Virginia Section

A Century of Service

Future Activities

Virginia Section of the American Chemical Society

Executive Committee Meeting Agenda

Virginia Commonwealth University

Room: 3309 Temple Building
Saturday, 26th Jan. 2019

Refreshments available at 8:30 AM

Meeting – 9:00 AM- 12:00 PM 

The January Bulletin is Available


January 25, 2019, Science Museum of Virginia, Richmond, VA

 “Chemistry Among the Stars”


Professor Eric Herbst, University of Virginia

Stars and planets form from the collapse of portions of dense interstellar clouds, which are large assemblies of cold gas and dust (10 K) in interstellar space. The gas-phase is mainly molecular and contains many exotic species, including radicals, unusual isomers, and anions, most of which are organic in nature, while the dust particles, composed mainly of silicates or amorphous carbon, are the size of nanoparticles. The chemistry that produces these molecules from atomic precursors include both unusual gas-phase and solid-state reactions, some quite exotic. Although hydrogen is the dominant element and H2 the dominant gas-phase molecule, some organic molecules are very unsaturated and are labeled “carbon chains” by astronomers. The dust particles are covered with ices, mainly in the form of water, CO, and CO2. During the collapse, the material evolves through a number of stages starting with an isothermal era, followed by a warm-up during which the gas-phase molecular inventory changes from a mainly exotic one to one in which most organic molecules resemble standard laboratory solvents, albeit in the gas phase. Eventually a so-called protoplanetary disk is formed around the young star, and the disk can lead to the formation of planets via coagulation of the dust particles, with an initial molecular inventory at least partially determined by the chemistry that has already occurred.  


 2018 ACS VA Section Research Awards Nominations

To nominate individuals or teams, please submit the nomination form, a nominating cover letter with a detailed description of the research to be recognized (1000 word maximum but sufficient for understanding of the research or invention and its relevance), any pertinent references and patents, biographical sketch of the nominee(s), and any materials that relate to your nominee(s) or his/her product (brochures, reports, articles, etc.).  The form is also available as a fillable PDF.  

Nominations should be emailed to Kathleen Spangler ( and Yezdi B. Pithawalla ( The deadline for submitting nominations is January 15, 2019.  The Awards ceremony will be held in March 2019.  

Museum of Virginia, Richmond
Thursday, October 25 - Section Meeting, University of Mary
Washington, Fredericksburg - Jerry Podorski, “DEA Forensics
and the Opiate Crisis”
Saturday, October 27 - Intergenerational Career Development
Workshop, Longwood University, Farmville
Friday, November 9 - Section Meeting, Longwood University,
Farmville - Aubrey M. Reid, “KNOW Science, KNOW Beer:
The Alcohol Industry’s Need for Scientists”
Friday, November 30 - Women Chemists (WCC) Luncheonunday, October 21 - National Chemistry Week Program, Science

Pittcon 2019 Conference,
March 18-21, 2019 in Philadelphia,Pennsylvania;


Welcome to the Virginia Local Section Home Page.  On April 9th, 1915 the Virginia Section was established by the American Chemical Society.  Our section is located in Virginia and is one of the 184 local sections of the American Chemical Society, the world’s largest scientific society.  For a list of the counties and cities of Virginia that constitute our section, click here.  

The Virginia Local Section serves the community by advancing chemistry and communicating its impact on people’s lives. Our Mission is to inspire, educate, develop, and connect Virginia chemists and the community for the benefit of Earth and its people.

The section fulfills its mission by promoting public awareness of chemistry, being involved in community outreach programs and working with chemistry students and STEM programs to enhance scientific awareness and communicate the value of chemistry in our society.  We provide networking opportunities and mentoring experiences to connect chemists working in government, academics and industry to strengthen and serve the local chemistry community.  The Virginia Section has a rich history of many activities and events it has supported to promote the chemical sciences throughout the past 100 years.  We need your passion and dedication to drive success for the next 100 years.

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