National Chemistry Week Themes
National Chemistry Week (NCW) began in 1987 as National Chemistry Day.
Annual themes were added in 1997 to help give direction and variety to the celebration each year by changing the focus within the field of chemistry.
We hope these archived materials will be of use during anytime of the year.
|General Topic - Date||Theme Name - Main Focus|
|Energy - 2013||"Energy: Now and Forever!"
National Chemistry Week (NCW) 2013 explored how renewable and non-renewable energy sources power our planet.
|Nanotechnology - 2012||"Nanotechnology: The Smallest BIG Idea in Science!"
NCW 2012 focused on the nanoscience contributions to the environment, energy, materials, and health.
|Chemistry and Health - 2011||“Chemistry: Our Health, Our Future!”
Emphasized the importance of chemistry to our health and future.
|Movie Special Effects - 2010||“Behind the Scenes with Chemistry!”
Explored the chemistry behind special effects in movies.
|Periodic Table - 2009||“Chemistry – It’s Elemental!”
In honor of the 140th anniversary of the periodic table.
|Sports Chemistry - 2008||“Having a Ball with Chemistry”
Focused on the chemistry of sports equipment, sports safety, and the body as it performs physical activities.
|Careers in Chemistry - 2007||“The Many Faces of Chemistry”
Emphasized the diversity of the discipline and its practitioners and coupled a career profile with a chemistry activity related in some way to the career.
|Materials Chemistry, Home Safety - 2006||“Your Home—It’s All Built on Chemistry”
Focused on the chemicals found in objects common to most homes and how chemistry has helped to improve materials used in building homes.
|Chemistry in Toys - 2005||Celebrated the chemistry in toys—the materials used to create them and some that use chemistry or chemical reactions as part of how they work.|
|Food and Body Chemistry - 2004||Shared information about food choices and how they can influence some diseases, including diabetes. It also emphasized the chemistry happening in various parts of the body|
|Atmospheric Chemistry and Chemical Reactions - 2003||Celebrated improvements in materials for flight, described the atmosphere, acid rain and the ozone layer.|
|Soaps and Detergents - 2002||Discussed the chemistry of soaps and detergents, surface tension of water, and chemistry’s role in cleaning, including an article on the importance of hand washing.|
|Chemistry and Art - 2001||Explores the role that chemistry plays in the arts and includes activities that use chemistry to make works of art.|
|Kitchen Chemistry - 2000||Examined the properties of powders used in cooking: baking soda, baking powder, cornstarch, etc. It also looked at the power of chemistry in raising bread and making cheese.|
|Polymer Chemistry - 1999||Investigated the properties of different polymers.|
|Pigments and Dyes - 1998||Featured use of natural plant materials in a global experiment to map the natural sources for eight colors.|
|Chemistry Is Everywhere - 1997||Celebrated the 10th anniversary of the program with activities focused on hard and soft water testing, measuring pH, and making crystals with Epsom salts.|
NCW 2015 will investigate color chemistry through the theme,
"Chemistry Colors Our World".