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Chemists never stop learning. There’s always the latest research to read, journal news that can affect your career, best practices to brush up on, and more. But keeping up with chemistry shouldn’t be a full-time job. That’s why there’s ACS Axial.

ACS Axial is a blog that brings all the latest news from the American Chemical Society into one place, making it easier to stay current with the field in all the ways that matter most. This is a blog for all kinds of chemistry professionals, including students, librarians, academics, industrial researchers, educators and more.

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ACS Axial has always been a great place for telling all kinds of chemistry-related stories. But one important story is still missing. Yours.

Chemistry is a broad field, touching every other scientific discipline. Chemists are every bit as diverse, coming from all over the world, from every conceivable background. They work at universities and companies, in classrooms, and libraries. They are young and old, rich and poor, men and women, members of every race, color, and creed. Representing the “average chemist’s perspective” is about as tricky as representing the “average chemistry experiment.”  It takes a chorus of voices to tell chemistry’s story – the challenges, triumphs, concerns, and hopes of an entire field.

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A new window to your work: ACS Axial provides another way for the chemistry community to discover you and your work. Whether you’re talking about your latest research, the future of your field, or a hard one piece of advice, this is a chance to build an audience, highlight your accomplishments and make connections. 

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How to Write for ACS Axial

ACS Axial publishes daily content from a variety of its authors. Read on to learn more about what makes a great ACS Axial post and how you can get your story featured on the site.

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End of a Trip, the Light Stays Fantastic

Professor Harry A. Atwater

Professor Harry A. Atwater, Founding Editor-in-Chief of ACS Photonics, announced in his latest Editorial that he is stepping down from his role leading the journal at the end of the month. This is a sad occasion for the journal, but it also serves as an opportunity to celebrate the journal’s achievements, which is the result of a team of efforts led by Professor Atwater.

Under his leadership, ACS Photonics has grown to become one of the top journals in its field. As we say goodbye, we thought it appropriate to use Professor Atwater’s past Editorials to tell the story of the journal and how it has influenced the field.

Let There Be Light

The first issue of ACS Photonics was published in January 2014. Recognizing the field of photonics had become a more interdisciplinary field, Professor Atwater wrote in his inaugural Editorial that the journal was founded to, “embrace the scientific opportunity to bridge disciplinary gaps and promote rich cross-fertilization of knowledge between chemistry, physics, and engineering in the field of photonics.”

In that same editorial, Professor Atwater also writes about, “the internationalization of the field,” and the “worldwide recognition … of the importance of scientific advance in photonics,” as a driver for the adoption of a resolution by the United Nations General Assembly declaring 2015 the “International Year of Light and Light-Based Technologies.”

International Year of Light

Professor Atwater kicked off the second year of the journal with an Editorial in the January 2015 issue highlighting the importance of the International Year of Light. He wrote that it was “an opportunity for us to tell the rest of the world about the amazing properties of light and its potential to enrich the human experience,” while also noting that authors and contributors, “see the beauty of light and its amazing ability to probe molecular and nanoscale features, to interrogate physical and chemical processes that occur on ultrashort time scales, and to bring forth new technologies from rapid advances in science.”

In the years since, the journal has celebrated the International Day of Light by highlighting a collection of articles across many of the most important topical areas in the field.

Influence and Impact

ACS Photonics’ debut Impact Factor was announced in 2016. In honor of the achievement, Professor Atwater shared his thoughts in a July Editorial. In it, he calls the Impact Factor an early indicator that the journal had already begun establishing itself among the top tier of photonics-focused journals. He also called it, “a reflection of the dynamism and vibrancy of the global photonics research enterprise and its expanding impact in the whole scientific community.”

In the time since, the journal’s influence and importance have grown. So has the Impact Factor. Additionally, the journal has ranked in the top quartile in the Optics; Materials Science, Multidisciplinary, Physics, Applied; and Physics, Condensed Matter categories according to the 2020 Journal Citation Report from Clarivate. It also ranks in the second quartile for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology.

2020 and Beyond

In the face of global lockdowns and working from home, Professor Atwater spearheaded the launch of the ACS Photonics Global Webinar Series to connect audiences around the world with leading researchers in the field. Speakers in the series include Andrea Alu, Shanhui Fan, ACS Photonics Associate Editor Jelena Vuckovic, and the 2020 ACS Photonics Lectureship winner Maiken H. Mikkelson.

ACS Photonics began 2021 taking a look back at past achievements in the field with the “20 Years of Photonics” Special Issue, which features Perspectives from leading researchers on topics including nanophotonics, nanosensors, quantum photonics, and more. In his Editorial for the issue, Professor Atwater notes that the formation of the National Nanotechnology Initiative in 2000 ushered in the beginning of the “worldwide race in the field of nanoscience,” that ultimately led to an explosion in nanophotonics research and “an unusually creative, productive, and highly impactful time for the photonics field.”

Highlighting a few editorials over an eight-year span will never provide a full picture of the works published in the journal, nor the advances in the field. It does, however, provide us with an opportunity to look back and see how we got here. But also look ahead to where we are headed, as Professor Atwater does in his 20 Years of Photonics editorial. “As we enter 2021, the achievements of the last 20 years that are detailed in this issue’s Perspective papers can give us inspiration to imagine what our field will be writing about and discussing in 2040,” writes Atwater.

