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Live Demonstration: ACS Essentials of Lab Safety for General Chemistry

Introducing ACS Essentials of Lab Safety for General Chemistry, a 90-minute web-based course that prepares students to start general chemistry lab with a safety-first mindset. We are hosting a live virtual event on February 23 at 2 pm EST (7 pm GMT) to demonstrate the course content and features.

In this webinar, led by ACS course developer Dr. Jessica Martin, you will explore the topics covered within the six interactive learning modules, see its accessibility features, and learn how to get access for your institution. You can also interact with the ACS team by participating in the Q&A session at the end.

ACS Essentials of Lab Safety for General Chemistry is intended for use in the introductory general chemistry laboratory sequence but may also support other science and engineering labs. It provides students with authoritative safety protocols through narrated presentation and exercises, accompanied by real-life pictures and videos. Easy assignment and assessment via LMS integration means instructors save time in developing resources and checking for understanding. Its disability-friendly format makes content available to all students anytime, anywhere via most common devices.

Register today and learn how to ensure all your students meet the ACS standard for safety preparedness.

ACS Celebrates the International Day of Women and Girls in Science 2022

February 11 is the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, a day created by the United Nations to promote full and equal access to and participation in science for women and girls. Women and girls continue to make important contributions to chemistry, even as the COVID-19 pandemic of the past two years has proved to be measurably more disruptive for female scientists than their male counterparts.

Together with our many women editors, authors, reviewers, and readers, ACS Publications works to promote the full and equal access to and participation in science for women and girls. We salute the hard work of women and girls in the chemistry community, who contribute to the American Chemical Society’s mission “to advance the broader chemistry enterprise and its practitioners for the benefit of Earth and its people.”

Chemistry of Materials Virtual Issue: Resilient Women and the Resiliency of Science

This Virtual Issue highlights a collection of papers published during the COVID-19 pandemic in Chemistry of Materials by women corresponding authors. In addition, the issue Editorial features a Q&A with nine recent authors in the journal about how they define resilience and the times in which they were resilient.

ACS Energy Letters Virtual Issue Series: Women Scientists at the Forefront of Energy Research

As part of ACS Energy Letters’ annual celebration of the contributions of women scientists, we bring you a four-part Virtual Issue series. From early career researchers to well- established senior scientists, the successful career paths they have taken to become leaders in the community have impacted energy research in a significant way. The contributions of female energy researchers who have published new advances from their laboratories in ACS Energy Letters are compiled along with their short inspirational stories. To inspire other scientists working in the field, we asked them to comment on their inspiration to engage in energy research, discuss an aha! moment in research, and/or provide advice to newcomers in the field. We hope that these personal reflections compiled in this virtual issue can motivate many young researchers to tackle challenges in clean energy.

Women Scientists at the Forefront of Energy Research: A Virtual Issue, Parts 1 & 2

Women Scientists at the Forefront of Energy Research: A Virtual Issue, Part 3

Women Scientists at the Forefront of Energy Research: A Virtual Issue, Part 4

Journal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry Virtual Issue: Women in Mass Spectrometry

We have assembled this virtual issue featuring talented women mass spectrometrists who publish in Journal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry as the corresponding author. The articles compiled are among the most highly cited that were published in the journal in the last 5 years, regardless of gender, and are representative of the best mass spectrometry science reported in Journal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry.

ACS Omega Virtual Issue: Women at the Forefront of Chemistry

In this special collection, ACS Omega celebrates the contribution of women researchers who have published new advances from their groups in our journal. This Virtual Issue is guest-edited by ACS Omega’s Associate Editor, Prof. Luisa Torsi (University of Bari Aldo Moro, Bari, Italy), a recipient of the IUPAC 2019 Distinguished Women in Chemistry or Chemical Engineering award. The articles selected feature women at different stages of their career from around the world, in all areas of chemistry. We hope highlighting the work of these champions of chemistry will challenge stereotypes, advance progress towards full gender equality in the future, and encourage more women to pursue a career in STEM.

