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ACS Transformative Journals: another way for Plan S funded authors to publish with ACS

Many researchers whose work is funded by a Plan S signatory now have greater choice in where to publish, as ACS’ subscription journals have recently been awarded Transformative Journal status by cOAlition S – reinforcing our commitment to widening availability of cutting-edge research articles in chemistry and related sciences.

Plan S is an initiative supported by many research funders worldwide, with the goal of accelerating the uptake of open access. Researchers whose work is funded by a Plan S signatory are required to make their research papers publicly available with a broad CC BY reuse license immediately upon publication.

Most Plan S funders have agreed to support costs for their researchers who publish in open access journals, providing these are ‘gold’ OA journals which immediately make research papers freely available to readers, ‘hybrid’ subscription and open access journals that are included in transformational agreements such as ACS Read + Publish Agreements, or Transformative Journals – publications that have committed to becoming fully open access in the future, with clear annual targets for growing the proportion of open articles they publish. Any researcher whose funder’s open access policy is fully aligned with Plan S including the Transformative Journal component can now choose to publish in their preferred ACS journal, and receive funder support until 31 December 2024.

“ACS is committed to furthering sustainable open access in the chemical sciences while also giving authors the greatest amount of choice possible,” said Sybille Geisenheyner, Director of Open Access Strategy and Licensing for ACS Publications. “Transformative Journals put open access within reach for thousands more authors, ensuring a greater proportion of the literature is free for everyone to read and reuse.”

More information is available on the ACS Open Science website.

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Announcing the Recipients of the 2022 Chemistry of Materials Lectureship and Best Paper Award

Chemistry of Materials and the ACS Division of Polymeric Materials: Science and Engineering are proud to announce Baolin Guo and Meng Li from Xi’an Jiaotong University, China, as the recipients of the 2022 Chemistry of Materials Lectureship and Best Paper Award. This award honors the authors of an article published in 2020 or 2021 that has outstanding influence across the field of materials chemistry, while also recognizing that research is a team endeavor.

The winning paper is “Two-Pronged Strategy of Biomechanically Active and Biochemically Multifunctional Hydrogel Wound Dressing To Accelerate Wound Closure and Wound Healing.” This article reports the design of a series of multifunctional hydrogel wound dressings with thermo-responsive self-contraction, biomechanical activity, and tissue adhesion to assist wound closure, and more biochemical activities including self-healing, temperature-dependent drug release ability, anti-infection, antioxidation and conductivity to promote wound healing, thereby outlining a two-pronged strategy approach to wound management through combining biomechanical and biochemical functions together for the first time.

Discussing the teamwork associated with this award, Sara E. Skrabalak, the Editor-in-Chief of Chemistry of Materials noted that “This two-prong strategy reflects an exciting, new conceptual approach to hydrogel design for wound management, which was only possible through a high level of interdisciplinary collaboration between experts in material synthesis and characterization and those capable of conducting the antibacterial and animal experiments.”

The Chemistry of Materials Lectureship and Best Paper Award will be presented at an upcoming symposium during the ACS Fall National Meeting.

Read an Interview with Professor Baolin Guo

1. What does winning this award mean to you?

“We feel very honored and excited to get this reward, which shows the recognition of our work by the selection committee and scientific research field. Our research group has been working at the intersection of materials and medicine for many years. This work has been widely recognized as an illustration of the frontier and significance of our research, and we will continue our efforts.”

2. This award is about teamwork. How did working with each other – and your co-authors – lead to the results achieved and described in your article?

“First in the author’s contribution section: Baolin Guo and Hualei Zhang contributed to experiment conception and design, and manuscript revision, and supervision. Meng Li carried out the experiments and wrote the draft of the manuscript. Yongping Liang, Jiahui He assisted in the implementation of experiments and contributed to acquisition, analysis and interpretation of data. Secondly, this work belongs to the interdisciplinary subject of materials and medicine. Under the overall arrangement of Professor Baolin Guo, Meng Li and Jiahui He designed and guided the main materials field, and Dr. Yongping Liang was responsible for the experimental guidance in the medical field. I think the reason why this research work has attracted the attention of the majority of researchers is because the intersection of disciplines has become an important research direction in the future, and this work is a brilliant spark from the collision of disciplines.”

Learn more about Baolin Guo:

Baolin GuoBaolin Guo received his PhD degree in 2011 from the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) under the supervision of Professor Ann-Christine Albertsson. He is now a professor at State Key Laboratory for Mechanical Behavior of Materials, and the Frontier Institute of Science and Technology (FIST), Xi’an Jiaotong University. He has published more than 100 papers (citation >11000 times) with him as the first author and corresponding author, and he owns 8 patents. His research focuses on biomedical polymers including degradable conductive polymers for tissue engineering, multifunctional hydrogels for wound healing, rapid hemostasis materials, tissue regeneration, hydrogel adhesives, human motion sensing device and controlled drug delivery system.

Learn more about Meng Li:

Meng Li

Meng Li received his Bachelor and Master’s degrees in medicinal chemistry from Lanzhou University, China in 2011 and 2015, respectively. He is currently a PhD candidate at the Frontier Institute of Science and Technology, Xi’an Jiaotong University. He majored in biomedical engineering in the research group of Professor Baolin Guo from 2018. His main research interests are the design and synthesis of biomaterials for hemostasis and tissue repair.

