News & Updates

Nominations open for Sessler Fellowship for Emerging Leaders in Bioinorganic and Medicinal Inorganic Chemistry

July 16, 2021
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ACS is pleased to announce the call for nominations for the Jonathan Sessler Fellowship for Emerging Leaders in Bioinorganic and Medicinal Inorganic Chemistry. The Sessler Fellowship is open to an investigator in his/her first five years of a tenure-track position, or an equivalent research appointment, with accommodation made for family, health, or provider leaves, at a U.S. academic, national lab, or non-profit institution. Fellows will be selected via a nomination and selection process; self-nominations will not be accepted. Applications are due by 5:00 PM ET on Tuesday, September 15, 2021. Additional details on the Sessler Fellowship are available at

2021 Chemistry of Materials Lectureship

June 9, 2021
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Congratulations to graduate student Shruti Hariyani and her advisor Jakoah Brgoch (both at the University of Houston) for being this year’s recipients of the Chemistry of Materials Lectureship for their paper ‘Local Structure Distortion Induced Broad Band Emission in the All-Inorganic BaScO2F:Eu2+’. This award is sponsored by our Division of Inorganic Chemistry and the journal Chemistry of Materials.

Fall 2021, Spring 2022 Periodic TableTalks Schedule

April 27, 2021
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The schedule for the Periodic TableTalks for the fall 2021, spring 2022 is:

9/15/2021               Sustainable Energy and the Environment

‘Harnessing the Power of Molecular Chemistry for Sustainable Electrochemical Storage’

‘Electrodeposition as a tool for developing sustainable battery manufacturing’

10/20/2021             Organometallic Chemistry

‘Mechanism of Nickel-mediated Radical Pathways’

‘The organometallic chemistry of paramagnetic Ni and Pd complexes’

11/17/2021              Solid State Chemistry

‘How to discover new solids containing alkali metals: predictive screening, facile synthesis and in situ studies’

“Getting Your Lattice in Shape –  An Exercise in Crystal Growth of Intermetallics’

1/19/2022               Coordination Chemistry

‘Ligand Flexibility in Surface-Inspired Cluster Chemistry’

‘Teaching f-Elements New Tricks: Synthetic Chemistry at the Bottom of the Periodic Table’

2/16/2022               Bioinorganic Chemistry

In Crystallo O2 Activation at Molecular Iron Sites’

‘Exploring the structure and function of alkane monooxygenase (AlkB): A key metalloenzyme in the carbon cycle’

3/9/2022                 Nanoscience

‘Atomically precise nanoclusters with an edge: Molecular insights into single atom catalysts’

‘Plasmonic metal oxide nanocrystals’

Periodic TableTalks Virtual Issue

April 27, 2021
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The Division’s Periodic TableTalks is the topic of a recent Virtual Issue of the journal Inorganic Chemistry.

IONiC VIPEr Learning Objects Honoring 2021 ACS National Award Recipients

April 2, 2021
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To honor the 2021 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, web resources, 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.

2021 DIC Award Winners

January 8, 2021
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Congratulations to the DIC members who received ACS national awards in 2021!

ACS Award for Distinguished Service in the Advancement of Inorganic Chemistry

Kenneth D. Karlin, Johns Hopkins University

ACS Award for Research at an Undergraduate Institution

sponsored by Research Corporation for Science Advancement

Daniel Rabinovich, University of North Carolina at Charlotte

ACS Award in Inorganic Chemistry

sponsored by Millipore Sigma

Kristin Bowman-James, University of Kansas

ACS Award in Organometallic Chemistry

sponsored by Dow

Melanie S. Sanford, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Alfred Bader Award in Bioinorganic or Bioorganic Chemistry

sponsored by the Alfred R. Bader Fund and the George and Christine Sosnovsky Endowment Fund

Amy C. Rosenzweig, Northwestern University

F. Albert Cotton Award in Synthetic Inorganic Chemistry

sponsored by the F. Albert Cotton Endowment Fund

Marinella Mazzanti, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne (EPFL)

