IL-IA Local Section of the American Chemical Society


The IL-IA ACS Local Section is a professional organization of chemists in Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois. We are the local branch of the national ACS, which is the world's largest scientific society and one of the world's leading sources of authoritative scientific information.


Celebrating 100 Years!

2023 marks the centennial of the IL-IA Section! The Section started as a Chemists' Club in 1917 in Rock Island and joined the ACS in 1923. While the Section has changed throughout the past 100 years, it has remained focused on the "encouraging the advancement of chemistry in all its branches." As we enter our hundredth year, we remain focused on this purpose as we plan events and partnerships. We look forward to celebrating with you throughout the year!

The Chemistry of Chocolate

The February meeting of the IL-IA ACS Section will be a virtual seminar on the "Chemistry of Chocolate," presented by Dr. Michael Tunick. Dr. Tunick has 40 years experience as a research chemist at the USDA, where he studied dairy products. He is now an Assistant Clinical Professor at Drexel University, where he teaches and mentors students in the Food Science program. "The Chemistry of Chocolate" describes how chocolate is made, the compounds in it, and the chemistry behind it. You will learn about 1. Where chocolate comes from, 2. How chocolate is manufactured, and 3. The chemistry of chocolate production. We hope you will join us for this sweet topic!

Time - February 14th, 6:30 pm

Location - Virtual via Teams

March Event - Solar Cell Chemistry

Join us on March 8th for a lecture on solar cell research by Dr. Mahesh B. Dawadi, who received his PhD in Physical Chemistry from the University of Akron and currently teaches at Black Hawk College.

Time - March 8th, 7 pm

Location - Room Q-105 in Building 2 of Black Hawk College Moline campus