Greater Houston Section

Greater Houston Section

Established in 1917, the Section serves about 2500 members, consisting of chemists, chemical engineers and professionals in allied fields. The American Chemical Society is recognized as a world leader in fostering science education and research, and promoting public understanding of science. The Greater Houston Section of the American Chemical Society is one of 189 local ACS sections across the nation.

May Seminar - 2024 ACS President

Dr. Mary K. Carroll

We're excited to host 2024 ACS President Dr. Mary K. Carroll in May! Join us at 6:30 for virtual networking to meet Dr. Carroll and other chemists. Starting at 7 pm, Dr. Carroll will tell us about her experiences with commercialization of aerogel materials. More details are available in the seminar flyer and the registration link!

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Upcoming Seminars

June 12, 6:30 pm

Dr. Raúl Hernández Sánchez, Rice University

Non-Covalent Interactions as Design Principle for Novel Materials

June 26, 6:30 pm

Dr. Ravindra Aglave, Siemens Digital Industries Software

Towards Digital Materials Engineering for Development of Advanced Materials

Did You Miss Our April Seminar?

The Greater Houston section kicked off its 2024 technical seminar series featuring local talent with ACS & PMSE Fellow, Dr. Jaime Grunlan of Texas A&M. See what you missed on our YouTube Channel!

SERMACS 2024 Communications Symposium

The ACS Committee on Public Relations and Communications (CPRC) will sponsor a symposium at SERMACS 2024 in Atlanta from October 23 - 26, 2024, titled “Innovative methods of communicating the value of chemistry to the public.” The CPRC is particularly interested in hearing from students (undergraduate or graduate) who are involved in outreach or other communication avenues; the best student presentations will receive cash awards.

Abstract submission begins April 29, 2024; in the past the hard deadline was in the summer, about 6 weeks later. Any student groups that communicate the value of chemistry to the public are highly encouraged to write an abstract and submit through the ACS MAPS portal.

More information about SERMACS is available on their website:

2024 ACS-GHS Scholarship Exams

The ACS-GHS Scholarship Exam for high school students was held on April 27, 2024, at the University of Houston. The exam was organized by Dr. Tai-Yen Chen, Associate Professor of Chemistry at UH. Thanks to all the teachers and students who participated in this year's exam and stay tuned for the announcement of this year's Scholarship Award winners!

Students checking in before the exam

L to R: Two exam volunteers with Dr. Tai-Yen Chen and Dr. Yan Yao

Interested in taking the exam next year? Learn more about the Scholarship Exam on our awards page.

Chemists Celebrate Earth Week at Discovery Green

ACS Greater Houston Chapter had a successful time at the Discovery Green Earth Day in Downtown Houston! With over 400 visitors, we were able to share and demonstrate information on this year's theme of batteries. Visitors learned about how indispensable they are in our society and how they can accept energy from alternative energy sources such as such as solar, wind, and hydro power, then store it in chemical bonds. Huge shout out and thanks to University of St. Thomas ACS Student Chapter and Rice Fun with Chemistry for helping make this a phenomenal event!

ACS-GHS Awards: Call for Nominations

Recognize your peers for their outstanding scholarship and service to the ACS-GHS and our chemical community by nominating them for an award!

  • Visit GHS Awards for nomination details and past winners. Nomination packets due September 10, 2024.
  • Information on ACS Regional awards can be found here, nominations due August 1, 2024.

Direct inquiries and submit nomination packets to by the specified deadline.

Upcoming events

2025 ACS Committee Preference Form is Open!

Did you know that anyone can participate in an ACS Committee as part of their Membership? ACS committees develop and deliver key policies & procedures, and lead and shape the direction, experiences, and programs of the Society. Members with a wide range of experiences, backgrounds and perspec­tives helps ensure that ACS remains rel­evant, innovative, and effective. 

If you are interested in serving on an ACS Committee, the online committee preference form lets ACS know your committee preferences, your background, and your interests.

 The online preference form will be open March 1 through July 1, 2024 at

Newly appointed and re-appointed committee members, associates, and consultants will be notified in December 2024 for committee assignments starting in 2025. Further details on the committee appointment timeline are available here.

Your ACS membership must be in good standing to complete your committee preferences. Please make a committee preference only if you feel that you can attend and actively participate in a committee’s meetings either virtually or in-person. ACS committees are working committees; attendance (virtually or in-person) and participation at committee and subcommittee meetings are important. Every ACS member who submits preferences is given due consideration, but with the number of actual appointments being limited, not everyone who submits a preference form will be appointed to serve.

ACS-GHS Summer Ice Cream Social

Saturday, July 6, 2024

1:00 - 3:00 pm


5000 Westheimer Rd, Ste 608

Houston, TX  77056

Tickets $5/person

Children under 5 attend free

Congratulations to Our 2024 Chemistry Olympiad Finalist! 

This year, more than 300 students from 35 schools in Greater Houston participated in the Chemistry Olympiad local competition in March. Among the top section-wide performers, 13 students were nominated and joined the 3-part national competition held at the University of Houston on April 15.

Mr. Anantshri Asthana from Dulles High School (who also participated in in the 2022 and 2023 UNSCO Study Camps) has just been selected among the top 20 finalists nationwide to enter the 2024 Study Camp. Anant, congratulations on your achievement!

The Greater Houston Section continues having representation in the top 20 nationwide finalists since 2020. We are pleased to see rising students' great interest in chemical education. We welcome more high school students to take part in this annual event.

We wish all the UNSCO attendees well as they participate in the Chemistry Olympiad Study Camp at the University of Maryland at College Park from June 3 - 15, 2024.

For a full list of the top 20 finalists, see the ACS posting here.

Volunteer Opportunity - Student Affiliates Coordinator

We are looking for a GHS member willing to act as a coordinator for all ACS Student Chapters in the Greater Houston area. This role entails connecting with existing student chapters as well as the administrative staff of the Chemistry Departments at local universities and colleges to help the section engage with chemistry undergraduate and graduate students by:

  • Communicating the benefit of an ACS membership for students
  • Sharing upcoming public outreach and professional development events
  • Providing feedback to GHS planning committees to ensure we are offering activities and events that attract and engage students to continue their interests in the chemical sciences

If interested, please contact us at

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