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.

Fall Social - Wine Tasting at Sable Gate

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.

Thursday, September 23rd

6:00 pm

Sable Gate Winery

Suite 104, 2600 Travis St.

Houston, TX  77006

Tickets: $30/person

2 Tickets Maximum

Learn more about our open positions!

Science Café: The Chemistry and Craft of Bread Making


Emily Jane Buehler, author of Bread Science

Thursday September 30th

6:00 - 7:00 pm CDT

Via Zoom or In Person

Download the Science Café flyer

Online: Free! Enjoy Emily Buehler's presentation via Zoom at home or wherever you are.

Register here to receive the Zoom link by email.


In-Person ($5/person, 20 tickets available): Join us at the White Elm Café starting at 5:30 pm to watch Emily's presentation in a social setting. Ticket includes a beverage and light refreshments, post-seminar discussion with a White Elm Café baker, and entry into a door prize draw for a copy of Emily's book. Additional food and drink will be available for purchase from the Café menu.

White Elm Cafe and Bakery

14079 Memorial Drive
Houston, TX 77079

Purchase tickets here:

EWOC - Houston Chapter Kickoff Meeting

Saturday, September 25th

6:00 pm


To sign up for the meeting, email:

Learn more at

2021 Project SEED Virtual Summer Camp

Project SEED Virtual Summer Camp was a five-week online program that aimed to strengthen students professionally while preparing them for in-person research either next summer as part of Project SEED, or in future research opportunities. Over 373 students participated in webinars, virtual panels and online discussions. To read more about the events and the students and faculty, click here.

ACS-GHS September Seminar

Tuesday, September 14th

6:30 - 8:00 pm

Hosted via Zoom

Register to receive the Zoom meeting link!

Download the seminar flyer

Upcoming events

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.

2021 SWRM Student Presenter Travel Scholarships

SWRM will provide up to ten $500 travel scholarships to students presenting papers at the meeting in Austin. The Greater Houston local section may nominate up to two students for a scholarship. Nominations must be submitted through the local section at, students may not apply directly. Download the scholarship criteria and nomination form here.

Local Section Deadline: September 15, 2021

Guess the Molecule - September

*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


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.

What compound am I?

Answer must be submitted here by 11:59 pm on September 30, 2021.

A: Find out in our October e-newsletter!

August's Mystery Molecule:

I am used to make barrels for aging whiskeys, wines, and brandies. I have 4 isomers found in nature. 

It's whiskey lactone or β-methyl-γ-octalactone!


(3S,4S)-isomer shown
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