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Periodic TableTalks: Coordination Chemistry Subdivision on April 17, 2024

April 10, 2024
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Onn Wednesday, April 17, 2024, at 12 pm Pacific, 1 pm Mountain, 2 pm Central, 3 pm Eastern.  We will have two presentations from the Coordination Chemistry Subdivision.
We are pleased to host Smaranda Marinescu (University of Southern California)and Polly Arnold (University of California Berkeley and Lawrence Berkeley National Lab) as they present lectures on their respective research programs.
Register now for the April 17 Periodic TableTalk:

2024 ACS DIC Nanoscience Award

April 2, 2024
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Congratulations to Raffaella Buonsanti for receiving the 2024 ACS DIC Nanoscience Award! At EPFL, Rafaella has developed a program that uses precise nanochemistry to address challenges in renewable energy conversion and storage. Her achievements will be honored in a symposium at the 2024 Fall ACS meeting in Denver.

Bioinorganic Subdivision Periodic TableTalk: February 21, 2024

February 7, 2024
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You must register to attend the event.

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National Academies: Innovations in Catalysis to Address Modern Challenges, Abstracts Due Oct. 5th

September 13, 2022
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The NAS Workshop for the Chemical Sciences Roundtable on “Innovations in Catalysis to Address Modern Challenges” will be a hybrid meeting (in-person and virtual) in Washington DC. It will be held October 24-25.

In addition to a topically diverse set of speakers, the Workshop is seeking submissions from the catalysis community on short 3-minute presentations from researchers (students, post-docs, research scientists, principal investigators, etc.) related to their cutting-edge work in catalysis. Abstracts are due Wednesday Oct 5th.

For more information on the agenda, registering for the free event, and how to submit an abstract for the short presentation, please see:


2022 ACS Division of Inorganic Chemistry Early Career Industrial Investigator Award recipient

June 21, 2022
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Congratulations to Dr. Aaron Sattler (ExxonMobil Technology & Engineering Company), the recipient of the 2022 ACS Division of Inorganic Chemistry Early Career Industrial Investigator Award. This award recognizes Aaron’s research on mechanistic C-H bond activation and H/D exchange, advancing research on catalysis and materials development for applied industrially relevant processes, such as alkane dehydrogenation.

ACS Division of Inorganic Chemistry & RSC Inorganic Reaction Mechanisms Group of Dalton Announce New Virtual Seminar Series

April 29, 2022
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The Division of Inorganic Chemistry of the ACS and the Inorganic Reaction Mechanisms Group of Dalton (RSC) are pleased to announcement a joint virtual seminar series highlighting the latest advances in mechanisms. These seminars will be held throughout the year with one representative from each society. The inaugural seminar will be held on 24 May 2022 and we are delighted that Max Garcîa-Melchor (Trinity College) and John Anderson (University of Chicago) have agreed to speak. Please join us for this event!

Register here: Registration link

Virtual Issue of Inorganic Chemistry: Periodic Table Talks

April 27, 2022
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The ACS Division of Inorganic Chemistry’s monthly seminar series, Periodic TableTalks, has engaged viewers with sessions featuring cutting-edge research across all six of DIC’s subdivisions – Bioinorganic, Coordination, Solid-State, Organometallic, Nanoscience, and Sustainable Energy & Environment.
Inorganic Chemistry’s newest Virtual Issue, Periodic TableTalks, features the work of 12 researchers who participated in the latest series. Explore the Editorial and articles on improved battery technology, catalyst design, metalloproteins, and more.
Editor-in-Chief: Prof. William B. Tolman, Washington University in Saint Louis
Guest Editors and Advisory Board Members:
Prof. Trevor Hayton, University of California Santa Barbara
Prof. Hannah Shafaat, Ohio State University


Congratulations to the ACS Inorganic Division 65th Anniversary Symposium Poster Prize Winners

April 4, 2022
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ACS DIC Poster Winners

Inorganic Chemistry-Sponsored Poster prize:

               Undergraduate:  Wenlai Han, Carleton College

               Graduate/Postdoc: Christina Makris, UCSB

Organometallics-Sponsored Poster Prize:

               Undergraduate: Lijin Zeng, Patricia Cornejo, Marisol Emerson (jointly presented), Mills College

               Graduate/Postdoc: Samuel Griffin, University of British Columbia

Chemistry of Materials-Sponsored Poster Prize:

