NJ ACS administers eight annual or biennial awards to recognize the contributions from its members and to promote the advancement of chemistry.

Recognize someone now by nominating them for an award! There are links below for nomination forms for many of the awards. For more information on these awards and to submit a nomination, please contact Diane Krone, Awards Committee Chair, at kroned@comcast.net.

The Section also helps support the nomination of Section members for National and other ACS awards and recognition – contact the Awards Chair for assistance.

The Section would also like to recognize Section members who receive National and Regional ACS Awards – if you know of any North Jersey awardees in current or past years, please inform the Awards Committee Chair so that their achievements can be noted by the Section.

The Lifetime Achievement Award

Current & Past Recipients of the NJACS Lifetime Achievement Award

This award is given to a North Jersey chemist or chemical engineer over fifty years of age for conspicuous achievements in chemistry, not heretofore recognized by any major scientific award. Awardees are nominated biennially (odd years) by public advertising and receive a $1,000 prize and a recognition plaque. This award was established in 1993.

Nominations for the  Lifetime Achievement Award open November 1 of even years with a submission deadline of February 28 of odd years. Submissions to Diane Krone, Awards Committee Chair, at kroned@comcast.net. Nomination form and guidelines are here:  [ docx, pdf ].

  • 2017 (no award)
  • 2015 Athula B Attygalle
  • 2013 John Piwinski
  • 2011 (no award)
  • 2005 Ulf-H Dolling
  • 2003 Jefferson Tilley
  • 2001 Edward J.J. Grabowski
  • 1999 Donald Murphy
  • 1997 Edwin Chandross
  • 1995 Ti-Kang Kwei
  • 1993 Peter J. Canterino

Leo Hendrik Baekeland Award

Baekeland MedalThe Leo Hendrik Baekeland Award was established in September 1944 by the North Jersey Section of the American Chemical Society and has been sponsored by the Union Carbide Corporation, a subsidiary of The Dow Chemical Company. It consists of a gold plated medal and $5,000. It is conferred biennially upon a US-based chemist under 40 years of age in recognition of accomplishments in pure or industrial chemistry, as characterized by the initiative, creativeness, leadership, and perseverance of the individual and indicated by published or unpublished evidence. The award was established to commemorate the technical and industrial achievements of Baekeland and to encourage younger chemists to emulate his example. The Award is now presented as part of a symposium with other speakers. The result is an excellent symposium that allows industrial scientists, academics and students to come together and enjoy both cutting edge science and an opportunity to interact with leading scientists.

The North Jersey Section of the American Chemical Society is soliciting nominations for the 2023 Leo Hendrik Baekeland Award. The Award consists of a gold medal and a $5,000 honorarium. The Section presents the Award biennially to commemorate the technical and industrial achievements of Leo Hendrik Baekeland and to encourage younger chemists to emulate his example.

The Award is given in recognition of accomplishments in pure or applied chemistry to an US-based chemist as characterized by the initiative, creativeness, leadership, and perseverance of the individual (indicated by published or unpublished evidence) and who will be under the age of 40 as of January 1, 2023.

Nominations for the Award should include a letter describing the nominee’s achievements, a brief biography, and a list of the nominee’s more important publications. Successful nomination packets include two to three recommendation letters supporting the candidate.

Re-nominations are encouraged, provided the age requirement is still met.

Nomination Packets for the 2023 Baekeland Award will be accepted until January 15, 2023. Please send the completed packet to Diane Krone, ACS North Jersey Section Awards Chair at dkrone@njacs.org.

Current & Past Recipients of the Leo Hendrik Baekeland Award

  • 2021 Prashant K. Jain
  • 2019 Neal K. Devaraj
  • 2017 William R. Dichtel
  • 2015 Sara E. Skrabalak
  • 2013 Christopher Chang
  • 2011 Peidong Yang
  • 2009 Colin Nuckolls
  • 2007 John Rogers
  • 2005 Younan Xia
  • 2003 John F. Hartwig
  • 2001 Chad Mirkin
  • 1999 Eric N. Jacobsen
  • 1997 James W. Cowan
  • 1995 Charles M. Lieber
  • 1993 Stuart Lee Schreiber
  • 1991 Jacqueline K. Barton
  • 1989 David A. Dixon
  • 1987 Ben S. Freiser
  • 1985 Alexander Pines
  • 1983 Henry F. Schaefer III
  • 1981 Barry M. Trost
  • 1979 Roy G. Gordon
  • 1977 Angelo A. Lamola
  • 1975 Christopher S. Foote
  • 1973 Willis H. Flygare
  • 1971 Stuart Alan Rice
  • 1969 Ronald Breslow
  • 1967 George A. Olah
  • 1965 Eugere E. Van Tamelen
  • 1963 F. Albert Cotton
  • 1961 Gilbert Stork
  • 1959 Carl Djerassi
  • 1957 Bruno Hasbrouck Zimm
  • 1955 Robert Burns Woodward
  • 1953 Leo Brewer
  • 1951 Lewis Hastings Sarett
  • 1949 Eugene G. Rochow
  • 1947 Paul John Flory
  • 1945 Edwin Richard Gilliland

