Skip navigation

There’s no question that plastics are extremely important to the global economy. Nobody argues about that. Production of plastics has risen from 15 million tonnes in 1964--when the industry began the switch to oil and gas feedstocks--to more than 300 million tonnes today.  Plastic packaging, which represents around 26% of this volume, provides major benefits in terms of reducing food waste, and reducing fuel consumption by bringing packaging weight down.


But the problem is this: we cannot keep throwing plastic away after just one use.


Ninety-five percent of plastic packaging is currently lost to the economy after a short first-use cycle.  This volume is worth between $80 billion and $120 billion per year.  Today’s very low recycling and reuse rates mean that the oceans already contain 150 million tonnes of plastics.  And estimates suggest that by 2025, they will contain 1 tonne of plastic for every 3 tonnes of fish.


These estimates come from a major new report, “The New Plastics Economy: Rethinking the future of plastics”, jointly published by the World Economic Forum, the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, and McKinsey.  The report states that shifting to a circular model – which aims to keep materials in use in one form or another (as shown in the chart below) rather than discarding them in landfills--could generate a $700 billion economic opportunity. A significant proportion of that would be attributable to packaging.


The Waste Hierarchy



That big economic opportunity stems from solving the plastics industries’ glaring sustainability problems. Plastics production already accounts for around 6% of global oil consumption--equal to the aviation sector.  By 2050, if current growth continues, it will account for 15% of the world’s total carbon budget (the level required to keep below the 2°C target for limiting global warming).  This is unsupportable.


The problem is that almost all of today’s volume is only used once, and just 15% is collected for recycling.  After allowing for loss during sorting and reprocessing, only 5% is actually retained for future use.


Compared with other industries, the plastics industry has a poor recycling profile. For example, 58% of paper and between 70% - 90% of iron and steel are recycled globally. 


Too much plastic ends up either on the streets in towns and cities, or in the world’s oceans.  The report’s authors calculate that the resultant clean-up costs, when added to the industry’s greenhouse gas emissions, amount to around $40 billion/year--more than the industry’s current profits.


Clearly something needs to change, and quickly.  Already, a number of cities and countries have moved to limit or ban the use of single-use plastic bags in the retail sector.  The 8 million tonnes of plastics that currently leak into the oceans are the equivalent of dumping one garbage truck into the ocean every minute. And plastics, as the report notes, take centuries to fully decompose in the marine environment, and have very negative effects on ecosystems and the economic activities that depend on them.


The report—which is based on expert evidence from major plastic producers and polymer convertors, as well as major brands such as Coca-Cola—argues that a change of mind set is required.  It suggests that one priority should be to rethink current business models, and create an effective after-use plastics economy.  As the chart suggests:

  • One of the first steps should be to increase the economics, quality, and uptake of recycling
  • This should not be difficult, given the low level of current performance
  • The industry needs to focus on reducing the amount of plastic that is simply left lying around, creating urban and marine pollution
  • The industry also needs to work with customers to enable reuse of plastic, and to reduce the volume of plastics currently being used.


The industry has been very successful over the past 50 years in generating revenue and profits from the value of the molecules that it produces.  Now it needs to move to a more service-driven model, which focuses on the value provided by the molecules. Using our expertise to help people to obtain more value from our products will be critical in driving revenue and profit growth in the future.


The skills and expertise of ACS members will be critical to achieving the transformation now urgently required.



Paul Hodges is chairman of International eChem (, trusted advisers to the chemical industry and its investment community. He is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Industrial Council on chemicals, advanced materials and biotechnology, and presents the ACS ‘Chemistry & the Economy’ webinars.

As I reflect on the 2016 ACS Spring National Meeting, I am now watching a gentle snow fall in Michigan. The San Diego meeting just ended, but it seems like oh so long ago and oh so far away.  San Diego did its best to taunt those of us that experience winter with its near perfect climate.  No rain of any note and temperatures in the 60s for the duration.  The weather and the waterfront location made the interminable walks between venues almost enjoyable.  Even in a city as compact as San Diego, the sprawl of an ACS meeting is always a challenge.


An ACS national meeting is largely chaos.  A crowd of 15,000 spread across a convention center and every nearby hotel means there is a certain amount of dilution.  I look through the program to find the speakers I really want to hear prior to arrival.  In the old days, this required looking through an issue of C&EN, highlighting the talks, jotting down the times and locations of all that were of interest, then struggling to see what overlapped and what didn’t.  Once at the meeting, it would become clear that only a fraction of the talks could be attended without a Star Trek style transporter.


