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. National Chemistry Week 2021 is October 17 - 23

Celebrate National Chemistry Week (NCW) with the Greater Houston Section this year with the theme Reaction Rates: Fast or Slow… Chemistry Makes It Go! We're hosting an illustrated poem contest and have lots of activities and resources available that demonstrate the value of chemistry in everyday life.

ACS-GHS 2021 Awards Ceremony

Join us as we honor Greater Houston Section members of the American Chemical Society who have received local, regional and national ACS awards. This celebration will be held as a hybrid (in-person and virtual) event.

Saturday, October 16th

The Junior League of Houston

1811 Briar Oaks Lane

Houston, TX 77027


Virtual via Zoom


Dinner ticket purchases are now closed

$35/person (virtual)

Virtual attendee tickets available for purchase until Friday, October 15th at 5:00 pm.

Email for details.

Rocketry Reactions

STEM Excitement for the Whole Family! 

Dr. Nicole Sjoblom

Education & Outreach Specialist, Estes Industries

Thursday, October 21st

6:00 - 7:00 pm

Hosted via Zoom

Register to receive the Zoom meeting link!

Download the seminar poster

23rd Annual ChemLuminary Awards Ceremony

22nd ChemLuminary Awards logo with a firey flame

Thursday, October 21st

3:00 pm CT (4:00 pm ET)


Registration Link

Attendees will receive an access code to enter the event.

The 23rd Annual ChemLuminary Awards ceremony will be held virtually during National Chemistry Week (October 17–23, 2021). The ceremony will include a keynote address by Mary K. Engelman, recipient of the 2021 Award for Volunteer Service to the American Chemical Society, and presentations of awards given by 18 committees of the Society. This year's theme, “ACS Volunteers Catalyze Change”, honors the work of our volunteers to continue to improve people’s lives. 

2021 US National Chemistry Olympiad (USNCO) Webinar Series

Are you a high school student looking to put your chemistry knowledge to the test, or a chemistry teacher seeking to inspire your students? All interested teachers, students, parents and volunteers can learn more by signing up for the USNCO webinars today!

    Introduction to USNCO for Students 

    Friday, October 22nd

    7:00 pm ET

    Registration is now open!

      List of student webinars scheduled this year

      Let this short clip by Yitian Zhu, from our own Houston metropolitan area and gold medalist of the 2021 International Chemistry Olympiad (IChO), inspire your students to participate:

        For more information, contact the Greater Houston USNCO coordinator, Dr. Jerry Yang, at

        October Seminar Recording - Dr. Roger Bertholf, Houston Methodist Hospital

        The Predictive Value of Medical Laboratory Tests: Why Tumor Markers Have Been Such a Disappointment

        Did you miss our October seminar with Dr. Roger Bertholf of Houston Methodist Hospital? Now you can catch the recording on our YouTube channel, or watch below! Come for a brief history of clinical laboratory testing equipment and stay for an insightful discussion of why the search for clinical biomarkers for early detection of various cancer tumors early isn't nearly as straightforward as we once dreamed it could be.

        YCC Social Mixer & Trivia Night

        Saturday, October 23rd

        6:00 - 8:00 pm

        Axelrad Beer Garden

        1517 Alabama St.

        Houston, TX  77004


        Upcoming events

        Fall Social - Wine Tasting at Sable Gate

        *DATE CHANGE*

        Join us for a wine tasting and social evening at Sable Gate Winery. The tasting menu includes a selection of 5 wines, as well as meats and a variety of cheeses. This is a limited capacity event - only 20 tickets are available.

        Friday, November 5th

        6:00 pm

        Sable Gate Winery

        Suite 104, 2600 Travis St.

        Houston, TX  77006

        Tickets: $30/person

        2 Tickets Maximum

        ACS-GHS November Seminar

        Thursday, November 18th

        6:30 - 8:00 pm

        Hosted via Zoom

        Register to receive the Zoom meeting link!

        Download the seminar flyer

        Guess the Molecule - October

        *New for 2021*

        Play "What Molecule Am I?" with the Greater Houston Section of the American Chemical Society! Every month, we will post clues to a mystery molecule in our electronic newsletter and on our website. Enter your guess here into the contest form each month. Each correct answer will get you one entry into our 2021 prize raffle for a maximum of 12 entries per person. At the end of the year, we will tally up the correct answers and enter them into a draw for a chemistry-themed prize pack!


        • One entry per email per month. If more than one response is received, only the first one will be considered.
        • Only *correct* responses will count towards a raffle entry...but we promise not to judge too harshly.
        • Monthly responses must be received by 11:59 pm on the last day of that month.
        • Final entries must be received by December 31, 2021 and the Grand Prize Winner will be announced in the January 2022 e-newsletter.
        September's Clue


        Planning on carving pumpkins this Halloween? Then you know I will be there to
        provide that famous fall scent.

        What compound am I?

        Answer must be submitted here by 11:59 pm on October 31, 2021.

        A: Find out in our November e-newsletter!

        September's Mystery Molecule:

        I am an inorganic salt that prefers to dimerize and am frequently used as a Lewis Acid catalyst. My hexahydrate version helps keep you cool in the heat.

        It's aluminum chloride!


        Image of Aluminum chloride

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