On behalf of ACS Publications, the American Chemical Society, and the ACS Photonics community, we thank Professor Atwater for his dedication to the journal and the field. We wish him the best in all of his future endeavors!

N-doped Carbon Materials: Synthesis and Sustainable Applications

“Carbon-based materials comprise a wide variety of materials including graphene, graphite, porous carbons, carbon nanotubes, and nanofibers, and fullerenes. They are extensively utilized as metal-free catalysts or supports in catalysis, energy (ORR, and Zn-air batteries), and sustainable chemical applications because of their fascinating chemical and physical properties.”

“These properties may be boosted and tuned at will via the rational modification of their size, shape, surface areas, porosity, and their potential for adorning a variety of groups via simple functionalization. In particular, their doping by heteroatoms, such as nitrogen, sulphur and oxygen, among others, has attracted interest as one facile technique for upgrading its properties (physical and chemical). Specifically, nitrogen-doped carbon materials have been at the core of intense research interest in the catalysis community. For example, the use of N-doped carbon materials greatly facilitates the synthesis of coveted single atom catalysts, thanks to their intrinsic metal binding abilities, as exemplified in various applications.”

“This virtual special issue of ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering entitled ‘N-doped Carbon Materials Synthesis and Sustainable Applications’ gathers pieces shedding light onto the recent advances and discoveries in the field and covers a broad range of topics from advanced catalysis, electro- and photoelectrocatalysis for energy applications to Zn-air batteries and sustainable organic transformations.”

— From the ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering Editorial by Guest Editors Manoj Gawande of the Regional Centre of Advanced Technologies and Materials in Czech Republic, Physical Chemistry; Rajender Varma of the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency, Sustainable Technology Division; and Audrey Moores of McGill University in Canada

Tunable Synthesis of Nitrogen Doped Graphene from Fluorographene under Mild Conditions
ACS Sustainable Chem. Eng. 2020, 8, 12, 4764–4772
DOI: 10.1021/acssuschemeng.9b07161
Hollow Spherical (Co, Zn)/N, S-Doped Carbons: Efficient Catalysts for Oxygen Reduction in Both Alkaline and Acidic Media
ACS Sustainable Chem. Eng. 2019, 7, 23, 18912–18925
DOI: 10.1021/acssuschemeng.9b04244
Hexamine-Coordination-Framework-Derived Co–N-doped Carbon Nanosheets for Robust Oxygen Reduction Reaction
ACS Sustainable Chem. Eng. 2020, 8, 26, 9721–9730
DOI: 10.1021/acssuschemeng.0c01826</strong>
N,F-Codoped Carbon Nanocages: An Efficient Electrocatalyst for Hydrogen Peroxide Electroproduction in Alkaline and Acidic Solutions
ACS Sustainable Chem. Eng. 2020, 8, 7, 2883–2891
DOI: 10.1021/acssuschemeng.9b07047
Metal-Free Visible-Light-Induced Dithiol–Ene Clicking via Carbon Nitride to Valorize 4-Pentenoic Acid as a Functional Monomer
ACS Sustainable Chem. Eng. 2019, 7, 21, 17574–17579
DOI: 10.1021/acssuschemeng.9b05351
Enhancing Chemical Interaction of Polysulfide and Carbon through Synergetic Nitrogen and Phosphorus Doping
ACS Sustainable Chem. Eng. 2020, 8, 2, 806–813
DOI: 10.1021/acssuschemeng.9b04719
Co8FeS8/N,S-Doped Carbons Derived from Fe-Co/S-Bridged Polyphthalocyanine: Efficient Dual-Function Air-Electrode Catalysts for Rechargeable Zn-Air Batteries
ACS Sustainable Chem. Eng. 2020, 8, 35, 13147–13158
DOI: 10.1021/acssuschemeng.0c00124
Syntheses of N-Doped Carbon Quantum Dots (NCQDs) from Bioderived Precursors: A Timely Update
ACS Sustainable Chem. Eng. 2021, 9, 1, 3–49
DOI: 10.1021/acssuschemeng.0c04727

The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Early Career Researchers

Nano Letters Early Career Board Member Nicolò Maccaferri

The COVID-19 pandemic emergency has affected many young researchers’ lives at the early stage of their careers, impacting an already quite fragile personal life/work balance. Nevertheless, we think that we have learned a lot from this situation in the past months. We genuinely believe that what we are going through will make us stronger in facing future challenges. In this post, we would like to share our experiences and opinions on what is happening to us as human beings and scientists, hoping that our experience will help others see the glass as half-full and not lose hope.

During the first lockdown, we tried not to fear what could happen to us in the future and instead focus on the present. Adapting to the “new normal” with peace of mind meant concentrating our efforts on what we could do at that precise moment rather than on what we couldn’t. This mind-set helped us realize the important things in our daily work and, most importantly, in our lives. Even if we faced a drop in our productivity, we could create new routines and set new boundaries between our work and private life, enjoying more time spent with our partners and kids.