Technology has improved, though the transporter is not yet an option.  Gone are the printed schedules, replaced by an app.  The app lets you browse and search, automatically moving things to a schedule it creates.   Thanks to the app, I could see the 7 concurrent talks that I wanted to attend on Sunday clearly and easily.  In the end, I made it to less than a quarter of the talks I desired due to the overlapping programming and impossible travel, but the app dutifully dinged to inform me of the upcoming events I had selected even when attendance was impossible.


I know that with each passing day, there are more people younger than me and fewer that are older. The crowd at an ACS meeting really reinforces this simple math.  The crowd has always trended young.  Excited graduate students are a staple at ACS meetings.  This is nowhere more evident than at one of my favorite events, the opening of the expo.  The expo hall is filled with vendors, all with something to show, many with something to give away.  On opening night,  there is also food and the expo hall takes on an air of Pamplona.  A largely student crowd collects at the doors, jockeying for position more than half an hour before opening.  When the doors open, the crowd sweeps into the hall surging to find the food stations set about, grabbing free pens and other giveaways as it sweeps through the aisles.  I enjoy watching the sheer spectacle at every meeting.


On my last afternoon, I was lucky to have a single session home to several speakers I wanted to hear. No moving around, just sitting in one place and taking in Science and Perception of Climate Change.  No transporter needed.  It was a lively session with a very interactive audience and many insights shared.  The hypocrisy of a session focused on climate where all present wrecked their personal climate footprint with travel to San Diego was noted.  Nonetheless, the session talked through many issues of controlling emissions and the continuing need for education that leads to societal action.  The impact of diet was also mentioned.


I attended meetings earlier in the conference where I was put on the horns of a dilemma.  I avoid beef as a matter of course, as it is one of the most resource intensive foods.  At my meetings, the lunch buffet inevitably featured beef, more beef than the room could consume.  Bad as it is for the planet to choose beef over another protein, throwing away beef is worse. I elected to eat other options and later watched woefully as the unfinished beef was carted away, its embodied fossil energy and greenhouse gas footprint having been spent for naught. I attended other social events where the spreads of food clearly exceeded the appetites of those present. Lots of cheese, fruit and other food wasted.


Sitting there in the Science and Perception of Climate Change session, a glorious idea came to me. The ACS convention is a perfect place to attack food waste and its negative climate impact.  There are several companies using mobile apps to reduce food waste, allowing rapid responding food banks to get to surplus food. My years of watching the running of the graduate students at the opening of the expo brought the  solution to ACS National Meeting food waste issue into focus. The solution is app wielding graduate students.  The ACS already has an app that could be modified to “ring the dinner bell”, calling the locust-like swarm of graduate students that sweep through the expo hall to any platter, table or spread of food about to be tossed.  Graduate students were hungry in my day, devouring any meeting crumbs placed in hallways after meetings.  That hasn’t changed.  What has changed is that we weren’t carrying sophisticated communication devices in our pockets 30 years ago.  Today, hungry graduate students can be radio-dispatched.


The Greek proverb was shared during the Science and Perception of Climate Change: “A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in.”   I won’t be bellying up to the trough when the ACS implements my suggested modification to the meeting app to promote food scavenging.  I am giving this to the world, seeking no future royalties.  I will be responsible for what is likely one of the biggest impacts on sustainability that the ACS could implement, far bigger than badge recycling or biodegradable cutlery.  I am the big picture guy with the vision to see a connection between need, demand and the ACS desire to be more sustainable.  It is an idea I won’t implement myself.  I won’t have to fight through the logistics of making this happen in a way that avoids food fights as multiple hands reach for the last muffin.  I won’t have to deal with caterers that simply want to leave as quickly as possible. I won’t have to figure out how to keep the refined ACS evening affairs from being overrun with throngs of food seeking students.   I will just have the satisfaction of having done my part for the planet and future generations of chemistry graduate students.  It will be shade I never sit in.



Mark Jones is Executive External Strategy and Communications Fellow at Dow Chemical since September 2011. He spent most of his career developing catalytic processes after joining Dow in 1990. He received his Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry at the University of Colorado-Boulder doing research unlikely to lead to an industrial career and totally unrelated to his current responsibilities.


Jaime Curtis-Fisk’s plan in graduate school was to become an organic chemistry professor. She was passionate about education, had the needed communications skills, and was well prepared — she had earned her certification in college science and math education while completing her PhD program.


