Kalamazoo Section of the American Chemical Society

We are a dynamic and visionary organization committed to improving people’s lives in our community through the transforming power of chemistry.  We strive to advance the broader chemistry enterprise and its practitioners for the benefit of Kalamazoo, Allegan and Van Buren counties.


Get Involved: Chemists Celebrate Earth Week

CCEW Banner 2018

An early announcement about our section's participation in Chemists Celebrate Earth Day; we once again hope to have outreach events at the Celery Flats in Portage and at the Kalamazoo Nature Center, and at any other venues where we can have interested volunteers. Note that this outreach event is in its 15th year and has been re-labeled Chemists Celebrate Earth Week (CCEW); it will be celebrated April 22-28, 2018, the topic is Oceans and the theme of the publication from the ACS Outreach office will be Dive into Marine Chemistry, which will discuss the chemistry of water from the ocean. The common goal for CCEW, as well as any other activity of our ACS, is to communicate the positive role that chemistry plays in the world.

Are you passionate about educating your community about the environment? If so, then we have the perfect opportunity for you!

KACS is looking for a CCEW Coordinator.

If this is something that interests you, then please contact Lydia Hines for more information!


Recent Event: Sci-Mix Recycle a Poster

The Real Crisis with Flint's Water: It Was Preventable and Can Happen to You!

By Monique Wilhelm, University of Michigan-Flint Laboratory Manager and Chemical Hygiene Officer

Everyone has heard about the health effects that resulted from the change of the source of water for the city of Flint. The national media has chosen to focus on the health issues and on whom to blame. But do you really know what made Flint's water unsafe? Without going into the politics of the decision or trying to identify blame, the audience will participate in a hands on activity to learn more about what happened with the water from an elementary chemistry viewpoint. The presenter will also discuss some of the side effects this community is experiencing that aren't being addressed in the media from the viewpoint of someone living through this crisis.

Water quality test results

For more information, please see our event page.


Bill Schinzer headshot

Meet Our New KACS Treasurer

Bill Schinzer will be taking over the KACS Treasurer duties as Andre Venter begins his sabbatical in Paris this month. Bill earned his Ph.D. in physical chemistry from Indiana University and worked for the Upjohn Company and its successor companies of years past. He worked with analytical R&D groups, developing methods and solving interesting problems for both drug product and drug substance support. Bill is a veteran of several Boy Scout Chemistry Merit Badge days. In 2006 he started work for Eurofins, a small contract research organization in Portage, serving as their Director of Method Development. In late 2010 he started his own firm, Arrow Pharma Services LLC. He currently works with large pharmaceutical firms as well as startups developing new drugs, generally helping them solve chemistry and pharmaceutics problems. Bill and his wife, Martie, live in Portage and enjoy driving along in their 1974 VW Bus. Their children, Eric and Chris, are not as fond of the bus, perhaps because it used to honk its own horn occasionally.