Nano Letters Early Career Board Member Po-Chun

We also had more moments of self-examination, realizing that, despite the terrible events, we were not losing our motivation. If we kept doing our activities to the best of our ability, that motivation would not drop at all.

Of course, we all felt frustrated that social distancing was hurting many opportunities for collaboration and shared equipment access. For experimentalist groups, locking down slowed down our progress, but we were, nevertheless, able to focus on computer-based work, which gave us a bit of breathing room. We could spend time developing computational skills, focusing on literature research, analyzing data, writing articles and theses, putting together reviews, and planning future activities and experiments with more imagination than before because all of us had more time to think about new ideas.

Nano Letters Early Career Board Member Nikolay Kornienk

Some of us also started to organize online conferences and workshops. This positive attitude fostered many new ideas and collaborations since we could share our latest findings with our colleagues without moving from our homes or offices.

Moreover, the possibility to share more quality time with our families was one of the best outcomes of this situation, since we all realized how beautiful life is (and short it might be). Spending more time with them allowed us to understand how important the awareness (and the power) of loving and to experience a life worth living.

We also think that this pandemic, although not automatically providing the general public with an immediate awareness of the importance of science, will undoubtedly increase this awareness in the long term. Hopefully, soon politicians and society as a whole will listen more to scientists about potential threats, not just about epidemics but also on other issues like climate change. We also feel that a lot of research fields might change and evolve. Many researchers with different backgrounds working on various topics have jumped into studying COVID-19 and how to fight it from other points of view.

Nano Letters Early Career Board Member Fiona Li

This threat has also united many scientists in realizing that we can address these types of challenges only if we build a scientific community that is in service of all of humanity. We also think that we have to continue doing fundamental science since there is plenty of significant fundamental research without imminent applications. Fundamental research is meaningful not just for short-term goals but also for long-term goals that could benefit society.

At the time we are writing this post, we are facing a second lockdown, at least in many western countries, but we believe we are capable of meeting these next waves with more determination.

In this Q&A, Nano Letters Early Career Board Members Nicolò Maccaferri and Sophie Meuret interviews their fellow members Po-Chun Hsu, Nikolay Kornienk, and Fiona Li.

Nano Letters Early Career Board Member Sophie Meuret

How did you face the lockdown period?

  • Po-Chun: Try to be a “glass-half-full” person and adapt to the new normal.
  • Nikolay: Agreed fully. I focused on what I could do rather than what I could not and take advantage of wherever I can.
  • Fiona: Face it with peace of mind and try to adapt to the situation.

Are you still in a lockdown situation? In either case, how are you organizing your group activities? As usual or with restrictions?

  • Po-Chun: Duke has reopened (partially) since early June, but the style is very different because of the social distancing.
  • Nikolay: No lockdown in Montreal, but we are operating at partial capacity and taking all possible precautions (masks, social distancing, online meetings, etc.)
  • Fiona: Dartmouth reopened partially. My group members are doing shifts so that most of the time, only one person is in the lab per shift (with masks and social distance).

Is it hard to continue doing your daily job when you are not as free to move as before?

  • Po-Chun: For me (and many early-career researchers), the challenge mainly comes from the juggling of work and parenting.
  • Nikolay: Certainly, adapting to less available time and additional responsibilities was a challenge. I have had to temper my expectations of what I could accomplish.
  • Fiona: It is very hard to work as efficiently as before, especially need to balance between parenting and work. This is especially hard for early-career women faculties with kids. I recently read an article published in Nature Human Behavior, talking about this issue.

Did you share more quality time with your family during the lockdown?

  • Po-Chun: Yes!
  • Nikolay: Of course, that was really a positive aspect of this whole situation. On the other hand, extended family members from abroad could not visit so we do our best to stay in touch virtually
  • Fiona: Absolutely!

Do you think the scientific world will change after this situation? Will there be more awareness of science’s importance? Do you think people will look at us with different eyes? Do you believe that we will have to re-formulate our priorities as researchers?

  • Po-Chun: I think this pandemic itself may not automatically provide the general public with more awareness of science’s importance. But should certainly use this opportunity to engage social media and to make a broader impact.
  • Nikolay: I think awareness will certainly increase, and hopefully, politicians and the general public alike would listen to scientists about potential threats – not just about epidemics but also on issues like climate change
  • Fiona: I feel a lot of related fields in science might change. Many researchers have jumped into studying COVID-19, and many of them will want to continue.

Do you feel that what you are doing as a scientist is still very important and should be pursued even in these uncertain times? Or would it be better to stop doing what we are doing and refocus our research efforts to fight this type of threat directly?

  • Po-Chun: There were indeed a few moments of self-examination. Still, I believe there is much fundamental research that is important even without imminent applications.
  • Nikolay: I believe so – science is carried out with a greater purpose in mind, whether the results have near-term or long-term implications.
  • Fiona: Yes, I believe so. I believe what we are doing is meaningful not just for short-term goals but also for long-term goals that could benefit society.

Did a lockdown have a significant impact on your research timeline?

  • Po-Chun: Yes. What makes it particularly difficult for young investigators is that social distancing hurts many opportunities for collaboration and shared equipment access.
  • Nikolay: Surely, it did. We shifted our focus for some time on computer-based work and are slowly getting back into experimental work.
  • Fiona: Yes. Since the research in my group is experiment-based, locking down definitely slows down our progress.