It was no surprise that upon graduating from Michigan State University in 2009 with a PhD in chemistry, Curtis-Fisk successfully landed an assistant professor position at Grand Valley State University, where she had received her undergraduate education.


The dream job, however, didn’t last long. In 2010, Curtis-Fisk’s husband accepted a position at the Dow Chemical Company, and the family needed to relocate. Curtis-Fisk had two options: keeping her dream job and splitting the family, or staying with her family and leaving her job. Having just started a family, Curtis-Fisk chose the latter.


To stay close with her family, Curtis-Fisk also applied for a position at Dow and was offered a senior chemist position in Dow’s Core R&D Division. She accepted the position and switched her career path from academia to industry.


But she kept her passion for education alive.


A Chemist’s Two Tales

When Curtis-Fisk joined Dow, employee volunteerism was already part of Dow’s culture. Several groups of Dow employees were actively engaging in outreach activities in their communities. But it was not an organized effort.


Recognizing her interest in education, Curtis-Fisk’s supervisors created a unique position that would allow her to conduct technical research as a R&D scientist and support Dow’s outreach programs as a STEM program leader, all at the same time. Without hesitation, Curtis-Fisk took the opportunity and started to make marks in two drastically different areas. 


Implementing Dow’s STEM Ambassadors program
Upon accepting the dual-role position, Curtis-Fisk was asked to transform Dow employees’ grassroots efforts into a coordinated program. The goals were to create opportunities for Dow employees to best use their skills and passion, to ensure that the time and resources are well spent, and ultimately to generate the biggest impact possible.


And Curtis-Fisk didn’t disappoint. With the support of her colleagues and supervisors, she started the now well-known Dow STEM Ambassadors Program, an employee engagement program that trains and connects Dow employee volunteers with students, teachers, and local communities. To achieve the best result, she created an effective organizational structure for the program, developed resources to support the outreach efforts, and removed barriers that could potentially affect volunteers’ involvement. As a result, the number of volunteers increased from about 400 to 1600 within a year.


Today Curtis-Fisk and her STEM ambassadors have developed programs in multiple locations around the globe, and they have successfully built partnerships with a number of organizations, including the Smithsonian, the Chemical Education Foundation, and the American Association of Chemistry Teachers. Noticing the program’s impact, Dow has tied the educational program to its corporate initiatives.


“I always knew she'd make an excellent teacher, she is that special type of person that conveys things clearly and with all her focus on the person she is communicating with, she just draws you in,” says Witucki, Curtis-Fisk’s undergraduate research advisor who sparked her interest in chemistry. “I am certain she is doing the same as a STEM ambassador, passing on her love for chemistry to an audience of all ages.”


Thriving as an industry scientist

Curtis-Fisk’s research interest at Dow is mainly focused on drug delivery technologies. Her main responsibilities include using polymers’ unique properties to design new ways to deliver drugs, and designing corresponding formulations that are safe and effective. In another word, she is responsible for turning active drug ingredients into final products. As a project leader, she also helps her team develop research plans, analyze experiment results, and communicate the relevance of their findings to stakeholders.    


Despite the amount of time and energy that Curtis-Fisk devoted to the STEM outreach program, her technical performance didn’t suffer. Since joining Dow, Curtis-Fisk has authored 26 corporate technical reports, submitted 17 invention concept documents, and filed 13 active patent applications. She also has published 4 peer-reviewed research publications, and presented at 7 national conferences.


Recognizing Curtis-FISK’s research excellence, in 2015, the American Chemical Society’s Women Chemists Committee awarded its Rising Star Award to Curtis-Fisk, along with nine other women scientists approaching mid-level careers.


Making It All Work

To many people, staying competitive in just one field is challenging enough. How could Curtis-Fisk thrive in two totally different areas?


Planning ahead

“At times it was difficult to balance both worlds, particularly since I had two sets of stakeholders,” Curtis-Fisk admits. But from early on she realized that it helps to have a detailed plan for each engagement, maintain a well defined timeline for every project, and communicate clearly with both teams about expectations and work processes.


Communicating well

Curtis-Fisk’s skills in scientific communication proved invaluable, too.


“My talent is telling the story of science in a way that others can understand the technology, and appreciate the value,” says Curtis-Fisk. In the early days, her talent helped her successfully connect with her students. Today as a scientist and project leader, the ability helps her clearly communicate the needs of her teams, and effectively share their research results and potential impacts with stakeholders.


And the teaching certification that she earned in graduate school? Well, that turned out to be extremely helpful, too, especially when she speaks with the teachers her outreach programs support.