Read about past winners of the Chemistry of Materials Lectureship and Best Paper Award

Call for Papers: Resource recovery and recycling from water streams: Advanced membrane technologies and case studies

In a paradigm shift towards resource sustainability and the circular economy, (waste-) waters are now recognized as sources of valuable resources, including clean water, precious metals, renewable energy and nutrients.  No longer the culprit of environmental pollution, diverse (waste-) water streams and resource recovery now form an important part of governmental energy strategies, national security and daily life.

Membrane technology has shown great potential in resource recovery and recycling in terms of its superior treated water quality, efficient nutrient recovery, and sustainable operation, especially under some scenarios where biological treatment is not feasible.

This Special Issue in ACS ES&T Water is seeking rigorous research articles, reviews, and perspectives on the latest advances in membrane technologies for resource recovery and recycling from diverse water streams (e.g. salt lake brines, brewery wastewater, landfill leachate, anaerobically treated sewage, and more).  Actual applications and case studies in this area are especially welcome.

Submit your manuscript for inclusion


Guest Editors

  • Bart Van der Bruggen, KU Leuven, Belgium
  • Hideto Matsuyama, Kobe University, Japan
  • Yuqing Lin, East China University of Science and Technology, China
  • Junfeng Zheng, KU Leuven, Belgium

Associate and Topic Editors

  • Ching-Hua Huang, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
  • Xin Li, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Author Instructions:

To submit your manuscript, please visit the ACS ES&T Water website. Please follow the normal procedures for manuscript submission and when in the ACS Paragon Plus submission site, select the special issue of “Resource recovery and recycling from water streams: Advanced membrane technologies and case studies.” All manuscripts will undergo rigorous peer review. For additional submission instructions, please see the ACS ES&T Water Author Guidelines.

The deadline for submissions is January 17, 2023. 

Submit your manuscript now

Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry Research Article of the Year Award 2022

The Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry (JAFC) and the ACS Divisions of Agrochemicals (AGRO) and Agricultural and Food Chemistry (AGFD) are delighted to announce the winners of the 2022 Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry Research Article of the Year Award. Launched in 2013, this award annually recognizes outstanding research work in the areas of agrochemicals and food chemistry with the support of the ACS Division of Agrochemicals and Division of Agricultural and Food Chemistry.

Congratulations to this year’s award recipients! The awards will be presented at ACS Fall 2022. Each award consists of an honorarium, a plaque, and travel expenses to attend the ACS National Meeting and present their research.

Winner of the AGFD Division Best Research Article:

Unraveling the Ergot Alkaloid and Indole Diterpenoid Metabolome in the Claviceps purpurea Species Complex Using LC–HRMS/MS Diagnostic Fragmentation Filtering
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jafc.1c01973
By: Silvio Uhlig, Oscar Daniel Rangel-Huerta, Hege H. Divon, Elin Rolén, Kari Pauchon, Mark W. Sumarah, Trude Vrålstad, and Justin B. Renaud

This research article describes an approach to evaluate the diversity of ergot alkaloids and indole diterpenoids and other important biochemical contaminants present in cereal grains using UHPLC-HRMS, molecular biology methods, statistics, and chemical profiling procedures. The data could be used to set up allowable maximum levels of ergot alkaloids in grain and cereal products.

Winner of the AGRO Division Best Research Article:

Dysregulation of ClpP by Small-Molecule Activators Used Against Xanthomonas oryzae pv. oryzae Infections
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jafc.1c01470
By: Teng Yang, Tao Zhang, Xiang Zhou, Pengyu Wang, Jianhua Gan, Baoan Song, Song Yang, and Cai-Guang Yang

Xanthomonas oryzae pv. oryzae (Xoo) causes rice bacterial leaf blight disease. Caseinolytic protease P (ClpP) is highly conserved in the majority of bacterial species and plays a central role in protein quality control by degrading misfolded proteins. In this research article the authors determined the crystal structure of XooClpP and demonstrated a new mode of action of ClpP activators against Xoo to prevent rice bacterial leaf blight.

Accepting the Research Article of the Year Award (AGFD Division) on behalf of all co-authors: Dr. Silvio Uhlig

Dr. Silvio Uhlig is a chemist and senior researcher at the Chemistry and Toxinology Research Group at Norwegian Veterinary Institute in Ås, Norway, which works broadly on different topics within toxin chemistry as well as the biology of toxin-producing organisms. He is especially interested in applying modern analytical chemistry techniques in a toxicological or biological context, such as chemotaxonomy or bioassay-guided isolation.

Accepting the Research Article of the Year Award (AGRO Division) on behalf of all co-authors: Dr. Song Yang and Dr. Cai-Guang Yang

Dr. Song Yang is Full Professor at the Key Laboratory of Green Pesticide and Agricultural Bioengineering, Ministry of Education of China, Guizhou University. He leads the Green Pesticide and Molecular Target Discovery research group and focuses on the discovery of new agrochemical lead compounds as well as their molecular targets, and the development of green pesticides targeting agricultural bacterial and fungal disease.

Dr. Cai-Guang Yang is Full Professor at the State Key Laboratory of Drug Research and the Center for Chemical Biology at Shanghai Institute of Materia Medica, Chinese Academy of Sciences. Since 2020, he has been an Adjunct Professor at School of Pharmaceutical Science and Technology, Hangzhou Institute for Advanced Study, University of Chinese Academy of Sciences. He leads the Chemical Biology based Drug Discovery research group and focuses on the development and application of chemical probes for functional intervention of untargeted proteins.