If you had to manage students, how did you keep them motivated and consider the difficult personal situation they might be facing?

  • Po-Chun: I tried to keep them busy and productive by spending time on computational skills and literature research. Both of which will come in handy in the future.
  • Nikolay: Same – we focused on thesis writing, putting together reviews, and so on. It wasn’t the same, but we make the most of what we can do.
  • Fiona: Same here. I tried to keep them busy by writing review articles, reading literature, and summarizing their data.

Did you feel a lack of motivation or productivity due to the lockdown? If yes, how did you fight it?

  • Po-Chun: The productivity did drop. I found it useful to create a new routine and set a new boundary between work and life.
  • Nikolay: Yes, it’s hard to keep momentum amidst a changing schedule but I tried to keep a to-do list for each day and stick to it
  • Fiona: The productivity certainly drops, but not the motivation I believe. I am still in the middle of seeking an efficient way to balance work and parenting.

Are you going to change some of your work habits (research and management) after the end of the pandemic?

  • Po-Chun: During this pandemic, I recruited quite a few remote interns, which could be a new way to do research.
  • Nikolay: I believe so. More regular formal meetings (even if done remotely) has been a plus for us. With the rest, I guess we will see as we return to a more normal environment
  • Fiona: yep. The pandemic makes us realize how much work can be done remotely. I think some of the habits will be kept even after the pandemic is over.

Learn More About the Nano Letters Early Career Board

Editorials, Issues, and Books on Diversity and Inclusion From ACS Publications

Chemistry is among the many fields working to come to terms with a history of bias and exclusion. “Diversity, Inclusion, and Respect,” is one of the American Chemical Society’s four core values and ACS Publications is seeking ways to improve diversity and increase inclusion in chemistry. Editorials have been published in various ACS Publications journals, examining these problems and identifying ways to ensure our community is a welcoming place for everyone seeking to improve people’s lives through the transforming power of chemistry.

Browse recent editorials and issues on diversity below. This list will be updated as new articles are published.

Multi-Journal Editorials

Confronting Racism in Chemistry Journals
ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces 2020, 12, 26, 28925–28927
This Editorial was also published in all other ACS Publications journals.
DOI: 10.1021/acsami.0c10979
Equity and Inclusion in the Chemical Sciences Requires Actions not Just Words
J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2020, 142, 26, 11317–11318
This Editorial was also published in ACS Central Science.
DOI: 10.1021/jacs.0c06482
Organic Chemistry: A Call to Action for Diversity and Inclusion
Org. Lett. 2020, 22, 16, 6223–6228
This Editorial was also published in ACS Central Science, Journal of Organic Chemistry, and Organometallics
DOI: 10.1021/acs.orglett.0c02559
Actions at J. Org. Chem., Org. Lett., and Organometallics to Combat Discrimination and Bias
J. Org. Chem. 2020, 85, 16, 10285–10286
This Editorial was also published in Organic Letters and Organometallics
DOI: 10.1021/acs.joc.0c01826
Action Items for Latin-American Chemists and Chemical Societies to Improve Equity and Diversity in Science
J. Org. Chem.2020, 85, 17, 11025–11029
This Editorial was also published in Organic Letters, Inorganic Chemistry, and Organometallics
DOI: 10.1021/acs.joc.0c01893
Celebrating Women in Organic Chemistry
Org. Lett. 2020, 22, 4, 1227–1230
This Editorial was also published in JACS, Journal of Organic Chemistry, and Organic Process Research & Development
DOI: 10.1021/acs.orglett.0c00352

Single Journal Editorials

A Diverse View of Science to Catalyse Change
J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2020, 142, 34, 14393–14396
This editorial was published across various Publishers
DOI: 10.1021/jacs.0c07877
What Comes Next? Simple Practices to Improve Diversity in Science
ACS Cent. Sci. 2020, 6, 8, 1231–1240
DOI: 10.1021/acscentsci.0c00905
Excellence versus Diversity? Not an Either/Or Choice
ACS Catal. 2020, 10, 13, 7310–7311
DOI: 10.1021/acscatal.0c02590
Addressing Gender Equity in Senior Leadership Roles in Translational Science
ACS Pharmacol. Transl. Sci. 2020, 3, 4, 773–779
DOI: 10.1021/acsptsci.0c00056
A Healthier Peer Review Process Would Improve Diversity
ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces 2020, 12, 37, 40987–40989
DOI: 10.1021/acsami.0c11528
Let Us Together Shine a Light on Women in STEM
ACS Omega 2020, 5, 13, 7051–7052
DOI: 10.1021/acsomega.0c01236
Quality Research in Africa and Why It Is Important
ACS Omega 2020,
DOI: 10.1021/acsomega.0c04327
Toward Intentional Diversity, Equity, and Respect in Chemistry Research and Practice
J. Chem. Educ. 2020, 97, 8, 2041–2044
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jchemed.0c00963
Gender Diversity in Process Chemistry
Org. Process Res. Dev. 2019, 23, 2, 109–113
DOI: 10.1021/acs.oprd.8b00378
Organic Chemistry: A Retrosynthetic Approach to a Diverse Field
ACS Cent. Sci. 2020, 6, 11, 1845–1850
DOI: 10.1021/acscentsci.0c01138

