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.

2018 Program-in-a-Box:

Opiods: Fighting Addition with Chemistry

These days it is difficult to escape the tragic news of yet another story referring to the growing opioid epidemic. In the United States, overdose deaths from opioids have nearly tripled in the last 15 years. In 2016 alone, they have claimed more than 30,000 lives.

Mark your calendar to join us on Tuesday, February 27th at 6pm at one of three locations (listed below) for a special interactive seminar with expert panel of medical experts, and chemists to learn what makes these compounds so addictive, the treatments and medications that are being used to help those who suffer, and profile the work that chemists are doing to make prescription pain killers safer and harder to abuse.

Tuesday, February 27 5:45 - 7:15pm

St. John's School, Chao Assembly Hall
2401 Claremont Lane

Houston, TX 77019
Contact: Roxie Allen

University of Houston
3553 Cullen Blvd.
Houston, TX 77004
Contact: Myndee Hong

HCC Spring Branch
1010 West Sam Houston Pkwy N
Houston, TX 77043
Contact: Dr. Emmanuel Ewane

WCC Networking Brunch

The GHS Women Chemists Committee (WCC) is sponsoring a networking breakfast at the Black Walnut Café (BWC) on the patio, weather permitting. More details here.

All ACS members are welcome to join us and enjoy some good food while meeting chemistry professionals from the Greater Houston area. The WCC will be providing a $5 BWC gift card to each participant to defray the cost of the meal.

Please RSVP to

Saturday, March 3rd 9am

Black Walnut Café

5512 Memorial Drive

Houston, TX 77077

2018 US National Chemistry Olympiad

The Greater Houston Section (GHS) is proud to announce that we will once again be participating in the US National Chemistry Olympiad (UNSCO) under the leadership of Dr. Ding‐Shyue (Jerry) Yang.

The primary goals of this program are to stimulate interest and achievement in chemistry among high school students throughout the United States and to provide recognition of outstanding young chemistry students, teachers, and schools. Students competing in the USNCO are eligible to be selected as members of the United States team for the International Chemistry Olympiad (IChO) in Bratislava Slovakia and Prague Czech Republic, July 19‐ 29, 2018.

GHS will nominate students from this area to take the USNCO national examination based on a local competition through a theoretical‐only examination prepared by ACS (details below). Register by Saturday, February 17 by emailing application to

Saturday, March 3rd

University of Houston

3487 Cullen Blvd.

Houston, TX 77204

Seminar at the Bar

Raman Spectroscopy: From Principles to Practical Applications

Join us on the patio of 13 Celsius for networking and a discussion of Raman Spectroscopy with Dmitry Kurouski of Texas A&M. More details and abstract can be found here.

Friday, March 9 | 6pm

13 Celsius

3000 Caroline Street

Houston, TX 77004

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Member Spotlight

Karl Kadish

Congratulations to Karl M. Kadish, Hugh Roy and Lillie Kranz Cullen University Professor of Chemistry at the University of Houston who was selected to receive the 2017 inaugural French-American Prize, a binational award, sponsored jointly by the French and American Chemical Societies. The award will be presented at a ceremony during the Spring 2018 meeting of the Société Chimique de France (SCF) and recognizes Dr. Kadish for his outstanding research discoveries and collaborations with French scientists.

More information can be found on the UH website.

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Event Spotlight

Shaping Future Chemists

ACS-GHS is sponsoring a series of outreach events in which Senior Chemists share their work experiences with high school and university students. The first was held at O’Connell College Preparatory School in Galveston where Beverly and Stan Curtice spoke to 40 students who were so surprised to learn the number of different things you can do as a chemist.

We have more requests from schools than we have volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering, email for more details.

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