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.

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Tickets Now Available for the ACS-GHS Annual Awards Banquet!

Mark your calendars and call your friends, it's time to celebrate the best and brightest in the Greater Houston chemical community! Join us in-person or virtually as we honor local, regional, and national ACS award winners, 50-, 60-, and 70-year ACS members, and volunteers. See the event page here for more details.

Saturday, October 8th

The Junior League of Houston

1811 Briar Oaks Lane

Houston, TX 77027


Virtual via Zoom


$75/person (in-person, includes dinner)

$35/person (virtual)

Purchase Tickets Here

Call for Abstracts:

SPE-OCC and ACS-ENFL Joint Student Poster Session on Oilfield Chemistry

The ACS Energy & Fuels (ENFL) Division invites its student members to submit an abstract to the Joint Student Poster Session at Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) International Conference on Oilfield Chemistry. This is a great opportunity to present your work to and network with industry professionals.

More about the conference can be found here.

Abstract Submission Due Date: October 10, 2022

Conference Date

June 28 - 29, 2023

The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel and Convention Center

1601 Lake Robbins Dr.

The Woodlands, TX  77380

Abstract submissions need to be made through this link and using your .edu email account

Penny for Your Thoughts?

Win a Prize for Completing the ACS Greater Houston Section Survey!

Help us plan for the future as we refresh our strategic plan! Use the link below to answer some questions and give us your input.

Take the survey now!

Anyone who fills out the survey by October 5th (and includes their contact information) will be placed in a prize drawing. We will draw names for prizes, including gas cards and tickets to the GHS Awards Dinner on October 8th (worth $75.00).

ACS-GHS 2022 Award Winners Announced!

The ACS-GHS Awards Committee is pleased to announce the winners of the 2022 Local Section Awards. The awards will be presented at our annual awards banquet in October.

L to R: Christy Landes, Joe W. Hightower Award; Thomas Senftle, Younger Chemist Award; Cindy Welch, Excellence in High School Teaching Award; Ana Sanchez, Two Year College Award; and Ann Cartwright, Mamie W. Moy Service Award

National Chemistry Week - Fabulous Fibers

The Theme this year is Fabulous Fibers: The Chemistry of Fabrics. We plan to have a Theme Table and 4 other tables of hands-on activities for the kids. The Theme Table will feature a Periodic Table quilt (Catherine Faler) and samples of fabrics to touch and put on. There will be a Play-Doh table for kids to assemble molecules and three tables of hands-on chemistry activities. The hands-on activities planned are Color Changes with Juices, Slime, and Bali Batiking.

Saturday, October 22nd

9:00 am - 3:00 pm

1500 Binz St.

Houston, TX 77004

This will be a major part of the ACS-GHS celebration of National Chemistry Week. We have not held the event since 2019 due to COVID precautions. In 2019, at least 400 children and their families visited the event.

ACS-GHS YCC Virtual Seminar

Developing a New Pasta (The Cascatelli Story): Essential Product Development Lessons for the Chemical Industry

Join the ACS Greater Houston Younger Chemists Committee (YCC) for this special virtual seminar featuring Mark Jones and Stephen Hahn! The story of Cascatelli, a new pasta shape, began with an observation something could be improved, that there was an unmet need.While the Cascatelli story isn’t about the chemical industry, there are many parallels when it comes to new product development. This seminar will tell the Cascatelli story while highlighting useful takeaways for those working in the chemical and materials industries.  

Thursday, September 29th

6:30 - 8:00 pm CT

via Zoom

Upcoming events

Education Rainbow Challenge - Volunteers Wanted!

Recognizing GHS Member's Service

Congratulations to Greater Houston Section members Dr. Catherine Faler (ExxonMobil), Dr. Megan Robertson (University of Houston), and Dr. Christy Landes (Rice University) for recently being named 2022 ACS Fellows for their outstanding achievements in and contributions to science, the profession, and the Society.

Greater Houston YCC Wins ChemLuminary Award!

We are incredibly pleased to share that the ACS Greater Houston Section was awarded the ChemLuminary for Outstanding Local Section Younger Chemists Committee (YCC) at the 24th Annual ChemLuminary Awards held during ACS Fall 2022 in Chicago in recognition of our 2021 YCC events. A huge thank you to all our amazing members and volunteers who made this possible.

SPE-GCS Fall Hiring Event

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