Highlights for the 2019 American Chemical Society national meeting in San Diego

WASHINGTON, July 18, 2019 — Journalists who register for the American Chemical Society’s (ACS’) Fall 2019 National Meeting & Exposition in San Diego will have access to more than 9,500 presentations on the meeting’s theme, “Chemistry & Water,” and topics such as food, nutrition, medicine, health, nanotechnology, space science, energy and the environment. The meeting, one of the largest scientific conferences of the year, will be held Aug. 25 to 29 in San Diego.

Nobel Prize winner Frances Arnold, Ph.D., of the California Institute of Technology and Thomas Markland, DPhil, of Stanford University will deliver the two Kavli Foundation lectures on Aug. 26.

Presentations related to the meeting’s theme of “Chemistry and Water” will include:

  • Agriculture and water scarcity
  • Biology and chemistry of waterborne diseases
  • Water, health and environmental justice in marginalized communities
  • Plastics in aquatic environments
  • Water sustainability through nanotechnology
  • New materials and approaches to water purification and desalination
  • Stormwater treatment and green infrastructure

The more than 9,500 presentations also will cover:

  • Geochemistry of the urban and lived environment
  • New herbicides and their modes of action
  • First-time disclosures of clinical candidates
  • Nanotechnology for food and agriculture
  • Emerging targets for treating drug abuse
  • The chemistry of disasters
  • Chemistry of aged beer and spirits

Looking for something else? Search the meeting’s abstracts.

ACS will operate a press center with press conferences, a news media workroom fully staffed to assist in arranging interviews and free Wi-Fi, computers and refreshments.


Embargoed copies of press releases and a press conference schedule will be available in mid-August.  Reporters planning to cover the meeting from their home bases will have access to the press conferences on YouTube at

ACS considers requests for press credentials and complimentary registration to national meetings from reporters (staff and freelance) and public information officers at government, non-profit and educational institutions. See the registration website for details.

The American Chemical Society, the world’s largest scientific society, is a not-for-profit organization chartered by the U.S. Congress. ACS is a global leader in providing access to chemistry-related information and research through its multiple databases, peer-reviewed journals and scientific conferences. ACS does not conduct research, but publishes and publicizes peer-reviewed scientific studies. Its main offices are in Washington, D.C., and Columbus, Ohio.

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