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.

CS3 2017

The 2017 Chemical Sciences and Society Summit (CS3) will take place 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 include: 

  • 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 are: 

  • 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)

Dr. Harry Atwater will deliver the keynote address in Dalian on Photonic materials and photon upconversion. 

Stay tuned for updates on the CS3 summit. 

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 pleased to lead the U.S. delegation to Leipzig to be a part of this vital conversation. The U.S. delegation includes:

  • 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

Interested in learning about past CS3 Summits? 


Read the 2013 Report: Effecient Utilization of Elements here


Read the 2012 Report: Organic Electronics for a Better Tomorrow: Innovation, Accessibility and Sustainability.


For more information on the CS3 program prior to 2012 please contact