Virtual Issues

Celebrating Women in Organic Chemistry Virtual Issue
This Virtual Issue was co-published with JACS, Organic Letters, Journal of Organic Chemistry, and Organic Process Research & Development
Celebrating Chemistry in Latin America Virtual Issue
This Virtual Issue was co-published with Journal of Organic Chemistry, Organic Letters, Inorganic Chemistry, and Organometallics, as well as Journal of the Brazilian Chemistry Society
Women at the Forefront of Chemistry Virtual Issue

From ACS Axial

ACS eBooks

Accessibility in the Laboratory
Are Women Achieving Equity in Chemistry? Dissolving Disparity and Catalyzing Change
Best Practices for Chemistry REU Programs
Best Practices for Supporting and Expanding Undergraduate Research in Chemistry
Best Practices in Chemistry Teacher Education
Careers, Entrepreneurship, and Diversity: Challenges and Opportunities in the Global Chemistry Enterprise
Chemistry without Borders: Careers, Research, and Entrepreneurship
Citizens First! Democracy, Social Responsibility and Chemistry
Climate Change Literacy and Education Social Justice, Energy, Economics, and the Paris Agreement Volume 2
Diversity in the Scientific Community Volume 1: Quantifying Diversity and Formulating Success
Diversity in the Scientific Community Volume 2: Perspectives and Exemplary Programs
Educational and Outreach Projects from the Cottrell Scholars Collaborative Professional Development and Outreach Volume 2
Educational and Outreach Projects from the Cottrell Scholars Collaborative Undergraduate and Graduate Education Volume 1
Growing Diverse STEM Communities: Methodology, Impact, and Evidence
Increasing Retention of Under-Represented Students in STEM through Affective and Cognitive Interventions
International Perspectives on Chemistry Education Research and Practice
Jobs, Collaborations, and Women Leaders in the Global Chemistry Enterprise
Mentoring Strategies To Facilitate the Advancement of Women Faculty
Mobilizing Chemistry Expertise To Solve Humanitarian Problems Volume 1
Mobilizing Chemistry Expertise To Solve Humanitarian Problems Volume 2
National Diversity Equity Workshops in Chemical Sciences(2011−2017)
Science Education and Civic Engagement: The Next Level
Strategies Promoting Success of Two-Year College Students
Successful Women in Chemistry. Corporate America’s Contribution to Science
Trajectories of Chemistry Education Innovation and Reform
Credit Where Credit Is Due: Respecting Authorship and Intellectual Property
The Power and Promise of Early Research

What Editors Need to Do to Fight Racism, Sexism, and Bias in Their Journals

Angewandte Chemie recently published a now-deleted article by Tomáš Hudlický that argued that diversity initiatives can only be a negative influence on the field of chemistry. I’ve had many conversations about this article with other researchers who have taken the time to thoughtfully detail the endless problems with his perspective. These conversations made me want to focus on what editors and reviewers for scientific journals should be doing to prevent this from happening in the first place.

Dr. Pamela Tadross

When I get a manuscript as an associate editor, I specifically look for bias, bigotry, and unfounded assumptions/opinions. I do all of this before sending the article out for peer review. If you’re an editor and you’re not doing that, then you’re part of the problem.

When I send out a manuscript for review, I select reviewers with diversity as a priority. These manuscripts only survive peer-review when you send a manuscript to a group of reviewers just like Hudlický for review. If you aren’t ensuring that your reviewers are diverse, then you’re part of the problem.

When I receive reviews, I screen them for bias and if a reviewer was not objective, I seek additional reviews. If I do share the biased review with the author, I add comments that they should disregard the problematic comment. If you don’t screen reviews, then you’re part of the problem.

If you find a reviewer provided biased feedback to authors, tell your editor-in-chief and other associate editors and block those reviewers from receiving future manuscripts for review. If you don’t proactively root this behavior out of our systems, then you’re part of the problem.

As a reviewer, read everything. Treat every word as a deliberate choice by the authors and if you have any issues, flag them and say why. Err on the side of caution. Tell the editor not to accept without appropriate revision. If you don’t speak up, then you’re part of the problem.

Don’t have time right now to review that new manuscript in your inbox? No problem! You have the ability to help editors diversify reviewer pools by recommending alternative candidates to review in your place.  If you’re not suggesting diverse new reviewers, then you’re part of the problem.

Is all of this a lot of extra work on top of our day jobs? Yes. Is it a critical responsibility as editors for scientific journals? Yes. If you aren’t willing to do the hard part of this job, then step aside and give someone else a chance. You’re part of the problem.

Dr. Pamela Tadross is an Associate Editor of Organic Process Research & Development.



The Evolution of ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering

Did you know ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering is now publishing weekly? Each Monday, a new issue is published containing the latest research advancing the principles of green chemistry.

In 2020, ACS Sustainable Chemistry& Engineering (ACS SCE) is celebrating a growing field that addresses challenges of sustainability in the chemical enterprise. In 2019, ACS SCE once again published a record number of manuscripts (over 2,100) and saw increases in citations and impact factor (now at 6.97).

