Greater Houston Section

  • 03 Jan 2022 12:47 AM | Dawn Friesen (Administrator)
    Throughout 2021, we invited our members and the general public to play "Guess the Molecule" by submitting their answers to our monthly chemical trivia questions. At the end of 2021, we tallied up all the correct responses and entered them into a draw for a chemistry-themed prize pack. The prize pack included a Chemistry Models yearly planner (Cognitive Surplus), an A5 hardcover "Carbon" notebook (Elemental Paper), and a custom element symbol key chain (Nestled Pine Woodworks on Etsy).

    Congratulations to trivia contest winner Safia Mohamed, and thanks to everyone who played "Guess the Molecule" with us in 2021!
  • 02 Jan 2022 7:56 PM | ACS GHS (Administrator)

    This time of year, many people smell me around their houses as they like to bring trees indoors. I'm found in both alpha and beta. What compound am I?

    Answer: It's pinene!

    By J.delanoy - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0,                         By Jan Herold - File:Beta-pinen.png, CC BY-SA 3.0,

    (+/-)-α-Pinene                        (+/-)-β-Pinene

  • 07 Dec 2021 7:53 PM | ACS GHS (Administrator)

    I'm an inorganic compound that is insoluble in water, but soluble in dilute acids/bases. I have many uses in industries such as rubber, ceramics, medicine, food, pigments, and coatings. If you put on sunscreen, chances are I protect you! What compound am I?

    Answer: Zinc Oxide


  • 20 Nov 2021 4:33 PM | ACS GHS (Administrator)

    Experiences in Chemistry and Science Advocacy

    Our November seminar with Dr. Allison Campbell is now available on our YouTube channel, or watch below! Learn about Dr. Campbell's research work on biomineralization and how you can be a better advocate for science with officials at all levels of government.

  • 14 Nov 2021 11:27 PM | ACS GHS (Administrator)

    November 10th Virtual Tour Recording:

    Did you miss our tour of Argonne National Lab with Tour Guides Dave and Denise Hooper?

    Click here to access the recording!

    Public tour information –

    Request a tour –

    Education Division Contacts:

    Jessica Burgess ( Education Outreach

    Kelly Sturner ( Learning Lab Instructor

    Enjoy a Podcast:

    Have you ever wanted to meet a scientist?  What would you ask them? Want to know more? You can submit a question to  Alternately, you can visit the podcast website and click on links to listen to scientists on subjects like hydrogeology, soil, microbiology, neurobiology, and the Mars Rover.

    Explore with your kids:

    In 2019, Professor Robert Winston published a book with questions from children around the world.  Professor Winston provides answers to their question in an illustrated book, Ask A Scientist.

  • 01 Nov 2021 11:32 PM | ACS GHS (Administrator)

    Planning on carving pumpkins this Halloween? Then you know I will be there to provide that famous fall scent. What compound am I?

    Answer: cis-3-hexen-1-ol (sometimes called leaf alcohol)


  • 29 Oct 2021 10:46 PM | ACS GHS (Administrator)

    Photo: Mamie Moy, Robert Curl, Jonel Curl and Anne Hightower

    On Saturday, October 16th, at the Junior League of Houston, the ACS Greater Houston Section honored members who have received local, regional and national ACS awards including 2021 ACS Fellows, GHS recipients of the Southwest Regional Awards, and GHS members celebrating 50 and 60 years of ACS membership. The hybrid event was attended by ~70 in person and 5 virtual guests. National awardees included Amber Hinkle as the 2021 ACS Volunteer of the Year and Monte Pettitt for being named to the ACS Fellows Class of 2021.  Jennifer Notz was honored for receipt of the Southwest Regional Award for Excellence in High School Teaching. Local awards were presented to Robert Curl of Rice University – Joe W. Hightower Award; Alicia Doffing – Excellence in High School Teaching Award; Jose Nunez of San Jacinto College -Two Year College Award; Snigdha Chennamaneni – Younger Chemist Award; and Robert Botto – Mamie W. Moy Distinguished Service Award. We were also honored to have in attendance a 50 year member, Thomas Walsh, and a 60 year ACS member, Ivory Nelson. 

  • 28 Oct 2021 1:10 AM | Dawn Friesen (Administrator)

    2021 Theme – Fast or Slow... Chemistry Makes it Go!

    Congratulations to Kinley Lister, 5th grader, at St. Cecilia Catholic School in Houston, Texas. She is the Greater Houston section winner of the National Chemistry Week Illustrated Poster Contest. National Chemistry Week (NCW) is a public awareness campaign that promotes the value of chemistry in everyday life. ACS members and chemistry enthusiasts celebrate NCW by communicating the importance of chemistry. Kinley’s illustrated poem will be submitted to compete at the national NCW competition for grades 3 -5.

  • 23 Oct 2021 8:15 PM | ACS GHS (Administrator)
    Rocketry Reactions

    Catch our National Chemistry Week presentation on Rocketry Reactions from Estes Industries on YouTube. Learn more about the chemistry behind rocket launches and how a background in science can help you build a career in aerospace and beyond!

    Congratulations to Mike Hambrick, John Darley, and Michael Pontikos for winning Estes Star Hopper model rocket kits in our prize draw!

  • 18 Oct 2021 9:40 PM | ACS GHS (Administrator)

    Are you a high school student looking to put your chemistry knowledge to the test, or a chemistry teacher seeking to inspire your students? All interested teachers, students, parents and volunteers can learn more by signing up for the USNCO webinars today!

    Introduction to USNCO for Students 

    Friday, October 22nd

    7:00 pm ET

    Registration is now open!

    List of student webinars scheduled this year

    Let this short clip by Yitian Zhu, from our own Houston metropolitan area and gold medalist of the 2021 International Chemistry Olympiad (IChO), inspire your students to participate:

    For more information, contact the Greater Houston USNCO coordinator, Dr. Jerry Yang, at

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