Francis P. Garvan-John M. Olin Medal

sponsored by the Francis P. Garvan-John M. Olin Medal Endowment

Carol J. Burns, Los Alamos National Laboratory

Harry Gray Award for Creative Work in Inorganic Chemistry by a Young Investigator

sponsored by the Gray Award Endowment

Smaranda C. Marinescu, University of Southern California

Frederick Hawthorne Award in Main Group Inorganic Chemistry

sponsored by the M. Frederick Hawthorne Award Endowment

Karl O. Christe, University of Southern California

Gabor A. Somorjai Award for Creative Research in Catalysis

sponsored by the Gabor A. & Judith K. Somorjai Endowment Fund

Paul J. Chirik, Princeton University

ACS Award in Colloid Chemistry

sponsored by the Colgate-Palmolive Company

Emily Weiss, Northwestern University

DIC Undergraduate Award in Inorganic Chemistry nominations

July 7, 2020
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The nomination deadline for the 2020 ACS Division of Inorganic Chemistry Undergraduate Award in Inorganic Chemistry has been extended to July 31.

You can check to see if your school has nominated a student at
You can nominate a student on the webform at

This award is intended to recognize achievement by undergraduate students in inorganic chemistry and to encourage further study in the field. Every ACS Certified Department is eligible to nominate one student to receive this award. The American Chemical Society Division of Inorganic Chemistry established this award in 2009.

Please direct your inquiries regarding this award directly to Professor Sheila Smith (

Fall 2020 National ACS Meeting will be completely virtual

June 10, 2020
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Dear Members of the Division of Inorganic Chemistry,

The ACS has decided to transition the Fall 2020 National Meeting to a completely virtual meeting. There will be no physical events associated with the meeting held in San Francisco. The virtual meeting will take place from August 17–20, 2020.

While additional details will be forthcoming, ACS has selected virtual tools so that all accepted oral and poster abstracts will be presented, either live or on-demand.

As soon as we learn more details about the virtual format and other scheduling details, we will forward those to you.

Stay Healthy and Safe!

Julie Kovacs, Professor and Chair, DIC
Department of Chemistry
University of Washington

Jeffrey J. Rack
Secretary for Division of Inorganic Chemistry
Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology
University of New Mexico

Teaching inorganic chemistry remotely

March 31, 2020
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This is a reminder of all of the great inorganic chemistry teaching resources on the VIPEr website.

Or for answers to real-time questions (“Does anyone have data for the Job’s method lab?”), consider joining the VIPErPit on Discord, where a hearty group of inorganic chemists are solving one another’s remote teaching challenges in real time.

Because in the midst of it all, as was pointed out in a recent VIPEr BITES blog by Betsy Jamieson:
I get by with a little help from my friends
Mm, gonna try with a little help from my friends. . . .

Checking in with Inorganic Folks!

March 28, 2020
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I wanted to both check in with everyone, and provide an update re: the San Francisco ACS meeting. At this point, we are proceeding as if the San Francisco meeting will occur, until we hear otherwise. The Plenary Awards session originally scheduled for Philly will occur on Monday morning in San Francisco. The Awards banquet will occur on Monday evening. If those of you who were originally scheduled to run a symposium in Philly, would like to re-schedule for a future meeting, we suggest that you re-apply using the appropriate form on the DIC Symposia Requests page.

I’m guessing that those who have never dealt with a crisis of this magnitude, are having a hard time dealing with the anxiety, fear, and stress associated with the chaos that has become our new normal . Having dealt with a health crisis of my own a number of years ago, I want to remind you of the fact that we will get through this, we are all in this together, and we will come out of this with a bigger appreciation for all of the wonderful things that life has to offer!  

Take care everyone. Stay healthy!

Julie Kovacs, Chair, ACS Division of Inorganic Chemistry