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Vol. 30 No. 4
July-August 2008

IUPAC Wire | News and information on IUPAC, its fellows, and members organizations
See also www.iupac.org/news

IUPAC Announces 2008 Winners of the IUPAC Prizes for Young Chemists

On 21 April 2008, IUPAC announced the winners of the 2008 IUPAC Prizes for Young Chemists, awards for the best Ph.D. theses in the chemical sciences as described in 1000–word essays. The five winners are:

  • Emilie V. Banide, University College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland
  • Christopher Thomas Rodgers, University of Oxford, Oxford, United Kingdom
  • Akinori Saeki, Osaka University, Osaka, Japan
  • Andrea Rae Tao, University of California, Berkeley, United States
  • Scott Warren, Cornell University, Ithaca, USA

The winners will each receive a cash prize of USD 1000 and a free trip to the IUPAC Congress, 2–7 August 2009, in Glasgow, Scotland. Each prizewinner will also be invited to present a poster at the IUPAC Congress describing his/her award winning work and to submit a short critical review on aspects of their research topics to be published in Pure and Applied Chemistry. The awards will be presented to the 2008 and 2009 winners during the Opening Ceremony of the Congress.

The essays describing the 2008 winners’ theses, which cover a wide range of subject matter, can be found on the IUPAC website:

  • Emile V. Banide, “From Allenes to Tetracenes: Syntheses, Structures, and Reactivity of the Intermediates”
  • Christopher Thomas Rodgers, “Magnetic Field Effects in Chemical Systems”
  • Akinori Saeki, “Nanometer-Scale Dynamics of Charges Generated by Radiations in Condensed Matter”
  • Andrea Rae Tao, “Nanocrystal Assembly for Bottom-Up Plasmonic Materials”
  • Scott Warren, “Nanoparticle-Block Copolymer Self-Assembly”

There were 42 applicants from 16 countries. The Prize Selection Committee was comprised of members of the IUPAC Bureau with a wide range of expertise in chemistry. The committee was chaired by Bryan R. Henry, IUPAC past president.
In view of the many high-quality applications, the committee decided to also give Honorable Mention awards to:

  • Luke Andrew Connal, The University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia
  • Stefan Knippenberg, Hasselt University, Limburg, Belgium
  • Takatsugu Tanaka, The University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
  • Hui Wang, Rice University, Houston, Texas, USA

The recipients of Honorable Mention Awards will receive a cash prize of USD 100 and a copy of Quantities, Units, and Symbols in Physical Chemistry, the IUPAC Green Book.

Applications for the 2009 prize are now being solicited, as described on the IUPAC website www.iupac.org/news/prize.html.


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