Previous Award-Winning Papers:

Quantitative Dietary Fingerprinting (QDF)—A Novel Tool for Comprehensive Dietary Assessment Based on Urinary Nutrimetabolomics
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jafc.8b07023


Evaluation of Matrix Effects and Extraction Efficiencies of LC–MS/MS Methods as the Essential Part for Proper Validation of Multiclass Contaminants in Complex Feed
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jafc.9b07706

3-Chloro-5-trifluoromethylpyridine-2-carboxylic acid, a Metabolite of the Fungicide Fluopyram, Causes Growth Disorder in Vitis vinifera
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jafc.8b05567


Transglycosylation Forms Novel Glycoside Ethyl α‑Maltoside and Ethyl α‑Isomaltoside in Sake during the Brewing Process by α‑Glucosidase A of Aspergillus oryzae
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jafc.9b06936

Bioactivity-Guided Metabolite Profiling of Feijoa (Acca sellowiana) Cultivars Identifies 4-Cyclopentene-1,3-dione as a Potent Antifungal Inhibitor of Chitin Synthesis
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jafc.7b06154


Yeast Metabolites of Glycated Amino Acids in Beer
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jafc.8b01329

Identification of the Ubiquitous Antioxidant Tripeptide Glutathione as a Fruit Fly Semiochemical
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jafc.7b03164


A Search for CD36 Ligands from Flavor Volatiles in Foods with an Aldehyde Moiety: Identification of Saturated Aliphatic Aldehydes with 9–16 Carbon Atoms as Potential Ligands of the Receptor
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jafc.7b01890

Quantitation of Aristolochic Acids in Corn, Wheat Grain, and Soil Samples Collected in Serbia: Identifying a Novel Exposure Pathway in the Etiology of Balkan Endemic Nephropathy
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jafc.6b02203

Toxicologically Relevant Aldehydes Produced during the Frying Process Are Trapped by Food Phenolics
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jafc.6b02165

Oxyphytosterols as Active Ingredients in Wheat Bran Suppress Human Colon Cancer Cell Growth: Identification, Chemical Synthesis, and Biological Evaluation
DOI: 10.1021/jf506361r

Olfactory Cues from Different Plant Species in Host Selection by Female Pea Moths
DOI: 10.1021/jf505934q

NMR-Based Metabolomic Investigation of Bioactivity of Chemical Constituents in Black Raspberry (Rubus occidentalis L.) Fruit Extracts
DOI: 10.1021/jf404998k
Identification of Plant Metabolites of Environmental Contaminants by UPLC-QToF-MS: The in Vitro Metabolism of Triclosan in Horseradish
DOI: 10.1021/jf404784q

Different Phenolic Compounds Activate Distinct Human Bitter Taste Receptors
DOI: 10.1021/jf304198k
Antifungal Activity against Plant Pathogens of Metabolites from the Endophytic Fungus Cladosporium cladosporioides
DOI: 10.1021/jf400212y

Identifying New Lignin Bioengineering Targets: Impact of Epicatechin, Quercetin Glycoside, and Gallate Derivatives on the Lignification and Fermentation of Maize Cell Walls
DOI: 10.1021/jf203986a
Human Psychometric and Taste Receptor Responses to Steviol Glycosides
DOI: 10.1021/jf301297n

Announcing the Recipient of the 2022 Bioconjugate Chemistry Lectureship Award

Bioconjugate Chemistry and the ACS Division of Polymeric Materials: Science and Engineering present the 2022 Bioconjugate Chemistry Lectureship Award, which recognizes the contributions of an individual who has made a major impact working at the interface between the synthetic and biological worlds.

Meet the Recipient

This year’s recipient is Dr. Neal K. Devaraj at the University of California, San Diego. Professor Devaraj is recognized for groundbreaking contributions to the field of bioorthogonal chemistry and advances in understanding the origins of cellular life.

Neal K. Devaraj is a Professor and Murray Goodman Endowed Chair of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of California San Diego (UCSD). A major research thrust of his lab is developing chemical reactions for understanding the transition between nonliving and living matter. Along these lines, his research group has developed approaches for the in-situ synthesis of synthetic cell membranes by using bioconjugation reactions to “stitch” together lipid fragments. This work has enabled the demonstration of self-reproducing lipid vesicles and artificial membranes that can remodel their chemical structure. Recently, his lab has developed bioconjugation techniques to synthesize lipid species within living cells, enabling studies that decipher how lipid structure affects cellular function.

For his scientific contributions, Professor Devaraj has been recognized with several awards including the American Chemical Society Award in Pure Chemistry, Blavatnik National Award in Chemistry, the Eli Lilly Award in Biological Chemistry, The Leo Hendrik Baekeland Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship in the Natural Sciences, and the Tetrahedron Young Investigator Award.

What does receiving this award mean to you?

It is an incredible honor for myself and for my research group since bioconjugation reactions are central to most of our scientific projects. This award also further encourages us to pursue high risk scientific projects at the interface between chemistry and biology.

How did you first become interested in researching bioconjugate chemistry and your area of study?

