The Reaxys PhD Prize 2020
Now celebrating its 10th anniversary, the Reaxys PhD Prize recognizes accomplished young chemists for their innovative and rigorous research. This global competition is open to anyone who is doing or has recently completed a PhD in any discipline of chemistry.
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.
Dr. Min Lu, one of our 2012 finalists, discusses his role in the Discovery Chemistry team at Merck Research Laboratories in Boston and what spurred his transition from academia to industry in 2015.
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Professor Donna M. Huryn is one of the newest members of the Reaxys Advisory Board. An internationally recognized medicinal chemist, with an interest in the design and synthesis of small molecules probes and drugs to treat cancer and neurodegenerative diseases, read more about her research and advice for women in STEM.
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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 2019 winners
In Amsterdam in October 2019, these three young chemists were awarded the Reaxys PhD Prize 2019. They were chosen after each of the ten 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.
Mr. Michael Geeson from the Cummins group, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Presentation title: Phosphoric acid as a precursor to chemicals traditionally synthesized from white phosphorus
Dr. Yujia Qing from the Bayley group, University of Oxford
Presentation title: Directional control of a processive molecular hopper
Dr. Aaron Trowbridge from the Gaunt group, University of Cambridge
Presentation title: Multicomponent synthesis of tertiary alkylamines by photocatalytic olefin-hydroaminoalkylation
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