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Press Release, 21 April 2008

IUPAC announced the 2008 winners of the IUPAC Prizes for Young Chemists

The International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) today 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, United States

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 winners of the 2008 and 2009 prizes during the Opening Ceremony of the Congress.

The essays describing the 2008 winners' theses can be found on the IUPAC web site and cover a wide range of subject matter:

  • Dr. Banide, "From Allenes to Tetracenes: Syntheses, Structures and Reactivity of the Intermediates"
  • Dr. Rodgers, "Magnetic Field Effects in Chemical Systems"
  • Dr. Saeki, "Nanometer-Scale Dynamics of Charges Generated by Radiations in Condensed Matter"
  • Dr. Tao, "Nanocrystal Assembly for Bottom-Up Plasmonic Materials"
  • Dr. 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 Prof. Bryan R. Henry, IUPAC past president.

In view of the many high-quality applications, the Committee decided to also give two Honorable Mention awards to:

The recipients of Honorable Mention Awards will receive a cash prize of USD 100 and a copy of the 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 web site www.iupac.org.

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<announcement published in Chem. Int. July 2008, p.19>


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