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News:  Jonas Peters wins Inorganic Chemistry Lectureship!

Jonas C. Peters, Bren Professor of Chemistry at Caltech, is the winner of the 2017 Inorganic ChemistryLectureship. Inorganic Chemistry and the ACS Division of Inorganic Chemistry launched the award in 2013 to anually recognize a researcher who has demonstrated creativity and impact in leading research in inorganic chemistry.

“Jonas’s research program is both exceptionally productive and creative, and his work is widely respected across the entire inorganic chemistry community as being of the highest quality,” says William “Bill” Tolman, Editor-in-Chief of Inorganic Chemistry. “His work is also seen as pushing the boundaries of our understanding of structure, bonding, and catalytic activity of inorganic compounds, particularly ones of relevance to global C, N, and O cycles and energy applications.

“Jonas is also recognized for his training of many successful chemists in top academic institutions,” Bill says. “The committee’s selection of Jonas to receive the 2017 Inorganic Chemistry Lectureship Award was informed by the combined impact of his research accomplishments, service to the field, and training of students and postdoctoral associates.”


News:  Nominations for Chemistry of Materials Lectureship

Chemistry of Materials is delighted to invite nominations for its inaugural Chemistry of Materials Lectureship and Best Paper Award. This award will honor the authors of one article published in an issue of Chemistry of Materials in the year preceding the nomination deadline and will go to an article of outstanding influence in the field of materials chemistry as a whole. It will recognize the fact that research is a team endeavor and celebrate the importance of co-authors and their contributions.

A half-day symposium will honor the recipients each year and will feature two award presentations — one each by two co-authors of the winning article — as well as talks by several invited speakers. The symposium will be hosted alternately by the ACS Division of Inorganic Chemistry and the ACS Division of Polymeric Materials: Science and Engineering.

The inaugural lectureship will take place at the 2017 Fall ACS National Meeting in Washington, D.C., August 20-24, 2017, and will be hosted by the ACS Division of Inorganic Chemistry.

The authors of the winning article will receive the following to share:

An award plaque
An honorarium of US$2,500
Travel and accommodations funding of up to a total of US$2,000 for up to two co-authors to attend the 2017 Fall ACS National Meeting and the ACS Division of Inorganic Chemistry symposium in their honor


The nominated article must have been published in an issue of Chemistry of Materials in the year preceding the nomination deadline.
The nominated article must be original and forward-looking, and describe groundbreaking research focused on one or more of the following areas: organometallic chemistry, bioinorganic chemistry, solid- state materials, coordination chemistry, nanoscience.

The article’s corresponding author (group leader/principal investigator) must be within the first 12 years of an independent research career.

If you have questions, please send them to ChemMater@acs.org.

To make a nomination, please complete the form below and attach the required documents by February 20, 2017. https://acspubs.formstack.com/forms/fall_lectureship_cm

News:  Draft Version of Inorganic Program for San Francisco National ACS Meeting


The program can be found here:  draft-253_inor-final-program_12-30-2016. At this time, the only change in the program can be a withdrawal of an abstract. There maybe small adjustments in session start times.

News:  Deadline for Nominations of Inorganic Lectureship and Organometallics Distinguished Author Award is December 15, 2016


Organometallics, the ACS Division of Inorganic Chemistry (DIC), and the ACS Division of Organic Chemistry (DOC) are still soliciting nominations for the 2017 Organometallics Distinguished Author Award. This award, given out to a new recipient yearly, recognizes the author of exceptional articles published in Organometallics in 2015 and 2016. The articles chosen should emphasize the importance of organometallic chemistry and have a profound impact in inorganic and organic chemistry, as a whole. The nomination deadline is approaching! Nominations must be received by December 15, 2016 via https://acspubs.formstack.com/forms/fall_lectureship_omThe recipient of the 2017 Award will be given a $3000 honorarium, an award plaque, and reimbursed for up to $1500 in travel support to attend the 2017 Fall ACS National Meeting in Washington, DC and present at an award symposium in their honor.


