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.

AWIS-ACS Virtual Networking Event

The ACS-GHS Women Chemists Committee and the Association for Women in Science - Gulf Coast Houston (AWIS-GCH) is proud to host a joint virtual networking session this summer! Join us for an introduction to our two organizations and make new connections while having enlightening discussions.  Attendees will have a chance to win a $25 gift card!

Tuesday, July 13th

6:30 pm

Hosted via Zoom

Register on Eventbrite Today!

Yitian Zhu Named to 2021 US Chemistry Olympiad Team

Photo Credit: Yitian Zhu

Congratulations to Yitian Zhu of Seven Lakes High School in Katy, TX for being named to the US Chemistry Olympiad team! Yitian joins three other team members and two alternate team members from around the US who will participate in the 2021 International Chemistry Olympiad, hosted remotely by Japan from July 25 - August 2, 2021.

See the full team announcement and read more about the International Chemistry Olympiad experience at C&EN

Call for Award Nominees

The Awards Committee is seeking nominees for ACS local section and regional awards. The Greater Houston Section sponsors the following awards:

Younger Chemist Award 

Two-Year College Award

Mamie W. Moy Distinguished Service Award

The list of awards can also be found on the GHS Awards page. Please visit each award page for nomination details. Local section nomination packets must be submitted to the Awards Committee Chair by September 15th.

The list of ACS regional awards can be found here, along with application requirements. Regional award applications are due August 1st. Contact the Awards Committee Chair at regarding regional award nominations.

Flipping the Switch on New Block Copolymers - Dr. Eva Harth

Merging Olefins and Acrylates in Polymer Synthesis - Benefits and Challenges 

The ACS-GHS was proud to host Dr. Eva Harth as our first seminar speaker of 2021 on May 27th. Dr. Harth is Director of the Welch Center of Excellence in Polymer Chemistry at the University of Houston, and spoke to attendees about the development of a single catalyst platform that can build polyolefin-polyacrylate block copolymers. The catalysts used by her group can move from metal insertion olefin polymerization to radical-mediated acrylate polymerization with the flip of a (light) switch! The resulting copolymers have unique mechanical properties with applications in a range of commercial products. Thanks to Dr. Harth for enthusiastically sharing her work with us, and to all our seminar attendees.

Learn more about our open positions!

Full-Time Instructor Position, University of the Incarnate Word (San Antonio, TX)

The University of the Incarnate Word Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry has an opening for a full-time instructor. The Instructor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry will primarily teach a selection of the upper division laboratory offerings in the department based on their area(s) of expertise, which could include analytical, biochemistry, inorganic, and/or physical chemistry laboratories. As workload permits, the instructor will also contribute to lower division course offerings. This is a non-tenure-track position.

 For more details please see

Position is open until filled, applications are currently being reviewed.

June Seminar - Dr. Corina Rogge

The Dating Game: A New Diagnostic Marker for Dating and Provenancing of Titanium White Pigments

Tuesday, June 29th

6:30 - 8:00 pm

via Zoom

Register to receive the meeting link

Seminar Flyer

Dr. Rogge is Andrew W. Mellon Research Scientist at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and the Menil Collection

Upcoming events

ACS-GHS 2021 Student Awards

The ACS-GHS Student Awards were presented virtually on May 20th, and the Science and Engineering Fair (SEFH) Chemistry Category winners in both the Senior and Junior Divisions were on hand to present their excellent projects.

Students participating in the ACS-GHS Chemistry Olympiad were also recognized for their performance and achievements. Top performing student(s) at each school were given a prize by the ACS-GHS beside the national competition qualifiers. Also acknowledged were the teachers’ efforts to make this event possible and successful. This year, 221 students from 26 schools joined in the local competition.

More details are available in our full event report and program, or you can catch the action on YouTube!

Guess the Molecule - May

*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.
May's Clue


Summer time means it's time to start smoking and grilling foods. I help provide that nice aroma for wood and charcoal smoke. Propane is on its own. Hungry yet?

What compound am I?

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

A: Find out in our June e-newsletter!

April's Mystery Molecule:

It's a hydrocarbon in which every carbon atom is equally bonded, or not bonded, to every other carbon. Look at Its singlet 1H NMR. But it don't like keeping permanent.

It's bullvalene!


YCC Virtual Mentorship Event

The GHS Younger Chemists Committee (YCC) will be hosting a virtual mentorship event in August - date TBD. Our goal with this event is to connect young professionals with more experienced professionals to discuss career challenges and obtain guidance to further develop within their field.

This an opportunity to connect with other professionals in your field/geographical area for the mutual benefit of mentorship. The mentor to mentee ratio will be determined by participant interest. Please note that this event is NOT a recruitment opportunity!

Are you interested in becoming a mentor or mentee? Please complete this survey.

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