American Chemical Society names Dr. Joan-Emma Shea and Dr. Gregory D. Scholes as new editors-in-chief of The Journal of Physical Chemistry -

The Publications Division of the American Chemical Society (ACS) has named Dr. Joan-Emma Shea of the University of California, Santa Barbara, as editor-in-chief of The Journal of Physical Chemistry A, B, and C (JPC A/B/C) and Dr. Gregory D. Scholes of Princeton University as editor-in-chief of The Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters (JPC Letters).

All four journals have, until now, been under the guidance of a single editor-in-chief, Dr. George C. Schatz of Northwestern University, who is retiring. In naming separate editors-in-chief for JPC A/B/C and JPC Letters, each editor will be able to solidify and expand the strengths of each individual journal. The goal is to identify and publish groundbreaking research in physical chemistry, with JPC A/B/C being the premier community journals, and JPC Letters being at the forefront in disseminating rapid and high-quality communications.

Shea joined the department of chemistry and biochemistry and the department of physics at the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2001. She has been awarded a National Science Foundation CAREER award, an Alfred P. Sloan research fellowship, a David and Lucille Packard award, and is a Fellow of the American Physical Society. Shea joined JPC as a senior editor in 2011 and has been deputy editor of JPC B since November 2014. She will be the first female editor-in-chief in the 124-year history of the journal.

Scholes is currently the William S. Tod professor of chemistry at Princeton University, and a senior fellow at the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR). He has been a senior editor of JPC and JPC Letters, and since 2016, has been serving as deputy editor of JPC Letters.

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