In the past year, we have also added new members to our editorial team. Four new Associate Editors added expertise in electrochemistry, bioelectrochemistry, fuel cells, homogeneous catalysis, flow chemistry, computational toxicology, and industrial ecology. The new editors are:

  • Jingwen Chen of Dalian University of Technology,
  • King Kuok (Mimi) Hii of Imperial College London,
  • Ryuhei Nakamura of RIKEN
  • Lin Zhuang of Wuhan University

Paul Anastas, an innovator and a founder of our field, has also joined our editorial team. Paul serves as the Chair of our Editorial Advisory Board and will lead the engagement of the Board and the research community in expanding the editorial content of the journal beyond our current range of editorials dedicated to journal announcements and descriptions of our scope.

With this expanded team, ACS SCE will continue to serve as a forum for our authors and readers working in areas of:

  1. Catalysts for sustainable chemical transformations
  2. Renewable materials
  3. Electrochemistry, photochemistry, and photoelectrochemistry for energy conversion, energy storage, and synthesis of value-added chemicals
  4. Benign solvents
  5. Biorenewable feedstocks in fuel and chemical manufacturing
  6. Sustainable chemical synthesis
  7. Design of sustainable chemical processes
  8. Industrial ecology and sustainable chemicals management
  9. Use of advanced nanomaterials for sustainable chemistry/engineering applications

ACS SCE remains committed to publishing advances at the frontiers of discovery in these areas, but as these research areas are rapidly evolving and advancing, the expectations for manuscripts will also evolve and advance. To help guide authors in understanding these changes, over the course of this year, the journal will publish editorials, authored by our editorial team, describing in more detail our scope and expectations in each of the major areas in which ACS SCE currently publishes research. Look for these editorials in the first issue of the journal each month.

ACS SCE is also committed to advancing our field into new arenas. The journal will seek to catalyze activity in new areas by publishing additional editorials that identify compelling new challenges in sustainability. This process will be a joint effort of our editorial team and our editorial advisors and will be led by Paul Anastas. While the first group of editorials will be authored by our editors and editorial advisors, our goal is to move toward inviting our community of authors and readers to directly contribute to this new activity.

Read our 2020 editorials

The Evolution of ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering

Volume 8, Issue 1


Expectations for Papers on Sustainable Materials in ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering

Volume 8, Issue 4


Expectations for Papers on Photochemistry, Photoelectrochemistry, and Electrochemistry for Energy Conversion and Storage in ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering

Volume 8, Issue 8


Expectations for Manuscripts on Catalysis in ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering

Volume 8, Issue 13


Worthy and Necessary Challenges

Volume 8, Issue 17


Expectations for Manuscripts with Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Elements in ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering

Volume 8, Issue 21


The Changing Structure of Scientific Communication: Expanding the Nature of Letters Submissions to ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering

Volume 8, Issue 23


Expectations for Manuscripts on Industrial Ecology in ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering

Volume 8, Issue 26


Expectations for Manuscripts on Biomass Feedstocks and Processing in ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering

Volume 8, Issue 30

Circularity. What’s the Problem?

Volume 8, Issue 35


Expectations for Manuscripts Contributing to the Field of Solvents in ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering

Volume 8, Issue 39


Expectations for Manuscripts in ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering: Scope Summary and Call for Creativity

Volume 8, Issue 43

Celebrate the Second Century of Polymer Science

A century ago, in 1920, Professor Hermann Staudinger published his paper, “Über Polymerization,” which helped refine the term ‘polymerization’ and introduced the view of polymers as high molecular weight molecules.

ACS Publications is pleased to recognize the publication of this landmark paper 100 years later. To commemorate Staudinger’s work, the theme of the ACS Spring 2020 National Meeting & Expo in Philadelphia was scheduled to be “Macromolecular Chemistry: The Second Century.” The ACS Spring National Meeting has since been canceled out of concern for the health & safety of the global chemistry community. Programming around this theme will likely be rescheduled.

To help continue celebrations of the Second Century of Polymer Science, both ACS Macro Letters and Macromolecules encourages you to read this series of editorial and viewpoints.

ACS Macro Letters will “look into the future with a series of forward-looking Viewpoints in 2020 authored by prominent mid-career and emerging young investigators,” says Editor-in-Chief Stuart J. Rowan in his Volume 9, Issue 1 Editorial. More than 50 viewpoints will be published throughout the year.

In Macromolecules, Editor-in-Chief Marc Hillmyer will curate a “series of editorials from highly respected polymer scientists that comment on Macromolecules articles that have been especially influential or impactful” according to his Volume 53, Issue 1 Editorial. This series of editorials will highlight how the journal has truly played a role in the understanding of polymers, and more importantly how it continues to be a home for amazing advances in the field. Professor Hillmyer invites additional nominations for guest editorials to publish at the end of this year. These are due by February 28, 2020, to hillmyer@umn.edu.

