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.

GHS April Seminar

Nanocrystallinity, Supracrystals: Unexpected behavior

The ACS Greater Houston Section and the ACS International Activities are sponsoring Professor Marie Paule Pileni, Université Pierre-et-Marie-Curie (Paris), recipient of the 2017 ACS-SCF Franco-American Lectureship Award for her talk "Nanocrystallinity Supracrystals: Unexpected behavior.

The talk will be preceded with networking and a dinner. You may come for all or just the seminar which has no cost.
The dinner will be partially subsidized by the sponsors for a final cost of $15 for all attendees except students who will be afforded a reduced cost of $10. Please see the attached flyer and abstract. Tickets may be purchased using PayPal link below. Please send an email to if you want to pay by check or money order.

Thursday, April 19th

Networking 6pm

Dinner 6:30pm

Talk 7:20pm

St. John's School

Chao Assembly Hall

2401 Claremont Lane

Houston, TX 77019

Attendee Type

The event will be in Building B, the Campus Center, which is located at Entrance 1.  Participants can park in the garage under Building B or in the circle and chute near the building. See the following link for a Map of the location.

ACS National Meeting Highlights

The ACS National Meeting was held in New Orleans, LA March 18-22 and GHS was well represented. The following are a few highlights of interest:

  • ACS kicked off its 50 Forward campaign in celebration of the 50th anniversary of Project SEED. ACS President Peter Dorhout (pictured above) was among special guests who met and heard remarks from Project SEED alumni. Explore the Project SEED Inspiration Lab and consider donating now at to help lead Project SEED for next 50 years.
  • The theme of the 255th ACS National Meeting was “Nexus of Food, Water and Energy.” The meeting had 16,585 attendees, 13,256 papers and 271 exhibitors.
  • Luis A. Echegoyen and Thomas R. Gilbert were selected as candidates for 2019 President-Elect. These two candidates, along with any candidates selected via petitions, will stand for election in the Fall National Election.
  • The 2019 ACS Member Dues rate of $175 was approved at Council.
The complete highlights of the ACS Board of Directors meeting and Council Meeting can be found here.

Chemists Celebrate Earth Week


GHS is pleased to announce the 2018 CCEW events:

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 CCED theme, "Dive into Marine Chemistry."  Please see the attached flyer and entry form. Prizes are available for students in each grade category. All entries must be received by April 12, 2018.

Come out with the family and enjoy hands-on chemistry activities with GHS volunteers to celebrate Earth Day at Discovery Green. 

April 22nd | 12-6pm

Discovery Green Park

1500 McKinney Street

Houston, TX 77010

2018 ACS-GHS Scholarship Exam

Since 1973, 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 places, respectively. Scholarship awards and plaques for honorable mention will be presented at the Awards Banquet in the Fall.

The 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 28th

Registration 9:15am

Exam 10:00am

University of Houston

Science and Engineering Building


3487 Cullen Blvd.

Houston, TX 77204

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Member Spotlight

Karl Kadish

Congratulations to Karl M. Kadish, Hugh Roy and Lillie Kranz Cullen University Professor of Chemistry at the University of Houston who was selected to receive the 2017 inaugural French-American Prize, a binational award, sponsored jointly by the French and American Chemical Societies. The award will be presented at a ceremony during the Spring 2018 meeting of the Société Chimique de France (SCF) and recognizes Dr. Kadish for his outstanding research discoveries and collaborations with French scientists.

More information can be found on the UH website.

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Event Spotlight

Shaping Future Chemists

ACS-GHS is sponsoring a series of outreach events in which Senior Chemists share their work experiences with high school and university students. The first was held at O’Connell College Preparatory School in Galveston where Beverly and Stan Curtice spoke to 40 students who were so surprised to learn the number of different things you can do as a chemist.

We have more requests from schools than we have volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering, email for more details.

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