Annual Report 2012
2012 Highlights

ACS by the Numbers

The American Chemical Society achieved some significant milestones in 2012 and we are pleased to present a summary of some of the highlights. These selected accomplishments were achieved through a robust partnership of American Chemical Society members, governance and staff, often in partnership with other organizations. Go to to download the complete PDF.


ACS membership in 1912.

163,000 +

ACS membership as of Dec. 31, 2012.

30,000 +

Combined attendance at 2012 ACS National Meetings in San Diego and Philadelphia.

19,000 +

Number of papers submitted for those ACS National Meetings.


Presentations posted online after 2012 ACS National Meetings.

37,200 +

Unique visitors who viewed those presentations online.


Number of scientists inducted into the 2012 class of ACS Fellows during the Philadelphia National Meeting.

2,800 +

Job seekers who participated in ACS Career Fairs at National Meetings and in the ACS Virtual Career Fair online.


Number of employers recruiting applicants.


Job opportunities available.


Total number of ACS Petroleum Research Fund grants awarded in 2012.

$16.2 million +

Total funding awarded to 2012 ACS PRF grants.


Number of ACS PRF grantees who had one or more research grants and who have received the Nobel Prize. 

$473 million +

Value of the ACS PRF Endowment at year-end.


Number of Herman Frasch Foundation for Chemical Research grants awarded in 2012 (awarded every five years).


Number of Teva Pharmaceuticals Scholars grants awarded in 2012 (awarded every three years).


Total funding awarded to 2012 Teva Pharmaceuticals Scholars grants.


Number of Irving S. Sigal Postdoctoral Fellowships awarded in 2012 (awarded every other year).


Total funding awarded to 2012 Irving S. Sigal Postdoctoral Fellowship.


Number of 2012 Nobel Laureates in Chemistry –  Robert J. Lefkowitz and Brian K. Kobilka.

7,800 +

Number of ACS Chemistry Ambassadors by year-end.

19,000 +

News media stories generated by ACS press releases and social media activity in 2012.

12 billion

Combined unique visits to websites and circulation of newspapers and magazines that ran stories on ACS journal and National Meeting research in 2012.

1.5 million

Downloads/views of Office of Public Affairs videos and podcasts in 2012.


Number of economically disadvantaged high school students who participated in Project SEED in 2012.


Years since ACS inaugurated the ACS Scholars program.

2,400 +

Number of students from underrepresented backgrounds who have participated in ACS Scholars
since 1995.


ACS Scholars who have earned at least a bachelor’s degree in a chemical science.


Number of ACS Scholars who have earned doctorate degrees.


Members of the ACS Network, the premier online forum for chemists and other scientists to communicate and build professional connections.

14,000 +

ACS members who are in the Act4Chemistry network.


Messages sent by ACS members to Congress and other public policymakers in support of science issues through the Legislative Action Network.


Number of people who enrolled in ACS Leadership Development courses in 2012.

70 million

Chemical substances in the CAS REGISTRY℠ at the end of 2012.

64 million

Sequences in the CAS REGISTRY℠ at the end of 2012.

47 million

CAS’s collection of searchable single and multi-step reactions from 1840 to the present.

1.4 million

Indexed records added to CAplus℠ in 2012.


Countries where SciFinder® is used.

38,000 +

Number of peer-reviewed articles published in ACS Journals in 2012.

80 million +

Journal articles downloaded by researchers from the ACS Web Editions Platform in 2012.


Number of subject categories in which ACS Journals rank #1 in total citations and/or ISI Impact Factor™ as reported in the 2011 Journal Citation Reports® from Thomson Reuters.


ACS-chartered high school chemistry clubs in 2012.


Percentage increase in the number of ACS-chartered chemistry clubs from 2010 to 2012.


Medals won – one gold, three silver – by the American team at the 44th International Chemistry Olympiad (IChO) in Washington, D.C. in July 2012. This was the first time that the U.S. and ACS hosted the event in 20 years.


The number of schools converting to SciFinder® Academic Unlimited Access, providing students and faculty from all departments at these institutions with access to SciFinder® and the CAS database.

50,000 +

Registrants who participated in ACS Webinars in 2012.


Science & the Congress briefings conducted in 2012 on Capitol Hill and elsewhere to educate lawmakers and their staff about science issues.


The number of participants at Science & the Congress briefings.


Year anniversary of welcoming undergraduate students into ACS – more than 18,000 students and 1,040 chapters.


Bachelor’s degrees earned by students in ACS-approved chemistry programs in 2009-2010, an all-time high.


States with National Historic Chemical Landmarks.


The year when the most recent National Historic Chemical Landmarks were designated – DayGlo Flourescent Pigments and Legacy of Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring.