More than 30 affiliated organizations endorse and support CHF. CHF’s affiliates preserve the history of chemistry and related sciences and industries by offering access to—and expert knowledge of—their archives, artifacts, and historical records. 

CHF offers its affiliates assistance in making the best use of historical resources. Affiliates nominate a voting member to CHF’s Heritage Council. They may also work with CHF to

  1. Cosponsor oral histories of outstanding individuals of their choice and help define CHF’s wider Oral History Program.
  2. Link CHF’s Web site to their Web sites.
  3. Draw on and help build the resources of CHF’s Othmer Library of Chemical History.
  4. Sponsor joint awards and other forms of recognition.
  5. Produce joint programming (e.g., symposia, conferences, member-specific activities).
  6. Support joint research on the heritage of chemistry and related sciences, technologies, and industries, and on contemporary issues, in areas of mutual interest.

Founding Members

American Chemical Society (ACS)
ACS is the world’s largest scientific organization. It was established in 1876 and chartered by the U.S. Congress in 1937 to encourage in the broadest and most liberal manner the advancement of chemistry in all its branches.

American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE)
AIChE is a professional, technical, and educational association dedicated to promoting excellence in the development and practice of chemical engineering in an ever-expanding array of disciplines.

Affiliate Members

Alpha Chi Sigma Fraternity
Alpha Chi Sigma is a professional chemistry fraternity dedicated to the advancement of chemistry both as a science and as a profession.

American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC)
AACC is an international scientific/medical society of clinical laboratory professionals, physicians, research scientists, and other individuals involved with clinical chemistry and other clinical laboratory science–related disciplines.

American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists (AATCC)
AATCC is the world’s largest textile chemistry membership society. It is dedicated to promoting increased knowledge of the application of dyes and chemicals in the textile industry.

American Chemistry Council 
The American Chemistry Council is the principal chemical trade association in the United States. It is committed to making innovative products and services that make people’s lives better, healthier, and safer, and to improved environmental, health, and safety performance through its Responsible Care program.

American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM)
AFPM is a trade association representing high-tech American manufacturers of virtually the entire U.S. supply of gasoline, diesel, jet fuel, other fuels and home heating oil, as well as the petrochemicals used as building blocks for thousands of vital products in daily life.

American Institute of Chemists (AIC)
AIC is a professional organization dedicated to fostering the advancement of the chemical profession in the United States.

American Oil Chemists’ Society (AOCS)
AOCS is a society of professionals, students, and corporations involved in the science and technology of fats, oils, and related materials.

American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB)
ASBMB is a scientific and educational organization dedicated to advancing the science of biochemistry and molecular biology.

American Society for Mass Spectrometry (ASMS)
ASMS is a scientific society for the promotion and dissemination of knowledge of mass spectrometry and allied topics.

American Organization of Analytical Chemists (AOAC) International
AOAC International is an independent association of scientists in industry, academic, and government laboratories worldwide dedicated to analytical excellence and operating primarily in the area of food analysis and food safety.

Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO)
BIO represents more than 1,100 biotechnology companies, academic institutions, state biotechnology centers, and related organizations across the United States and in 31 other nations. BIO members are involved in the research and development of health-care, agricultural, industrial, and environmental biotechnology products.

Chemical Development and Marketing Association (CDMA)
CDMA is the leading professional organization dedicated to fostering, promoting, and sharing business practices for long-term growth and value creation in the chemical and allied industries.

Chemical Educational Foundation
The Chemical Educational Foundation (CEF) is a nationally recognized, award-winning nonprofit organization committed to enhancing science education among every generation, beginning with our youth. By emphasizing the central role of chemistry in all the sciences and in our everyday lives, CEF strives to inspire our future leaders in pursuing science-related careers and to improve the overall understanding of, participation in, and appreciation of chemistry and chemicals.

The Chemists’ Club
The Chemists’ Club is one of the oldest and most respected chemical organizations in the country. It is an association of individuals engaged in management, marketing, processing, and research and development.

Color Pigments Manufacturers Association (CPMA)
CPMA is an industry trade association representing color pigment manufacturers across North America.

Council for Chemical Research (CCR)
CCR is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement of research in chemistry-based sciences, engineering, and technology through productive interactions among industrial, academic, and government research sectors.

The Electrochemical Society (ECS)
ECS is an international educational organization concerned with a broad range of phenomena relating to electrochemical and solid-state science and technology.

La Fondation de la Maison de la Chimie (FMC)
FMC was founded in 1928, in Paris, with the goal of building and maintaining a central meeting and working space to promote the popularization of science and was organized for the service of chemists worldwide. To fulfill this mission, FMC provides a number of services and activities to facilitate cooperation between all those working to promote chemistry as one of the basic disciplines of science and technology.

American Chemical Society Division of the History of Chemistry (HIST)
HIST seeks to advance knowledge and appreciation of the history of the chemical sciences. HIST is a resource for scientists who seek to understand the roots of their discipline. HIST recognizes major achievements, and those who made them, in the chemical sciences and publishes a journal in the history of chemistry.

International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering (ISPE)
ISPE is a global, not-for-profit membership organization that provides education, training, and technical publications to life-science professionals. It is committed to the advancement of the educational and technical efficiency of its members through forums for the exchange of ideas and practical experience.

International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC)
IUPAC is a global, non-government body that advances the worldwide aspects of the chemical sciences and contributes to the application of chemistry in the service of humanity.

Japan Analytical Instruments Manufacturers Association (JAIMA)
JAIMA is a nationwide association of Japanese analytical-instrument manufacturers and sellers. The organization was established in 1960 with the purpose of contributing to the advancement of science and technology by improving technologies related to analytical instruments and promoting the progress of the analytical-instruments industry, thereby contributing to the Japanese economy and the livelihood of its citizens.

National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers (NOBCChE)
NOBCChE is an organization of professionals, academics, students, and other interested individuals with a mission to build an eminent community of scientists and engineers by increasing the number of minorities these fields.

The North American Catalysis Society (NACS)
NACS is a professional society that promotes and encourages the growth and development of the science of catalysis and those scientific disciplines ancillary thereto.

Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA)
PhRMA is a body representing the United States’ leading research-based pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies devoted to inventing medicines that allow patients to live longer, healthier, happier, and more productive lives.

Pittsburgh Conference on Analytical Chemistry and Applied Spectroscopy (Pittcon)
Pittcon is the world’s largest annual meeting and exposition dedicated to the fields of analytical chemistry, applied spectroscopy, and measurement technologies. It was founded by the Society for Analytical Chemists of Pittsburgh and the Spectroscopy Society of Pittsburgh.

Plastics Pioneers Association
The Plastics Pioneers Association is a society for industry leaders with long records of service who work to recognize achievement in the field of plastics and polymer science, engineering, technology, and management. It supports industry-wide educational programs and promotes the study and improvement of plastics science, engineering, and technology.

Royal Society of Chemistry
The Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC), with a global membership of over 44,000, is the largest organization in Europe for advancing the chemical sciences. The RSC, headquartered at Burlington House, Piccadilly, London, is the successor to, and fulfills the roles previously undertaken by, four well-known and long-established organizations: the Chemical Society (founded in 1841), the Society for Analytical Chemistry (founded in 1874), the Royal Institute of Chemistry (founded in 1877), and the Faraday Society (founded in 1903).

Société de Chimie Industrielle
The Société de Chimie Industrielle was founded in 1918 as the American Section of a Paris-based international organization. Today it operates as an independent New York–based society with a mission to work with other chemical industry organizations and promote understanding of the chemical and allied industries. Activities include a monthly CEO forum, a scholarship program, and the International Palladium Medal awarded to an individual who has made outstanding contributions to the industry.

Society for Applied Spectroscopy
The Society for Applied Spectroscopy is a society of scientific professionals organized to advance and disseminate knowledge and information concerning spectroscopy and allied sciences.

Society of Chemical Industry (SCI), America Section
The America section of the international organization founded in London advances applied chemistry in all its branches.

Society of Cosmetic Chemists (SCC)
SCC is a society of individuals engaged in scientific or technical work in the cosmetics and toiletries industry, or in related governmental or academic areas. Its mission is to further the interests and recognition of cosmetic scientists while maintaining the confidence of the public in the cosmetic and toiletries industry.

Society of Chemical Manufacturers and Affiliates (SOCMA)
Since 1921, The Society of Chemical Manufacturers and Affiliates (SOCMA) has represented a diverse membership of small, medium and large specialty chemical companies located around the world. SOCMA members play an indispensable role in the global chemical supply chain by producing intermediates, specialty chemicals and ingredients used to develop a wide range of industrial, commercial and consumer products essential to the well-being and lives of people everywhere. For more than 90 years, SOCMA has positively influenced the passage of rational laws and regulations that allow members to operate in a productive manner as good corporate citizens.


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