Tetrahedron Young Investigator Award

About the Tetrahedron Young Investigator Awards

The Tetrahedron Young Investigator Awards were created in 2005 by the Executive Board of Editors and the Publisher of Tetrahedron Publications. These two new awards will be presented to two individuals who have exhibited "exceptional creativity and dedication" in the fields of Organic Synthesis and of Bioorganic and Medicinal Chemistry respectively.

The winners each receive US $3,000, a certificate, and an invitation to present a plenary lecture during the annual Tetrahedron Symposium. In  2017 the plenary lectures will be presented during the 18th Tetrahedron Symposium in Budapest, Hungary, 27-30 June 2017. Furthermore, two Symposium-in-Print will be compiled in their honor. As with the Tetrahedron Prize for Creativity in Organic Chemistry, which these awards complement, the awards are made on an annual basis. Each award will have a separate voting committee, with the Editors of Tetrahedron, Tetrahedron Letters, and Tetrahedron: Asymmetry voting on the Organic Synthesis Award, and the Editors of Bioorganic and Medicinal Chemistry, and Bioorganic and Medicinal Chemistry Letters, voting on the Bioorganic and Medicinal Chemistry Award. Members of the voting committees may not be candidates, nor make nominations.

Application Process


To nominate candidates, please send a document (as PDF) containing the following elements:

- Which category your nomination falls under : (1) Bioorganic and Medicinal Chemistry or (2) Organic Synthesis
- The nominee’s name and current affiliation and/or contact details
- The nominee’s date of birth (must be under 40 years of age at 1 July 2017)
- The nominee’s website
- A biographical sketch
- A summary of the nominee's past achievements (up to 1500 words)
- Description why he/she should be considered for award
- A list of no more than 15 of the nominee’s key publications
- Name, affiliation and contact details of the person making the nomination
- Two supporting letters (may be submitted as separate documents).

Please send all nominations to Barbara Plasmans (b.plasmans@elsevier.com)  before 31 March 2017:
Self-nominations will not be considered.

Should you have any questions concerning the award, please contact the Publisher, Jan Willem Wijnen, at j.wijnen@elsevier.com



Dr Ang Li Dr. Ang Li

Shanghai Institute of
Organic Chemistry

For Organic Synthesis

Dr Xiaoguang LeiDr. Xiaoguang Lei

Peking University

For Bioorganic and
Medicinal Chemistry

Dr. Ang Li and Dr. Xiaoguang Lei will each give a plenary lecture at the 18th Tetrahedron Symposium, Budapest, Hungary, where they will be formally presented with their award. Each recipient also receives a certificate and an award of US $3,000. Additionally, a Symposium-in-Print in one of the journals will be published in each of their honour. Similar to the Tetrahedron Prize for Creativity in Organic Chemistry, which these awards complement, the Tetrahedron Young Investigator Awards are also made on an annual basis.

Previous awardees:

  • 2016: Neil Garg, Organic Synthesis; Matthew Disney, Bioorganic and Medicinal Chemistry
  • 2015: Yoshiaki Nakao, Organic Synthesis; Maja Köhn, Bioorganic and Medicinal Chemistry
  • 2014: Sarah E. Reisman, Organic Synthesis; Rudi Fasan, Bioorganic and Medicinal Chemistry
  • 2013: Melanie Sanford, Organic Synthesis; Ashraf Brik, Bioorganic and Medicinal Chemistry
  • 2012: Zhang-Jie Shi, Organic Synthesis; B.G. Davis, Bioorganic and Medicinal Chemistry
  • 2011: F. Dean Toste, Organic Synthesis; Carolyn R. Bertozzi, Bioorganic and Medicinal Chemistry
  • 2010: Brian Stoltz, Organic Synthesis; Peter Seeberger, Bioorganic and Medicinal Chemistry
  • 2009: Michael Krische, Organic Synthesis; Carlos Barbas, Bioorganic and Medicinal Chemistry
  • 2008: Justin du Bois, Organic Synthesis; Benjamin Cravatt, Bioorganic and Medicinal Chemistry
  • 2007: John Hartwig, Organic Synthesis; Wilfred van der Donk, Bioorganic and Medicinal Chemistry
  • 2006: Erick Carreira, Organic Synthesis; Jon Ellman, Bioorganic and Medicinal Chemistry
  • 2005: David MacMillan, Organic Synthesis; Laura Kiessling, Bioorganic and Medicinal Chemistry