

Reddit Discovers the Latest Developments in Nanoscience

By Katherine Stevens

On July 5, ACS Publications hosted an Ask Me Anything (AMA) on Reddit’s r/Science with Professor Chad A. Mirkin to discuss what’s new in nanoscience and more. Professor Mirkin teaches chemistry, biomedical engineering, materials science, and medicine at Northwestern University, and is the Director of the International Institute for Nanotechnology. He is best known for […]

  • Chad A. Mirkin
  • nanoscience
  • Reddit AMA
Prashant Kamat

July 8, 2016

ACS Energy Letters Publishes its Inaugural Issue

By Brooke Howell

Today, ACS Energy Letters published its inaugural issue. I have been working with Editor-in-Chief Dr. Prashant Kamat, principal scientist at the University of Notre Dame’s Radiation Laboratory, to spread the word about this exciting new journal. Recently I connected with him to discuss the journal and its first issue. Read on to find out what […]

  • Prashant Kamat
John R. Yates III

June 28, 2016

John R. Yates III on the Future of Proteome Research

By Jesse Stanchak

No one understands the importance of studying proteomes quite like John R. Yates III, the recently named editor-in-chief of the Journal of Proteome Research. Get to know more about Yates and the field of proteomics in this wide-ranging video interview. Yates discusses his vision for the journal, including areas it could expand to cover in the […]

  • John R. Yates III
  • Proteomes

May 13, 2016

The Evolving Role of Librarians on the 21st Century Campus: Part Three: Donna Wrublewski

By Katherine Stevens

How has your job changed over the years? What is it like being a 21st-century librarian compared to the more traditional image most people have in their minds? Donna Wrublewski (Librarian for Chemistry, Biology, and Biological Engineering, California Institute of Technology): Well, I’ve only been a librarian for about five years, so the only things […]

  • ACS Chemical Information Division
  • Librarians
  • Special Libraries Association

April 22, 2016

Energy & Fuels: Past, Present & Future With Michael T. Klein

By Renee John

In celebration of Eath Day 2016, Energy & Fuels Editor-in-Chief Michael T. Klein discusses the state of energy research. You’ve been the EIC of Energy & Fuels since 2002. How has the field of energy and fuels research changed in that time?  The most significant change is that virtually all possible energy solutions are placed in and […]

  • Earth Day 2016
  • Energy & Fuels
  • Michael T Klein

March 1, 2016

Meet ACS Energy Letters Editor-in-Chief Prashant Kamat

By Renee John

ACS is proud to announce the launch of a new journal, ACS Energy Letters, dedicated to showcasing the latest findings in energy conversion and storage from a variety of chemistry disciplines. Leading this exciting new journal is Dr. Prashant Kamat, principal scientist at the University of Notre Dame’s Radiation Laboratory. What are your goals as […]

  • ACS Energy Letters
  • Prashant Kamat
Pushpalatha Murthy

February 17, 2016

Engaging Women Scientists and Engineers in India with Pushpalatha Murthy

By Michael Qiu

In September 2014, Prof. Pushpalatha “Pushpa” Murthy from the National Science Foundation delivered a series of professional skills and career advancement workshops for women scientists and engineers in India. The workshops were conducted by Prof. Geraldine Richmond (University of Oregon), Prof. Laura Greene (University of Illinois) and Prof. Pushpa Murthy, with financial support from the […]

  • COACh
  • India
  • Workshop
David Sedlak

February 11, 2016

David Sedlak: How Cities Can Meet Their Growing Water Needs

By Freddy Tellez

David Sedlak is off to a great start in 2016. The Editor-in-Chief of Environmental Science & Technology was recently elected to the National Academy of Engineering and his TED Talk, “4 Ways We Can Avoid a Catastrophic Drought” is a hit on YouTube. Check out David Sedlak’s TED Talk and a revealing follow-up interview on recycled water technology, conservation, […]

  • David Sedlak
  • Environmental Science & Technology
  • TED Talk
  • video
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

October 20, 2015

What’s Next for Sensors Research?

By Selenah Njoloma

When nonscientists think of advanced sensors, images of Star Trek’s “tricorder” often come to mind. The tricorder could detect contamination, sense approaching enemies, and give quick evaluations of an individual’s health (even one of a non-human species). As J. Justin Gooding, editor-in-chief of ACS Sensors explains, however, this depiction of sensors couldn’t be further from […]

  • ACS Sensors
  • Reddit AMA

October 9, 2015

The Evolving Role of Librarians on the 21st Century Campus – Part One

By Katherine Stevens

Librarians have always played an essential role in research and information services, providing scientists with essential information and helping students find what they need. However, the modern librarian’s role has evolved into one of the most multifaceted jobs on a university campus. Scientific librarians, in particular, are tasked with engaging their patrons with the latest […]

  • Librarians

September 24, 2015

Advancing ACS Chemical Biology: Interview with Editor-in-Chief Laura Kiessling, PhD

By Owen Kibenge

ACS Chemical Biology Editor-in-Chief Laura Kiessling uses one word to assert the journal’s philosophy: Interdisciplinary. “Having researchers that are knowledgeable about both chemistry and biology has led to remarkable advances,” she says. Advocating this type of interdisciplinary approach has established ACS Chemical Biology as an important anchor in the chemical biology field, serving a somewhat […]

  • ACS Chemical Biology
  • Researchers