ACS Award in Pure Chemistry

Award at a Glance

Recipient Industry, Faculty, Chemistry Professional, Early Career
Category National Awards
Amount$5,000 + expenses
DeadlineNovember 1, 2023


To recognize and encourage fundamental research in pure chemistry carried out in North America by young men and women.


The award consists of $5,000 and a certificate. Up to $1,000 for travel expenses to the meeting at which the award will be presented will be reimbursed.


A nominee must have fewer than 10 years of experience since their terminal degree and must have accomplished research of unusual merit for an individual on the threshold of their career. Special consideration is given to independence of thought and originality in the research, which must have been carried out in North America. The award will be granted regardless of race, gender, religion, ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation, gender expression, gender identity, presence of disabilities, and educational background.


November 1 (Annual Review)

How to Apply

The nomination period is open from July 1 to November 1 annually. Learn more about submitting a nomination for the ACS National Awards.


Sponsored by the Alpha Chi Sigma Fraternity and the Alpha Chi Sigma Educational Foundation


The award was established in 1931 by A. C. Langmuir and was sponsored by A. C. and Irving Langmuir through 1937. In 1938, James Kendall sponsored the award. No award was presented in 1939. In 1940, Alpha Chi Sigma Fraternity assumed sponsorship of the award.

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2024 Pure Chemistry Award Recipient Jarad A. Mason
2024 Recipient Joseph Wang (Center) is Presented with His Award by Mary K. Carroll, ACS President (Left), and Sponsor Representative Kerri L. Federico (Right)
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