FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | September 15, 2020

American Chemical Society names J. Ilja Siepmann as new editor-in-chief of the Journal of Chemical & Engineering Data

WASHINGTON, Sept. 15, 2020 — The Publications Division of the American Chemical Society (ACS) today named J. Ilja Siepmann, Ph.D., of the University of Minnesota as editor-in-chief of the Journal of Chemical & Engineering Data.

Siepmann has been on the faculty at the University of Minnesota since 1994, where he is a professor in the department of chemistry and a member of the graduate faculties in chemical physics, chemical engineering and materials science. There, his research group focuses on particle-based computer simulations to understand how molecular architecture and composition influence structure, phase behavior and function of the chemical systems of interest. He has been an associate editor of the Journal of Chemical & Engineering Data since 2015 and also serves as director of the Nanoporous Materials Genome Center funded by the U.S. Department of Energy. As editor-in-chief, Siepmann will succeed Joan F. Brennecke, Ph.D., who has served in this position since 2010.

“My vision for the Journal of Chemical & Engineering Data is to make it the preeminent journal in the thermophysical data field,” says Siepmann. “The journal will stand out as the most trusted source for accurate, precise and reproducible thermophysical data, enhancing standards of research and shaping the future directions of the thermophysical data field while advancing the chemical sciences and their technological chemical processes.”

First introduced in 1959, the Journal of Chemical & Engineering Data is the only ACS title that focuses on data on the phase behavior and the physical, thermodynamic and transport properties of well-defined materials, including complex mixtures of known compositions. The journal’s scope further includes thermophysical properties acquired through computational quantum chemistry, molecular simulations and molecular mechanics calculations. With over 23,000 citations and 600 publications in 2019, the Journal of Chemical & Engineering Data ranks at the top of its field.

“It’s wonderful to welcome Professor Siepmann as editor-in-chief of the Journal of Chemical & Engineering Data,” says James Milne, Ph.D., president, ACS Publications Division. “He will be an enthusiastic advocate for the journal’s scientific rigor and reputation, and seize opportunities to grow the computational area of the journal. I’d also like to recognize and thank Professor Brennecke for her great leadership of the journal over the past decade, positioning it to support and serve the relevant chemistry and engineering communities.”

The American Chemical Society (ACS) is a nonprofit organization chartered by the U.S. Congress. ACS’ mission is to advance the broader chemistry enterprise and its practitioners for the benefit of Earth and its people. The Society is a global leader in providing access to chemistry-related information and research through its multiple research solutions, peer-reviewed journals, scientific conferences, eBooks and weekly news periodical Chemical & Engineering News. ACS journals are among the most cited, most trusted and most read within the scientific literature; however, ACS itself does not conduct chemical research. As a specialist in scientific information solutions (including SciFinder® and STN®), its CAS division powers global research, discovery and innovation. ACS’ main offices are in Washington, D.C., and Columbus, Ohio.

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