               Undergraduate: Nina Strassner, Friedrich Alexander University

               Graduate/Postdoc: Ashlee Hauble, UC Davis

ACS Materials Letters-Sponsored Poster Prize:

               Undergraduate: Sonia He, Rice University

               Graduate/Postdoc: Sakiru Abiodun, University of South Carolina

ACS Organic & Inorganic Au-Sponsored Poster Prize:

               Undergraduate: Faith Flinkingshelt, Kalamazoo College

               Graduate/Postdoc: Meghen Goulet, UC Irvine

Division of Inorganic Chemistry-Sponsored Poster Prize:

               Undergraduate: Alison Wang, University of Utah

               Graduate/Postdoc: William Buratto, University of Florida

IONiC VIPEr Learning Objects Honoring 2022 ACS National Award Recipients

March 19, 2022
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Learning Objects honoring the 2022 ACS Award recipientsTo honor the 2022 ACS National Award recipients in the field of inorganic chemistry, the IONiC VIPEr community has prepared a collection of teaching materials to help you feature the works of these outstanding scientists in your classroom. The collection includes problem sets, literature discussions, a slide tutorial, and an in-class activity. The title of each learning object includes the name of the awardee. Members of the DIC community are welcome and encouraged to add to the collection. Contact Hilary Eppley ( or Shirley Lin ( for more information on how to submit to VIPEr and add to the collection.

Al Sattelberger, University of Central Florida

ACS Award for Distinguished Service in the Advancement of Inorganic Chemistry for outstanding contributions to early transition metal and actinide chemistry, and a track record of building innovative inorganic chemistry programs at two national labs

Chip Nataro, Lafayette College

ACS Award for Research at an Undergraduate Institution for outstanding achievements in the study of bis(phosphino)metallocene compounds accomplished with undergraduate researchers and for his dedication to mentoring students and faculty

Susan Kauzlarich, University of California, Davis

ACS Award in Inorganic Chemistry for the development of a new class of inorganic compounds, transition-metal Zintl phases, and demonstrating their application in energy conversion devices and as nanoparticle synthons

R. Morris Bullock, Pacific Northwest National Lab

ACS Award in Organometallic Chemistry for pioneering contributions to earth-abundant metal catalysts for the production and utilization of dihydrogen, and fundamental studies on the reactivity of transition metal hydrides

Douglas Stephan, University of Toronto

F. Albert Cotton Award in Synthetic Inorganic Chemistry for the discovery of frustrated Lewis pairs that unveiled main-group catalysts for hydrogenations, C-C bond formation, and C-F derivatization, new paradigms that are applied across the discipline

Mahdi M. Abu-Omar, University of California, Santa Barbara

ACS Award for Affordable Green Chemistry for seminal contributions to fundamental science and technology development for catalytic lignin conversion to renewable chemicals, fuels, and materials following green chemistry and engineering principles

Justin J. Wilson, Cornell University

Harry Gray Award for Creative Work in Inorganic Chemistry by a Young Investigator for his interdisciplinary and broad-reaching research in the field of bioinorganic medicinal chemistry

Philip P. Power, University of California, Davis

Frederick Hawthorne Award in Main Group Inorganic Chemistry for contributions to synthetic main group chemistry and recognition of the role played by dispersion effects in stabilizing main group species

Vivian W.-W. Yam, The University of Hong Kong

Josef Michl ACS Award in Photochemistry for contributions to inorganic/organometallic photochemistry through innovative design of chromophoric/luminescent metal complexes and their supramolecular assemblies for advancing OLED, sensing, and solar energy research

T. Brent Gunnoe, University of Virginia

George A. Olah Award in Hydrocarbon or Petroleum Chemistry for significant contributions to catalytic hydrocarbon functionalization including advancements on arene alkylation/alkenylation as well as catalytic partial oxidation of light alkanes

Jerzy Klosin, Dow

ACS Award in Industrial Chemistry for the development of versatile homogeneous catalysts for the production of a wide range of polymer-based materials on a large industrial scale




2022 Inorganic Nanoscience Award

March 7, 2022
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The winner of the Inorganic Nanoscience Award for 2022 is Professor Amy Prieto.

Amy is being recognized “for her contribution to the development of new synthetic methods for materials with applications in renewable energy production and storage by combining solid-state chemistry with nanoparticle synthesis”.