Peter Debye Award in Physical Chemistry

Award at a Glance

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


To encourage and reward outstanding research in physical chemistry.


The award consists of $5,000 and a certificate. Up to $2,500 for travel expenses to the meeting at which the award will be presented will be reimbursed.


A nominee must have accomplished outstanding research of a theoretical or experimental nature in the field of physical chemistry. Because much of the impact of research depends upon the extension of the work by others, some consideration should be given to the nominee's success as a mentor and colleague. 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.


November 1 (annual review)

Due to no funding source, nominations for the following awards were not accepted for the 2023 National Awards Cycle. If you have information about a possible entity wishing to sponsor one or more of these awards, please contact

How to Apply

The nomination period is open from July 1 to November 1. Learn more about ACS National Award Nominations.




The award has been sponsored by DuPont since 1979. From 1970 to 1976 the award was sponsored by the Exxon Chemical Co. U.S.A. No awards were presented from 1977 to 1980. The Humble Oil and Refining Co. established the award in 1960.

Contact Information

Awards Office
American Chemical Society
1155 16th Street NW
Washington, DC 20036-4801
Phone: 202-872-4575
Fax: 202-776-8008

photo of William A. Eaton presented with his award
2022 recipient William A. Eaton is presented his award by Matthew L. Grandbois (right), and Angela K. Wilson, ACS President (left).
Photo by Nam Thai,

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