Irving Langmuir Award in Chemical Physics

Award at a Glance

Recipient Faculty, Industry, Chemistry Professional
Category National Awards
Amount$5,000 + expenses
DeadlineNovember 1, 2022


To recognize and encourage outstanding interdisciplinary research in chemistry and physics, in the spirit of Irving Langmuir.


The award consists of $5,000 and a certificate. The American Chemical Society makes the presentation in even-numbered years. The American Physical Society makes the presentation in odd-numbered years. Up to $1,500 for travel expenses to the meeting at which the award will be presented will be reimbursed.


A nominee must have made an outstanding contribution to chemical physics or physical chemistry within the 10 years preceding the current nomination. The award will be granted regardless of race, gender, age, religion, ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation, gender expression, gender identity, presence of disabilities, and educational background. No individual may receive a second Irving Langmuir Award.


November 1 (Presented Biennially in Even-Numbered Years)

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.


The Journal of Chemical Physics and the ACS Division of Physical Chemistry


The General Electric Foundation established the award in 1964. GE Global Research sponsored the award from 2006 to 2009. The ACS Division of Physical Chemistry co-sponsored the award with GE Global Research from 2010 to 2017. The ACS Division of Physical Chemistry and the ACS sponsored the award from 2018 to 2019. The Journal of Chemical Physics and the ACS Division of Physical Chemistry have sponsored the award since 2020.

Contact Information

ACS National Awards Program
American Chemical Society
1155 16th Street NW | Washington, DC 20036

2022 Recipient Heather C. Allen
2022 Recipient Heather C. Allen (Attending Virtually) is Presented with Her Award by Angela K. Wilson, ACS President (Left) and Sponsor Representatives Tianquan Lian (Center) and C. David Sherrill (Right)
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