Inorganic Chemistry and the ACS Division of Inorganic Chemistry (DIC) are still soliciting nominations for the 2017 Inorganic Chemistry Lectureship. This annual award recognizes an individual who has demonstrated broad creativity and impact in leading research in Inorganic Chemistry. The nomination deadline is approaching! Nominations must be received by December 15, 2016 and submitted viahttps://acspubs.formstack.com/forms/fall_lectureship_ic. To nominate, submit a brief description of the nominee’s accomplishments and a list of key publications. The winner will be chosen and announced early in 2017. The recipient of the 2017 Lectureship will be awarded a $3000 honorarium, an award plaque, and will be given up to $1500 in travel support to attend the 2017 Fall ACS National Meeting in Washington, DC and present at an award symposium in their honor.

News:  Inorganic Nanoscience Award

New Guidelines, Nominations Due January 15, 2017

The Nanoscience Subdivision of the ACS Division of Inorganic Chemistry (DIC) is pleased to solicit nominations for the Inorganic Nanoscience Award, sponsored by the University of South Carolina NanoCenter. The award consists of $3000 made out to the winner as well as a plaque to be presented to the recipient at the Fall 2017 ACS meeting in Washington, DCThe recipient will be based at either an academic institution or a national laboratory setting in North America. The intent of the award is to recognize sustained excellence, dedication, and perseverance in research in the area of inorganic nanoscience. Recipients are expected to be at the mid-career stage, i.e., no more than 10 years post tenure (or equivalent appointment) and/or between the ages of 36-45 in awarding year. Preference will be given to nominees who have not won an ACS award during the past five years.

Self-nomination is allowed. Each nomination should include (1) a 5-page curriculum vitae; (2) a list of the nominees’ 10 most significant publications; and (3) and a one-page statement that highlights the key research discoveries that merit a national award in the area of inorganic nanoscience. Each nominee should also arrange for three letters of support to be sent separately. Only one of the three supporting letters can be from the nominee’s home institution. Nominations and letters of support should be emailed as pdf attachments to the Nanoscience Subdivision Chair at nanoawards@acsdic.org. Inquiries (but not nomination materials) can be addressed to the Nanoscience Subdivision Chair for the award year: http://acsdic.org/officers/. The winner will be selected from nominations submitted by January 15, 2017. The award winner will be announced on March 10, 2017.

News:  September 15 Deadline for Undergraduate

Research Award

Please go to the Awards tab and find the application instructions and eligibility requirements for the ACS Division of Inorganic Chemistry Undergraduate Research Award.

News:  Abstract Submission is NOW OPEN!

Abstract submission is open for the Spring ACS meeting in San Francisco (April 2-6, 2017). The deadline is Monday evening October 31 at 11:59PM EDT (New York time). The list of invited and contributed symposiums is given at http://callforpapers.acs.org/sanfran2017/INOR

News:  Young Investigators Celebrated In Philadelphia

The Young Investigator Awards recognize outstanding research by researchers who are completing or have recently completed their PhD degrees. The recent DIC symposium “DIC Young Investigator Awardees: Where Are They Now?” held at the ACS National Meeting in Philadelphia clearly demonstrated that the YIA winners go on to become true leaders in inorganic chemistry and related fields. In 2016, the division recognized 7 young investigators with this prestigious award:

1. Dr. Carl Brozek obtained his PhD from MIT under supervision of Prof. Mircea Dincă. During his graduate work, Carl established cation exchange in metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) as a tremendously versatile synthetic method that takes away the serendipity normally associated with MOF synthesis. He was able to synthesize MOFs with the most unusual metal centers that otherwise would never be amenable to solvothermal conditions, e.g., Ti3+ and V2+. Carl is currently pursuing his postdoctoral studies at University of Washington.

