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.

May Seminar - Dr. Eva Marie Harth

Merging Olefins and Acrylates in Polymer Synthesis - Benefits and Challenges

Thursday, May 27th

6:30 - 8:00 pm

via Zoom

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Seminar Flyer

Dr. Harth is Director of the Welch Center of Excellence in Polymer Chemistry at the University of Houston.

June Seminar - Dr. H. N. Cheng

New Frontiers, Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Tuesday, June 8th

6:00 - 8:00 pm

via Zoom

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Seminar Flyer

Dr. Cheng is President of the American Chemical Society.

ACS Spring National Meeting Councilor Talking Points Now Available

A summary of actions and decisions from the ACS 2021 Spring Council meeting is now available.

Key Highlights:

Changes to the 2022 Membership Schedule, including a reduced base dues rate of $160/year and establishment of additional dues categories and benefits packages based upon career stages, role in the chemical enterprise, and desired level of interaction by the Member with the Society.

Updates to the ACS Strategic plan to include equity in the ACS core values of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Respect, and addition of a fifth Strategic Goal: ‘To Embrace and to Advance Inclusion in Chemistry’, was added to make clear that Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Respect is an ACS commitment at the same level as our long-standing four strategic goals.

Read the Spring 2021 Councilor Talking Points here.

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.

Science and Engineering Fair Houston Chemistry Award Winners

Congratulations to all the 2021 Science & Engineering Fair of Houston (SEFH) winners in the Chemistry category! They will be recognized in a special awards ceremony in May.

 A special thanks to the ACS-GHS members that served as judges for the event.

ACS-GHS Annual Student Awards

Join us as we celebrate the Junior and Senior Chemistry Division winners of the 2021 Science and Engineering Fair of Houston, as well as our local 2021 International Chemistry Olympiad competitors.

Thursday, May 20th

6:30 - 8:30 pm

via Zoom


Zoom meeting link will be sent by email to registered participants.

Upcoming events

ACS-GHS Chemists Celebrate Earth Week Contest

Earth Day, which takes place each year on April 22nd,  is celebrated by more than a billion people in 192 countries making it the most widely observed secular event across the globe.

Congratulations to CCEW contest winner, Rosalia Pavelka!

Rosalia shared:

"I started on Saturday Apr 17th by trimming overgrown branches in my front lawn trees. I also checked all the sprinkler heads now that hotter days will soon arrive. I found about 5 that needed to be replaced and was happy to get more efficient ones at Home Depot (Rainbirds). Last, but not least, I have replaced/replanted the few bushes that died from the freezing cold spell last month. And from this campaign I was reminded to clean/wash my bird bath in the backyard. Thank you for that. Birdies can now drink clean, safe water from our patio."

Rosalia will be receiving a $25 gift card.

Thank you all for your participation!

Guess the Molecule - April

*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.
April's Clue


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

What compound am I?

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

A: Find out in our May e-newsletter!

March's Mystery Molecule:

A little bit of iron cations in my life

A little bit of cyanide anions by my side

A little bit of water is all I need.

It's Prussian blue!

Fe7(CN)18xH2O, where x = 14-16

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