Contact: acspchem@vt.edu

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

Awards

Undergraduate Award in Physical Chemistry

The Physical Chemistry Division of ACS is excited to announce our annual 2023 Undergraduate Award in Physical Chemistry. We encourage you to nominate the top physical chemistry student from your school for this national recognition.

Purpose of the Award:  To recognize outstanding achievement by undergraduate students in physical chemistry and to encourage further pursuits in the field. 

Eligibility Each ACS-approved Department is eligible to nominate one student who will automatically receive this award. The nominee will have demonstrated excellence in physical chemistry and related fields based on research, coursework, and/or dedication as defined by the nominating institution. The student should be committed to a career in chemistry, broadly defined.

*Information regarding the materials required for the nomination coming soon!

The nominee will receive the following:

  • Official award certificate from the ACS Division of Physical Chemistry 
  • Recognition on the Division’s website: names of all awardees and their university affiliation will be listed
  • One-year complimentary membership in the Division of Physical Chemistry (ACS membership is not required to be a member of the PHYS Division)

Deadline:  June 15, 2023
We will make an effort to send award certificates within two weeks of submission. The certificate will be sent via email to the preferred email address (either to the Department or directly to the student, as you indicate).  A complete list of awardees will be announced on approximately June 30, 2023. 
Questions about the award can be sent to Charlisa Daniels & Joshua Schrier at phys.ugrad.award@gmail.com

2022 PHYS Division Young Investigator Awards

The PHYS Division plans to highlight leading research by postdoctoral fellows at the Fall 2022 national ACS meeting in Chicago, IL through a series of special awards. Awardees will be invited to present a special award talk in a PHYS symposium and to attend the PHYS executive committee dinner. The young investigator nominee should also submit the usual contributed abstract to the PHYS program before the on-line submission closes. Selections will be announced shortly thereafter.

Eligibility: The applicant must hold a postdoctoral appointment at the time of submission of the application. The nominee MUST be a member of the PHYS division.

Application Procedures: All interested applicants should submit an abstract to one of the regular symposia (not the PHYS Division awards symposium). The application should consist of:

  1. A letter of no more than one page from the applicant describing his or her research accomplishments and career goals. The letter should also contain a short description of the work that is to be presented as well as the ACS paper number of the submitted abstract, and two (2) or more PHYS symposia at the upcoming ACS Fall national meeting in which the award talk might be presented. Indicate the Chicago symposium to which you submitted your abstract.
  2. The applicant’s current CV
  3. Two letters of support, one of which is typically from the applicant’s postdoctoral mentor. These letters should describe the applicant’s contributions to leading research and his or her accomplishments to date.

Application Deadline: All materials must be sent electronically to acspchem@vt.edu. The deadline is March 14th, 2022. Please include the nominee’s name in the subject line of the e-mail.

PHYS-Sponsored Awards:

The Division of Physical Chemistry sponsors four annual awards that recognize the outstanding scientific achievements of its members: the Senior and Early-career Theory Awards, the Senior Experimental Award, and the Richard P. Van Duyne Award (the former “Early-career Experimental Award”).  The “Senior” awards are given to an established scientist, while the “Early-career” awards are given to scientists who are within the first 10 years of their independent careers*. The nomination window for the four PHYS awards opens in the early fall (announced via Twitter and email), and generally stays open until about November 1st.  Winners are announced in mid- to late-January. Each of the honorees will be expected to present their award talk during the Awards Symposium held during the Fall National ACS Meeting.  Details regarding procedures and eligibility for each award are provided below.

*See below for eligibility for ACS PHYS EC members.

The awards will be granted regardless of race, gender, age, religion, ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation, gender expression, gender identity, presence of disabilities, and educational background.

Award in Experimental Physical Chemistry

Purpose: To recognize outstanding contributions in experimental physical chemistry

Nature: At the fall ACS meeting that immediately follows the announcement of the award the recipient will present their research in one of the PHYS symposia and be honored at the annual PHYS reception. There is no honorarium associated with this award at this time because there is no sponsor.  