ACS Medicinal Chemistry Letters Women in Medicinal Chemistry Special Issue

Journal of Medicinal Chemistry Women in Medicinal Chemistry Special Industry

Impactful Publications from Women in Materials, Interfaces, and Applications

ACS Applied Bio Materials
Osteogenic Potential of Additively Manufactured TiTa Alloys

Erin G. Brodie, Kye J. Robinson, Elizabeth Sigston, Andrey Molotnikov, and Jessica E. Frith


Biodegradable Breast Tissue Marker Clip

Moran Haim Zada, Zehava Gallimidi, Michal Schlesinger−Laufer, Abraham Nyska, and Abraham J. Domb


Catalyst-Free Mechanochemical Recycling of Biobased Epoxy with Cellulose Nanocrystals

Liang Yue, Kai Ke, Mehrad Amirkhosravi, Thomas G. Gray, and Ica Manas-Zloczower

ACS Applied Electronic Materials
Record-High Responsivity and Detectivity of a Flexible Deep-Ultraviolet Photodetector Based on Solid State-Assisted Synthesized hBN Nanosheets
Sushmitha Veeralingam, Lignesh Durai, Pinki Yadav, and Sushmee Badhulika
Nanospike Electrode Designs for Improved Electrical Performance in Nanoscale Organic Thin-Film Transistors
Calla M. McCulley, Xin Xu, Kelly Liang, Xiao Wang, Liang Wang, and Ananth Dodabalapur
Near-Unity Photoluminescence Quantum Yield in Blue-Emitting Cs3Cu2Br5–xIx (0 ≤ x ≤ 5)
Rachel Roccanova, Aymen Yangui, Hariharan Nhalil, Hongliang Shi, Mao-Hua Du, and Bayrammurad Saparov

ACS Applied Energy Materials
Reduced Graphene Oxide-NiO Photocathodes for p-Type Dye-Sensitized Solar Cellsv
Marco Zannotti, Elisabetta Benazzi, Lee A. Stevens, Marco Minicucci, Lawrence Bruce, Colin E. Snape, Elizabeth A. Gibson, and Rita Giovannetti
Understanding the Role of Interfaces for Water Management in Platinum Group Metal-Free Electrodes in Polymer Electrolyte Fuel Cells
Jiangjin Liu, Morteza Rezaei Talarposhti, Tristan Asset, Dinesh C. Sabarirajan, Dilworth Y. Parkinson, Plamen Atanassov, and Iryna V. Zenyuk
Operando X-ray Tomography Imaging of Solid-State Electrolyte Response to Li Evolution under Realistic Operating Conditions
Natalie Seitzman, Olivia F. Bird, Rory Andrykowski, Steve Robbins, Mowafak M. Al-Jassim, and Svitlana Pylypenko

ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Cytotoxicity of Graphene Oxide and Graphene in Human Erythrocytes and Skin Fibroblasts
Ken-Hsuan Liao, Yu-Shen Lin, Christopher W. Macosko, and Christy L. Haynes
Decomposition of Organic Perovskite Precursors on MoO3: Role of Halogen and Surface Defects
Sofia Apergi, Christine Koch, Geert Brocks, Selina Olthof, and Shuxia Tao
Stretchable, Biocompatible, and Multifunctional Silk Fibroin-Based Hydrogels toward Wearable Strain/Pressure Sensors and Triboelectric Nanogenerators
Faliang He, Xingyan You, Hao Gong, Yun Yang, Tian Bai, Weiguo Wang, Wenxi Guo, Xiangyang Liu, and Meidan Ye