Keeping the passion alive

A first generation college student, Curtis-Fisk attributes her success to a large group of people who have supported her over the years. She credits her college professors with spurring and nurturing her interests in chemical research and education. She appreciates her husband for fully supporting her career growth. And she thanks her mentors and leaders at Dow for not only helping her create the dual-role career opportunity but continuing to help her to grow.


Her determination in keeping her passion alive, however, has no doubt played a great role in her success as well.


Reflecting on her unique career path, Curtis-Fisk admits that she would not feel completely fulfilled should her career were focused solely on doing technical work in the lab. Fortunately, she has learned that “there’s always a way to follow your passion.” “Even if it doesn’t seem at first like it’s something that fits with the rest of your career, you can still develop the right support system to make it happen,” says Curtis-Fisk.




Yanni Wang is a principal scientific writer and the owner of International Biomedical Communications, a company dedicated to translating research data into clear messages. Yanni has a PhD in chemistry and writes about biomedical research-related topics for professional audiences and the general public.



I pay attention to my ecological footprint.  I can’t say that I’ve tried them all, but I have completed most of the footprint calculators I can find.   I can’t recall one that did not calculate my greenhouse gas impact, labeling it my greenhouse gas footprint.  Many report the amount of energy I use, turning it into an energy or fossil fuel footprint.  Some point out my water use, calling it my water footprint.   Footprint is a metaphor for the mark I make on the planet, my impact.  My energy use is tough on the planet.  I take depleting hydrocarbon resources and I convert them to energy, CO2 and water.  I use the energy, wasting a lot of it, and release the CO2 and water.  I destroy hydrocarbon resources, resources that don’t replenish on a time scale close to my use.  I make CO2, releasing it to the atmosphere where it will not be removed on a time scale close to my use.  I use more water than I make, but I actually don’t destroy water.  The hydrological cycle returns every drop of water I use back for re-use on a time scale close to my use.  I don’t destroy the elements or even the molecule of water, I just borrow it from the ecosystem, only to return it at a later time where it is pretty quickly returned to me.   I have a wood footprint.  Trees are cut down somewhere everyday so that I can use paper. Society makes a lot of paper and my footprint for trees is larger than what goes into the paper I touch. I have to take some credit for society’s use of paper, hoping that attempts that I make to conserve and recycle paper dominate my footprint.  I haven’t bought any concrete recently, but I drive on roads made from concrete, roads that are constantly been repaired.  Limestone is  fossilized shells that are a depleting resource that does not replenish on a time scale commensurate with society’s use.  I own part of society’s limestone or concrete footprint even though I am not personally mixing the concrete.  I own some part of the CO2 emissions, adding to my greenhouse gas footprint.  None of the footprint calculators I’ve found report my limestone footprint.   For most people, it would be the society’s use divided by the population.  Some footprints you control, others are determined by society.  Some are a mix of the two. 


I hadn’t thought about my platinum footprint until about a month ago.  New contact lenses brought new advice:  ditch the multipurpose solution and use a peroxide cleaner.  A new case comes with each bottle of peroxide cleaner with instructions to throw away the old case including the platinum neutralizing disk.  Could a throw away disk really be platinum?  Platinum group metals are, after all, a finite and depleting resource, on many lists of critical metals, and a resource that is already widely recycled.  It turns out that my new contact cleaner comes with a disposable platinum catalyst. 


My platinum footprint is a mixed footprint.  I buy some platinum containing things, but most of my platinum use is baked into society. Using national consumption, my platinum footprint is about 90 mg of platinum per year.[1]  I believe my personal platinum footprint is only about a third of the per capita national consumption. I don’t buy platinum metal for investment or jewelry.   The largest use is in cars, but that is recycled very effectively and my car is 7 years old. My personal use is more on the order of 37 mg per year[2].


Changing my contact lens cleaner increases my platinum footprint by over 15%.  Peroxide cleaning solutions have performance advantages. They are very effective at killing pathogens that cause severe eye issues. Peroxide supposedly stings like crazy in your eye, and must be “neutralized”.  Hydrogen peroxide is neutralized by catalytically decomposing it to water and oxygen, creating visible bubbles.  Enzyme tablets were once used[3], now replaced with a platinum catalyst disk in all products I found on store shelves.  Deactivation of the neutralizing disk, though I’ve yet to observe it, requires that it be replaced monthly.


