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3 winners announced for 2015 Reaxys PhD Prize

Prize recognizes outstanding research by PhD students in chemistry

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The Reaxys PhD Prize for 2015 was awarded to three exceptional young researchers yesterday. The were chosen after presenting their research at the Reaxys PhD Prize Symposium in Hong Kong. 

The 2015 Reaxys PhD Prize winners: John Tellis (University of Pennsylvania), Andrew Jupp (University of Oxford) and Shin-nosuke Uno (University of Tokyo)The 2015 Reaxys PhD Prize winners are:

  • Andrew Jupp from the Goicoechea group, University of Oxford. Representative paper entitled: Phosphinecarboxamide: A Phosphorus-Containing Analogue of Urea and Stable Primary Phosphine published in Journal of the American Chemical Society, 2013
  • John Tellis from the Molander group, University of Pennsylvania. Representative paper: “Single-electron transmetalation in organoboron cross-coupling by photoredox/nickel dual catalysis,” published in Science, 2014
  • Shin-nosuke Uno from the Urano group, University of Tokyo. Representative paper: “A spontaneously blinking fluorophore based on intramolecular spirocyclization for live-cell super-resolution imaging,” published in Nature Chemistry, 2014.

Out of the 45 finalists, nine shortlisted candidates were invited on stage for 15 minutes to explain their research to a full audience, which included the Judges and experts from the industry.

The oral presentations were judged by members of the Reaxys Advisory Board and Chairs of the Reaxys PhD Prize Review Board who, for the first time, had to include a new criteria in their selection process: the ability to succinctly describe their work.

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The judges deliberated at length. Challenged to discuss the key aspects of their research is a crisp critical manner, each of the candidates had prepared very thoroughly, and the presentations were of the highest quality.

All 45 finalists were awarded membership in the Reaxys Prize Club, which includes access to an international community of talented chemists and unlimited use of Reaxys® and Reaxys® Medicinal Chemistry, among other benefits. The three winners were each presented with a check for $2,000. 

The 2015 edition of Reaxys PhD Prize has been a great success thanks to a field of nearly 450 entrants and the selection of 45 finalists from top universities worldwide. This year, entries were reviewed by over 80 international leading chemists from academia and industry.

The prize recognizes innovative and original research conducted by leading young chemists. Having received more than 2,500 submissions from around the world in its 6-year history, it is considered to be the world’s most prestigious international award for PhD students in the chemistry field.  

Submissions for the Prize consist of a representative peer-reviewed, published research paper accompanied by a CV and a recommendation letter from a PhD supervisor. Consideration is given to all areas of chemistry. The reviewers judge the entries for originality, innovation, importance to the field, applicability, rigor of approach and publication quality. They select 45 finalists to attend the Reaxys PhD Prize Symposium, where they present their research in a poster session. Ten shortlisted candidates are selected to give stage presentations at the symposium, where they are judged by a panel of chemistry leaders.

Shin-nosuke Uno, John Telli and Andrew Jupp with Dr. David Evans Scientific Affairs Director, Reed Elsevier Properties SA

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The Judges

The finals of the PhD Prize were judged by members of the Reaxys Advisory Board and the Chairs of the Reaxys PhD Prize:

Reaxys Advisory Board members

Prof Tony Barrett - Imperial College, London, UK
Prof Dr Erick M. Carreira - ETH Zurich, Switzerland
Prof Dr Martin Jansen - Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research, Stuttgart, Germany
Dr Alexander Mayweg - Roche, Basel, Switzerland
Dr Tommi Meulemans - Mercachem, Nijmegen, The Netherlands
Prof Eiichi Nakamura - University of Tokyo, Japan
Prof Barry M. Trost - Stanford University, Stanford, CA, USA
Prof Henry N. C. Wong - Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China

Chairs of the Reaxys PhD Prize

Prof Tony Barrett - Imperial College, London, UK
Prof Dr Martin Jansen - Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research, Stuttgart, Germany
Prof Eiichi Nakamura - University of Tokyo, Japan
Prof Ged Parkin - Columbia University, United States
Prof Barry M. Trost - Stanford University, Stanford, CA, USA
Prof Henry N. C. Wong - Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China


Elsevier Connect Contributor

David Evans, PhDDr. David Evans, Scientific Affairs Director for Reed Elsevier Properties SA, has led Reaxys Inspiring Chemistry efforts since the program's inception in 2009. He has been with Reed Elsevier (Elsevier's parent company) in a variety of roles for over 15 years, including journals and books publishing and software product management. He is also board member and the current Chairman of the InChI Trust, a charitable organization founded to support the development of the InChI – the international chemical identifier. David has a BSc and PhD in Chemistry from the University of Bath in the UK.

Reed Elsevier Properties SA is a company within Reed Elsevier dedicated to the management, development and protection of intellectual property. They own a range of databases, publications and trademarks, including The Lancet®, Reaxys®, PharmaPendium®, Embase® and World Travel Market®, which are used under license.

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