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.

Science Café

Dr. David Bomford

Van Gogh at Work:  His Materials and Techniques

Dr. David Bomford is Chair of the Department of Conservation at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. He arrived at the MFAH in 2012. He has been a distinguished figure in conservation for more than forty years, as senior restorer at the National Gallery, London, and as secretary general of the International Institute for Conservation. During his career at the National Gallery, he worked with many of the great masterworks of Western art, including Vincent Van Gogh’s Sunflowers, Peter Paul Rubens’ Samson and Delilah, Manet’s The Execution of Maximilian and numerous Rembrandts.

He received his B.Sc in pure chemistry and his M.Sc in organometallic chemistry from the University of Sussex, U.K. In 2016, the University of Sussex named him a Doctor of the University in honor of his extensive contributions to the field of art conservation.

Admission to this lecture is free and open to the public. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis, and is limited to 350. The auditorium doors will open 30 minutes before the start of the lecture.

Saturday, March 23rd

3:00 PM

Brown Auditorium Theater

The Caroline Wiess Law Building

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

1001 Bissonnet St., Houston, TX  77005

A reception sponsored by the Greater Houston Section of the American Chemical Society will follow in the Museum’s Café, lower level, The Audrey Jones Beck Building.

Additional Information

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2019 ACS-GHS Scholarship Exam

Since 1973, the GHS has administered a scholarship exam to 1st and 2nd year chemistry students to vie for scholarships. Over $250,000 has been awarded to more than 200 students.

As in past years, three scholarships will be awarded at each level (1st year and 2nd year). The awards will be $2500, $1500, and $1000 for first, second, and third place participants, respectively. Scholarship awards and plaques for honorable mention will be presented at the Awards Banquet in the Fall.

Rules and eligibility requirements can be found here. Registration is $2 per student. This fee should be given to the teacher, and the teacher will pay all their students' fees at once via PayPal using this registration link.

Saturday, April 13th

Registration 9:15 am

Exam 10:00 am

Science and Engineering Classroom Building

University of Houston

3487 Cullen Blvd.

Houston, TX  77204

ACS-GHS Volunteers Needed

ACS-GHS needs volunteers for efforts of various proportion and length - something for everyone.  At this time, we need help with the following:
  • Technician Affairs Chair
  • Awards Canvassing
  • Social Media Coordinator
  • and members for all Committees:
    • Communications & Technology
    • Education
    • Programming
    • Younger Chemists
    • Women Chemists
    • Awards
    • Community Affairs
If you are interested in volunteering, email or the GHS Volunteer Coordinator, Maryanne Mores at
Chemists Celebrate Earth Week

The ACS Greater Houston Section is pleased to announce the following Chemists Celebrate Earth Week (CCEW) event:

Illustrated Poetry Contest for students in grades K - 12. The illustrated poem contest is a great way for teachers to engage their students in this year's CCEW theme, "Take Note: The Chemistry of Paper." Please see the flyer and entry form linked below. Prizes are available for students in each grade category. All entries must be received by April 12, 2019.

Illustrated Poetry Contest Flyer

Poetry Contest Submission Form

Upcoming events

Event Spotlight -

The Evolving Periodic Table And Its Incredible Elements!

HBU celebrates the periodic table with the ACS Program in a Box

One-hundred and fifty years ago, Dmitri Mendeleev first presented his periodic system to the Russian Chemical Society, forever shaping the way we look at the elements. His system, which organized the elements based on atomic weight, valence, and measurable properties, laid the foundation for today’s Periodic Table. In honor of this, The United Nations has declared 2019 to be the International Year of the Periodic Table.

Hundreds of groups from around the U.S. and the globe celebrated of one of chemistry’s greatest achievements, including local groups at the University of St. Thomas and Houston Baptist University (shown above).

If you have a suggested Member or Event Spotlight, please contact us at
2019 Project SEED Student Fellows

Project SEED provides opportunities for students who historically lack exposure to scientific careers by allowing them to spend a summer conducting hands-on research with a scientist in academic, industry, and government research laboratories. Students receive a fellowship award and a chance to receive a Project SEED college scholarship.

Applications for 2019 student fellows are open March 10, 2019 - May 15, 2019.

ACS-GHS February Seminar - Digital Transformation in the Chemicals Industry

Dr. Paige Morse

"It's a lot of work to make a new product, and if you can do anything to make that faster it's a great opportunity for companies to make money." - Dr. Paige Marie Morse, Feb 25, 2019.

Find out how big data can improve the efficiency of product development and is changing the chemicals industry in our February seminar!

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