Category: Featured

August 17, 2018

Peidong Yang’s Personal Story of Discovery

By Jesse Stanchak

Peidong Yang learned early in his career that being able to think about a problem from more than one vantage point can yield surprising results. Now his interdisciplinary mindset could open new doors in artificial photosynthesis. Yang is the S.K. and Angela Chan Distinguished Professor of Energy and Professor of Chemistry at  University of California, […]

August 17, 2018

Staff Sheehan’s Personal Story of Discovery

By Jesse Stanchak

These days, Dr. Staff Sheehan spends more time on the road than in the lab. But his innovations in solar energy as president of Catalytic Innovations, and chief technology officer of The Air Company, just might help save the planet. Sheehan tried his hand at several different fields before discovering a path that worked for […]

August 17, 2018

Vivian Yam’s Personal Story of Discovery

By Jesse Stanchak

Power for lighting makes up almost one-fifth of global energy use; Professor Vivian Yam says that one way to change that will be to make lighting more efficient. Yam is the Philip Wong Wilson Wong Professor in Chemistry and Energy at The University of Hong Kong and an Associate Editor of Inorganic Chemistry. Her interest […]

August 17, 2018

Shu-Li You’s Personal Story of Discovery

By Jesse Stanchak

It’s the drug development version of having your cake and eating it too: Imagine being able to efficiently manufacture only the desired enantiomer of a drug.  Professor Shu-Li You of the Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry is working on a way to do just that. You is the Director of State Key Laboratory of Organometallic […]

February 26, 2018

Ali Khademhosseini’s Personal Story of Discovery

By Bryan McBournie

Professor Ali Khademhosseini is a Professor of Bioengineering, Chemical Engineering, and Radiology at the University of California, Los Angeles, and is an Associate Editor of ACS Nano. He was born in Iran and lived there during the turbulence of the Iranian Revolution and the Iran-Iraq War. When he was young, Khademhosseini’s parents decided to move […]

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February 26, 2018

Anne M. Andrews’ Personal Story of Discovery

By Bryan McBournie

Professor Anne M. Andrews is a Professor of Psychiatry and Chemistry & Biochemistry at the University of California, Los Angeles. She is also an Associate Editor at ACS Chemical Neuroscience. Andrews discovered her love of science while in high school. She credits two teachers for inspiring her interests in chemistry through exciting and challenging experiments. […]

  • Personal Stories of Discovery

February 26, 2018

Mireille Kamariza’s Personal Story of Discovery

By Bryan McBournie

Mireille Kamariza is a Ph.D. student at Stanford University. Born in Burundi, Kamariza emigrated to the United States at the age of 17. Her experiences growing up in East-Africa in many ways inspired the work she does today. She cites her father as a significant influence in seeking out science as a career. When Kamariza […]

  • Personal Stories of Discovery

February 26, 2018

Teri W. Odom’s Personal Story of Discovery

By Bryan McBournie

Professor Teri W. Odom, Ph.D., is the Charles E. and Emma H. Morrison Professor and Associate Chair of the Department of Chemistry at Northwestern University. She is also the Executive Editor of ACS Photonics and a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of ACS Nano. Odom said she didn’t picture herself pursuing a career in […]

  • Personal Stories of Discovery
International Women Scientists

January 22, 2018

International Women Scientists: A Conversation with Chemists from Asia

By Chi Wang

Worldwide, women scientists are underrepresented in their fields. The next generation of young girls and women will be more likely to pursue a career in an area like chemistry if they see women scientists in these roles. Five established chemists from Taiwan, Singapore, Hong Kong, and India shared their perspective on what it’s like for […]

  • women in science
periodic table

October 24, 2017

10 Amazing Periodic Table of the Elements Designs

By Jesse Stanchak

The periodic table is a marvel of design. Dmitri Mendeleev’s approach to organizing the elements was informative and elegant. It even helped predict the existence of elements then unknown to scientists. A periodic table is an important tool for scientists, but also for educators. The periodic table is an accessible way to teach students about […]

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ACS Announces New Materials Journals

September 26, 2017

ACS Announces Two New Materials Journals

By Jesse Stanchak

ACS Publications is proud to announce the launch of two new materials journals, ACS Applied Energy Materials, and ACS Applied Nano Materials, within the editorial purview of ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces. The new materials journals are a response to the growing importance of interdisciplinary materials research, with other new materials journals planned to follow […]

August 31, 2017

Drinking Water: Healthy, Tasty, or Toxic

By David Sedlak

Attendees of the 254th ACS National Meeting & Exposition in Washington DC had an opportunity to attend a lecture on the chemistry of drinking water by Dr. David Sedlak, Editor-in-Chief of Environmental Science & Technology and Environmental Science & Technology Letters. The lecture entitled, “Healthy, Tasty, or Toxic: A Chemist’s View of Drinking Water,” provides […]