The Award for Creativity in Molecular Design and Synthesis

The Award for Creativity in Molecular Design and Synthesis is given in recognition of accomplishment in pure or applied chemistry, as characterized by the initiative, creativeness, leadership, and perseverance of the individual and indicated by published or unpublished evidence. “Accomplishment” for the purpose of this Award is understood to be that of a world renown leader of unusual merit, with an emphasis on an individual who has demonstrated broad scoping impact in the areas of chemical synthesis, method development, bio-organic/medicinal chemistry, pharmaceutical sciences, and/or molecular recognition.

This award is the sister award to the Section’s Baekeland Award. This award is presented in even years, snd it managed by the Organic Topical Group.

Call for nominations:  The ACS North Jersey Section is soliciting nominations for the 2024 Award for Creativity in Molecular Design & Synthesis. The award recognizes initiative, creativity, leadership, and perseverance in pure and/or applied chemistry. Nominees must have had broad impact in the areas of chemical      synthesis, method development, bioorganic/medicinal chemistry, pharmaceutical sciences, and/or molecular recognition.

Nominations should include a letter describing the nominee’s achievements, a brief biography and curriculum vitae, and a list of the nominee’s important published works. Supporting letters are strongly encouraged.

Please  submit  materials  by  February 29, 2024  to Professor Joseph Badillo: joseph.badillo@shu.edu. The prize consists of a crystal plaque and a $5,000 honorarium.

The Sr. Marian José Smith Award for Excellence in Education

This award is given to a professor from a degree granting Institution in the North Jersey Section for inspiring students and launching them on successful careers in chemistry as manifested by their accomplishments. Awardees are nominated biennially (even years) by their former students and receive a $1,000 prize and a recognition plaque. This award was established in 1993 and is funded by Hoffmann LaRoche Company. [ details… (pdf) ] Nominations and nomination form [ docx, pdf ] due by February 28 of even years.

Current & Past Recipients of the Marian José Smith Award

  • 2010 A. Bryan Lees, Kean University
  • 2008 Wyatt Murphy, Seton Hall University
  • 2006 Raymond Baylouny, Fairleigh Dickinson University
  • 2004 Richard Mendelsohn, Rutgers Newark
  • 2002 Robert A. Moss, Rutgers New Brunswick
  • 2000 Wilma K. Olson, Rutgers New Brunswick
  • 1998 Frank Jordan, Rutgers Newark
  • 1996 Daniel Huchital, Seton Hall Univ.
  • 1994 Ulrich P. Strauss, Rutgers New Bruns.

Burton C. Belden Distinguished Service Award

This award is given to a member of the North Jersey Section of the American Chemical Society for conspicuous service to Section. Awardees are nominated biennially (even years) by the Section and receive a $200 prize and a recognition plaque. This award was established in 1978 and is funded by the North Jersey Section.  Nominations are due by February 28 of even years using this form: [ docx, pdf ].

Current & Past Recipients of the Burton C. Belden Distinguished Service Award

  • 2018 Alan Cooper
  • 2016 Allene Johnson
  • 2014 Ray Baylouny
  • 2012 John Penna
  • 2010 Les McQuire
  • 2008 Val Kuck
  • 2006 Bill Suits
  • 2004 Maureen Chan
  • 2002 Dorothy Lehmkuhl
  • 2000 Malcolm Sturchio
  • 1998 George Heinze
  • 1996 Joseph M. O’Connor
  • 1994 Richard W. J. Carney
  • 1992 Dorit L. Noether
  • 1990 W. Lincoln Hawkins
  • 1988 Samual Gerber
  • 1986 Sister Marian José Smith
  • 1984 Paul V. Smith
  • 1982 Joseph B. Hyman
  • 1980 Albert Meyer
  • 1978 Burton C Belden

Pro Bono Award

This award recognizes any members of the Section who do not hold an elective office of the Section, but who may be elected by members of Topical Groups, etc., and who participated for at least five years in the management of affairs of the Section with dedication and noticeable success. The award consists of a recognition plaque that is presented at the annual Section Awards Banquet.  Nominations are due by February 28 of even years using this form: [ docx, pdf ].