Read the ACS Macro Letters Viewpoints:

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100th Anniversary of Macromolecular Science Viewpoint: Photochemical Reaction Orthogonality in Modern Macromolecular Science
Nathaniel Corrigan and Cyrille Boyer
100th Anniversary of Macromolecular Science Viewpoint: Heterogenous Reversible Deactivation Radical Polymerization at Room Temperature. Recent Advances and Future Opportunities
Dongdong Liu, Jun He, Li Zhang, and Jianbo Tan
100th Anniversary of Macromolecular Science Viewpoint: Toward Artificial Life-Supporting Macromolecules
Jean-François Lutz
100th Anniversary of Macromolecular Science Viewpoint: Opportunities in the Physics of Sequence-Defined Polymers
Sarah L. Perry and Charles E. Sing
100th Anniversary of Macromolecular Science Viewpoint: High Refractive Index Polymers from Elemental Sulfur for Infrared Thermal Imaging and Optics
Tristan S. Kleine, Richard S. Glass, Dennis L. Lichtenberger, Michael E. Mackay, Kookheon Char, Robert A. Norwood and Jeffrey Pyun
100th Anniversary of Macromolecular Science Viewpoint: Block Copolymer Particles: Tuning Shape, Interfaces, and Morphology
Jaeman J. Shin, Eun Ji Kim, Kang Hee Ku, Young Jun Lee, Craig J. Hawker and Bumjoon J. Kim
100th Anniversary of Macromolecular Science Viewpoint: Achieving Ultrahigh Molecular Weights with Reversible Deactivation Radical Polymerization
Zesheng An
100th Anniversary of Macromolecular Science Viewpoint: Fundamentals for the Future of Macromolecular Nitroxide Radicals
Shaoyang Wang, Alexandra D. Easley and Jodie L. Lutkenhaus
100th Anniversary of Macromolecular Science Viewpoint: Polymers from Lignocellulosic Biomass. Current Challenges and Future Opportunities
Robert M. O’Dea, Jordan A. Willie and Thomas H. Epps III
100th Anniversary of Macromolecular Science Viewpoint: Synthetic Protein Hydrogels
Ying Li, Bin Xue and Yi Cao
100th Anniversary of Macromolecular Science Viewpoint: Macromolecular Materials for Additive Manufacturing
Benjaporn Narupai and Alshakim Nelson
100th Anniversary of Macromolecular Science Viewpoint: Recent Advances and Opportunities for Mixed Ion and Charge Conducting Polymers
Jaeyub Chung, Aditi Khot, Brett M. Savoie and Bryan W. Boudouris
100th Anniversary of Macromolecular Science Viewpoint: Modeling and Simulation of Macromolecules with Hydrogen Bonds: Challenges, Successes, and Opportunities
Arthi Jayaraman

100th Anniversary of Macromolecular Science Viewpoint: Poly(N‑isopropylacrylamide)-Based Thermally Responsive Micelles
Guo-Feng Luo, Wei-Hai Chen, and Xian-Zheng Zhang
100th Anniversary of Macromolecular Science Viewpoint: Re-Engineering Cellular Interfaces with Synthetic Macromolecules Using Metabolic Glycan Labeling
Ruben M. F. Tomás and Matthew I. Gibson
100th Anniversary of Macromolecular Science Viewpoint: Polymerization of Cumulated Bonds: Isocyanates, Allenes, and Ketenes as Monomers  
Sarah M. Mitchell, K. A. Niradha Sachinthani, Randinu Pulukkody, and Emily B. Pentzer
100th Anniversary of Macromolecular Science Viewpoint: Integrating Chemistry and Engineering to Enable Additive Manufacturing with High-Performance Polymers
Andrew J. Boydston, Jianxun Cui, Chang-Uk Lee, Brock E. Lynde, and Cody A. Schilling
100th Anniversary of Macromolecular Science Viewpoint: Engineering Supramolecular Materials for Responsive Applications—Design and Functionality
Chase B. Thompson and LaShanda T. J. Korley
100th Anniversary of Macromolecular Science Viewpoint: Enabling Advances in Fluorescence Microscopy Techniques
Zhe Qiang and Muzhou Wang
100th Anniversary of Macromolecular Science Viewpoint: Needs for Plastics Packaging Circularity
Stijn Billiet and Scott R. Trenor
100th Anniversary of Macromolecular Science Viewpoint: Single-Molecule Studies of Synthetic Polymers
Danielle J. Mai and Charles M. Schroeder
100th Anniversary of Macromolecular Science Viewpoint: Piezoelectrically Mediated Mechanochemical Reactions for Adaptive Materials
Jorge Ayarza, Zhao Wang, Jun Wang, Chao-Wei Huang, and Aaron P. Esser-Kahn
100th Anniversary of Macromolecular Science Viewpoint: Integrated Membrane Systems
John R. Hoffman and William A. Phillip
100th Anniversary of Macromolecular Science Viewpoint: Biological Stimuli-Sensitive Polymer Prodrugs and Nanoparticles for Tumor-Specific Drug Delivery
Huanli Sun and Zhiyuan Zhong
100th Anniversary of Macromolecular Science Viewpoint: Toward Catalytic Chemical Recycling of Waste (and Future) Plastics
Joshua C. Worch and Andrew P. Dove
100th Anniversary of Macromolecular Science Viewpoint: Block Copolymers with Tethered Acid Groups: Challenges and Opportunities
Sejong Kang and Moon Jeong Park
100th Anniversary of Macromolecular Science Viewpoint: Soft Materials for Microbial Bioelectronics
Chia-Ping Tseng, Jonathan J. Silberg, George N. Bennett, and Rafael Verduzco
100th Anniversary of Macromolecular Science Viewpoint: The Role of Hydrophobicity in Polymer Phenomena
Jeffrey C. Foster, Irem Akar, Marcus C. Grocott, Amanda K. Pearce, Robert T. Mathers, and Rachel K. O’Reilly
100th Anniversary of Macromolecular Science Viewpoint: The Past, Present, and Future of Stereocontrolled Vinyl Polymerization
Aaron J. Teator, Travis P. Varner, Phil C. Knutson, Cole C. Sorensen, and Frank A. Leibfarth
100th Anniversary of Macromolecular Science Viewpoint: Degradable Polymers from Radical Ring-Opening Polymerization: Latest Advances, New Directions, and Ongoing Challenges
Théo Pesenti and Julien Nicolas
100th Anniversary of Macromolecular Science Viewpoint: Re-examining Single-Chain Nanoparticles
Ruiwen Chen and Erik B. Berda
100th Anniversary of Macromolecular Science Viewpoint: Polymeric Materials by In Situ Liquid-Phase Transmission Electron Microscopy
Lucas R. Parent, Karthikeyan Gnanasekaran, Joanna Korpanty, and Nathan C. Gianneschi
100th Anniversary of Macromolecular Science Viewpoint: Redefining Sustainable Polymers
Danielle E. Fagnani, Jessica L. Tami, Graeme Copley, Mackenzie N. Clemons, Yutan D. Y. L. Getzler, and Anne J. McNeil
100th Anniversary of Macromolecular Science Viewpoint: Solid Polymer Electrolytes in Cathode Electrodes for Lithium Batteries. Current Challenges and Future Opportunities
Shrayesh N. Patel
100th Anniversary of Macromolecular Science Viewpoint: Attractive Soft Matter: Association Kinetics, Dynamics, and Pathway Complexity in Electrostatically Coassembled
Micelles Christian C. M. Sproncken, J. Rodrigo Magana, and Ilja K. Voets
100th Anniversary of Macromolecular Science Viewpoint: User’s Guide to Supramolecular Peptide–Polymer Conjugates
Julia Y. Rho and Sébastien Perrier