Nomination Procedures: 

  1. A nomination letter of not more than 2 pages.
  2. At least two seconding letters with no page limit.
  3. The applicant’s CV.
  4. A list of the publications that the nominee is most proud. 
  5. A written assurance that, if selected, the nominee will attend the PHYS awards banquet and give their seminar at the ACS meeting in person. 

Application Deadline: All materials should be sent electronically to acspchem@vt.edu. The deadline is November 1st each year. Please include the nominee’s name in the subject line of the e-mail.

Eligibility: Eligibility is restricted to Physical Chemistry Division members who, at the time of the nomination, have not yet won a national award from a scientific society that is based on the nominee’s scientific accomplishments. Members of the National Academy of Science are also ineligible, but fellowship in a professional society is not considered a national award in this context nor are awards that recognize service to the chemistry community. The intent of this award is to recognize a top-notch mid- or senior-career scientist who is a key player in the physical chemistry community with a long history of exemplary research contributions but not a commensurate level of national or international recognition. At the time of the nomination, current serving members of the PHYS Division Executive Committee in any capacity, including subdivisions and councilors as well as individuals who are up for election to these positions, are ineligible for nomination for this award until after their term of service.

Sponsor: None. 

Established in 2010, updated in 2019

The ACS Award in Theoretical Chemistry

Purpose:  To recognize innovative research in theoretical chemistry that either advances theoretical methodology or contributes to new discoveries about chemical systems.

Nature:  At the fall ACS meeting that immediately follows the announcement of the award the recipient will present their research in one of the PHYS symposia, be honored at the annual PHYS reception, and receive a $5k honorarium.

Eligibility: A nominee must have accomplished innovative research in the field of theoretical chemistry. Emphasis in the selection process will be on work characterized by depth, originality, and scientific significance. At the time of the nomination, current serving members of the PHYS Division Executive Committee in any capacity, including subdivisions and councilors as well as individuals who are up for election to these positions, are ineligible for nomination for this award until after their term of service.

Nomination Procedures: 

  1. A nomination letter of not more than 2 pages.
  2. At least two seconding letters with no page limit.
  3. The applicant’s CV.
  4. A list of the publications that the nominee is most proud. 
  5. A written assurance that, if selected, the nominee will attend the PHYS awards banquet and give their seminar at the ACS meeting in person.

Application Deadline: All materials should be sent electronically to acspchem@vt.edu. The deadline is November 1st each year. Please include the nominee’s name in the subject line of the e-mail.

Sponsors: Gustavo Scuseria, Jordan Schmidt, John C. Tully, Jack Simons, Peter G. Wolynes, Julie Biteen, Peter Pulay, David Sherrill, Laura Gagliardi, William H. Miller

History: The award was established in 1991 as a National ACS Award, and sponsored by the IBM Corp. until 2008. The ACS sponsored this award in 2009. Dell Incorporated sponsored the award from 2010-2014. The ACS sponsored the award in 2015-2016. The ACS Division of Physical Chemistry begin sponsoring this award in 2017.  In 2022, $25,000 was raised to sponsor the award through the PHYS Division to accept nominations in 2022, 2023, and 2024.

Past Recipients: 

2022: Gustavo E. Scuseria

2021: Sharon Hammes-Schiffer

2020: Abraham Nitzan

2019: Donald G. Truhlar

2018: Emily Ann Carter

2017: Peter Pulay

2016: Roberto Car

2015: Mark S. Gordon

2014: Axel D. Becke

2013: Frank H. Stillinger

2012: Peter G. Wolynes

2011: Nicholas C. Handy

2010 – Bjorn O. Roos

2009 – Robert G. Parr

2008 – William A. Goddard III

2007 – Rodney J. Bartlett

2006 – Hans C. Andersen

2005 – Eric J. Heller

2004 – John C. Tully

2003 – Henry F. Schaefer III

2002 – Klaus Ruedenberg

2001 – Michele Parrinello

2000 – Ernest R. Davidson

1999 – Benjamin Widom

1998 – John A. Pople

1997 – Rudolph A. Marcus

1996 – David Chandler

1995 – Bruce J. Berne

1994 – William H. Miller

1993 – Martin Karplus

Early Career Award in Theoretical Chemistry

Purpose: To recognize outstanding contributions in experimental physical chemistry by a young investigator.