2. Julia-Anna Dolyniuk is completing her PhD studies in the group of Prof. Kirill Kovnir at UC Davis. Julia-Anna’s project focuses on the discovery of new bulk thermoelectric materials based on extended cage frameworks (clathrates). Her approach is unique in exploring the bounds of new transition metal-pnicogen clathrates where the inclusion of a large number of transition metals in the framework leads to enhanced electrical conductivities, while the guest ions trapped in the voids of the framework “rattle” to maintain low thermal conductivities—an ideal combination for thermoelectrics.

3. Dr. Dawei Feng, who is currently a postdoc at Stanford, carried out his PhD studies with Prof. Hong-Cai Zhou at Texas A&M. In his PhD work, Dawei discovered MOFs with exceptional stability. Some of these materials exhibit extraordinary stability in water and aqueous solutions with a wide range of pH values, which makes them very attractive for further commercial applications. Some of the ultrastable MOFs developed by Dawei also act as biomimetic catalysts.

4. Dr. Jarad Mason, currently a postdoc at Northwestern, completed his PhD studies in the group of Prof. Jeffrey Long at UC Berkeley, where he investigated the use of MOFs for the capture of CO2 from multicomponent mixtures. Jarad demonstrated that only amine-appended adsorbents retain a high CO2 adsorption capacity in the presence of water. He also developed a powerful new concept for gas storage, where a pressure-induced structural change in the flexible MOFs is used to achieve a dramatic improvement in the gas capture capacity.

5. Dr. Heather Neu obtained her PhD from Johns Hopkins under direction of Prof. David Goldberg. Heather’s PhD research led to the fundamental discovery that there is the potential for a profound influence of the axial ligand on highvalent metal-oxo species in two-electron oxygen-atom transfer processes. She also demonstrated the light-driven, proton-controlled catalytic aerobic oxidation of C-H bonds with a MnIII porphyrinoid complex, reavealing a completely new method for the catalytic oxidation of benzylic C-H bonds with O2 (or air) as the oxidant. Heather is currently a postdoc at University of Maryland.

6. Dr. Alexandra Velian, currently a postdoc at Columbia University, performed her PhD work in the labs of Prof. Kit Cummins at MIT. Alexandra’s research on the chemistry of precursors to the P2 molecule led to a discovery of an unprecedented “click reaction” resulting in the all-inorganic aromatic ion [P2N3]. This finding was preceded by the shrewd discovery that 7-phosphadibenzonorbornadiene molecules can be obtained in a single step from magnesium anthracene upon treatment with dichlorophosphines, to provide a family of precursors to singlet phosphinidene reactive intermediates.

7. Dr. Shiyu Zhang received his PhD from Georgetown University under supervision of Prof. Timothy Warren. Shiyu’s PhD research addressed challenging questions in copper / nitric oxide biology. By carefully investigating the reaction between NO and Cu thiolates, he demonstrated  reversible binding that takes place via insertion into the Cu-S bond, a new paradigm for reversible NO binding in bioinorganic chemistry. Further developing this chemistry, he discovered the first example of binuclear bonding of the N2 molecule to a copper coordination compound. Shiyu is currently a postdoc at MIT.


News:  A 12.500€ Award for Young Scientists in Energy Storage!

Prof. Jean-Marie Tarascon, director of the French network on electrochemical energy storage (a network of 17 laboratories and 15 industrials aiming at battery and supercondensators breakthrough and tech transfer) is announcing the second edition of the YESS award (Young Energy Storage Scientist award).

The YESS Award 2016 is aimed at young innovative scientists from the electrochemical energy storage field. The prize money is of €10.000 for the winner, €2.500 for the runner up (free of use). The winner will be also invited to the Batteries 2016 congress where the prize ceremony will take place. The award is open to scientists of at most 35 years-old with at least a master’s degree. They can be US, European or Canadian nationals. They can submit their project until July 27th 

Detailed conditions + application form are available on http://www.bit.ly/29ikK11

If you have any question please send an email to clement.colin@energie-rs2e.com

News:  Inorganic Nanoscience Award to Raymond Schaak

Raymond E. Schaak, the DuPont Professor of Materials Chemistry at the Pennsylvania State University and an Associate Editor at ACS Nano, is the winner of the 2016 Inorganic Nanoscience Award, presented by the ACS Division of Inorganic Chemistry to honor excellence in research. The award is sponsored by the NanoCenter at the University of South Carolina.