  • drinking water

August 24, 2017

ACS’ Most Prolific Author Zhong Lin Wang Shares His Productivity Tips

By Jesse Stanchak

ACS journals feature the work of many amazing chemistry researchers, but none quite as productive as Dr. Zhong Lin Wang. At the 254th ACS National Meeting and Exposition, Wang was honored as ACS Publications’ most prolific author. The honor was announced via a photo mosaic, which used images submitted by event attendees to assemble a […]

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  • Most Prolific Author

July 18, 2017

How to Prepare for a Chemistry Job Interview

By Lexi Romano

Are you currently getting ready for a big chemistry job interview that could take your career to the next level? ACS wants to help you out by providing some valuable tips on how to do well in your next chemistry job interview! You know what they say: “You only get one chance at a first […]

May 3, 2017

ACS Editors Elected to National Academy of Sciences

By Jesse Stanchak

Eleven of the new members and foreign associates elected to the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) for 2017 have strong ties to ACS Publications journals. The NAS announced the election of a total of 84 new members and 21 foreign associates, bringing the academy’s total to 2,290 active members and 475 nonvoting foreign associates. The new members […]

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May 2, 2017

Congratulations Dr. Iga Kucharska of the University of Virginia, Winner of the Inaugural Gordon Hammes Scholar Award

By Ellie Key

The Gordon Hammes Scholar Award honors the young scientists responsible for the very best papers published in Biochemistry. Dr. Iga Kucharska was selected from a large applicant pool on the basis of a Viewpoint she submitted that highlights her first-author paper in Biochemistry entitled, “Molecular Interactions of Lipopolysaccharide with an Outer Membrane Protein from Pseudomonas aeruginosa […]

April 24, 2017

4 Keys to Writing a Highly-Read Chemistry Research Paper

By Stephanie Monasky

You spent a lot of time on your research, and now it is time to describe those findings to the scientific community. You know your work is important, but how do you make it stand out? To help answer this question, we asked ACS Editors, staff, and 2016’s most-read author to share their thoughts on […]

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  • Publishing Tips

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 […]

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March 28, 2017

John Gerlt Named Biochemistry’s 2017 Gordon Hammes Lectureship Winner

By Ellie Key

The Gordon Hammes Lecture Award is sponsored jointly by Biochemistry and the ACS Division of Biological Chemistry.  The objective is to recognize and honor a single individual whose scientific contributions have had a major impact on research at the interface of chemistry and biology. “I am delighted with the committee’s selection of John Gerlt as […]

December 12, 2016

10 Big Ideas No Scientist Can Afford to Ignore

By Jesse Stanchak

Some experiments might take place in a vacuum, but science never does. The pursuit of knowledge only happens within the context of the wider world. Research is not driven by pure, idle curiosity. Social, political, and economic trends influence every area of our lives, including the questions we ask and the work we do to […]

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 […]

Productive Scientists

November 29, 2016

Discover the 7 Habits of Productive Scientists

By Chi Wang

Do you often find yourself busy but not very productive? Do you struggle with deadlines or fumble your way through projects? Maybe you have a lot of great ideas but don’t have time to execute them. If that’s the case, maybe you need to adopt some of the productivity secrets of ACS Publications Editors-in-Chief. George […]

prepare your manuscript for publication

September 26, 2016

10 Tips For Preparing Your Manuscript for Publication

By Shannon O'Reilly

Now that you’ve completed your research, all that remains is to prepare your manuscript. You need to choose the right journal, get your findings published, and attract a large, and influential readership. Preparing your manuscript and submitting your research for publication is the easy part of the process, right? Unfortunately, preparing a paper for publication […]

  • Getting published
  • manuscript submissions
  • research publication
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

August 18, 2016

Free Resources for Creating Chemistry Figures for Journal Publication

By Stephanie Monasky

We recently polled authors on what their preferred program for creating chemistry figures for research publication via our @ACS4Authors account. Unfortunately, Twitter polls only allow for 4 answer choices, so we hoped to capture votes for other popular programs for creating chemistry figures by asking you to tweet at us. And tweet you did. 5,892 […]

  • Chemistry Figures
  • Getting published
Scott J. Miller

August 5, 2016

The Journal of Organic Chemistry Welcomes New Editor-in-Chief Scott J. Miller

By Brooke Howell

Yale University Professor Scott J. Miller will join The Journal of Organic Chemistry next year as its new Editor-in-Chief. Miller is the Irénée du Pont Professor of Chemistry at Yale and has won numerous awards, including the ACS Arthur C. Cope Scholar Award and the ACS Award for Creative Work in Synthetic Organic Chemistry. He […]

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best chemistry blog

July 18, 2016

Best Chemistry Blogs: 5 Science Blogs Worth Bookmarking

By Jesse Stanchak

ACS Axial offers new blog posts for chemists every day. But it isn’t the only great blog for chemists out there. As a service to readers, we occasionally highlight the best chemistry blogs. Check out our list of the best chemistry blogs. Each blog on this list is worth a bookmark: Scientific publishing is full […]

