ACS Grady-Stack Award for Interpreting Chemistry for the Public

The ACS (American Chemical Society) works hard to unite chemists globally.  There are worldwide events and internationally recognised awards throughout the year which support this endeavor.

One such award is the “Grady-Stack” Award for Interpreting Chemistry for the Public.  Instigated in 1955 as the James T. Grady Award, and updated in 1984 to include James H. Stack (two former managers of the ACS News Service), this aims to “…recognize, encourage, and stimulate outstanding reporting directly to the public, which materially increases the public’s knowledge and understanding of chemistry, chemical engineering, and related fields.

We were so pleased to see the tweet announcing Sir Martyn Poliakoff, Ph.D., research professor of chemistry at the University of Nottingham (U.K.), as the 2019 recipient of this award, with great reason.

ACS Grady-Stack award

The ACS press team stated:

“Since 2008, Poliakoff has collaborated with filmmaker Brady Haran in the production of nearly 650 videos about chemistry on the YouTube channel Periodic Videos. These include individual videos for all 118 elements, as well as highlights of Nobel Prize achievements. As of mid-September 2018, Periodic Videos had more than 1 million subscribers and was one of the most popular chemistry-related channels on YouTube.”

You can read the ACS full article via their website here:

The Asynt team would like to offer our heartfelt congratulations to Sir Martyn Poliakoff, Brady Haran and esteemed colleagues at this well-earned award and look forward to future informative updates!

You can find out more about the Periodic Videos via their website here: and see the YouTube channel here: