International Year of Chemistry 2011 (IYC 2011)

The International Year of Chemistry 2011 (IYC 2011) was a worldwide celebration of the achievements of chemistry and its contributions to the well-being of humankind. Under the unifying theme “Chemistry—our life, our future,” we celebrated the year with a range of interactive, entertaining, and educational activities for all ages.

We welcome your ideas for ways the ACS community can continue to help accomplish the objectives set in place by IYC 2011:

  • Increase public appreciation of chemistry in meeting world needs
  • Increase interest in chemistry among young people
  • Generate enthusiasm for the creative future of chemistry
  • Celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Mme. Curie Nobel Prize and the 100th anniversary of the founding of the International Association of Chemical Societies.

ACS 2011 IYC Report

The ACS 2011 IYC Report outlines the contributions made by the ACS and its affiliates to the success of the 2011 International Year of Chemistry.

IYC Virtual Journal

Articles related to IYC themes: health, energy, environment, and materials.
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‘I’ll take Chemistry for $200, Alex’

The game show Jeopardy! celebrated the International Year of Chemistry by devoting a category of clues to chemistry on June 21. Watch an edited version.

Latest Recognition: By unanimous consent, the U.S. Senate adopted a resolution on September 26, 2011, designating 2011 as the International Year of Chemistry!

In business suits, lab coats and dressed as everything from magnesium to Marie Curie, more than 200 chemists kicked up their heels for the 2011 International Year of Chemistry (IYC) with a mass dance and original rap at the Anaheim Convention Center on March 28 at ACS’ 241st National Meeting.

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