Celebrate National Chemistry Week 2010 – October 17-23

by Kate Bannan on Fri, Oct 15, 2010

Chemistry has made countless contributions to enhancing modern life by making it more comfortable, safe and prosperous.

Chemistry is a physical science that studies atoms, molecules, crystals and other aggregates of matter.  Understanding the basic properties of matter and learning how to predict and explain changes are what chemistry and chemists are all about.  Chemistry can be very specialized, dealing with the composition, behavior, structure and properties of matter, as well as changes that occur during chemical reactions.

 The Chemical Sciences, Geosciences, and Energy Biosciences Division (CSGB) in the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Science supports chemistry. CSGB is also involved in DOE’s exciting new Energy Frontier Research Centers and Innovation Hubs. DOE funds approximately 20% of fedderally-funded chemistry research and is the largest source of funding for chemical engineering, sponsoring 40% of all federally funded research in that field in 2007.  Over the years, 26 researchers associated with DOE have been awarded a Nobel Prize in Chemistry for their work.

Do you want to know more about chemistry at DOE?  Do you want to find your own research?  Learn more about the Nobel Prize-winning chemistry?  Science Accelerator, developed by the Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI) to advance discovery and to deliver science information, is a gateway to chemistry and all science at DOE, including R&D results, project descriptions, accomplishments, full text documents, conference papers, Scientific e-prints….and more.  And all through a single query and with a real-time relevance ranking system.

Celebrate National Chemistry Week by learning more about chemistry (it’s made easier using Science Accelerator!).  And remember to thank a chemist.


Kate Bannan





Chemistry education resources

 For those who, like myself, lack chemistry training I also recommend OSTI's http://www.scienceeducation.gov/ .Searching on "chemistry" gives almost 3000 hits. Searching on "chemical" gives 2400 hits. http://www.scienceeducation.gov/ can  used to help understanding research results found via http://www.scienceaccelerator.gov/. The two go hand and hand.


Chemistry is one of those subjects that many students do not want to take but really need to in order to understand that almost everything in every day life has some sort of chemistry behind it!

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Kate Bannan
Communication and Outreach Specialist

Kate Bannan is a Communications and Outreach Specialist for the Department of Energy’s Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI) She develops and implements strategic communications and outreach programs to build awareness of OSTI, its programs and initiatives.