Professor Kirk S. Schanze will be taking on this position starting January 1, 2024, and will play a key leadership role for the journal as it reaches its 10th anniversary and beyond.

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The Publications Division of the American Chemical Society (ACS) is pleased to announce that Professor Kirk S. Schanze, of the University of Texas at San Antonio, has been appointed as the new Deputy Editor for ACS Central Science, the diamond open access journal sponsored by ACS. Professor Schanze is replacing Professor Christopher J. Chang, who was recently announced as the new Editor-in-Chief of Accounts of Chemical Research.

Professor Schanze will be taking on this position starting January 1, 2024, and will play a key leadership role in building upon the success ACS Central Science has achieved in its first decade.

"I am enthusiastic about working together with Editor-in-Chief Carolyn Bertozzi and the rest of the editorial team that has brought the journal so far since its launch in 2015,” said Professor Schanze. “My goals include working with the editorial team, the advisory board and the authors, to continue to strengthen and broaden the scope of ACS Central Science to include all aspects of science that are relevant to the chemical community. We will continue to publish the highest quality and impactful papers and deliver diverse content to the community."

Professor Schanze joins ACS Central Science with extensive editorial experience at ACS journals. He served as a Senior Editor for Langmuir from 2000 – 2008 and then as founding Editor-in-Chief for ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces from 2008 – 2023.

“We are thrilled to have Kirk Schanze joining the ACS Central Science leadership team as Deputy Editor. Kirk brings deep editorial experience from his 16 years as inaugural Editor-in-Chief of ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, a transformative journal that dominates the field and from which an entire portfolio of applied materials journals has spun out,” said ACS Central Science Editor-in-Chief, Professor Carolyn R. Bertozzi. “Kirk is also a renowned materials chemist who we anticipate will guide the journal toward more representation in this fast-moving and impactful field. His vision and leadership will help advance ACS Central Science as the leading journal for exciting advances in the chemical sciences and allied fields.”
Headshot of Prof. Kirk Schanze
Prof. Kirk S. Schanze, Ph.D.

Kirk Schanze earned his B.S. in Chemistry from Florida State University in 1979 and his Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1983. He was appointed a Miller Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of California, Berkeley, from 1984-1986 and began his independent research career at the University of Florida in 1986. Schanze served as Professor of Chemistry and Chairman of the Organic Chemistry Division at the University of Florida. He was Distinguished Professor and held the Prominski Chair at the University of Florida until 2016. Since then, he has held the Robert A Welch Distinguished University Chair at the University of Texas at San Antonio. He has authored or co-authored 300 peer-reviewed articles on basic and applied research topics, with a primary focus on organic and organometallic materials chemistry, and is co-inventor in 20 patents or disclosures.

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