Chemical Sciences and Society (CS3)

The CS3 series, hosted by the funding agencies and chemical societies of the US, Germany, China, Japan and the UK, convenes eminent researchers from each participating country to explore frontier chemistry research and its potential application to global challenges. By design, each meeting in the CS3 series, hosted in turn by each of the organizing countries, is to focus on a particular key societal challenge, as mutually identified by meeting organizers, and the role of chemical research in addressing the challenge.

Delegates of U.S. delegation discuss the topic
Members of the U.S. delegation discuss leading topics at the CS3 summit in Dalian, China.
C. LaPrade (ACS)

Results from the 2017 Chemical Sciences and Society Summit (CS3) will be made available at the 2018 Spring National Meeting of the American Chemical Society in New Orleans, Louisiana. Please join us for press briefing on Monday, March 19 at 2:30pm CDT in the Morial Convention Center, Great Hall C. Those interested in livestreaming the press conference can join in at:

You can download the white paper here. 

The white paper highlights the findings and recomendations of the delegates of the 2017 CS3 summit on Solar Energy & Photonics and paves a way forward for a proposed research agenda and identifying challenges and potential solutions for a more sustainable future. The white paper was a combined effort of the chemical societies and delegates from China, Germany, Japan, the United Kingdom and United States. 

CS3 2017

The 2017 Chemical Sciences and Society Summit (CS3) was held September 5-8 in Dalian, China. Organized by the Chinese Chemical Society (CCS) the 2017 topic is Solar Energy & Photonics for a Sustainable Future. Sub-topics of the summit included: 

  • Photocatalysis for water splitting
  • Photovoltaic materials with abundant elements
  • Artificial photosynthesis for CO2 reduction
  • Photonic materials and photon upconversion

U.S. delegates to the CS3 Summit included: 

  • Suljo Linic, Chair (University of Michigan)
  • Harry Atwater (California Institute of Technology)
  • Vivian Ferry (University of Minnesota)
  • Jerry Meyer (University of North Carolina) 
  • Gordana Dukovic (University of Colorado at Boulder)

Support for the CS3 program comes from participating chemical societies and the scientific research funding agency of each country. ACS recognizes the support of the U.S. National Science Foundation under grant #CHE-1724801

CS3 2015

The 2015 Chemical Sciences and Society Summit (CS3) was held September 14-18 in Leipzig, Germany. Organized by the German Chemical Society, the symposium brought together experts from the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, China and Japan to discuss chemistry and water. Chemists identified some of the major issues affecting water including sanitation, contamination, analytical techniques to detect/measure contaminants, emerging techniques for water treatment, and methods to safely repurpose wastewater. 

ACS is led the U.S. delegation to Leipzig to be a part of this vital conversation. The U.S. delegation included:

  • Matt Platz, Chair (University of Hawaii-Hilo)
  • Amy Childress (University of Southern California)
  • Bruce Logan (Pennsylvania State University)
  • Venera Jouraeva (Cazenovia College)
  • Jerry Schnoor (University of Iowa)
  • Brooke Mayer (Marquette University) 

The final whitepaper for the 2015 Chemical Sciences and Society (CS3) Summit "Chemistry and Water: Challenges and Solutions in a Changing World"  was relased at the 251st ACS National Meeting in San Diego, California in March 2016.

View the press conference

Download the 2015 CS3 report and whitepaper