My graduate work at Stanford with Prof. James Collman and Prof. Chris Chidsey was in electrochemistry, and I was conjugating very complex molecules to electrode surfaces. While I never worked on biomolecules, after attending a seminar by Prof. Carolyn Bertozzi, I was deeply inspired and realized that what I knew about modifying synthetic surfaces might also be applied to modifying cell surfaces. Soon after I began exploring the use of bioconjugation chemistry, specifically tetrazine reactions, during my postdoctoral studies with Prof. Ralph Weissleder.
How would you describe your research to someone working outside the field?

We are using bioconjugation reactions to construct more complex molecules from smaller building blocks to mimic the biosynthetic processes that occur in living organisms. For instance, we are putting together small molecules to create larger lipid species that then self-assemble and spontaneously form cell-like membranes. To put it another way, we are developing synthetic anabolic reactions to create cell-like materials.

What are you working on currently?

We have recently been using bioconjugation chemistry to assemble lipid structures de novo (that is in the absence of preexisting membranes) from very simple building blocks. We are making progress toward this goal by combining enzymatic and purely chemical approaches to generate cell-like compartments using very simple feedstocks.

What do you think is the biggest challenge currently in your area of research?

How can we create self-contained, self-maintaining assemblies that exist far from equilibrium and have emergent properties that we normally associate with living materials?

What advances do you hope to see in your field over the next decade?

I believe scientists will continue blurring the boundary between nonliving and living matter and that we will be closer to creating artificial cells that are capable of growth, reproduction, and even evolution.

Explore Professor Devaraj’s recently published articles in ACS Publications Journals. 

The Bioconjugate Chemistry Lectureship Award 2022 recipient will present at the ACS 2022 Fall National Meeting.

Learn more about last year’s winner.  

Meet the 2022 ACS Synthetic Biology Young Innovator Award Recipient

ACS Synthetic Biologyand The American Institute of Chemical Engineers present the 2022 ACS Synthetic Biology Young Innovator Award, which recognizes an outstanding early career investigator conducting research in any area of synthetic biology.

Meet the Recipient

This year’s recipient is Dr. Neha P. Kamat at Northwestern University. Professor Kamat is being recognized for her creative research program focusing on self-assembled materials and responsive systems, her commitment to mentorship, and her leadership in diversity, inclusion and equity initiatives.

Dr. Neha P. Kamat is an assistant professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Northwestern University. She obtained her B.S. in Bioengineering from Rice University in 2008. She then went on to earn her Ph.D. in Bioengineering at the University of Pennsylvania in 2012 with Professor Daniel Hammer. Dr. Kamat then joined the laboratory of Professor Jack Szostak at Harvard University and Massachusetts General Hospital, where she was a NASA postdoctoral fellow.

The Kamat Lab’s interests lie in constructing minimal systems, or artificial cells, as a tool to understand and recreate certain cellular behaviors. The group uses emerging engineering methods in material science, biophysics, and synthetic biology to construct in vitro models of cellular membranes that can couple membrane biophysical processes to chemical and genetic processes, yielding new cellular mimetic biomaterials, capable of complex sensing, signaling, and responsive behaviors. In particular, the lab is interested in understanding the role of the bilayer membrane in mechanical force sensing and designing biosensors for environmental analytes. Dr. Kamat currently holds a Young Investigator Award from the Air Force Research Office and an NSF CAREER Award.

Learn more about Professor Kamat in this interview.

What does this award mean to you?

I’m extremely honored to receive this award, especially because the previous awardees are scientists I really admire. I also feel like I can officially call myself a synthetic biologist now. I come from a background in bioengineering primarily focused on biomaterials development. When I was a graduate student, I was aware of the exciting work that was being called synthetic biology.  At the time, the field primarily involved engineering living cells. I knew it was an area I wanted to move into because there were techniques and approaches that I would be able to draw from in order to design biomaterials that “think” and “make decisions.” I think we and many others in the field have been able to start doing just that. Along these lines, I’ve been excited to see synthetic biology expand into and draw from many other disciplines, including materials science, electronics, computer science, among more. More and more people are calling themselves synthetic biologists, which is great for our field.

What are you working on now?

The work in my lab centers around the cell membrane. We typically build membranes from their component parts like lipids and proteins and then use these systems to recreate and then learn more about a biological process or to build new classes of materials and devices. For example, a biological process we are interested in understanding is membrane protein folding and function. We’d like to understand how changes in the lipid composition of a cell membrane impact how a protein folds and then functions. We also use membranes as a starting material to build artificial cell-like systems. Our goal here is to draw from the decision-making and biosensing capabilities in biological systems to design non-living particles that can perform many similar, if not better, functions as living cells. A primary focus for our group in the development of artificial cells is to build new kinds of biosensors that can move through water-rich environments like groundwater or the vasculature, and detect and report molecules of interest

How would you describe your research to someone outside your field of research?

The membrane is a beautiful structure that defines the boundary of our smallest unit of life, the cell.  This is a structure that we think was floating around on its own on a primitive earth and that everything else we associate with life— the RNA, DNA, and peptides—came after. The membrane, in essence, likely seeded life by creating an environment where biochemical processes could be protected and concentrated. Yet we still know so little about this structure relative to RNA, DNA, and many proteins. The goal of my research is to take a closer look at lipid membranes and understand how the physical properties of these structures (how they stretch, bend, curve) affect the activity of embedded proteins. Then, we take the membrane as a starting material scaffold, and we add biological components (the DNA, RNA) that enable logic and decision-making capabilities and we design cell-like systems. Our hope on this side of things is to design a new and better class of materials that bridge advances in materials science with the functions only available in biology.

