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ACS: American Chemical Society

ACS stands for American Chemical Society. It is the world's largest scientific society and a leading source of reliable scientific information. It is at the forefront of the evolving worldwide chemistry enterprise and a professional home for chemists and related professionals across the globe. It is based in Washington D.C.; the United States and its president is Allison A. Campbell.

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At the Joseph Priestley House in 1874, a group of American chemists met to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Priestley's discovery of oxygen. The American Association for the Advancement of Science, established in 1848, was the only American scientific society at the time; however, the development of chemistry in the U.S. prompted those who were present to consider establishing a new society that would concentrate more specifically on theoretical and applied chemistry. The American Chemical Society was established two years later, on April 6, 1876, at a gathering of chemists held at the University of the City of New York (now New York University). The State of New York granted the group its charter for formation in 1877.

John William Draper, a chemistry professor at New York University, was chosen as the society's first president despite the fact that Charles F. Chandler, a Columbia University professor of chemistry who played a key role in the institution of the society, was a likely candidate due to his national reputation. Draper, a pioneering photo chemist and photographer, created one of the earliest photographs of a person in 1840. In the coming years, Chandler would hold the presidency in 1881 and 1889.

A stylised image of a kaliapparat appears in the ACS logo, which was created by Tiffany's Jewellers in the early 20th century and has been in use since 1909.


ACS is a dynamic and visionary organization which aims to improve people's lives through the transforming power of chemistry. Its mission is to advance the broader chemistry enterprise and its practitioners for the benefit of people and Earth.

What ACS Do

  • Publishes scientific journals and databases
  • Convenes major research conferences
  • Provides educational and career programs in chemistry
  • Provides grants for research in petroleum and related fields
  • Educates the public policymakers and the general public about the importance of chemistry
  • Sponsors a number of international activities such as joint conferences with chemical societies

In the United States, it has 185 local sections which allow members to:

  • Connect with chemists and related professionals in their geographic area
  • Enhance their professional development by participating in programs in their city or town
  • Improve the public understanding of chemistry in their communities

At the national level, the Society allows members to participate in 33 specialty divisions such as food and agriculture, industrial and engineering chemistry etc. These divisions help members to:

  • Become aware of the latest developments in their areas of expertise
  • Monitor growth in similar fields and network with colleagues
  • Contribute to the growth and recognition of their scientific discipline

Globally, it represents more than 140 countries and its international membership exceeds 24,000. Around 60 % of articles are published in ACS journals and around 50% of the material covered in the Society's Chemical Abstracts Service originates outside the United States.

Other Initiatives

  • Project SEED: It is an education program of ACS which offers brilliant but economically disadvantaged high school students an opportunity to expand their education and career outlook.
  • ACS Scholars Program: It is a scholarship program which provides scholarships and support to minority students who want to earn a degree in chemistry or related fields.
  • Advancing Chemistry Teaching: This program is designed for the professional development of science teachers. It helps teachers present chemistry in the classroom in a better way.
  • Green Chemistry Education and Outreach: It is an initiative of ACS to implement green chemistry and engineering principles into all aspects of the chemical enterprise.

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