Professor Schaak is well-known for his creative work in synthetic inorganic nanochemistry. His work provides new paradigms for the design and synthesis of complex inorganic nanostructures by employing the concept of retrosynthetic design, which historically has been limited to molecular systems. This is coupled with the concept of colloids as “artificial molecules” to provide a total synthetic framework toward inorganic nanomaterials. Target materials are finding applications in catalysis and energy conversion and storage.

Representative manuscripts include:

C.G. Read, T.R. Gordon, J.M. Hodges, R.E. Schaak, “Colloidal Hybrid Nanoparticle Insertion Reaction for Transforming Heterodimers into Heterotrimers,” J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2015, 137, 12517-12517. DOI: 10.1021/jacs.5b08850

E.J. Popczun, C.G. Read, C.W. Roske, N.S. Lewis, R.E. Schaak, “Highly active electrocatalysis of the hydrogen evolution reaction by cobalt phosphide nanoparticles,” Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2014, 53, 5427-5430.  DOI: 10.1002/anie.201402646

M.R. Buck and R.E. Schaak, “Emerging Strategies for the Total Synthesis of Inorganic Nanostructures,” Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2013, 52, 6154-6178.  DOI: 10.1002/anie.201207240

Schaak will receive the award, which consists of a plaque and $3,000, at the ACS national meeting in Philadelphia in August.

News: Prof. Dr. Serena DeBeer Wins 2016 Inorganic Chemistry Lectureship Award


The Division of Inorganic Chemistry represents a diverse body of scientists who come together to understand and promote the richness of the chemistry of the elements. Molecular biologists, materials scientists, and many types of chemists are members of this division. Due to the diversity of interests among our members, four subdivisions are available for membership in addition to the general membership in the Division.

The Division has several responsibilities: the development and coordination of programming of interest to our members at national meerings; continuing improvement in the education of current and future chemists in the beauty of inorganic chemistry and the value of chemistry in general; representation of our members’ interests to the ACS through the election of Councilors and other positions; and maintaining the fiscal health of the Division to support all other activities. The Division usually has one of the largest technical programs at the national meetings.

The goals of the ACS Division of Inorganic Chemistry

  1. To advance the science of Inorganic Chemistry.
  2. To provide an organization within which close contact among chemists interested in Inorganic Chemistry can be maintained.
  3. To arrange programs dealing with Inorganic Chemistry for the National Meetings of the ACS.
  4. To organize and conduct symposia on special topics in Inorganic Chemistry at times and places designated by the Executive Committee of the DIC.
  5. To promote the teaching of Inorganic Chemistry at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Areas of chemistry in which the Division’s activities are focused:

  1. Organometallic Chemistry. Includes the synthesis, characterization, and reactivity of main group, transition metal, and rare earth organometallic compounds, and the applications of such compounds in organic synthesis, inorganic synthesis, and catalysis.
  2. Bioinorganic Chemistry. Includes all aspects of the chemistry of the metallic elements and small inorganic molecules in biological systems.
  3. Solid-State and Materials Chemistry. Includes the synthesis, characterization, and physical and chemical properties of solids that contain metallic and/or main group elements.
  4. Coordination Chemistry. Includes the synthesis, characterization, and physical and chemical properties of classical coordination compounds.
  5. Nanoscience. Includes the synthesis, characterization, and physical and chemical properties of nanostructured materials (inorganic nanocrystals, inorganic-organic hybrid materials etc.).


 History of the founding of the Division of Inorganic Chemistry

See:  A History of the Division of Inorganic Chemistry, American Chemical Society by John C. Bailar, Jr. in Journal of Chemical Education, volume 66, number 7, July 1989, pages 537-545 (DOI: 10.1021/ed066p537).



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