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Vol. 31 No. 4
July-August 2009

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

2009 Winners of the IUPAC Prizes for Young Chemists Announced

On 3 April 2009, IUPAC announced the winners of the 2009 IUPAC Prizes for Young Chemists, awarded for the best Ph.D. theses in the chemical sciences as described in 1 000-word essays. The five winners are:

  • Faisal A. Aldaye, McGill University, Montréal, Canada
  • Christopher Bettinger, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA
  • Xinliang Feng, Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research, Mainz, Germany
  • Xing Yi Ling, University of Twente, Enschede, Netherlands
  • Shengqian Ma, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, USA
Figure 5, from Xinliang Feng’s essay, is a schematic illustration of self-assembly and orientation during mechanical processing of various assemblies.

The winners will each receive a cash prize of USD 1 000 and will be invited to travel and take part in 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 or her award-winning work and to submit a short critical review on aspects of his or her 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 2009 winners’ theses—which can be found on the IUPAC website—cover a wide range of subjects:

  • Aldaye: “Supramolecular DNA Nanotechnology: Discrete Nanoparticle Organization, Three-Dimensional DNA Construction, and Molecule-Mediated DNA Self-Assembly”
  • Bettinger: “Synthesis and Microfabrication of Elastomeric Biomaterials for Advanced Tissue Engineering Scaffolds”
  • Feng: “C3-Symmetric Discotic Liquid Crystalline Materials for Molecular Electronics: Versatile Synthesis and Self-Organization”
  • Ling: “From Supramolecular Chemistry to Nanotechnology: Assembly of 3D Nanostructures”
  • Ma: “Gas Adsorption Applications of Porous Metal-Organic Frameworks”
Figure 1, from Xing Yi Ling’s essay, is a scheme of (A) one-to-one host-guest complexation, and (B) supramolecular nanoparticle assembly.

Thirty-six applications from 19 different countries were received. The Prize Selection Committee was composed of members of the IUPAC Bureau who provided a wide range of expertise in chemistry. The committee was chaired by Bryan Henry, IUPAC past president.

Because so many applications were of high quality, the committee decided to give five honorable mentions to:

  • Ludovico Cademartiri, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada
  • Alexandre Côté, Université de Montréal, Montréal, Canada
  • Jason Philip Holland, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK
  • David J. Payne, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK
  • Yu Zhang, Zhejiang University, Zhejiang, China

The recipients of the honorable mentions will each 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 2010 prizes are now being solicited. Visit the IUPAC website <www.iupac.org> for more information.


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