ACS Applied Nano Materials
Metal and Metal Oxide Nanoparticles to Enhance the Performance of Enzyme-Linked Immunosorbent Assay (ELISA)
Yuan Gao, Yingzhu Zhou, and Rona Chandrawati
Quantum Dots and Their Applications: What Lies Ahead?
Mônica A. Cotta
High-Index Core–Shell Ni–Pt Nanoparticles as Oxygen Reduction Electrocatalystsv
Gerard M. Leteba, David R. G. Mitchell, Pieter B. J. Levecque, Lebohang Macheli, Eric van Steen, and Candace I. Lang

ACS Applied Polymer Materials
Utilizing Reclaimed Petroleum Waste to Synthesize Water-Soluble Polysulfides for Selective Heavy Metal Binding and Detection

Logan Eder, Cameron B. Call, and Courtney L. Jenkins
Fundamentals and Applications of Polymer Brushes in Air
Guido C. Ritsema van Eck, Leonardo Chiappisi, and Sissi de Beer
Recent Trends in Advanced Polymer Materials in Agriculture Related Applications
Amrita Sikder, Amanda K. Pearce, Sam J. Parkinson, Richard Napier, and Rachel K. O’Reilly

ACS Central Science Editorials

In this Editorial, Achieving Gender Balance in the Chemistry Professoriate Is Not Rocket Science, Carolyn R. Bertozzi considers why it seems so hard to populate the ranks of chemistry department faculty with women.
Learn more about The Chemistry Women Mentorship Network (ChemWMN) in this piece from Brandi M. Cossairt, Jillian L. Dempsey, and Elizabeth R. Young.

OPR&D: Celebrating Women in Process Chemistry Special Issue

In recognition of a new age that embraces better gender balance and diversity in all its forms, this Special Issue of Organic Process Research & Development features a collection of papers published by women in process chemistry. Such innovative work encompasses a multitude of topics relevant for the safe, environmentally benign, and ultimately economical manufacturing of organic compounds that are required in larger amounts to help address the needs of society across the globe. Read a related Virtual Issue on Celebrating Women in Organic Chemistry

Bioconjugate Chemistry: Women in Bioconjugate Chemistry: Celebrating Women Scientists

In the spirit of celebrating women who are collaborating across disciplines, developing new understanding and new ideas, publishing groundbreaking research in our journal and in all the journals beyond ours, and not letting the trappings of other people’s expectations and assumptions define what is possible, Bioconjugate Chemistry is happy to present the “Women in Bioconjugate Chemistry: Celebrating Women Scientists” Virtual Issue.

Journal of Chemical Information Modeling : Advancing Women in Chemistry Call for Papers

Following the response to and impact of JCIMs May 2019 special issue on  Women in Computational Chemistry addressing the issue of gender disparity in science, JCIM is launching a new call for papers for a special issue on “Advancing Women in Chemistry.” This special issue aims to raise awareness for addressing and closing the gender gap in chemical sciences.

ACS Symposium Series eBook: Addressing Gender Bias in Science & Technology

A recent addition to the ACS Symposium Series, Addressing Gender Bias in Science & Technology walks readers through this important subject by using supporting data to define the challenges and then discussing ways to dismantle barriers and respond to gender biases. With solutions backed by research, this work will be useful for those working in all science and technology fields. Read more here.

A New ACS Guide Chapter: ACS Inclusivity Style Guide

The ACS Inclusivity Style Guide, a new open-access chapter added to the ACS Guide to Scholarly Communication, helps readers learn to communicate in ways that recognize and respect diversity in all its forms. The chapter includes recommended language on gender and sexuality, race and ethnicity, disabilities and disorders, and more. It offers important context for each topic, including the background behind each recommendation and links to valuable resources. Because language is ever-evolving, the guide will be updated over time to reflect changes in language and to incorporate new topics. Read the chapter here.

ACS Wishes You a Happy Year of the Tiger

American Chemical Society CEO Dr. Thomas M. Connelly has prepared a special message on behalf of everyone at ACS, wishing you and your families the very best health and happiness as you celebrate the Lunar New Year.