The platinum on each disk is around 600 micrograms[4], covering a plastic support weighing about 0.8 grams[5].  The platinum on the disk is worth less than 2 cents at current prices, or about 20 cents for a year’s worth.  There are a lot of contact wearers, almost 41 million in the United States[6]. 93% now wear soft contacts9 and recent data indicates 20% use peroxide cleaners[7], a number that is growing.  Contact users trash 1,700 troy ounces of platinum per year. They trash over  $1.5 million per year. 


I am amazed that platinum is being trashed when it appears recycling it would be relatively easy.  I am also confused that platinum is being used in this application at all.  Homogeneous enzymes were replaced with heterogeneous platinum in contact care, presumably to eliminate the possibility that forgetful users would fail to introduce the enzyme.  The platinum disk attached to the contact case is pretty fool-proof.  There is a rich literature on immobilizing enzymes, including peroxidases derived from a number of plant and fungal sources.  If there is a reason immobilized enzymes wouldn’t work for neutralization, I can’t find it.  It could be that the chemistry to immobilize the enzymes actually makes them more expensive than platinum.  Many metals decompose peroxide.  The less expensive platinum group metals do.  So do supported catalysts of iron and copper oxide.  If there is a reason cheaper metals wouldn’t work for neutralization, I can’t find it either.  I am left scratching my head in disbelief that platinum is used in such a disposable application, one that now dominates my platinum footprint. Finding another solution or finding a way to recycle would make a big difference. 


I wish a 15% decrease in my carbon footprint was so easy.



Mark Jones is Executive External Strategy and Communications Fellow at Dow Chemical since September 2011. He spent most of his career developing catalytic processes after joining Dow in 1990. He received his Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry at the University of Colorado-Boulder doing research unlikely to lead to an industrial career and totally unrelated to his current responsibilities.


[1]  using 29,800 kg  of Pt demand for North America from the Johnson Matthey PGM Market Report for November 2015 and 318.9 million people in the U.S. from the 2014 World Bank statistics

[2] Using  Pt demand for North America from the Johnson Matthey PGM Market Report for November 2015 and subtracting automotive, investment and jewelry

[3] Christie, Caroline L., and John G. Meylerr. "Contemporary contact lens care products." Contact Lens and Anterior Eye 20 (1997): S11-S17.

[4] Kasey Jon Minick, Manal M. Gabriel, Leroy Wainaina Muya, Walter Lee Nash, George Edward Minno (Novartis); WO 2011062959 A1, "A hydrogen peroxide solution and kit for disinfecting contact lenses", published 26 May 2011 (filed 17 November 2010).

[5] average weight of disks from Alcon Clear Care, Equate and Bausch+Lomb PeroxiClear.

[6] Cope, Jennifer R., Sarah A. Collier, Maya M. Rao, Robin Chalmers, G. Lynn Mitchell, Kathryn Richdale, Heidi Wagner et al. "Contact lens wearer demographics and risk behaviors for contact lens-related eye infections—United States, 2014." Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) 64(32), 21 August 2015, pages 865-870.

[7] Chalmers, Robin; "A Fresh Look at One-Step Hydrogen Peroxide Lens Disinfection", Review of Opt. Published August 2014. (Supplement, reprint CCS14015AEi).

1386343097288.jpgThe entry deadline is fast approaching for the Heroes of Chemistry award program. The program honors industrial chemical scientists whose work in various fields of chemistry and chemical engineering has led to the development of successful commercial products.


Each year, private and publicly owned companies from around the world are invited to nominate their employees to recognize their talent, creativity, and innovation.


The award recipients will be honored during a black-tie dinner ceremony on August 21, 2016 in Philadelphia, and will be recognized in online sites and print publications.


The deadline for submissions is March 21, 2016.


For more information, please visit, or send questions to If you are currently working on a nomination, please notify us at, so that we may anticipate receiving your entry. We hope that you won’t miss the opportunity to nominate your colleagues for this prestigious award.


facebook2.png twitter2.png linkedin2.png googleplus2.png

For many in the chemical, pharmaceutical and related industries, comprehending and complying with Environmental Protection Agency regulations—which span across a wide range of areas--can present challenges.


ACS Industry Member Programs is putting together a short video to serve as a centerpiece for industry “Network & Learn” events to be held within local sections and other venues across the U.S. in May. The video will feature experts who will answer EPA-related questions from ACS industry members and others in small and large businesses.

We invite you to submit the EPA-related questions that are foremost on your mind using this form. If one of your questions is chosen to be featured in the video, we will contact you for permission. Survey closes on March 21st.

