The Reaxys PhD Prize
The Reaxys PhD Prize recognizes accomplished young chemists for their innovative and rigorous research. It is a global competition, open to anyone who is doing or has recently completed a PhD in any discipline of chemistry. In 2020 the prize celebrated its 10th anniversary. In 2021 the competition will pause its annual cadence and will be closed for submissions. Visit this page to keep up to date with the latest news regarding the competition and to catch up on the 2020 symposium.
A unique global competition judged by world-renowned chemists
The opportunity to join an exclusive community of chemists
The chance to present your research to an audience of your peers
An internationally recognized award for high-quality research
The Reaxys PhD Prize
Open to PhD students in the chemical sciences, the Reaxys PhD Prize is a great way to gain recognition for your research. Submissions are judged by the Review Board, a group of highly respected and internationally renowned chemists. Don’t miss your opportunity — make sure you have all the details on how to apply!
The Reaxys Prize Club
The finalists of each edition of the Prize receive lifelong membership in the Reaxys Prize Club, an exclusive international network of chemists from all research areas and career paths. With events and a private forum, there are plenty of opportunities to connect with the 350+ members of the Club!
Reaxys PhD Prize Community News
This is the home for interviews and all articles related to the Reaxys PhD Prize. This is your chance to get to know more about Reaxys Advisory Board and Reaxys Prize Club members as well as seeing what's going on with the current edition of the competition.
Reaxys PhD Prize winners talk about their unique career choices and share career advice for early-career researchers
Three 2020 Reaxys PhD prize winners talk about how they made bold career moves and see where it led them.
Dr. Ana García Herraiz, 2019 finalist of the Reaxys PhD Prize, is now a postdoctoral researcher at the École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne. Find out more about her research, and what work has been like during the pandemic.
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The Reaxys PhD Prize Symposium
Each edition of the Reaxys PhD Prize closes with the Symposium, where the shortlisted finalists present their research and the Review Board decides on the 3 winners. The Symposium is a celebratory gathering with special events, a keynote presentation, a gala dinner and of course, the awards ceremony!
The Reaxys Advisory Board
The Reaxys Advisory Board members are all internationally recognized leaders in chemistry, visionary scientists and influential researchers. They are committed to cultivating the enormous potential and supporting the creativity and perspectives of outstanding young chemists and guiding the efforts of the Reaxys PhD Prize organizers.
Our 2020 winners
These three early career chemists were awarded the Reaxys PhD Prize 2020 during a virtual Symposium which took place from Sept-30 to Oct-2 2020. They were chosen after each of the eleven shortlisted finalists gave 15-minute presentations describing the essence of their research. They proved to have all the skills and talent expected from a Reaxys PhD Prize winner.
Dr. Jianchun Wang
PhD Institution: University of Chicago
PhD Supervisor: Prof. Guangbin Dong
Research submission: Designing New Cocatalysts for Palladium/ Norbornene Cooperative Catalysis
Mr. Rupert Proctor
PhD Institution: University of Cambridge
PhD Supervisor: Dr Robert Phipps
Research submission: Development of catalytic enantioselective Minisci-type reactions
Dr. Keiichi Yano
PhD Institution: University of Tokyo
PhD Supervisor: Professor Yoshimitsu Itoh
Research submission: Supramolecular Polymerization in Liquid Crystalline Media
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