An important role of the ACS Committee on Chemical Abstracts Service is to serve as a channel of communication between the members of the ACS (American Chemical Society) and CAS (Chemical Abstracts Service) management team.  Current members and associates of the CAS Committee, for 2009, are:


Current Affiliation

Pat Dedert (Chair)

ExxonMobil Research and Engineering

Spiro Alexandratos

Hunter College, City University of New York

Kenneth Balkus

University of Texas

Andrew Berks

Kenyon & Kenyon LLP

Narayan Bhat

University of Texas Pan America

Anne Bolek

University of Akron

Daryle Busch

University of Kansas

Donald Clarke

Fordham University

Judith Currano

University of Pennsylvania

Leon Combs


Anne O'Brien


Barbara Peterson

Ecolab Research Center

Donald Rickter


Robert Sindelar

University of British Columbia

Richard Williams

University of Idaho

You see that the committee has plenty of academic representation.  Input from the industrial community is needed.

Here are some issues that have been raised so far: 

  • Need for an API (Application Programming Interface) to allow users to embed chemical structures or data from CAS directly into electronic lab notebooks, for example.
  • Need to be able to download structures from Registry into a molecular modeling program.
  • SciFinder subscriber requirements -- number of seats needed at single site.
  • Unhappiness with multiple "basic" records for patent families.

Are these issues of concern to you?  Would you like to raise others?  Please submit topics for discussion on this page, or contact any of the listed members directly.  The Committee will be meeting next week, prior to the ACS National Meeting in Salt Lake City. 


  1. One other important issue for the customers of CAS engaged in biosequence research would be the ability to integrate the biosequence data from CAS Registry into their inhouse sequence analyzing systems to dig for additional information which cannot be received by simple search interfaces like BLAST offered by CAS.

    1. Thank you for mentioning this.  It's an aspect that I would not have thought to mention without your input, since I don't use biosequence info myself.

  2. I developed a method to integrate CAS Registry BLAST data with BLAST data from DGENE, USGENE and PCTGEN.   The results are displayed in an Excel spreadsheet.   Fields are flexible and data can be arranged any way you want. Also, links to the alignments in an MS Word document can be inserted.

    Adrienne Shanler
    Shanler Information LLC

  3. The original post and the comments are from 8 years ago.  There have been indeed many changes.  Was this current comment prompted by the recent comment by Wendy Cornell (Chair CCAS) in C&EN (6/5/17, p. 35)?  Here's the comment I sent in reply (so far, no answer):

    "Dr. Cornell:
    As a former member of CCAS, on and off, for several years, I'm always interested in CCAS as well as CAS activities and it's good to see that publicity is given to both for those less well acquainted.  However, I have two comments.  As so often happens with ACS Comments in C&EN, although you ask for readers to contact you or other CCAS members with ideas or comments, your byline is not an active link.  To find out how to contact you one must go to the (labyrinthine) ACS website, find the CCAS roster under the Chemical Abstract under the contact line at the bottom, and find the current members and their e-mail addresses.  Second, non-ACS members read C&EN and making this and similar articles open (not behind the membership firewall) would be a good marketing ploy.
    The above paragraph was also submitted online.  In addition I’ll point out that at least 3 members of CCAS are members of CINF and also participate in the Chemical Information List CHMINF-L.  In the past one of such members have often solicited input to CCAS and CAS before ACS annual meetings and meetings of CCAS.  I suggest that this practice be continued on a regular basis."
    -- Bob Buntrock
    Buntrock Associates
    Orono, ME