Program Overview

ACS Technical Divisions provide programming and scientific content relating to the theme of the national meetings including symposia, general sessions, workshops and more. Learn more about these amazing speakers and topics or review the full technical program and special activities below.

Dr. Harry Gray
Dr. Harry Gray - "Powering the Planet with Solar Fuel"
Dr. Burke
Dr. Martin D. Burke - "Making molecular prosthetics with a small molecule synthesizer"
Dr. Halas
Dr. Naomi J. Halas - "Solar Steam: Discovery, mechanism, and applications in energy"
Dr. Kittle
Daniel R. Kittle - "From lab bench to table top – science serving the needs of a growing world"
Dr. Huff
Bret E. Huff - "Continuous processing in the pharmaceutical industry"
Stephan Gregoire
Stephan Gregoire - "Chemistry of Racing"
Alan Alda
Alan Alda will present at the Board of Directors Open Meeting - "Helping the Public Get Beyond A Blind Date with Science"
Alton Brown
Alton Brown will join C&EN at its 90th Anniversary Celebration

Full Technical Program

This link will take you into our abstracts system. All symposia offered by ACS Technical Divisions. You will be able to browse topics by division and build your itinerary. ACS ID required for Itinerary Builder.

Kavli Lecture Series

Promoting groundbreaking discovery and public understanding of the world’s mounting challenges. Explore the topics of “Powering the planet with solar fuel” and “Making molecular prosthetics with a small molecule synthesizer”.

Chemistry In Motion Plenary Session

Explore topics such as the “Chemistry of Racing”, “Solar Steam”, “Agrichemical Innovation” and “Continuous Processing in the Pharmaceutical Industry” at the Fall National Meeting.

See Special & Social Event Listings

See list of social events, workshops and other activities taking place during the ACS Fall National Meeting.

Presidential Events

ACS President Marinda Li Wu has set a presidential theme and agenda based on “Partners for Progress & Prosperity.” Learn more about the upcoming presidential events and other recommended symposia at the national meeting in Indy.

Celebrate Science Indiana

Join the ACS Indiana Local Section for the related Celebrate Science Indiana event.

Alan Alda

Alan Alda, famed actor, science advocate to speak at Board of Directors Open Meeting

Actor and science communications advocate Alan Alda will present "Helping the Public Get Beyond a Blind Date with Science".

Best known for the television series M*A*S*H, Alda also has hosted the PBS series Scientific American Frontiers and starred on The West Wing. In 2009, he helped establish the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University. There, he leads workshops that use improvisational theater games to teach scientists to communicate more directly and personally about their work.

September 8, 12:00 - 1:00 pm
Board of Directors Open Session
Indianapolis Convention Center
Sagamore Ballroom 5-7

Alton Brown

Alton Brown at C&EN's 90th Anniversary Celebration during the Fall National Meeting

This exciting live event is one of the ways C&EN is celebrating 90 years as a publication and thanking ACS members for their support.  Alton Brown, author and current host and commentator for the popular Food Network series Iron Chef America will be speaking.  Let Alton Brown interweave the science behind food and cooking with history, culture, and humor in his Tuesday presentation. Free seats available but tickets are required. Additional information can be found at

September 10, 2013
Presentation - 5:00 to 6:00 p.m.
Reception – 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Indianapolis Convention Center

Update; 9/5/13, Alton Brown is sold out.  However, please come to the Exposition located at the Indiana Convention Center, Halls B-E and visit the C&EN area in the ACS Booth.  Limited tickets will be distributed there.

Meet with more than 8,000 chemists, academics, students, and other professionals as we explore the Fall ACS National Meeting theme: Chemistry in Motion. Chemistry impacts myriad facets of the transportation industry from the fuels that are needed to power vehicles to the materials from which the vehicles are designed. Energy, the environment and economics are intimately joined with regard to the creation of a successful transportation network, and chemistry impacts each and all components of that equation.

The Indianapolis meeting will showcase contemporary research and future technologies that will transform the transportation industry in the 21st century. Divisions can participate in the chemistry in motion theme by programming and developing joint symposia on catalysis, biofuels, alternative energy, lightweight materials, health and the environment and tribology. Learn more about the theme on the ACS Network.

Please note that not all presentations will be related to the theme. For a full list of division symposia, click the link above to explore our abstract system.