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ACS In Focus

Get up to speed quickly on emerging topics

ACS In Focus digital primers are four- to six-hour reads, delivered in our new e-reader platform. Each digital primer uses non-specialist language that topic newcomers can easily digest. Renowned ACS In Focus authors cover a broad range of emerging topics, important techniques, related business and industry applications, and careers options.

Why choose ACS In Focus?


ACS In Focus digital primers contain many features to make the content user friendly and informative. Key features include:

  • Brief: Authors keep to the minimum word count necessary to ensure each primer can be read in four to eight hours
  • Multimedia: Complex concepts explained via molecular models, video, and more
  • Insider Q&A: Interviews (and transcripts) with field insiders
  • Check Your Understanding: Eight to ten end-of-primer questions, with answers provided via video and transcript
  • Read These Next: Author recommended content, such as review articles, to read after the chapter or the primer
  • A Day in the Life: Case studies that show how a tool is used or offer practical advice
  • Pop-up Glossary & Acronyms: Definitions of key terms and acronym meanings conveniently available via pop-up
  • That’s a Wrap: Bulleted end-of-chapter summaries

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Please note, the title list contains both published and planned titles. Because of our strict peer-review process, all planned titles must be treated as tentative, as we cannot guarantee the publication of any planned titles.

ACS Digital Books

Driving Interdisciplinary Research and Innovation

Researchers can stay up to date on key advancements or develop new skills through the use of digital books. From a graduate student who needs to bridge the gap between textbook and journal article to an established researcher who wants to add a new competency to their skill set, discover the types of books available to meet the various needs of the chemistry community.

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ACS In Focus digital primers are available for purchase by organizations of all types. Purchases are segmented into individual collections with each collection offering roughly one year of published primers. Purchase one collection or purchase multiple for a discounted rate.

Currently Available Collections:

  • Inaugural Collection: The first 10 titles of this brand new series that spans the gamut of topics influenced by chemistry
  • Collection One (published July 2021–August 2022): Contains 20 titles
  • Collection Two (published December 2022–June 2023): Contains 20 titles
  • Collection Three (publishing July 2023–present): When complete, this collection will contain 20 titles

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What Our Customers Say

A series like this would have been very beneficial to me when I first started grad school, so I can understand its importance for others who want a concise and broad overview of a particular field or topic.”
Joshua Shutter Harvard University
Machine Learning in Chemistry is highly demonstrative of the wide applications of ML in the chemical sphere. It provides the tools and background to guide you to your own decision relevant to your particular work. It was written with practicality in mind, it presents the history, benefits, concerns, warnings, and critiques of ML in order to allow the reader to come to their own conclusions.”
Mary Kate Caucci Fordham University
The nice, concise bullet points at the end of the chapter were a useful reminder of the key points. I really liked the mini annotated bibliographies. I believe Advanced Materials used to do something similar in the bibliography where they put one or two asterisks next to a citation for recommended or highly recommended reading. It is really helpful to people new to a field. I also really enjoyed the ‘A Day in the Life’ features, especially when they injected some humor about life as a graduate student. ”
Chris Doty Emory University
The authors of Metal Nanocrystals do an impressive job of highlighting to a person new to the field of metal nanocrystals what the key scientific principles and goals are in the field. This is a large and rapidly-expanding field, and most reviews in this area get into the fine details of a specialty sub-field. I am often looking for review articles on this topic to give to new students in my lab as well as to use as readings in my nanomaterials course, and I absolutely recommend this excellent resource. I plan to use Metal Nanocrystals with my students (for both research and in the classroom) as soon as it is published.”
Michelle L. Personick Wesleyan University