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. 
  6. Please make a copy or download, then complete, the nomination form.

Application Deadline: All materials should be sent electronically to

The deadline is November 7th 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. Donors are not excluded from being nominated for the award.  To avoid conflicts of interest, the amounts that people donate will not be public knowledge and anyone with that knowledge will not serve on the awards selection committees.

Sponsor: None. 

Established in 2010, updated in 2019


Self-nominations will not be accepted.

Carryover: Nominations for this award will carryover for 3 years. You may also update the award, if desired, by resubmitting.