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.

End of Summer Bash

Bring your friends and join us for an end of Summer Bash at the Karbach Brewing Co. We will have a private room to network with access to the patio. The ticket price will include two drink coupons, hors d'oeuvres and a brewery tour with emphasis on the chemistry of brewing. Only a limited number of tickets will be available so don't delay and get yours today!

Saturday, August 26 | 6-8:30 pm

Karbach Brewing Co.

2032 Karbach St.

Houston, TX 77092

Closed toe shoes required for the tour. Parking information can be found here.

Sign up for the ACS-GHS Career Workshop!

 Saturday, September 9th

9am - 3:30pm

St. Thomas University

Science and Health Professions Building

Houston, TX 77006

Register for a career workshop with Bill Carroll, ACS Past President, 2005; ACS Director-at-Large, 2009-17. This event will feature an interactive workshop on constructing a strong resume; interviewing strategies; networking skills; an overview on ACS career services and more. The workshop will also include an expert panel session with an opportunity to network with professionals from various fields of Chemistry: Industry, Academia, Government, Entrepreneurship, and the Law.
  • Industry - Careers in Industrial Chemistry - JC Kuo and LaDonna Finneli-Neal
  • Academia - Working in Higher Education - Ognjen Miljanic
  • Law - Immigration and Patent law - Valerie Moore and Mr. Chao
  • Entrepreneurship - Working for yourself - Mayank Gupta
  • Government - Opportunities for Chemists in the Government Sector – Sebastian Frommhold

The event is open to everyone but space is limited. Please register by September 2nd to participate in this event. Flyer

There will be a raffle for ACS membership dues for the upcoming year.

Upcoming events

ACS-GHS Awards Dinner

 Friday, September 22nd

The Houston Engineering and Scientific Society (HESS)

5430 Westheimer Road

Houston, TX, 77056

Join us to honor the recipients of the Joe W. Hightower Award, Thomas Aczel Award for Excellence in High School Chemistry Teaching, Two Year College Award, Younger Chemist Award and the Greater Houston Section high school scholarships.  

Dinner tickets are $50.00 for individuals attending this special event. Sponsorship of a table seating ten (10) persons is also available for $475.  To ensure accurate seating, please provide a guest list when purchasing a table or a group of tickets.   

To purchase tickets, make a check, money order or cashier's check payable to ACS-GHS and mail it to ACS-GHS, P.O. Box 66181, Houston, Texas 77266 or purchase tickets online via PayPal using link below. The deadline to purchase dinner tickets will be Tuesday, September 19, 2017. Please plan carefully since no tickets will be sold at the door.  

Self parking is available at no cost.  The attire is business casual.

ACS-GHS 100th Anniversary

 Friday, November 10th

The Briar Club

2603 Timmons Lane

Houston, TX, 77027

The Greater Houston Section of the ACS was officially formed in 1917 as the Southeastern Texas Section with joint headquarters in Houston and Port Arthur. The boundaries and our name have changed over the years but we are still going strong in our 100th year!

We are planning a special celebration in the Fall to mark this momentous occasion. In the meantime, if you have any ideas or memories to share, please send them to us at We will use the ideas in our planning process and the memories on our website and other communications. Looking forward to your input!

ACS-GHS September Seminar 


Monday, September 18 | 6pm

St. Thomas University 

Houston, TX 77006

Join us as Andrew Cottone traces the growth and evolution of Adesis, one of the first boutique chemistry Contract Research Organizations (CRO’s) in North America, through the chemistry outsourcing bonanza of the late 1990’s and into the Asian dominated markets of the early 2000’s to become one of the fastest growing life science companies in North America.  More information can be found here.

Member Spotlight

2017 ACS Fellows

Congratulations to Roxie Allen of St. Johns School and Dr. Scott Gilbertson of UH on being named to the 2017 Class of ACS Fellows which recognize members of ACS for outstanding achievements in and contributions to science, the profession, and the Society.

Roxie Allen is recognized for sustained service as a leader in chemical education for facilitating professional development for teachers of chemistry, encouraging new teachers and students, and serving in many leadership roles as well as her contributions to the Division of Chemical Education through service as a mentor for students and teachers alike in roles promoting chemical education excellence and equity in K-12.

Dr. Gilbertson is recognized for the groundbreaking development of parallel methods for catalyst preparation for the synthesis of transition metal phosphine complexes with stable secondary structure, for the development of pharmacotherapeutics for cocaine addiction, and for impact on synthesis/medicine as well as his leadership on the Division of Organic Chemistry Executive Committee, pioneering service to ACS, NIH, and the Gordon Research Conference, and developing an antibiotics consortium bringing scientists together to move medicine forward.

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Past Event Spotlight

Science Fair

ACS-GHS hosted a Science CafĂ© on Friday, July 20, at the Path of Tea, which is the only organic tea house in Houston. The private tea tasting was facilitated by the Chris McKann, owner and tea expert. He spoke on the differences among white, green, oolong and black teas. He talked about the origin of each tea tasted, how it is processed, and the health benefits of that particular tea. He discussed the method of brewing the best tasting teas including water quality, the optimal water temperature and steeping time. He not only discussed the different ways to brew tea but also on how tea rituals are used by different cultures.  

There were 24 attendees who took home a tea gift. The door prizes were won by three attendees. Thanks to Mamie Moy for organizing a very successful successful event! 

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