What do you think is the biggest challenge currently in your area of research?

We haven’t fully figured out how to tap into the power of membrane proteins in cell-free systems. Membrane proteins do so much in living cells- they are the primary responders to environmental signals, and they transport molecules, glycosylate proteins and lipids, they signal to other more soluble proteins, and have many more functions. How can we couple these activities effectively to cell-free systems? And then how do we multiplex their responses so we can integrate information from many different proteins?

Have there been any highlights in your career to date that you are especially proud of?

I have and continue to feel the greatest sense of achievement and pride when my students are recognized, whether it’s the publication of their first, first-author paper, receiving an award or fellowship, or hearing positive feedback from one of their committee members. Watching them develop into creative, thoughtful scientists and getting to be a part of that process has been unbelievably rewarding.

The first couple of papers from our group will also be something I will always remember. Just the sheer amount of work that goes into those – buying equipment and setting up a lab, recruiting and directly training your first few graduate students, working together to plan and perform experiments, and finally, writing up a manuscript. I’d add that seeing a particular idea or hypothesis come to fruition has also been exciting. My first Ph.D. student is wrapping up a study that we had started pursuing as a lab when she started and it’s exhilarating and gratifying to see how our hypothesis turned out to be right and also all the various ways we were quite wrong.

What would your advice be to someone just starting out in the field?

If you are new to a field, start with a project that allows you to bring your expertise in some way to that new space. This approach has often allowed me to bring something new to the table that I know about while learning about something entirely new. For example, one of the first projects we did in my lab was introducing synthetic, polymer-containing membranes into a cell-free reaction. And then be open to the weird results that mean something interesting is happening. We often think engineering is about building something and optimizing it, but there’s lots of room for discovery and fundamental science and in fact, the latter is critical to building truly innovative systems.

Finally, you can most often find a way to do the kind of research you want to do in a variety of places, but it’s most fun to do it in communities and environments where you feel welcome. I’ve been able to move into a more biophysics space as well as cell-free space because of the people around me. It’s one of the reasons I thought Northwestern was a great place for me to start my career. But I hadn’t considered the other parts of the job. I lucked into a supportive, collaborative environment and didn’t fully appreciate how important those components are until I was experiencing them. If I was at a different institution, I’m certain my research would have taken on a different flavor and that’s ok too. You can thrive when you have support around you so go where there are good people to work with, where the field or community seems open to new approaches and ideas, and you, and be open to the new avenues that this new community will introduce.

Explore Professor Kamat’s recently published articles in ACS Publications Journals. 

The ACS Synthetic Biology Young Innovator Award 2022 recipient will present during the 2022 Synthetic Biology: Engineering, Evolution & Design (SEED) Meeting. Learn more about last year’s winner.  

Meet the Recipients of the 2022 Advances in Measurement Science Lectureship Awards

ACS Sensors, Analytical Chemistry, Journal of Proteome Research, and the ACS Division of Analytical Chemistry are pleased to announce the recipients of the 2022 Advances in Measurement Science Lectureship Awards. This annual award recognizes individuals from three major geographic regions (the Americas; Europe, The Middle East, and Africa; and Asia-Pacific) who have made a recent and major impact in the field. The awards will be presented at the ACS Measurement Science Symposium in October, where recipients will receive an award plaque and a $1,500 honorarium. Learn about last year’s winners here.

Meet the 2022 Recipients

Below are three brief interviews with the winners regarding their research and their thoughts on the latest in measurement science.

Representing the Americas: Professor Jill Venton, University of Virginia

Tell us about yourself

I am an analytical chemist and neuroscientist. I graduated from the University of Delaware (B.S.) and University of North Carolina (Ph.D.) and then post-doced at Michigan. I am a Professor and Chair of the Department of Chemistry at the University of Virginia. I’m a second-generation chemistry professor, as my father taught chemistry at a small college. I always wanted to be like my dad and be a chemist. My first job at 16 was in a chemistry lab doing analytical chemistry work on insect attractants at the Beltsville Agricultural Research Center for the USDA in Maryland. Thus, chemistry has always been in my blood and I wanted to be a chemistry professor from an early age.

What does this award mean to you?

This award is special because it validates that the work we are doing in the Venton group is at the forefront of analytical chemistry. I am proud of the work of my graduate students and postdocs and think through this lectureship, I will get to showcase our work about developing new electrochemical sensors for challenging neurochemical analyses.

What are you working on now?

My research is focused on developing sensors for measuring neurotransmitters in the brain. In sensor development, we are making new 3D printed electrochemical sensors to make electrodes with submicron features. We also specialize in applications in the brain, such as measuring rapid adenosine transients in the brain during stroke in rats. My lab is currently implanting electrodes into awake fruit flies and measuring neurotransmitters during behaviors such as feeding.

How would you describe your career so far?

Blessed! I’ve been able to live my dream career, doing both teaching and research, now in a leadership role. I love the excitement of doing science and being able to share that with my students and research group.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?

