National Chemistry Week

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National Chemistry Week (NCW) is an annual event held in the United States to raise public awareness of the importance of chemistry in everyday life. It is coordinated by the American Chemical Society (ACS).

NCW is a community-based program that unites ACS local sections, businesses, schools, and individuals in communicating the importance of chemistry to our quality of life.

NCW has won the American Society of Association Executives' Award for Excellence.[specify] More than 10,000 volunteers and dozens of chemical companies donate their time, creativity, materials and funds for NCW each year, and reach many millions of Americans via print, radio, television, and the internet, as well as in person.


National Chemistry Day, first celebrated in 1987 by members of the American Chemical Society (ACS), educators and other individual volunteers, was a vision of the former ACS President Dr. George C. Pimentel.[1] His goal was for ACS to hold a simultaneous event nationwide to impress on the public the importance of chemistry in everyday life. The first celebration was kicked off with a parade down the streets in Washington, D.C.

In 1989 the celebration was expanded to a biannual full-week event, and in 1993 National Chemistry Week became an annual celebration.


Past and future themes for NCW include:[2]

1997 (Nov 2-8) Planet Chemistry[3]
1998 (Nov 1-7) A World of Color[4]
1999 (Nov 7-13) A Global Salute to Polymers[5] (International Chemistry Celebration)
2000 (Nov 5-11) Get Cooking with Chemistry[6]
2001 (Nov 4-10) Celebrating Chemistry & Art[7]
2002 (Oct 20-26) Chemistry Keeps Us Clean![8]
2003 (Oct 19-25) Earth's Atmosphere and Beyond[9]
2004 (Oct 17-23) Health and Wellness[10]
2005 (Oct 16-22) The Joy of Toys[11]
2006 (Oct 22-28) Your Home — It's All Built on Chemistry[12]
2007 (Oct 21-27) The Many Faces of Chemistry[13]
2008 (Oct 19-25) Having a Ball with Chemistry[14]
2009 (Oct 18-24) Chemistry — It's Elemental![15]
2010 (Oct 17-23) Behind the Scenes with Chemistry[16]
2011 (Oct 16-22) Chemistry—Our Health, Our Future![17]
2012 (Oct 21-27) Nanotechnology: The Smallest BIG Idea in Science![18]
2013 (Oct 20-26) Energy: Now and Forever![19]
2014 (Oct 19-25) The Sweet Side of Chemistry — Candy[20]
2015 (Oct 18-24) Chemistry Colors Our World[21]
2016 (Oct 16-22) Solving Mysteries Through Chemistry[22]
2017 (Oct 22-28) Chemistry Rocks![23]
2018 (Oct 21-27) Chemistry is Out of This World [1]
2019 (Oct 20-26) Marvelous Metals [2]
2020 (Oct 18-24) Sticking with Chemistry [3]
2021 (Oct 17-23) Fast or Slow...Chemistry Makes it Go!


Celebrating Chemistry is designed to engage and educate children (Grades 4th - 6th) in the basic principles of chemistry and are available in both English and Spanish. Most editions are aligned with either National Chemistry Week (NCW) or Chemists Celebrate Earth Week (CCEW) and contain articles, experiments, and puzzles based on each year’s themes. Below you can also find special Celebrating Chemistry Editions for both NCW and CCEW, which were also inspired by the 2011 International Year of Chemistry.

  1. ^ George C. Pimentel Biography
  2. ^ "National Chemistry Week". Archived from the original on 2014-02-22.
  3. ^ "Celebrating Chemistry - Planet Chemistry".
  4. ^ "Celebrating Chemistry - A World of Color".
  5. ^ "Celebrating Chemistry - A Global Salute to Polymers".
  6. ^ "Celebrating Chemistry - Get Cooking with Chemistry".
  7. ^ "Celebrating Chemistry - Celebrating Chemistry & Art".
  8. ^ "Celebrating Chemistry - Chemistry Keeps Us Clean!".
  9. ^ "Celebrating Chemistry - Earth's Atmosphere and Beyond".
  10. ^ "Celebrating Chemistry - Health and Wellness".
  11. ^ "Celebrating Chemistry - The Joy of Toys".
  12. ^ "Celebrating Chemistry - Your Home — It's All Built on Chemistry".
  13. ^ "Celebrating Chemistry - The Many Faces of Chemistry".
  14. ^ "Celebrating Chemistry - Having a Ball with Chemistry".
  15. ^ "Celebrating Chemistry - Chemistry — It's Elemental!".
  16. ^ "Celebrating Chemistry - Behind the Scenes with Chemistry".
  17. ^ "Celebrating Chemistry - Chemistry—Our Health, Our Future!".
  18. ^ "Celebrating Chemistry - Nanotechnology: The Smallest BIG Idea in Science!".
  19. ^ "Celebrating Chemistry - Energy: Now and Forever!" (PDF).
  20. ^ "Celebrating Chemistry - The Sweet Side of Chemistry — Candy" (PDF).
  21. ^ "Celebrating Chemistry - Chemistry Colors Our World" (PDF).
  22. ^ "Celebrating Chemistry - Solving Mysteries Through Chemistry" (PDF).
  23. ^ "Celebrating Chemistry - Chemistry Rocks!" (PDF).

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