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.

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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

The Reaxys PhD Prize 2019 | Elsevier

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!

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The Reaxys Prize Club

The Reaxys Prize Club | Elsevier

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!

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Reaxys PhD Prize Community News

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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.

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Inspired by synthetic chemistry heroes


Dr. Changxia Yuan, 2014 winner of the Reaxys PhD Prize, is now senior research investigator at Bristol-Myers Squibb. Discover more about his research heroes and an upcoming webinar showcasing his work.
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Dedication to teaching, mentoring and social responsibility


Professor Laura Ackerman of Arizona State University, one of the 2016 Reaxys PhD Prize finalists, recently joined us to talk about her career, how she mentors younger chemists, and the importance of networking with other women in chemistry.
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The Reaxys PhD Prize Symposium

The Reaxys PhD Prize Symposium | Elsevier

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!

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The Reaxys Advisory Board

The Reaxys Advisory Board | Elsevier

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.

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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.

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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

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Dr. Yujia Qing from the Bayley group, University of Oxford

Presentation title: Directional control of a processive molecular hopper

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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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