Current & Past Recipients of the NJ-ACS Pro Bono Award

  • 2017 Nadia Makar
  • 2017 Nina Lavlinskiai
  • 2016 James White
  • 2016 Jonathan Ho
  • 2016 Andre Bridgett
  • 2015 N. M. Ravindra
  • 2015 Wing Wah Lam
  • 2015 Huixin He
  • 2014 James Simon
  • 2014 Edgardo Farinas
  • 2013 David Kohler
  • 2013 Karen Dingley
  • 2013 Jay Charlebois
  • 2013 Beth Mohr
  • 2013 Thomas Berube
  • 2012 Jaakov A. Saturen
  • 2012 Karl R. Matthews
  • 2011 (no award)
  • 2010 John Bendzak
  • 2010 Paul E. Thomas
  • 2009 Elizabeth Matusza
  • 2009 Burkehard Wagner
  • 2009 Gary Munk
  • 2007 Joseph Bozzelli
  • 2006 Sanjay V. Malhotra
  • 2006 Maghar S. Manhas
  • 2005 Lois Bass
  • 2005 Liz Garcia
  • 2005 Gregory Herzog
  • 2005 Thomas Hartman
  • 2004 Lucja Orzechowski
  • 2004 Bishambar Dayal
  • 2004 Edward Konsevick
  • 2003 Anton Eggert

Salutes to Excellence Award

The Section participates in the National ACS Salutes to Excellence Award program

This recognition award gives ACS members an opportunity to underscore outstanding accomplishments, achievements or service for individuals who have made a positive impact on everyday life. Nationally, since the program began in 2000, more than 500 honorees have received Salutes to Excellence awards. This Award can also be used to recognize a place or organization supporting the work of ACS (in our case the work of the North Jersey Section).

Each ACS Section can submit nominations for this award (we use the information supplied via our standard nomination form [ docx, pdf ] with an annual deadline of February 28. For nominating a place or organization a CV is not required).

Current & Past Recipients of the NJ-ACS Salutes to Excellence Award

  • 2017 Eric Goll
  • 2017 Lauren Aleksunes
  • 2016 Edgardo Farinas – Co-Director New Jersey Chemistry Olympics
  • 2016 Natalie Macke – Co-Director New Jersey Chemistry Olympics
  • 2016 Thomas Edison National Park, West Orange
  • 2016 Landon Greene – Chromatography Topical Group
  • 2016 Galia Debelouchina – NMR Topical Group
  • 2015 Nidhal Marashi
  • 2015 The Institute for Pediatric Cancer and Blood Disorders
  • 2015 Mita Chaki
  • 2014 Allen N. Jones
  • 2014 Miriam Gulotta
  • 2014 BASF-Florham Park
  • 2014 Linda Atkins
  • 2013 Rick Yglesias
  • 2013 Students 2 Science
  • 2013 Paul Tukey
  • 2013 Philip Krieter
  • 2013 Ron Kong
  • 2012 Monica Sakharan
  • 2011 George Heinze

National and Regional ACS Awards Recipients

ACS awards various National and Regional Awards and the many dedicated chemists in the North Jersey section regularly receive recognition in the form of these awards. The North Jersey Section would like to further acknowledge and recognize these outstanding chemists and Section members.

If you received an ACS Award given by a group other than the North Jersey Section (or know of an awardee) please inform the North Jersey Awards Committee Chair so that the Section can also recognize this achievement.

Current & Past Recipients of National and Regional ACS Awards

  • 2007 Margaret Wu – ACS Industrial Chemistry Award

Other Awards

  • NJACS-MSDG sponsors five Mass Spectrometry (Topical Group Awards) awards for the promotion of mass spectrometry in the greater New Jersey region. (including New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Delaware). Visit the Mass Spectrometry page for details.
    • New Jersey Regional Award for Achievements in Mass Spectrometry
    • New Jersey Early Career Award in Mass Spectrometry
    • New Jersey Distinguished Service Award in Mass Spectrometry
    • NJACS-MSDG Student Travel Award
    • NJACS-MSDG Distinguished Lectureship
  • The Education Committee of the Section oversees and administers five education awards. Visit the Education Page for details.
  • National and Regional Awards received by North Jersey Section members [ details ]