Ahmed Zewail Prize in Molecular Sciences

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The Ahmed Zewail Prize in Molecular Sciences is awarded on a biennial basis to an individual scientist who has made significant and creative contributions, particularly those of a fundamental nature, to any of the disciplines of molecular sciences. The awardee's research activities may cover theoretical and/or experimental aspects of studies in all phases of matter and biological systems.

The award consists of a monetary amount, a gold medal and a certificate.

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Thank you to everyone who turned up at the Ahmed Zewail Prize in Molecular Sciences Symposium to honour Professor Noel Hush for the 2013 award.

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Rob van Daalen, Publisher, presents
certificate to Professor Noel Hush

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Professor David Clary presents
medal to Professor Noel Hush

Winners

Winners

The winner of the 2013 award is:

Professor Noel S. Hush Professor Noel S. Hush
The University of Sydney, Australia

Professor Hush developed theories with broad applications for predicting and explaining electron transfer processes. His elegant theories take into account both solvent reorganization and the inner structure of a molecular complex. He also explained how electrons transfer between species covalently linked by bridging molecules. His work has had wide impact in fields ranging from corrosion to solar energy to photosynthesis. More information

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Previous Winners

2011 Ahmed Zewail Prize

William H. Miller Professor William H. Miller
University of California, Berkeley, USA

The third Ahmed Zewail Prize was awarded to Professor William H. Miller from the University of California, Berkeley, USA, for his outstanding contributions to the theory of chemical reactions. More information

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2009 Ahmed Zewail Prize

Professor Mostafa El-Sayed Professor Mostafa El-Sayed
Georgia Institute of Technology, USA

The second Ahmed Zewail Prize was awarded to Professor Mostafa El-Sayed from Georgia Institute of Technology, USA, for his seminal contributions to the understanding of the electronic and molecular dynamics and properties of systems with different length scales, ranging from molecules to nanoparticles to biomedical systems. More information

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2007 Ahmed Zewail Prize (first Ahmed Zewail Prize):

Professor David Buckingham Professor David Buckingham
Cambridge University, UK

The first Ahmed Zewail Prize in Molecular Sciences was awarded to Professor David Buckingham from Cambridge University, UK, for his pioneering contributions to the understanding of optical, electric and magnetic properties of molecules. More information

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Background

Background

The Ahmed Zewail Prize in Molecular Sciences is awarded on a biennial basis to an individual scientist who has made significant and creative contributions, particularly those of a fundamental nature, to any of the disciplines of molecular sciences. The awardee's research activities may cover theoretical and/or experimental aspects of studies in all phases of matter and biological systems.

The Prize consists of a monetary award of US$ 20,000, a Gold Medal, and a certificate. The awarding of the Prize will take place at the Ahmed Zewail Prize Award Symposium at the ACS Spring National Meetings.

The Prize winner will be requested to deliver a lecture at this Symposium, jointly hosted by the ACS Division of Physical Chemistry (PHYS) and Elsevier. He/she will also be asked to invite 3 - 4 colleagues to each deliver a supporting lecture covering their work in a related field.

Application Process

Application Process

Every two years a call for nominations will be sent out. Nominations for the Ahmed Zewail Prize in Molecular Sciences should consist of a covering letter with a statement of the contributions made (max 2 pages), a brief biographical sketch, and a list of no more than 15 publications. The covering letter should include a citation describing succinctly the contribution(s) of the person nominated. Up to three supporting letters of reference may accompany the nomination.

Nominations are welcomed from all nationalities and should be written in the English language. Self-nominations are not permitted and those involved in the selection process are not eligible to win the Prize. A voting committee totaling 11 individuals composed of authorities, with a representative geographical division, and a good mix of subject knowledge, will rate the nominations.

Award and Ceremony

Award and Ceremony

The award consists of a monetary amount, a gold medal and a certificate. An awards ceremony takes place at the Ahmed Zewail Prize Award Symposium every two years at the ACS Spring National Meetings. The award winner delivers a lecture at the Symposium.