Nature: At the fall ACS meeting that immediately follows the announcement of the award the recipient will present their research in one of the PHYS symposia and be honored at the annual PHYS reception.  There is no honorarium associated with this award at this time because there is no sponsor.

Eligibility:  Eligibility is restricted to Physical Chemistry Division members who, at the time of the nomination, are in the first ten (10) years of their careers as independent researchers, following their postdoctoral research, if applicable. At the time of the nomination, currently serving members of the PHYS Division Executive Committee in any capacity, including subdivisions and councilors, as well as individuals who are up for election to these positions, are ineligible for nomination for this award until after their term of service. Any nominees that have served on the PHYS Exec Committee that prevented them from applying during their last year of eligibility will have their eligibility extended to the first twelve (12) years of their careers as independent researchers. Previous awardees of the JPC/PHYS Lectureships are not eligible.

Nomination Procedures: 

  1. A nomination letter of not more than 2 pages.
  2. At least two seconding letters with no page limit.
  3. The applicant’s CV.
  4. A list of the publications that the nominee is most proud. 
  5. A written assurance that, if selected, the nominee will attend the PHYS awards banquet and give their seminar at the ACS meeting in person. 

Application Deadline: All materials should be sent electronically to acspchem@vt.edu. The deadline is November 1st each year. Please include the nominee’s name in the subject line of the e-mail.

Sponsor: None. 

Established in 2012, updated in 2019, revised in 2021 and 2022.

Richard Van Duyne Early Career Award in Experimental Physical Chemistry

Purpose: To recognize outstanding contributions in experimental physical chemistry by a young investigator.

Nature: The award will be given each year to honor achievements by an investigator in the early stage of his/her careers in the area of experimental physical chemistry. The recipient will receive a plaque, and will be invited to present a lecture at the fall ACS meeting that immediately follows the announcement of the award. In addition, the Division will pay up to $1,500 to cover the travel, lodging, and meal expenses for the award winner while at that ACS meeting. The winner will also be invited to the Sunday evening dinner following the PHYS Executive Committee meeting.

Eligibility: Eligibility is restricted to Physical Chemistry Division members who, at the time of the nomination, are in the first ten (10) years of their careers as independent researchers, following their postdoctoral research, if applicable. [At the time of the nomination,] currently serving members of the PHYS Division Executive Committee [in any capacity, including subdivisions and councilors, as well as individuals who are up for election to these positions,] are ineligible for nomination for this award until after their term of service.  Any nominees that has served on the PHYS Exec Committee that prevented them from applying during their last year of eligibility will have their eligibility extended to the first twelve (12) years of the careers as independent researchers.][Previous awardees of the JPC/PHYS Lectureships are not eligible.]

Sponsor: PHYS Division

Established in 2012, updated in 2019, revised in 2021.

National ACS Awards Co-sponsored by the Division of Physical Chemistry:

E. Bright Wilson Award in Spectroscopy

The ACS Award in Theoretical Chemistry

Langmuir Award

Affiliate Awards 

Ahmed Zewail Award in Ultrafast Science and Technology
Sponsor: The Ahmed Zewail Endowment Fund established by the Newport Corporation 

JPC/PHYS Awards

Journal of Physical Chemistry & Theory Subdivision of the Division of Physical Chemistry Award for Outstanding Graduate Research

Journal of Physical Chemistry & Experimental Subdivision of the Division of Physical Chemistry Award for Outstanding Graduate Research

JPC-PHYS Division Lectureship Award

The Kavli

“The Kavli Prizes are awarded in three areas: astrophysics, nanoscience, and neuroscience – the largest, the smallest, and the most complex. I believe these prizes are in the most exciting fields for the twenty-first century and beyond.” – Fred Kavli