The past year has been one of difficulty as the pandemic continues. But it was also a year of incredible collaboration between ACS and Chinese authors, reviewers, and institutions. ACS would like to thank our colleagues and partners throughout Asia for their excellent work and wish them a happy and prosperous Year of the Tiger.

Accounts of Materials Research Launches AMR Materials Stories Video Interview Series

Accounts of Materials Research (AMR) is pleased to launch a new video interview series: AMR Materials Stories. In these short interviews, authors and Editors talk about aspects of their research. The interviews help foster greater communication among scientists and to promote public understanding of science.

In the first video, AMR Author Bram Neirinck catches up with Sarah J. Wolff, Co-Guest Editor of the upcoming Virtual Special Issue on Additive Manufacturing of Metals. They discuss powder bed-based additive manufacturing and how metal additive manufacturing changes the world. Find out more and read Bram’s Viewpoint article here.

The second video features J. Fraser Stoddart discussing the use of weak non-covalent interactions such as hydrogen bonding, π-π interactions and other supramolecular forces to design the next generations of materials. Read the Account by Penghao Li, Matthew R. Ryder, and J. Fraser Stoddart.

More interviews are on the way! Keep an eye out for further videos in this series.

Learning to Communicate Inclusively: A New ACS Guide Chapter 

When done right, communication can open doors—it allows people to learn new concepts, meet one another, and share information. But often, we can unintentionally close doors with our communication when unconscious biases appear in the words and images we use. Language and images that alienate groups or perpetuate stereotypes create barriers between a communicator and their potential audience.

To break down those barriers and help advance a more diverse and inclusive culture in science, the ACS Guide to Scholarly Communication has added a new open-access chapter on inclusive language and images. The latest chapter is the ACS Inclusivity Style Guide, a resource developed by the American Chemical Society Communications Division and the Office of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Respect. Using accessible language and real-life examples, the new chapter helps readers learn to communicate in ways that recognize and respect diversity in all its forms.

The guidelines can be applied to all content to make it more welcoming and relevant, regardless of the topic. The chapter includes recommended language on gender and sexuality, race and ethnicity, disabilities and disorders, and more. It offers important context for each topic, including the background behind each recommendation and links to valuable resources.  Examples of topics the guide discusses include:

  • when to use the description “people of color,”
  • when to use the singular pronoun “they,” and
  • when to use people-first or identity-first language for health conditions.

The guide is primarily based on recommendations from advocacy and journalistic groups. Because language is ever-evolving, the guide will be updated over time to reflect changes in language and to incorporate new topics.

The ACS Guide to Scholarly Communication provides students, researchers, educators, and librarians with the instruction and advice they need to master the art of scholarly communication beyond the scientific journal. With the valuable guidance and examples provided in this newest ACS Guide chapter, readers can learn how to keep communication opening, not closing, doors.

To give feedback on this chapter of the guide, please email

Watch the ACS Macro Letters 10th Anniversary Webinar Series

In 2021, ACS Macro Letters celebrated its 10th Anniversary through a series of quarterly webinar events, featuring engaging speakers with a variety of expertise focusing on different topics within polymer science. Attendees were then invited to participate in a Q&A session with ACS Macro Letters Editor-in-Chief Stuart J. Rowan, Associate Editors, and the speakers.

The journal just concluded its fourth and final installment of this series on December 9, 2021. Topics covered throughout the series include polymer physics/physical science, polymer chemistry/synthesis, biopolymers and biomedical materials, and future opportunities and challenges for polymers.

Watch recordings of each ACS Macro Letters webinar:

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Introducing JACS in Conversation With…

In this new video interview series from the Journal of the American Chemical Society (JACS), Editor-in-Chief Professor Erick Carreira speaks with accomplished scientists in chemistry.

Through a series of fascinating interviews Professor Carreira explores their views on the future of chemistry; delves into their professional history, discussing their greatest accomplishments and exploring the variety of career progressions; gains insight into their personal hobbies and how that influences their research; and seeks their insight into what JACS is doing well – and what it could do better – to continue serving the chemistry community.