Immediate Past President Diane Grob Schmidt invites you to an exciting symposium on the future of energy



Research Opportunities for Future Energy Technologies

Sunday, March 13, 2016: 1:30 pm – 5:10 pm

San Diego Convention Center, Room 4 (Upper Level)

Sponsored by ACS Division of Energy & Fuels (ENFL), ACS Energy Letters, ACS Publications Division, Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS) & ACS Immediate Past President Diane Grob Schmidt


Michelle Buchanan, Symposium Co-organizer and Presider

Oak Ridge National Laboratory


Presenters at this symposium will include the following: the Honorable Franklin M. Orr, Under Secretary for Science and Energy; Donald J. DePaolo, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory; Krishan L. Luthra, General Electric; Jeremy T. Busby, Oak Ridge National Laboratory; Peter D. Olmsted, Georgetown University; Tom F. Jaramillo, Stanford University; and George W. Crabtree, Argonne National Laboratory.


You can find more information in the Technical Program.


C&EN Presents: Evolution of Industrial R&D: Driving Growth Through Innovation and Productivity– a conversation with Dr Douglas Muzyka

C&EN is presenting a special feature – a conversation with Dr Douglas Muzyka, DuPont's chief science and technology officer, on the future of R&D. Following a brief presentation by Dr Muzyka entitled 'Evolution of Industrial R&D: Driving Growth Through Innovation and Productivity', C&EN Editor-in-Chief, Dr Bibiana Campos-Seijo will conduct an interview with him followed by questions from the floor. This event will take place on Monday March 14th from 3:00 – 4:00 p.m., in Room 4 of the San Diego Convention Center.


"Big Draws" for Industry Members in San Diego

We've taken the time to curate for you a short list of presentations by some of the leaders in the field who will be presenting in San Diego. Our list of "Big Draws" was selected based upon projected session attendance, topics, and citation indices. This list should come in handy as you prepare your travel justifications to attend the meeting. The list is arranged by presentation date.


Industry Networking Event

The ACS Committee on Corporation Associates, the Polymer Division's Industry Advisory Board, and ACS Industry Member Programs are teaming up to bring you an Industry Networking Event. This industry-only networking reception will held the evening of Monday, March 14th, during the ACS 2016 National Meeting in San Diego, CA. 

This is your chance to network with colleagues in the industry. By filling out this RSVP form, you will be added to our list to receive an invitation with official details. 


          RSVP NOW!


We look forward to seeing you there!



Other Industry-Related Symposia & Events


New Reality of the Chemical Enterprise:

Traditional and Non-traditional Career Paths

251st ACS National Meeting • San Diego, CA

Monday – Tuesday, March 14 – 15, 2016 • 8:30 AM

Sponsored by the ACS Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Division



■ Alternate career paths available to chemistry professionals.

■ Strategies for _ nding employment in the chemistry _ elds.

■ Ways to think ‘out of the box’ when planning your educational and career paths.

■ How to become an entrepreneur and start your own business.



■ Zeroing in on opportunities: Common job titles for

  1. B.S.-level chemists

■ Discovering chemistry careers outside the lab

■ The path to success in the chemical industry for

  1. B.S.-level chemists

■ Keys to career advancement using your bachelor’s degree

■ Regulatory careers

■ How to make career Transitions

■ Food, and pharma career options for

  1. B.S. chemists

■ How to embrace change in the workplace

■ Building a distillery from scratch

■ Student Q&A Session with Panelists




ACS on Campus Event

251st ACS National Meeting, San Diego

“Careers in Chemistry” Panel Discussion


ACS on Campus, an initiative of the American Chemical Society dedicated to helping students, postdocs, and faculty members advance in their careers, will host an event on Monday, March 14th at the 251st ACS National Meeting.


The Opportunity: ACS on Campus will host a panel discussion on careers in chemistry. We are looking for 3-4 panelists to participate and talk about the different career opportunities available to undergraduate and graduate students in life after graduation. During the hour and 15 minute panel, you will have the opportunity to address an audience of chemistry students who are preparing to enter the workforce. The main objective is for students to leave the event with a better understanding of the current professional landscape in chemistry and confidence to pursue their career aspirations after graduation.


Panel, Date and Time: March 14th, 1:45-3:00 pm

Location: San Diego Convention Center, Room 15B

Audience: Graduate and Undergraduate Chemistry Students


If you are interested in participating on the ACS on Campus “Careers in Chemistry” panel, please contact Shannon O’Reilly at