North Jersey Section
American Chemical Society

Message from 2011 Chair Jiwen Chen


I am truly honored to serve as the Chair of the North Jersey Section (NJ ACS) this year. I feel extremely fortunate to have worked with a number of officers and volunteers who have made our Section one of the most active within the ACS. It is truly remarkable that throughout the years NJ ACS has been carried forward solely by volunteers: a group of dedicated and highly energized individuals who have sacrificed their family time to serve the organization. Without them, none of the many wonderful activities organized by the Section would have occurred.

The year 2011 is designated as the International Year of Chemistry, a joint initiative between the IUPAC and UNESCO. It celebrates the achievements of chemistry and its contributions to the well-being of mankind. For more than a decade, the NJ ACS has had several extraordinary public outreach programs. The National Chemistry Week is an annual event that takes place at the Liberty Science Center each October, where families in our communities enjoy hands-on science activities and students from grades K to 12 participate in poster contests. Project SEED, on the other hand, is designed to encourage economically disadvantaged high school students to pursue careers in chemical sciences. In additions, NJ ACS sponsors the biennial Sister Marian José Smith Award for Excellence in Education to recognize a college professor for inspiring students and launching them on successful careers in chemistry. Furthermore, the Section has been participating in the Chemistry Olympiad. In the last two years, students from our Section won Gold and Silver medals in this prestigious competition.

We have an exciting year ahead of us. In addition to the regular topical group meetings, several NJ ACS events may be of interests to you. In March, the Chemistry as a Life Science Symposium has an exciting lineup of speakers. In June, the National Organic Chemistry Symposium will be held at Princeton University with several Section members as key organizers. In November, the Baekeland Medal will be presented to an American Chemist under the age of 40 at the Baekeland Symposium where NJ ACS members come together and enjoy cutting edge science and an opportunity to interact with leading scientists.

Thank you again for supporting the Section. I look forward to meeting you in one of the NJ ACS events. Should you have any comments or suggestions, please do not hesitate to drop me a line at

Jiwen Chen, Ph.D.
2011 Chair, North Jersey Section ACS
2011 NJ-ACS Annual Report Highlights

Current & Past Chairs North Jersey Section, ACS

2023 Justyna Sikorska

2022 Qi Gao

2021 Mirlinda Biba

2020 Cecilia Marzabadi

2019 Amjad Ali

2018 Miriam Gulotta

2017 Landon Greene

2016 Luciano Mueller

2015 Ron Kong

2014 Monica Sekharan

2013 Jefferson Tilley

2012 Amber Flynn Charlebois

2011 Jiwen Chen

2010 Ambarish Singh

2009 Joseph Potenza

2008 Michael Miller

2007 Diane Krone

2006 Stephen Waller

2005 Jacqueline Erickson

2004 Anne Kelly

2003 Ratna Shekhar

2002 John Penna

2001 Bill Suits

2000 Les McQuire

1999 Susan Fahrenholtz

1998 Alan Cooper

1997 Anita J. Brandolini

1996 Michael P. Ferro

1995 Joe Stoner

1994 Malcolm Sturchio

1993 Ann Grant Geoetz

1992 Valerie J. Kuck

1991 George E. Heinze

1990 Jeannette E. Brown

1989 Dorothy S. Lehmkuhl

1988 Richard W.J. Carney

1987 Raymond Baylouny

1986 Maureen G. Chan

1985 Dorit L. Noether

1984 Stan S. Hall

1983 George Luther III

1982 Sister Marian José Smith

1981 Arthur D. Dawson

1980 Shalaby W. Shalaby

1979 Roland F. Hirsch

1978 Frederick W. Bollinger

1977 Heinz D. Roth

1976 Benjamin J. Luberoff

1975 Galen W. Ewing

1974 Arnold D. Lewis

1973 Richard W.J. Carney

1972 Gerald Smolinsky

1971 George E. Heinze

1970 Howard H. Heller

1969 Neil M. Mackenzie

1968 Julian J. Leavitt

1967 Samuel M. Gerber

1966 W. Lincoln Hawkins

1965 Paul V. Smith

1964 John L. Lundberg

1963 Albert W. Meyer

1962 Lawrence T. Eby

1961 E.T. Theimer

1960 William Rieman, III

1959 H.Herbert Fox

1958 Ellis V. Brown

1957 Oskar P. Wintersteiner

1956 V.N. Morris

1955 Karl A. Folkers

1954 Cecil L. Brown

1953 John Lee

1951-52 Burnard S. Biggs & John Lee

1950-51 George L. Royer

1949-50 F.R. Mayo

1948-49 H.F. Wakefield

1947-48 I.D. Gerard

1946-47 W.J. Sparks

1945-46 R.E. Waterman

1944-45 H.E. Riley

1943-44 E.R. Allen

1942-43 C.S. Fuller

1941-42 D.L. Cottle

1940-41 R.T. Major

1939-40 R.J. Moore

1939 R.H. Gerke

1938 M.L. Crossley & R.H. Gerke

1937 M.L. Crossley

1936-37 R.B. Sosman

1936 W.T. Read

1934-35 P.K. Frolich & W.T. Read

1933-34 J.H. Schmidt

1932 G.M. Maverick & A.F. Odell

1931 G.M. Maverick

1930-31 L.V. Redman