Winners of the 2021 IUPAC-Solvay International Award for Young Chemists

The International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry and Solvay announce the winners of the 2021 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 will each receive a cash prize of USD 1000 and are invited to present a poster at the 48th IUPAC World Chemistry Congress describing his/her award-winning work. Because this year the IUPAC Congress is planned as a Virtual event, the winners will also be invited the 2023 IUPAC Congress to be held in The Netherlands. Each winner is invited to submit a short critical review on aspects of his/her research topic, to be published in Pure and Applied Chemistry.

The titles of the winners’ theses are:

Dr. Gabriele Laudadio: “New synthetic methods enabled by photochemistry and electrochemistry in flow“

Dr. Justin Andrews: “Corralling Electrons in Metastable Vanadium Oxides: Implications for Neuromorphic Computing, Electrical Energy Storage, and Photocatalysis“

Dr. Kaibo Feng: “Late-Stage C(sp3)–H Hydroxylation, Amination, and Methylation in Nitrogen-Containing Molecules“

Dr. Kelly Brown: “Development of Electrochemiluminescent Sensors as Screening Tools for the Identification of Drug Species within Complex Matrices for Forensic Investigations“

Dr. Austin Michael Evans: “Two-dimensional polymers and polymerizations“

There were 46 applications from individuals receiving their Ph.D. degrees from institutions in 18 countries. The award selection committee, chaired by Professor Qi-Feng Zhou, 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 three Honorable Mentions to:

  • Irene Regeni (Germany), Ph.D., TU Dortmund University
  • Ni Kaiyuan (China/Beijing), Ph.D., The University of Chicago
  • Dusan P. Kolarski (Serbia), Ph.D., University of Groningen

The call for applications for the 2022 IUPAC-Solvay International Award for Young Chemists will open 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 2021.

see originating call

Announcement published in Chem Int July 2021, p. 31

> 2022 Call for applicants