Read the Macromolecules Editorials:

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Block Copolymers: Long-Term Growth with Added Value
Timothy P. Lodge
Discovery of the RAFT Process and Its Impact on Radical Polymerization
Krzysztof Matyjaszewski
Twisted Crystals and the Origin of Banding in Spherulites of Semicrystalline Polymers
Andrew J. Lovinger
The First Dive into the Mechanism and Kinetics of ATRP
Kathryn L. Beers
Morphology and Structure-Property Relationships in Random Ionomers: Two Foundational Articles from Macromolecules
Richard A. Register
Herbert Morawetz and the First Nonradiative Energy Transfer Studies of Miscibility in Polymer Blends
Mitchell A. Winnik
Bioerodible Hydrogels Based on Photopolymerized Poly(ethylene glycol)-co-poly(α-hydroxy acid) Diacrylate Macromers
Laura J. Macdougall and Kristi Anseth
The ABCs of Block Polymers
Alice B. Chang and Frank S. Bates
The Beauty of Branching in Polymer Science
Soyoung E. Seo and Craig J. Hawker
Discovery of Syndiotactic Polystyrene: Its Synthesis and Impact
Lisa Saunders Baugh and Donald N. Schulz
A Thorny Problem? Spinodal Decomposition in Polymer Blends
Julia S. Higgins and João T. Cabral
Diverse Morphologies of Block Copolymers by Blending with Homo (and Co) Polymers
Chungryong Choi, Seonghyeon Ahn, and Jin Kon Kim
Can Self-Assembly Address the Permeability/Selectivity Trade-Offs in Polymer Membranes?
Joshua D. Moon, Benny D. Freeman, Craig J. Hawker, and Rachel A. Segalman
Organocatalysis: A Paradigm Shift in the Synthesis of Aliphatic Polyesters and Polycarbonates
Kazuki Fukushima and Kyoko Nozaki
A Curated Experimental Compilation Analyzed by Theory Is More than a Review
Karen I. Winey and Amalie L. Frischknecht
Synergistic Advances in Living Cationic and Radical Polymerizations
Masami Kamigaito and Mitsuo Sawamoto
Global and Local Views of the Glass Transition in Mixtures
Jane E. G. Lipson
Polymer Mechanochemistry and the Emergence of the Mechanophore Concept
Guillaume De Bo
Harnessing Noncovalent Interactions to Drive Single-Chain Nanoparticle Formation
Lei Liu and Samuel H. Gellman
Polyion Complexes via Electrostatic Interaction of Oppositely Charged Block Copolymers
Jing Sun and Zhibo Li
Critical Strains Determine the Tensile Deformation Mechanism in Semicrystalline Polymers
Yongfeng Men
Marc Hillmyer
The image of Hermann Staudinger is from the ETH-Bibliothek Zürich, Bildarchiv is used under a creative commons license.