Click on the interviewees’ names to watch their videos:

Professor Scott E. Denmark, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Professor Jack D. Dunitz (1923 – 2021)

Part 1:

Part 2:

Professor Jacqueline K. Barton, California Institute of Technology (Caltech)

Theodore Goodson III, University of Michigan

Professor Laura Gagliardi

Professor Thomas A. Holme, Iowa State University

Professor Dame Carol V. Robinson, University of Oxford

Professor Karen L. Wooley, Texas A&M University

Professor Kelly Chibale, Director of H3D Centre in Cape Town, South Africa


See what people are saying about this video series:

“This is such a terrific way to preserve our field. It is so important to capture our tremendous scientific history with these living legends.” -Angela Wilson, 2021 President-elect, American Chemical Society

“Very interesting and motivational.” -Dr. Sai Manoj, George Mason University

“What a great conversation!” -Leonel Barrios Jimenez Ph.D., Texas A&M University

“Amazing living history. So interesting to hear these first hand accounts…It’s wonderful that his thoughts are preserved here.” -Professor Jonathan Steed, Durham University

“Very poignant. We wait too long to record the thoughts of our elders. This kind of thing is brilliant. Keep doing it!!” -Professor Michael Harmata, University of Missouri

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ACS Reviewer Lab is Now Part of the ACS Institute

ACS Reviewer Lab, a flagship learning course from ACS Publications, is now available on the ACS Institute. The ACS Institute is a comprehensive learning platform providing educational opportunities spanning topics such as scientific communication, lab safety, and professional development. ACS Reviewer Lab will remain free to all learners.

With this transition, ACS Reviewer Lab features an all-new experience with narration and interactive elements to guide you through the key concepts of peer review. The course was also designed with accessibility in mind, and we have updated and expanded the downloadable resources that summarize each module. You will find the same six modules and rigorous final assessment, which unlocks when the content in all other modules has been viewed.

Whether you are new to peer review, looking to sharpen your skills, or actively mentoring the next generation of reviewers, ACS Reviewer Lab is a great resource!

For more information about ACS Reviewer Lab and everything the ACS Institute has to offer, please visitinstitute.acs.orgtoday!

Join ACS Publications at the 2021 AIChE Annual Meeting

ACS Publications is pleased to present its portfolio of journals and resources across the chemical engineering, applied, and material sciences at the 2021 AIChE Annual Meeting.

The AIChE Annual Meeting is an educational forum for chemical engineers interested in innovation and professional growth. Academic and industry experts cover a wide range of topics relevant to cutting-edge research, new technologies, and emerging growth areas in chemical engineering. This year AIChE will be taking place over two weeks to accommodate an in-person meeting in Boston from November 7-11 and a virtual meeting from November 15-19.

ACS proudly highlights its broad resources across the chemical engineering enterprise, including a number of highly cited journals, special issues, virtual issues, digital books and ebooks, on-demand courses, and more!

I&EC Research

At the forefront of chemical engineering research since 1909, I&EC Research continues to be the journal of choice for a global community of authors and readers.

ACS Polymer journals

ACS Macro Letters, Biomacromolecules, and Macromolecules are the ACS journals of broad interest in polymer science and related, cross-disciplinary macromolecular research.

ACS Applied Polymer Materials

An interdisciplinary journal publishing original research covering all aspects of engineering, chemistry, physics, and biology relevant to applications of polymers.


Significant open-access reports from analytical, physical, inorganic, organic, medicinal, environmental, catalytic, and theoretical chemistry research.

ACS ES&T Engineering

ACS ES&T Engineering publishes high-impact research articles and reviews/perspectives in all areas of environmental technology and engineering.

