Nick Ishmael-Perkins joins Chemical & Engineering News as its next editor in chief

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WASHINGTON, Dec. 4, 2023 — The American Chemical Society (ACS) is pleased to announce the appointment of Nick Ishmael-Perkins as editor in chief of Chemical & Engineering News (C&EN), an independent news outlet of ACS.

“I am honored to join and lead the team at C&EN in this pivotal moment for the magazine,” says Ishmael-Perkins. “I envision C&EN as a model for science journalism in the next century, with a dedication to maintaining our editorial independence, empowering our talented team, and pioneering excellent scientific journalism that reaches our audience globally and across the digital landscape.”

Ishmael-Perkins joins C&EN as it wraps its centennial year, and following the sudden passing of previous Editor in Chief Mohammed Yahia shortly after he joined C&EN in August. Ishmael-Perkins is a transformative leader who will pave the way for C&EN to continue as a trusted and preeminent source of scientific news for the next 100 years. An award-winning journalist and producer, Ishmael-Perkins comes to ACS from the International Science Council, where he has served as a senior consultant since 2021. He will join ACS in February 2024, reporting to ACS Publications Senior Vice President and Chief Publishing Officer Sarah Tegen.

Earlier in his career, Ishmael-Perkins led SciDev.Net and spearheaded its digital growth by transforming the platform to best serve its audience, with a focus on sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. He developed a stellar record of preserving and protecting editorial independence and audience trust in the face of challenges from shifting business models and organizational change. His vast experience and inclusive vision will help guide the C&EN team to global growth and success.

“We are proud to have a talented individual like Nick joining ACS, and we’re excited about the vision, energy, leadership and expertise he brings to C&EN,” says ACS CEO Albert G. Horvath. “His passion for journalism and dedication to supporting his staff will ensure a successful future for our flagship news magazine.”


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 all its people. The Society is a global leader in promoting excellence in science education and 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 leader in scientific information solutions, its CAS division partners with global innovators to accelerate breakthroughs by curating, connecting and analyzing the world’s scientific knowledge. ACS’ main offices are in Washington, D.C., and Columbus, Ohio.

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