Affiliate Awards

National ACS Awards that often recognize the work of physical chemists:

Ahmed Zewail Award in Ultrafast Science and Technology

Sponsored by The Ahmed Zewail Endowment Fund established by the Newport Corporation. Nominations handled by the ACS.  Deadline is typically November 1st.

Joel Henry Hildebrand Award in the Theoretical & Experimental Chemistry of Liquids

Currently defunct. There is no current sponsor nor endowment. If you would like to donate or organize a fundraising campaign for this award, please contact Amber Krummel

Kavli Foundation Emerging Leader in Chemistry Award

The PHYS Division can nominate two people per year for the Kavli Prize.  Contact Amber Krummel if you would like someone to be considered. Self nominations will not be considered. The National ACS deadline is typically in August, so contact Amber Krummel well in advance.

Peter Debye Award in Physical Chemistry

Permanently endowed in 2023!  The Debye Award has been reinstated as a National ACS Award, like it has been since 1962, following a fundraising campaign that netted the necessary $400,000 to permanently endow the award through the National ACS. A broad swath of the physical chemistry community donated with almost 100 donors in total and kickstarted by a very generous donation of $100k by Steve Leone and Mary Gilles (it was their pledge that started the fundraising campaign).  Other extraordinary donations came from Sunney Xie, Lou Brus, John C. Hemminger, Kennie Merz, Stuart Rice, Graham Fleming, Eric Heller, Franz Geiger, and Martin Zanni via PhaseTech Spectroscopy.  All donors are acknowledged below and on the National ACS award website.  The Debye Award is often the highest honor that a physical chemist will receive in their career and it is an important award for the stature of our field in the larger chemistry community.

Nominations for the Debye Award are coordinated each year by the National ACS office with a deadline of Nov. 1st

Founding Donors:
Stephen Leone and Mary Gilles, Sunney Xie, Lou Brus, John C. Hemminger, Kennie Merz, Stuart Rice, Graham Fleming, Franz Geiger, Martin Zanni via PhaseTech Spectroscopy, John Tully, Sharon and W.E. Moerner, Dan Neumark, Terry and Mike Fayer, Dick Zare, Marsha Lester, Jack and Patricia Beauchamp, Carl Lineberger & Kitty Edwards, Rich and Chris Saykally, George and Margaret Schatz, Gerd Rosenblatt, Martin Gruebele and Nancy Makri, William Gelbart, Shaul Mukamel, Michael Wasielewski, Jim and Wendy Skinner, Greg Scholes, Peter Felker, Roberto Car, Bruce Berne, Josef Michl, Todd Martinez and Cynthea Geerdes, William A. Goddard III, Helen Leung and Mark Marshall, Thomas and Sylvia Dunning, Charles T Campbell, Paul Houston, Hai-Lung Dai, Keith Nelson, V. Ara Apkarian

Aditya Ashi Savara, Alex Mironenko, Arnaldo Serrano, Markus Knaebbeler-Buss, Richard Cavanagh, Ilja Siepmann, Joseph Steed, Julia Laskin, John Herbert, Douglas Doren, Stephan Link, William Schneider, Gilad Haran, Pablo Debenedetti, Christopher Grieco, Allison Stelling, Piotr Piecuch, Gregory Beran, Steve Corcelli, Kelsey Dawson, Irving Epstein, Simon Lappi, Justin Sambur, Lawrence Griffin, Marissa Weichman, William Mickols. Jason Hafner, Eileen Spain and Nathan Dalleska, Connor Bischak, Kenneth Kustin. Dana Dlott, Peter Rossky, Rigoberto Hernandez, Lu Wei, Pratyush Tiwary, Sanford Safron, Timothy Zwier, Louis Allamandola, Chris G. Van de Walle, Bruce Ault, Nathan Baker, Alexander Rusakov, Eric Bittner, Konstantinos Vogiatzis, Gilbert Nathanson, Phil Castellano, Jon Camden, Jesse McDaniel, John Barker, Liam Duffy, Stephen Bradforth, Francis Wodarczyk, Hyung Gyu Park, Peng Chen, Biman Bagchi, John D Weeks, Desmond Toa, James Farrar, Elsa Yan, Leighton Jones, Christopher Cheatum, Vulindlela Sibanda, Paul Ohno, Darcie Farrow, Zlatko Bacic, Jack Syage, Sharon Hammes-Schiffer, Heather Allen, John Frederick, Jixin Chen, Justin Caram, Tatyana Polenova, Catherine Murphy, Ding-Shyue Yang, Kit Bowen, Peter Dowben, Nan Jiang, Peter B. Armentrout, Jeffrey Laub

– If I have misspelled your name, missed you entirely, or if you would like to be listed differently, please email Martin Zanni


Self-nominations will not be accepted.
Note that nominations from previous years do not carry over.