The Fred Kavli Innovations in Chemistry Lecture 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 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 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.

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.

ACS Meeting

Meeting Theme

The Fred Kavli Innovations in Chemistry Lecturer

The Kavli Foundation Emerging Leader in Chemistry Lecturer

251st, March 13-17, 2016 Computers in Chemistry

Dr. Emily Carter

Princeton University

Quantum Solutions for a Sustainable Energy Future

Rommie E. Amaro

University of California, San Diego

Computing Cures: Enabling Chemical Discovery

250th, 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

249th, March 20-26, 2015 Denver, CO Chemistry of Natural Resources

Laura Kiessling

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Mining the Secrets of Carbohydrates for New Leads on Antibiotics

Theodore Betley

Harvard University

Mimicking Nature's Chemistry to Solve Global Environmental Problems

248th, August 10-14, 2014
San Francisco, CA
Chemistry and Global Stewardship

Joan Brennecke
Keating-Crawford Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
University of Notre Dame

How Ionic Ligquids Can Contribute to Global Stewardship


Ali Khademhosseini

Harvard Medical School, MIT

Engineering the Chemistry and Microarchitecture of Hydrogels for Tissue Regeneration

247th, 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

246th, 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

245th, 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

243rd, 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
242nd, August 28 - September 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
241st, 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