Your biggest asset is the people who work for you and the hardest part of being a professor is managing people in the lab! Both are true! I would be nothing without the hardworking students, postdocs, and research scientists who work in my lab but I need to strive to provide each one with the individual mentoring they need to succeed.

What do you wish someone had told you when you were starting out as a chemist?

Don’t be afraid of failure-just have fun. Science is inherently risky, but also very exciting so aim to have fun doing it and don’t play it too safe.

Representing Europe, The Middle East, and Africa: Professor Thomas Rizzo, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne

Tell us about yourself

I received a B.S. from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a Ph.D. in physical chemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. After my Ph.D., I worked as a research associate in the James Franck Institute of the University of Chicago for three years before accepting a position at the University of Rochester. In 1994 I accepted a full professorship with the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL). I’ve held a number of positions at the EPFL, including Director of the Institute of Physical Chemistry, Head of the Department of Chemistry, and Dean of the School of Basic Sciences.

What does this award mean to you?

This award means a lot to me because I don’t originally come from the analytical chemistry community, having been educated as a physical chemist. It also says a lot about the mass spectrometry community, that they are open to new ideas and people rather than being closed and cliquish.

What are you working on now?

I am currently working on combining vibrational spectroscopy with ion mobility and mass spectrometry in a single user-friendly instrument. Laser spectroscopy of ions in mass spectrometers has been around for a long time, but it has never been implemented in a commercial instrument. I believe that now is finally the time to do so and that it will make a significant impact in bioanalytical science.

How would you describe your career so far?

I have always been motivated by scientific curiosity and had the luxury to simply pursue it and get paid for it. Although I have other interests outside of science, I consider my job also a hobby because I truly enjoy it. I should also say that I find teaching students to be one of the most rewarding parts of my job.

Looking back on my career, if I had to do it over again, I wouldn’t change a thing – particularly my decision to move to Switzerland.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?

It is not enough to simply do good science – you have to learn also to communicate it. Learning to speak and write well are important parts of a scientific career.

What do you wish someone had told you when you were starting out as a chemist?

Take more math at university.

Representing Asia-Pacific: Professor Huangxian Ju, Nanjing University

Tell us about yourself

I am a professor of analytical chemistry at Nanjing University and the director of State Key Laboratory of Analytical Chemistry for Life Science (since its foundation in 2011). I received B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Nanjing University in 1986, 1989 and 1992, and became a lecturer, associate professor and professor at Nanjing University in 1992, 1993 and 1999, respectively. I worked at Montreal University (Canada) as a postdoctoral researcher from 1996-1997, won the National Funds for Distinguished Young Scholars in 2003, and was selected as a Changjiang Professor by Education Ministry of China and a National Key Talent in the New Century by China government in 2007, a chief scientist of 973 Program by Ministry of Science and Technology of China in 2009, and Fellows of the International Society of Electrochemistry and the Royal Society of Chemistry in 2015. My research interests focus on analytical biochemistry, nanobiosensing and bioimaging.

What does this award mean to you?

This award means an opportunity to show my research achievements and that my contributions have been recognized by colleagues in measurement science.

What are you working on now?

I am aiming to develop accurate or quantitative detection methods for important life molecules via novel signal amplification and labelling strategies, including in vitro, in vivo, in situ and POCT, and theranostic systems of cancer via molecular recognition and imaging analysis.

How would you describe your career so far?

I have worked in the field of Measurement Science for 36 years. I was the first one to develop the chemically modified microelectrode for the determination of protein in 1994. I introduced nanotechnology to the biosensing field in 1997, which led to a new concept of signal amplification and the development of nanobiosensing, and thus was recognized as one of the pioneers in nanobiosensing. In 2004, I proposed the first electrochemiluminescence (ECL) biosensor based on the intrinsic ECL emission of quantum dots, which brought a new field in ECL biosensing application of quantum dots and set off a research hotspot of ECL biosensing with inorganic nanoparticles. These works promoted the development of electrochemical and chemiluminescent immunosensing and DNA detection methodology. In recent years, I presented a concept of mass spectrometric (MS) biosensing (2020) based on the first quantitative MALDI-TOF-MS detection method (2014) and a MALDI-TOF/MS imaging technique for quantitation of caspase activities (2016), and developed several local reconstruction strategies for fixed-point labeling of protein-specific glycosyl groups, a variety of methods for in-situ detection of glycans and subtype screening of gangliosides on the cell surface, and a hierarchical coding strategy for glycoform imaging. I designed a DNA dual lock-and-key strategy for cell-subtype-specific siRNA delivery and two upconversion nanoprobes for NIR modulated siRNA delivery and imaging analysis. To enhance therapeutic efficiency, I proposed a DNA-azobenzene nanopump for controllable intracellular drug release, a NIR-switched microRNA amplifier for precise therapy of early-stage cancers, and a DNA nanomachine via computation across cancer cell membrane for precise therapy of solid tumor.

So far I have published 785 papers, 6 English books, 6 Chinese books, and 20 chapters with >37500 citations in SCIE journals.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?

The best piece of advice I ever received is that scientific research should be in a persistent way, never to abandon, and never give up.

What do you wish someone had told you when you were starting out as a chemist?

This profession as a chemist experiences all kinds of hardships, but it is full of fun and a sense of achievement.

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DST & ACS Workshops 2021: Master the Publishing Process!

