Kavli Lecture Series Archive

Kavli Lecture Series Archive

Two Kavli Lectures are held at every ACS national meeting are the result of collaboration between ACS and The Kavli Foundation, an internationally recognized philanthropic organization known for its support of basic scientific innovation in astrophysics, nanoscience, neuroscience, and theoretical physics.

The Fred Kavli Innovations in Chemistry Lecture

The Kavli Foundation Innovations in Chemistry Lecture series debuted at the Anaheim meeting in March 2011. The Lectures address the urgent need for vigorous, new, outside-the-box thinking, as scientists tackle many of the world’s mounting challenges, like climate change, emerging diseases, and water and energy shortages.

The Kavli Foundation Innovations in Chemistry Lecture was renamed The Fred Kavli Innovations in Chemistry Lecture in memory of Fred Kavli, Founder of The Kavli Foundation.

The Kavli Foundation Emerging Leader in Chemistry Lecture

The Kavli Foundation Emerging Leader in Chemistry Lecture series recognizes the achievements of outstanding young chemical scientists. These presentations feature exceptional scientists younger than 40 years old and not more than 10 years removed from earning their Ph.D.s at the time of their lecture.

ACS Meeting
Meeting Theme
The Fred Kavli Innovations in Chemistry Lecturer
The Kavli Foundation Emerging Leader in Chemistry Lecturer
March 18- 22, 2018
Nexus of Food, Energy, and Water Professor Angela Belcher
Giving new life to materials for energy, the environment and medicine
Dr. Emily Cranston
McMaster University
Transforming nanocellulose into sustainable products through surface engineering
August 20 - 24, 2017
Chemistry's Impact on the Global Economy Professor Joanna Aizenberg
Harvard University
Multifunctionality of liquid-filled nanostructured materials: From encryption to anti-fouling
Dr. Prashant Jain
University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign
Turning photos into chemical bonds
April 2 - 5, 2017
Advanced Materials, Technologies, Systems & Processes Dr. Jennifer Doudna
UC Berkeley
CRISPR systems: Nature’s toolkit for genome engineering
Dr. Bradley Olsen
Massachusettes Institute of Technology
Classical challenges in the physical chemistry of polymer networks
August 21 - 25, 2016
Chemistry of the People, By the People, for the People Dr. Chad Mirkin
Northwestern University
Establishing a genetic code for unnatural materials
Dr. Omar Farha
Northwestern University
Bioinspired sponges: Metal-organic frameworks for combating nerve agents & toxic gases
March 13-17, 2016
Computers in Chemistry Dr. Emily Carter
Princeton University
Quantum Solutions for a Sustainable Energy Future
Dr. Rommie E. Amaro
University of California, San Diego
Computing Cures: Enabling Chemical Discovery
August 16-20, 2015,
Boston, MA
Innovation from Discovery to Application Dr. George Whitesides
Harvard University
Problems, Puzzles, and Inevitablities in Research
Dr. William Dichtel
Cornell University
The Spectacular Properties of Porous Polymers
March 20-26, 2015
Denver, CO
Chemistry of Natural Resources Professor Laura Kiessling
Steenbock Professor of Chemistry
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Mining the Secrets of Carbohydrates for New Leads on Antibiotics
Professor Theodore Betley
Harvard University
Mimicking Nature's Chemistry to Solve Global Environmental Problems
August 10-14, 2014
San Francisco, CA
Chemistry and Global Stewardship Professor Joan Brennecke
Keating-Crawford Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
University of Notre Dame
How Ionic Ligquids Can Contribute to Global Stewardship
Dr. Ali Khademhosseini
Harvard Medical School, MIT
Engineering the Chemistry and Microarchitecture of Hydrogels for Tissue Regeneration
March 16-20, 2014
Dallas, TX

Chemistry and Materials for Energy Professor John A. Rogers
Swanlund Chair, Departments of Materials Science, Engineering, and Chemistry
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Biodegradable electronics
Professor Emily Weiss
Irving M. Klotz Research Professor
Department of Chemistry
Northwestern University
Behavior of electrons at nanoscopic organic/inorganic interfaces
September 8-12, 2013,
Indianapolis, IN
Chemistry in Motion Professor Harry B. Gray
Arnold O. Beckman Professor of Chemistry
Founding Director of the Beckman Institute
California Institute of Technology
Powering the planet with solar fuel
Associate Professor Martin D. Burke
Department of Chemistry
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Making molecular prosthetics with a small molecular synthesizer
April 7-11, 2013,
New Orleans, LA
Chemistry of Energy and Food Professor Daniel G. Nocera
Patterson Rockwood Professor of Energy
Department of Chemistry & Chemical Biology
Harvard University
The artificial leaf
Associate Professor Christy L. Haynes
Department of Chemistry
University of Minnesota
Biological and ecological toxicity of engineered nanomaterials
244th, August 19-23, 2012,
Philadelphia, PA
Materials for Health and Medicine Professor Robert S. Langer
David H. Koch Institute Professor
Department of Chemical Engineering
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Chemistry in medicine: From the discovery of angiogenesis inhibitors to the development of controlled drug delivery systems and the foundation of tissue engineering
March 25-29, 2012,
San Diego, CA
Chemistry of Life Professor Carolyn R. Bertozzi
T.Z. and Irmgard Chu Distinguished Professor of Chemistry
Departments of Molecular and Cell Biology
University of California, Berkeley
Bioorthogonal chemistry: Chemistry for life…literally
August 28 - Sep. 1, 2011
Denver, CO
Chemistry of Air, Space, and Water Dr. Susan Solomon
Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES)
University of Colorado at Boulder
Enduring challenges of ozone depletion and climate change: How planetary chemistry is changing science and society
March 27-31, 2011,
Anaheim, CA
Chemistry of Natural Resources Professor Virgil Percec
Roy & Diana Vagelos Professor of Chemistry
Department of Chemistry
University of Pennsylvania
Bioinspired synthesis of complex molecular systems