  • blogs

June 2, 2016

Reddit Joins the Quest for New Antibiotics

By Katherine Stevens

On May 24, ACS Publications and Professor Gerry Wright of McMaster University teamed up to host an Ask Me Anything (AMA) on Reddit’s r/AskScience covering antibiotics research and more. Professor Wright is the Director of the Michael G. DeGroote Institute for Infectious Disease Research and an Associate Editor at ACS Infectious Diseases. His work is […]

  • antibiotic resistance
  • Reddit AMA

May 31, 2016

ACS Sensors’ J. Justin Gooding Named Felllow of Australian Academy of Science

By Chi Wang

ACS Sensors Editor-in-Chief J. Justin Gooding was named a fellow of the Australian Academy of Science this week. Gooding is one of 21 honorees recognized by the organization, each of whom were recognized for making significant and lasting impacts in their scientific disciplines. The academy praised Gooding for his use of “electrochemistry, synthetic chemistry, interfacial physical […]

April 25, 2016

Meet the Q1 2016 Lectureship Winners

By Jesse Stanchak

2016 Inorganic Chemistry Lectureship Award Winner: Prof. Dr. Serena DeBeer Institution: Max-Planck-Institut fuer Chemische Energiekonversion Research Highlights: A professor and research group leader at the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Energy Conversion in Mülheim an der Ruhr, Germany, Dr. DeBeer’s research group is focused on the development and application of advanced X-ray spectroscopic tools for understanding […]

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  • Chemical Biology
  • Energy & Fuels
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Langmuir
  • Lectureships
  • Macromolecules
  • Nano Letters
  • Organic Letters
  • Organometallics
  • The Journal of Organic Chemistry
  • The Journal of Physical Chemistry A
  • The Journal of Physical Chemistry B
  • The Journal of Physical Chemistry C

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 […]

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  • history

March 11, 2016

Meet ACS’ New Associate Editors for Q1 2016

By Jesse Stanchak

New associate editors bring more than just changes to a publication’s masthead. They bring new experiences, new perspectives and new ideas to their publications. Get to know some of ACS’ latest associate editors and learn what unique gifts they’ll be bringing to their respective journals. *** Maria Laura Bolognesi, Journal of Medicinal Chemistry What do […]

  • ACS Catalysis
  • Associate Editors
  • Journal of Chemical Education
  • Journal of Chemical Information and Modeling
  • Journal of Medicinal Chemistry

March 3, 2016

Meet the New EIC of Journal of Proteome Research

By Renee John

“Synergy between the different types of ‘omics’” is how Journal of Proteome Research describes its scope. For the uninitiated, that means genomics, proteomics, metabonomics, and metabolomics. The journal also focuses on advances in methodology, including bioinformatics. The journal has long been a leader in the proteomics field—and now, it is under new, capable leadership. Professor […]

  • John R. Yates
  • Journal of Proteome Research

March 1, 2016

Join ACS Publications in San Diego

By Andrew Clinton

The 251st ACS National Meeting in San Diego is rapidly approaching, and we hope that you can take some time out of your day to join us at the ACS Publications and C&EN booths in the exhibition hall. You’ll have an opportunity to learn about our exciting new journals and our flexible open access offerings. […]

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  • ACS Publications
  • Chemical & Engineering News

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
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

February 10, 2016

What Drives an Editor? Ask ACS Central Science’s Carolyn Bertozzi

By Selenah Njoloma

 What motivates this year’s National Academy of Sciences awardee — a busy professor at Stanford University with a full plate — to assume the role as Editor-in-Chief of ACS Central Science, a new open access journal ready to compete with top science journals? The answer lies in what drives Carolyn Bertozzi. Her brief bio on Twitter […]

  • ACS Central Science
  • Carolyn Bertozzi
  • open access
Richard Powell

February 9, 2016

From Tree to Treatment: Honoring Richard G. Powell, a Pioneer in Anticancer Research

By Renee John

At a glance, the Japanese plum yew (Cephalotaxus harringtonia) is an unremarkable shrub. It is a bright green, bushy conifer, with spiky leaves that point toward the sky. It is native to the rich soil of Japan’s mountains and seaside cliffs but has made its way to planters’ gardens in Europe and the United States. But […]

  • cancer
  • Cephalotaxus harringtonia
  • Journal of Natural Products
  • medicine
  • Richard G. Powell

February 4, 2016

What is Open Access? Reddit Users Ask Us Their Toughest Questions

By Katherine Stevens

Open access is a big topic in scientific circles, sparking lots of discussion in recent years. The demand for free and open data has never been higher. But how does open access publishing work? In the past 2 years, we’ve expanded our open access outreach, launching several new programs and journals, including: In the past […]

  • ACS Author Rewards
  • ACS AuthorChoice
  • ACS Central Science
  • ACS Editors' Choice
  • ACS Omega
  • Ask Me Anything
  • open access
  • Reddit AMA
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
  • ChemDiversity.org
  • George Washington Carver
  • Mae Jemison
  • National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers
  • Patricia Bath
  • Percy Julian