Outreach and Education Division

    The EDUCATION AND OUTREACH DIVISION supports chemistry education at all levels, including K-12, college, and adult/continuing education. It maintains liaisons to the Chicago Public Schools and the American Association of Chemistry Teachers (AACT). The Division engages the general public in chemistry-related educational activities, participates in ACS activities at the annual Illinois State Fair, and publicizes all events and news-related content. The division oversees the annual Project SEED program for the Section as well as the Project SEED scholarships. The Division also assists public officials and other community bodies concerning chemistry-related matters. The Education and Outreach Division includes the Education, Outreach, Project SEED, and Public Affairs Committees.

    The EDUCATION COMMITTEE provides chemistry-related educational programs and information to learners of all ages and actively engages with educators at the pre-K-12 and college levels. Subcommittees include:

    • AACT Liaison
    • College Education Subcommittee
    • Continuing Education Subcommittee
    • Chicago School Board Liaison
    • K - 12 Education Subcommittee


    The PUBLIC AFFAIRS COMMITTEE ensures that section members and public officials and bodies are informed of matters where the knowledge and practice of chemistry is of substantial public importance. These matters can include government issues, environmental issues and the social responsibility of chemists. The Public Affairs Committee gives the Public Affairs Award biennially.

    The OUTREACH COMMITTEE engages the general public, educators and children in chemistry-related educational activities and participates in many different types of events around the greater Chicago area.   Subcommittees include:

    • Community Activities Subcommittee
    • Illinois State Fair Subcommittee


    PROJECT SEED COMMITTEE identifies interested low-income and/or minority high school junior and senior students who are interested in participating in a paid summer research experience with  a college or university faculty member.  It supports financial and logistical concerns for the student/ faculty relationships and communicating  relevant program information to the national ACS organization.  The committee is also responsible for distributing Project SEED awards to support the internships. 

    Dr. Anthony (Tony) Toussaint

    Dr. Anthony Toussaint is the current leader of the Chicagoland chemistry community, as Chair of the Chicago Section of the American Chemical Society. With many years of industrial experience, he is currently Leader of Research and Development for ICL - Performance Products. #blackhistorymonth #chemistry #africanamericanchemists

    Toussaint was born in London, England, earned his B.Sc. from University of Leicester, his MS in Surface Chemistry from University of Bristol, and his Chemical Engineering PhD in colloid chem from UCL (University College - London). The title of his PhD thesis was “The Flocculation of Calcium Carbonate and its Deposition onto Cellulose Fibers.” FURTHER, he earned an MBA from Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management. 

    HIs talented brain has aimed to improve the world through practical application of chemistry. He's worked for Sherwin-Williams, Sandoz Global Agro, DSM Bright Science Brighter Living (DSM/Desotech Functional Materials), and his experience includes 15+ years in Research and Development Management.

    Learn more about this important and engaging person, including which historical figure he'd most like to have dinner with (hint: it's tomorrow's featured chemist), in this interview by Fran Kravitz: