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The ACS DIC wishes to bring to your attention a new award to recognize an Emerging Investigator in Bioinorganic Chemistry, including Medicinal Inorganic Chemistry. This award, sponsored by Professor Jonathan Sessler, will recognize an investigator in their first five years of a tenure-track position, or an equivalent research appointment, at a United States academic or non-profit institution.  The individual recognized will receive a $1000 honorarium, an engraved plaque, and the ACS DIC will pay their registration for the 256th ACS National Meeting in Boston, MA where the recipient will make a presentation.


To nominate candidates, please send a document (as PDF) containing the following elements:


  • The nominee’s name and current affiliation and/or contact details
  • Date of initial employment in current tenure-track position or research appointment
  • A list of no more than 10 of the nominee’s key publications
  • A curriculum vitae
  • A summary of the nominee’s research achievements as an independent investigator (up to 1500 words)
  • Description why he/she should be considered for award
  • Name, affiliation and contact details of the person making the nomination

Self nominations are not permitted.

Nomination materials should be submitted to Bernadette Donovan-Merkert (bdonovan@uncc.edu) by April 2, 2018 at 5:00 pm PDT. If you have any questions please contact Bernadette Donovan-Merkert.


 2018 Inorganic Chemistry Undergraduate Workshop

Fall 2018 American Chemical Society Meeting

Boston, MA

August 19-23, 2018

The Inorganic Division will host promising undergraduate students at the upcoming fall national ACS Meeting (Boston, MA). The division aims to provide students that may be considering applying to graduate programs in the area of inorganic chemistry the opportunity to explore the wide breadth of the Inorganic Chemistry field, identify possible schools/PIs of interest, and utilize the ACS meeting resources for undergraduate students. The workshop will include:

• An opening survey symposium introducing the students to the sessions held in the Inorganic Division, highlighting “must-see” talks and introducing the students to a broad range of inorganic chemistry research.

• A dinner with prominent members of the Division of Inorganic Chemistry including the current Division board and recent award winners.

• All students will present their research as part of the Inorganic Division poster session. Posters will be highlighted on the Division’s website, Facebook, and receive special marking at the session to enable easy navigation.

• The registration fee for the students will be covered by the Division.


We encourage all interested undergraduate, chemistry majors (or chemistry-related majors) to apply to the program. Preference will be given to students who have completed Inorganic Chemistry, are currently rising seniors considering applying to graduate programs, and are involved in undergraduate research in an inorganic field.

A complete application consists of:

1. The one-page application form to be completed by the student nominee,

2. A copy of the student’s undergraduate transcript (an unofficial copy is adequate), and

3. One letter of recommendation from a faculty member who knows well the nominee.

2018 Inorganic Chemistry Undergraduate Workshop Application

The complete application must be mailed to ajmorris@vt.edu. Applications are requested by March 26th, 2018. Nominees will be notified of the status of their applications in early April.



Congratulations to the following students for receiving travel awards from DIC. We look forward to seeing them in Washington, DC.

Student Name Institution
Kevin Whys Auburn University
Allison Batka University of Michigan
Alex Allen UNC Charlotte
Sarah Nathan Cornell University
Andrew Schaefer Stanford University
Basil Ahmed Western Michigan University
Michaela Carlson University of Illinois – Urbana
Scott Coste Northwestern University
Courtney Ford University of Illinois – Urbana
Pranaw Kunal University of Texas – Austin
Shaoyang Lin Virginia Tech
Yan Xie SUNY – Stony Brook
Shuo Zhao Carnegie Mellon University
Stephanie Carpenter University of Rochester
Daniel Ekekwe University of Canterbury (New Zealand)
Julie Fenton Penn. State University
Sarah Gibbons Dartmouth College
Jerod Kieser Case Western University
James Yarnell North Carolina State University
Hannah Zeitler University of Washington


Please see the important information for Oral Presenters at Washington and future ACS Meetings:
This information addresses the use of personal lap top computers at future ACS meetings.

News:  Congratulations to Nanoscience Award Winner Shana Kelley, and to Young Investigator Award Winners!


Shana O. Kelley, Professor at the University of Toronto, is the winner of the 2017 Inorganic Nanoscience Award, presented by the ACS Division of Inorganic Chemistry to honor excellent research. The award is sponsored by the University of South Carolina NanoCenter.

Kelley’s lab focuses on the use of inorganic chemistry to develop new metal- and semiconductor-based biofunctionalized nanomaterials and control their self-assembly into hierarchical structures for applications in biomedical technology. Her lab has pioneered the use of three-dimensional nanoarchitectures for ultrasensitive electrochemical sensors, as well as establishing magnetic nanoparticle platforms to identify, isolate, and rare cell types.

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


Congratulations to the following Young Investigators! The awardees will be recognized for their accomplishments at the Washington, D.C. National ACS Meeting.

1. Brandon Barnett, University of California at Berkeley; Nominator:  Joshua Figueroa (UCSD)

2. Ambika Bhagi-Damodaran, University of California at San Francisco; Nominator:  Yi Lu (UIUC)

3. Yongping Fu, University of Wisconsin; Nominator:  Song Jin (Wisconsin)

4. Kuangda Lu, University of Chicago; Nominator:  Wenbin Lin (Chicago)

5. Jihye Park, Stanford University; Nominator:  Joe Zhou (Texas A&M University)

6. Xiaoyan Tan, Rutgers University; Nominator:  Michael Shatruk (Florida State University)

7. Anna Wuttig, MIT; Nominator:  Yogi Surendranath (MIT)

8. Haolin Yin, Caltech; Nominator:  Eric Schelter (Penn)

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.