Scientific publishing and career advancement are increasingly becoming more competitive. Given the plethora of scattered resources over the internet, a guide to productive utilization of such resources for a seamless publishing experience is extremely critical. Towards this, the American Chemical Society is delighted to look back at its successful partnership with the Department of Science & Technology (DST), Government of India in conducting three virtual workshops over the last year, popularly called the DST & ACS workshop 2021, in association with Vigyan Prasar (an autonomous organization under DST).

These skill-building workshops are organized with an objective to provide our worldwide authors and readers a chance to hear from distinguished scientists, policymakers and esteemed editors on scholarly publishing, peer review process, ethics, plagiarism and presentation skills. In a nutshell, the workshops assist graduate students, postdocs and early-career researchers not only to master the publishing process but also to present their work in the best possible way to other researchers.

A significant feat in our collaboration with DST is manifested by the successful organization of the 10th DST & ACS workshop in 2021. This also marks the third consecutive year of the event. Three virtual one-day conferences were conducted. Collectively, over 3500 registrants, about 950 participants from approximately 300 institutes/universities across 25 countries were a part of these events. The event, live streamed on ACS Pubs Facebook page, garnered 1.1K views and reached out close to 4000 people over a period of 2.5 hrs. Despite the unprecedented times amidst the ongoing pandemic, the virtual events were phenomenal for their diverse speakers, exclusive content, pan-India outreach, and engaging panel discussions.

In all the three events, a 50% discount for one-year ACS Membership was offered to all the participants. Other activity like send “Your favorite ACS Article,” was also conducted before the event to engage with early career researchers.

The speakers from the 8th DST & ACS workshop conducted in early-March included Prof. Chris Jones (Editor in Chief, Journal of the American Chemical Society Au), Prof. K. N. Ganesh (Editor-in-Chief, ACS Omega) and Prof. Ruchi Anand (Editorial Advisory Board, ACS Sensors). Our Editors shared their words of wisdom on different stages of the publishing journey, starting from preparing a manuscript, addressing the peer review concerns to important pointers on research ethics. Besides the lectures on publishing, the kind presence of Dr. Bibiana Campos Seijo (Editor-in-Chief of C&EN & VP of C&EN) and Dr. Nakul Parashar (Director, Vigyan Prasar) were indeed motivating to the young audience for newer alternative career paths in scientific communication and popular science.

While guides to scholarly publishing hosted in the ACS Institute (https://institute.acs.org/) are generic, specific attributes are often essential when it comes to submitting a manuscript to a specialized journal. Therefore, the DST & ACS workshops advanced to yet another notable step in focusing on a specific broad subject domain. In this direction, the 9th & 10th workshops conducted in August and October were solely focused to deal with publishing specifically from environmental science & sustainable chemistry and materials domain, respectively. The speakers in attendance for these sessions included Prof. Greg Lowry (Executive Editor, Environmental Science & Technology), Prof. Sara Skrabalak (Editor-in-Chief, Chemistry of Materials & ACS Materials Letters) and Dr. Akhilesh Gupta (Senior Adviser/Head, PCPM Division, DST). Dr. Jim Milne (President, ACS Publications) delivered the opening remarks for the 10th workshop elaborating on some initiatives and programs in cognizance with ACS’s commitment to support the broader scientific community. A distinct addition to last year’s DST & ACS workshops is the session targeted to assist graduate students and postdocs with their poster presentation skills, mediated by Dr. Aditi Jain (Development Editor, ACS International India).

Another successful attribute of the DST & ACS workshops lies in the level of scope being offered to participants to interact and engage with distinguished speakers. Such interactions in the form of Question-Answer (Q&A) sessions at the end of each workshop were moderated by a team of Development Editors (comprising of Drs. Asha Liza James, Harshita Pawar and Abhinav Mohanty), ACS International India. Dr. Deeksha Gupta (Senior Associate Director, ACS International India) coordinated and chaired the inaugural sessions.

Recently, the 11th DST & ACS Workshop was organized on March 8, 2022, featuring Dr. Mary Beth Mulcahy, Editor-in-Chief, ACS Chemical Health & Safety. View Additional Workshop Resources and Links:

For further updates on events in India, please visit the ACS in India webpage.

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Building Chemical Bonds Great Mentorship in Toxicology

As part of the ‘Building Chemical Bonds‘ series, this video interview is between a trio of mentoring that includes Editorial Advisory Board member Maureen McKeague, former CRT Editor-in-Chief Stephen Hecht, and current CRT Editor-in-Chief Shana Sturla; Steve was Shana’s postdoctoral mentor, and Shana was Maureen’s postdoctoral mentor. The associated publication is Green Toxicology: Connecting Green Chemistry and Modern Toxicology.


2022 Langmuir Lectureship Award Winners Announced

Langmuir and the ACS Division of Colloid & Surface Chemistry are proud to announce Professors Yadong Yin (University of California, Riverside) and Janet A. W. Elliott (University of Alberta) as the winners of the 2022 Langmuir Lectureship Award. The award recognizes individuals working in the interdisciplinary field of colloid and surface chemistry.

  • Professor Yadong Yin was awarded the 2022 Langmuir Lectureship Award for elucidating fundamental mechanisms of nanocrystal core and surface transformations, generating precise control over nanocrystal structure and the assembly of useful colloidal materials.
  • Professor Janet A. W. Elliott was awarded the 2022 Langmuir Lectureship Award for advancing interfacial thermodynamics, and the roles of osmotic transport of water, the diffusive transport of cellular protectants, and freezing in confined spaces, that enabled a transformation in the field of cryopreservation.

