The Winners of the 2016 IUPAC-Solvay International Award for Young Chemists

TrophéeSolvayPrizeThe International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry and Solvay announce the winners of the 2016 IUPAC-Solvay International Award for Young Chemists, presented for the best Ph.D. theses in the chemical sciences, as described in 1000-word essays.

The five winners are:


The winners, who are from five different countries, will each receive a cash prize of USD 1000 and travel expenses to the 46th IUPAC World Chemistry Congress, 9-14 July 2017, in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Each winner 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 his/her research topic, to be published in Pure and Applied Chemistry. The awards will be presented to the winners of the 2016 and 2017 competitions during the Opening Ceremony of the Congress.

The titles of the winners’ theses are:

Dr. Golder: “Synthesis and Characterization of Small Molecule Carbon Nanotube Fragments”

Dr. Haedler: “Synthesis, Self-Assembly and Photophysical Properties of Multichromophoric Systems”

Dr. Lu: “Understanding the Mechanism and Exploring the Optimization Strategies for Organic Solar Cells”

Dr. Suarez: “HNO Chemistry: Generation, Detection and Quantification in Bioinorganic Systems”

Dr. Vinogradova: “Development of New Catalytic Transformations and Reagents for the Construction of C-N and C-S Bonds”


There were fourteen applications from individuals receiving their Ph.D. degrees from institutions in eight countries. The award selection committee, chaired by Dr. Mark C. Cesa, IUPAC Past President, comprised members of the IUPAC Bureau and a senior science advisor from Solvay, all of whom have a wide range of experience in chemistry.

In view of the many high-quality applications, the Committee also decided to award an Honorable Mention to:

  • Dawei Feng, Ph.D., Texas A&M University, USA; B.S., Peking University, China

Dr. Feng will receive a copy of Principles of Chemical Nomenclature – A Guide to IUPAC Recommendations. The book is published by the Royal Society of Chemistry (UK) and is offered with the compliments of RSC Publishing.

The call for applications for the 2017 IUPAC-Solvay International Award for Young Chemists will be announced soon. Eligible candidates must have received a Ph.D. or equivalent degree in any of the countries that have National Adhering Organizations or Associate National Adhering Organizations in IUPAC during the year 2016.

PS: Link to 2017 Call

Nov 2017 update: A collection of peer-reviewed articles by the winners of the 2016 IUPAC-SOLVAY International Award for Young Chemists is published in IUPAC journal, Pure and Applied Chemistry. Search PAC, keyword: IUPAC-SOLVAY+International+Award+for+Young+Chemists

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