ACS Biomaterials Science & Engineering

ACS Biomaterials Science & Engineering reports new work in biomaterials science, technology, and engineering research and applications to biomedicine, bioengineering, and clinical translation.

ACS Sensors

ACS Sensors is a peer-reviewed research journal that is devoted to the dissemination of new and original knowledge on all aspects of sensor science that selectively sense chemical or biological species or processes.

Analytical Chemistry

Analytical Chemistry is a peer-reviewed research journal that is devoted to the dissemination of new and original knowledge in all branches of analytical chemistry.

ACS Chemical Health & Safety

Reports on safety, risk assessment, regulatory updates, chemical hygiene practice, hazard assessment, and safe laboratory design and operations.

*These articles are published as part of the forthcoming “Process Safety from Bench to Pilot to Plant” joint Virtual Special Issue from ACS CHAS, Organic Process Research & Development, and Journal of Loss Prevention in the Process Industries.

ACS In Focus Digital Books

Supporting graduate students and scientists seeking to accelerate their fundamental understanding of emerging topics and techniques from across the sciences, ACS In Focus are digital publications brought to life through videos, animations, and molecular models delivered in an e-reader that enables you to learn when it suits you, on or offline.

ACS Reagent Chemicals

The Must-Have Reference Guide for Analytical, Industrial, & Research Labs. ACS Reagent Chemicals contains purity specifications for almost 500 reagent chemicals and more than 500 standard-grade reference materials in an easy-to-use online format.

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How to Make Safety a Priority Before Students Enter the Lab

Lab safety is critical for anyone learning to work in a lab. That includes chemistry students but also people studying food science, pre-med, nursing, chemical engineering, and many other fields. When entering an undergraduate lab for the first time, it’s easy for a student not to recognize their role in maintaining a safe workspace. They can overlook hazards, misunderstand how to prevent incidents, or fail to act appropriately should the worst occur. That’s why learning a risk-based approach to safety that emphasizes personal responsibility lays a solid foundation for working in a lab, whether it’s for a semester or a lifetime.

Safety is one of the core values of the American Chemical Society. There has been excellent work done by individuals at different colleges and universities to strengthen initial laboratory safety instruction for undergraduate students. Additionally, ACS members have developed high-quality resources upon which we all draw. However, many institutions still struggle to continuously offer up-to-date, consistent, and engaging safety instruction that is built into the curriculum. That’s why ACS Publications developed the ACS Essentials of Lab Safety for General Chemistry, a new offering within the ACS Institute. This 90-minute self-paced course walks students through the RAMP (recognize, assess, minimize, prepare) framework for staying safe in the lab in an engaging manner that’s perfect for students who are about to enter a lab for the first time.

Across 6 engaging, interactive modules, the course teaches students to understand their role in maintaining a positive safety culture, recognize common laboratory hazards, assess and minimize those risks, and prepare for any emergencies that might arise.

The 90-minute course is suitable for general chemistry courses at two-year and four-year institutions. It can be completed on various mobile devices and allows students to do the work at their own pace, starting and stopping as needed. These modules incorporate a range of accessibility options, including closed captioning, screen reader access, style customization, keyboard capability, and open navigation. The course also uses contemporary videos and images to make the material relatable and easy to put into practice. Learning about modern lab equipment and safety gear before entering the lab allows students to approach the bench for the first time with confidence.

ACS Essentials of Lab Safety for General Chemistry was developed by Professor Susan Wiediger of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Professor Craig Merlic of University of California, Los Angeles, Professor Weslene Tallmadge of Gannon University, and Dominick Casadonte of Texas Tech University. The materials were reviewed by Dr. Imke Schroeder of the University of California Center for Lab Safety and Dr. Michael Blayney, Executive Director of Research Safety at Northwestern, to ensure the course met the highest professional standards.

Request a Demo of ACS Essentials of Lab Safety for General Chemistry and explore enterprise sales for your organization.

Or register for individual access to ACS Essentials of Lab Safety through the ACS Institute.