Get to Know the Winners

Professor Yadong Yin

Professor Yadong Yin

Yadong Yin is a Professor of Chemistry at the University of California, Riverside, with an affiliate appointment in Materials Science and Engineering. He received his B.S. and M.S. in Chemistry from the University of Science and Technology of China in 1996 and 1998, respectively, and then Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Washington in 2002. In 2003, he worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of California, Berkeley, and later the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and then became a staff scientist at the LBNL in 2005. He joined the faculty at the University of California, Riverside, in 2006.

He is a recipient of several awards, including the Cottrell Scholar Award (2009), DuPont Young Professor Grant (2010), 3M Nontenured Faculty Grant (2010), NSF CAREER award (2010), NML Researcher Award (2016), and MRS Fellow (2020). His research interests include the synthesis, self-assembly, colloidal and interfacial properties, and applications of nanostructured materials.

What does winning this award mean to you?

I am extremely honored to receive this recognition from the colloid and surface science community. From the beginning of my research career, I have recognized the important role of surface chemistry in determining the growth and interaction of colloidal nanoparticles. This award will inspire my research group to develop new surface chemistry tools to grow and assemble nanomaterials with unprecedented properties.

What are the major challenges facing your field today?

After many years of research, people can now produce a large variety of nanostructures with controlled composition, size, shape, and surface properties. However, little is known about the nucleation process, which plays a decisive role in subsequent growth, like genes in biological systems. Also, it has been challenging to determine and control the distribution of capping ligands on the nanoparticle surface, which are critical for their precise assembly into secondary structures with desired properties and functions.

What exciting projects are you currently working on?

We are currently working on controlling the synthesis of colloidal nanostructures by combining seed-mediated growth and templating methods. This new synthetic strategy has the advantages of high generalizability, reproducibility, and scalability. In particular, it allows us to design hybrid nanostructures with multiple functionalities that cannot be obtained using conventional synthesis methods. Recently we have successfully used this method to produce hybrid nanostructures featuring both magnetic and plasmonic properties. We are now exploring their unique applications as efficient heating elements in cryopreservation of biological systems and building blocks in fabricating smart materials for various applications.

View a selection of articles from Professor Yin

Professor Janet A. W. Elliott

Dr. Janet A. W. Elliott

Janet A. W. Elliott is a University of Alberta Distinguished Professor and Tier I Canada Research Chair in Thermodynamics in the Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering. Elliott obtained her BASc in Engineering Science (Engineering Physics Option), and her MASc and PhD in Mechanical Engineering, at the University of Toronto. She has been a Visiting Professor at MIT and at the Oxford Centre for Collaborative Applied Mathematics.

Elliott currently serves as Editor-in-Chief of the journal Cryobiology, on the Editorial Advisory Boards of The Journal of Physical Chemistry and Langmuir, and on the Editorial Board of Advances in Colloid and Interface Science. She has previously served on the Physical Sciences Advisory Committee of the Canadian Space Agency, the Board of Directors of the Canadian Society for Chemical Engineering, and the Executive Committee of the American Chemical Society Division of Colloid and Surface Chemistry.

Elliott’s research interests include Gibbsian thermodynamics, transport, drops, bubbles, wetting, interfacial tension, adsorption, evaporation, freezing, solidification, nucleation, curved fluid interfaces, superhydrophobic surfaces, phase change in confined geometries, interfacial and membrane transport, capillarity in gravitational fields, thermodynamics of solutions and suspensions, nanoscale science, mathematics of functions, and experimental and computational cryobiology and cryopreservation of many cell and tissue types for medical and biotechnology applications.

Elliott’s research has been recognized nationally and internationally in science and engineering by many awards including the Basile J. Luyet Medal of the Society for Cryobiology and Time Magazine’s Canadians Who Define the New Frontiers of Science. Elliott has also received many provincial and University awards including the APEGA Summit Excellence in Education Award. As one student put it, “She could convince rocks to study thermodynamics.”

What does winning this award mean to you?

It is a tremendous honor to win this award. I have enjoyed inspiring Langmuir Lectures from others in previous years and look forward to sharing my group’s research. There are so many particular approaches by which to study colloids and surfaces. Conference lectures give us a chance to share the views from all these vantage points so that we can build a rich, complex, and beautiful landscape of the behavior of drops, bubbles, particles, and interfaces.

What are the major challenges facing your field today?

The major challenges in many fields today involve building bridges from theoretical descriptions to experimental reality. Gibbsian surface thermodynamics is a profoundly valuable tool, but it has mostly been applied to simplified model systems. On the other hand, complicated, real systems of interest in applications have mostly been studied experimentally. Approaches which robustly combine rigorous, fundamental, mathematical modeling with high-quality experimental data are needed.

What exciting projects are you currently working on?

My group is developing thermodynamic descriptions of systems with more than one curved interface, e.g., interacting drops, multiphase drops, or freezing drops. We are developing equations for multicomponent surface tension and multicomponent solution thermodynamics. We are studying how curved fluid interfaces affect multicomponent phase equilibrium.

View a selection of articles from Dr Elliott