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ACS Award Winners in Inorganic Chemistry – 2000 to 2020

November 8, 2019
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We’re taking a moment to recognize recent winners of the ACS Award

2020 – Catherine J. Murphy
2019 – George Christou
2018 – James M. Mayer
2017 – Lawrence Que, Jr.
2016 – Mercouri G. Kanatzidis
2015 – John T. Groves
2014 – Guy Bertrand
2013 – Daniel L. DuBois
2012 – Clifford P. Kubiak
2011 – Robert J. Cava
2010 – Donald J. Darensbourg
2009 – Daniel G. Nocera
2008 – Kenneth N. Raymond
2007 – Sheldon G. Shore
2006 – Karl E. Wieghardt
2005 – William J. Evans
2004 – Herbert W. Roesky
2003 – Karl O. Christe
2002 – Thomas B. Rauchfuss
2001 – Edward I. Solomon
2000 – Edward I. Stiefel

Congratulations to 2020 Award Winners!

October 23, 2019
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Congratulations to ACS Award in Inorganic Chemistry Winner Cathy Murphy

October 23, 2019
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Congratulations to ACS Award in Organometallic Chemistry Winner Mitch Smith

October 23, 2019
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DIC Award for Undergraduate Research – Nominations Due Oct 18, 2019

October 10, 2019
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The DIC Award for Undergraduate Research

Note: Applications are due on October 18, 2019.

Purpose: To recognize the collaborative research of an outstanding undergraduate student/preceptor team in the field of inorganic chemistry, as broadly defined.

Up to one award will be given in each of three categories based on the institution of the preceptor:
• Primarily Undergraduate Institution
• Research-Intensive University (or other non-PUI college or university)
• Corporate, National, or Federal Laboratory

Nature: The undergraduate student will receive $1,000 and a plaque; the preceptor will receive a plaque for permanent display at the preceptor’s institution. Up to $1,000 will be reimbursed by the division for travel expenses to the meeting at which the award will be presented to the student and preceptor. The presentation will be given during an INOR-sponsored symposium in which the undergraduate awardee will present a talk on the recognized research.

Eligibility: The undergraduate student nominee must be a senior student pursuing a bachelor’s degree in the chemical sciences at the time of nomination, or have completed a bachelor’s degree in the chemical sciences within the 12-month period before the deadline for receipt of nominations. The award will recognize only work done while the nominee was an undergraduate student in the lab of the preceptor. The award will be granted without regard to age or nationality. The preceptor(s) may be a faculty member or staff scientist at any higher educational institution or corporate, federal, or national laboratory in North America and should be an active DIC member. Self-nominations (i.e. nominations submitted by the preceptor or the student) will not be considered. Examples of appropriate nominators include the Departmental Chair or a colleague of the preceptor. Nominators do not need to be ACS/DIC members.

Nominating Procedure: A nomination consists of:
1. A duly completed nomination form (PDF link), (DOC link) to include 25-word maximum citation for the award (i.e., a brief statement of the work for which the team is being nominated) and the contact specifics for nominator, preceptor, and student.
2. Curriculum vitae for student (1-page maximum) and preceptor (2-page maximum).
3. One-page nomination letter that (i) discusses the impact/merit of research performed by the undergraduate nominee, explicitly detailing the student’s contribution; and (ii) describes the impact that mentoring by the preceptor had on the student and his/her research project.
4. For the preceptor, a proof of current ACS and DIC membership status (copy of membership certificate, receipt and/or pdf snapshot of “My Account” from the showing active divisional membership in the DIC).

Submission: All documents, in English, should be assembled into single pdf file and emailed to Please, use the nominees’ last names in the file name (i.e. preceptor_student.pdf). Please note that email address is not consistently monitored. Accordingly, questions concerning the application process should be directed to the Award Co-Chairs of the DIC (scroll to bottom of page for a link to full contact information).

Establishment & Support: The award was established in 2010 by the ACS Division of Inorganic Chemistry.

Kavli Emerging Leader Nominations Spring and Fall 2020

October 10, 2019
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Nominations for both the Spring and Fall 2020 Kavli Foundation Emerging Leader in Chemistry lecture awards are now open!

The Multidisciplinary Program Planning Group (MPPG) welcomes nominations for The Kavli Foundation Emerging Leader in Chemistry lectures for both Spring and Fall 2020 national meetings. The Kavli Foundation sponsors The Kavli Foundation Emerging Leader in Chemistry lecture through 2025 to occur at each national meeting. The lecture is awarded to an outstanding chemical scientist, who is less than 10 years past receipt of their Ph.D., and will be less than 40 years of age as of the date of the lecture. MPPG is encouraging ACS Divisions and Committees to submit candidate nominations for these awards.

The ideal candidate is a distinguished younger scientist who is highly regarded by his or her peers for significant contributions to an area of chemistry or a multidisciplinary area of chemistry. In addition, the successful candidate must attend the respective national meeting to present a 40-minute lecture on the second day of the meeting (Monday, March 23 or August 17, 2020). The Kavli Emerging Leader in Chemistry Lecturer will receive a $5,000 honorarium.
All nominations must be submitted by the Division or Committee after approval from the respective Chair.

Deadline: All entries must be received by Monday, November 18, 2019 for consideration.

Apply now!

Congratulations to Katherine J. Franz

September 8, 2019
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Congratulations to Kathy Franz for winning the 2020 ACS Award for Encouraging Women into Careers in the Chemical Sciences!

Katherine J Franz - 2020 ACS Award Winner for Encouraging Women into Careers in the Chemical Sciences

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

July 10, 2019
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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)

DIC Travel Award Winners

July 10, 2019
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Congratulations to the following students for receiving travel awards from DIC. We look forward to seeing them in Washington, DC.

2018 Inorganic Chemistry Undergraduate Workshop

July 10, 2019
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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 Applications are requested by March 26th, 2018. Nominees will be notified of the status of their applications in early April.