Recognizing our Heroes of Chemistry

Who are our heroes today? The media recognizes athletes and entertainers, as well as policemen and firefighters as heroes. At the American Chemical Society (ACS), we appreciate that chemical scientists are everyday heroes who impact our world in ways both great and small.

Since 1996, the ACS Heroes of Chemistry program has recognized chemical scientists whose work in various fields of chemistry and chemical engineering has led to the successful innovation and development of commercial products based on chemistry. The Heroes program also highlights the vital role of industrial chemical scientists and their companies in improving human welfare through successful commercial innovations and products. It presents an ideal opportunity to enhance the public image of the chemical and allied industries.

Each year, Heroes of Chemistry are nominated by their respective companies to recognize their talent, creativity, and innovation. Our previous Heroes have excelled in innovation at prominent international corporations, and have developed numerous commercial products that demonstrate strong financial performance. The commercial success of their products in the marketplace is an important criterion for this honor, because we recognize that good business results follow good science.

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2015 Heroes of Chemistry Nominations

The American Chemical Society is now accepting nominations for the 2015 Heroes of Chemistry. The deadline for submissions is April 20, 2015. Please visit the Nominations Procedures page or email for further details.

2014 Heroes of Chemistry  

Asahi Kasei

Non-Phosgene Polycarbonate from CO2: the world’s first non-phosgene aromatic polycarbonate (PC) from CO2 that has been manufactured since 2002.

Bristol-Myers Squibb/Aegerion

Lomitapide (Juxtapid®): a novel inhibitor of microsomal triglyceride transfer protein (MTP) to treat homozygous familial hypercholesterolemia.

Dow Chemical

Dow ARTM: fast etch organic bottom antireflectant coatings for manufacturing electronic circuits.


Effexor® (Venlafaxin): a drug for the treatment of major depressive disorder, a leading cause of disability.

Procter & Gamble

Crest Pro-Health: a unique toothpaste formula that provides eight separate clinical benefits for oral care.

Past Heroes of Chemistry

2014 Heroes Materials