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Web Date: August 16, 2015

ACS Chemoji Available For Download

Chemistry-themed virtual stickers include smiley faces with goggles, a gloved thumbs-up, and of course, the chemistry cat
Department: ACS News
Keywords: chemoji, social media
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There’s an ACS Chemoji for every occasion!

Now you can share these chemistry-themed stickers from your desktop, tablet, and mobile phone without downloading an app.
Credit: Yang Ku/C&EN
Emotional chemoji by ACS.
 
There’s an ACS Chemoji for every occasion!

Now you can share these chemistry-themed stickers from your desktop, tablet, and mobile phone without downloading an app.
Credit: Yang Ku/C&EN

Move over emoji, ACS Chemoji is here! The American Chemical Society has launched a new app to help chemists communicate visually on social media by using chemistry-themed emoji. Emoji are digital representations of an idea or an emotion, like a smiley face.☺

“We’re creating stickers, which are a larger version of emoji,” says Jessica Morrison, an assistant editor at Chemical & Engineering News, who came up with the idea of ACS Chemoji after noticing a lack of emoji specifically for chemists. “There aren’t beakers and test tubes or lab coats and goggles to let chemists share what it’s like to be a chemist.”

The ACS Chemoji app took three months to develop and was supported with funding from across ACS. The final app includes 24 chemoji, including smiley faces with goggles, the ACS mole, the chemical structure of caffeine, and the chemistry cat. The chemoji were designed by C&EN, which is published by ACS.

“We’re paying attention to what’s happening with social media, and we’re creating community,” Morrison says.

“This is awesome, I’ve been waiting for this,” Erica Posthuma-Adams, a high school chemistry teacher at University High School of Indiana, in Carmel, says of the chemoji. “The only thing I have right now is a microscope. That’s the only emoji I could find that’s really science-y.

She predicts that the chemoji will be a big hit among her chemistry students. “If chemistry can be expressed in a fun way on social media, making it less intimidating, maybe more kids will engage in conversations about science.”

The chemoji app is free and available for both iPhone and Android. Expansion packs are being planned for the future. Ideas for other chemoji can be sent to j_morrison@acs.org. Download the app for iPhone and Android at http://bit.ly/ACSChemoji, or share Chemoji from your desktop, tablet, and mobile phone without downloading an app.

“I’m excited to see how the chemistry community uses chemoji,” says Chris McCarthy, ACS’s social media manager. “I expect a lot of cleverness.”

 
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Comments
Viki (Mon Aug 17 17:58:07 EDT 2015)
Good
Elizabeth Dabrowski (Mon Aug 17 21:52:16 EDT 2015)
I cannot find it in the App Store on my iPad.
Linda Wang (Mon Aug 24 11:25:35 EDT 2015)
Hi Elizabeth, did you search under ACS Chemoji?
Ruth (Thu Aug 20 22:37:16 EDT 2015)
Cool set of emojis! However you are missing Potassium (K) as an emoji. I mean you have OMG, BRB, and HeHE. Why not K?
Linda Wang (Mon Aug 24 11:26:20 EDT 2015)
Thank you, Ruth! That is a great idea! Please send any suggestions for future chemoji to j_morrison@acs.org. Glad you love them!
Victor (Fri Sep 11 07:53:50 EDT 2015)
And blackberry users? Pls us want it
Joan (Fri Dec 18 03:29:23 EST 2015)
I have downloaded the app (android) but I don't see the chemojis in my keyboard when I type a message
Mary Ann (Tue Jun 14 22:57:09 EDT 2016)
Tried to download the app and got the message "your device isn't compatible with this version." I am using an Android tablet. When will a version that is compatible with my device be available?
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