Technical Achievement Awards (TAOC)

Charge of the Program

The purpose of the Technical Achievements in Organic Chemistry (TAOC) award program is to recognize outstanding contributions to the field of organic chemistry from accomplished, professional chemists holding a bachelor’s or master’s degree or the equivalent, who are pursuing careers in industrial or government sectors.

Selection of Awardees

Awardees are selected by the TAOC Awards Committee from a pool of candidates usually nominated by their respective employers, and are approved by the Executive Committee of the Division of Organic Chemistry. Nominations are accepted through the online TAOC Nomination Form and must include the following materials: (a) a letter containing the address of the nominator and information written on company letterhead of nomination that presents evidence that illustrates the accomplishments, creativity and independence of the nominee (b) the nominee’s CV (including work address and email) that includes a description of their educational background and experience, and publication and patent record and (c) any other information that documents the special achievements and/or contributions made by the nominee. Seconding letters and copies of selected publications will be considered, but are not necessary.

Events Associated with TAOC Awards

There are two events associated with the TAOC Awards. There is a luncheon for the awardees, typically on Wednesday of the ACS Fall National Meeting. The Awards are typically presented at this luncheon. There is a symposium (half or full day depending on the number of awardees), typically on Wednesday of the ACS Fall National Meeting.

Awardee Responsibilities

Awardees present their recent discoveries in basic or developmental research during 30 minute presentations (time period is flexible depending on number of awardees) at the ACS National Fall Meeting. As an awards symposium, under ACS bylaws there is no question and answer period.


We encourage nominators to select candidates who are both excellent scientists and good communicators. To nominate a bachelor’s/master’s or equivalent level chemist for a Technical Achievements in Organic Chemistry Award, you would need to complete the online TAOC nomination form-due January 21, 2022.  (Note: Nominators must be members or affiliates of the ACS Organic Division). The form requires a letter describing the nominee’s contributions and the nominee’s curriculum vitae. Additional letters and supporting documents are most welcome, but not essential. Nominees should hold at least a bachelor Degree (or equivalent), be currently working in chemistry, and should not have received a previous Technical Achievements in Organic Chemistry Award.

Questions may be directed to Ann Buysse via email

Submittal Process

Nominations are to be submitted as a single PDF file (named using the format: Nominee’sLast Name_First Name_TAOC.pdf i.e. Smith_Jane_TAOC.pdf) through this online formTAOC .

Your PDF file should have the following parts in the following order:

  1. Nomination Letter on Company Letterhead
  2. Nominee’s CV
  3. Supplementary Information (optional)


The TAOC was initiated in 1992, and as of 2021, there have been a total of 373 awards. A list of awardees and their affliations can be found HERE.