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Pure Appl. Chem. Vol. 76, No. 2, p. iv (2004)

Pure and Applied Chemistry

Vol. 76, Issue 2

Special topic articles featuring the 2003 Winners of the IUPAC Prize for Young Chemists

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The IUPAC Prize for Young Chemists seeks to encourage participation of young scientists throughout the world in an annual competition that requires candidates to submit short essays based upon the topic of their Ph.D. studies. These works, together with supporting recommendations from senior chemists with whom the candidates have worked, are judged by an international panel of chemists, chaired by the incumbent Past President of IUPAC. The prizewinners each receive a cash prize of USD 1000 and a free trip to an IUPAC Congress, at which they are invited to present a poster describing their award-winning work.

Since its inception, this award has attracted growing international attention from candidates and their mentors, and offers a unique way of challenging and recognizing exceptionally talented young chemists. Apart from tangible rewards, the recipients enjoy the opportunity of highlighting and promoting their contributions to exciting new areas of science in a distinctive way. The jury undertook the difficult task of evaluating 34 entries from 13 countries for the 2003 competition, and eventually selected five young scientists, who received their prizes to enthusiastic acclaim during the 39th IUPAC Congress in Ottawa on 10-15 August 2003. The high standard of the entries is reflected in recognition of three unsuccessful participants, whose entries were singled out for honorable mention.

An additional innovation, introduced in 2002, has been to invite prizewinners to submit manuscripts on aspects of their research topics, for consideration as short, critical review articles to be published in Pure and Applied Chemistry. Following peer review, the first collection appeared in Pure Appl. Chem.74, 2021-2081 (2002), and encouraged the view that it offers sufficient readership appeal to become a regular special topic feature of the journal. Accordingly, it is a pleasure to acknowledge the enthusiastic participation of the following 2003 prizewinners in the project, culminating in publication of four critical reviews that appear on the ensuing pages:

  • Roman Boulatov, Stanford University, USA (currently at Harvard University)
  • Gonzalo Cosa, University of Ottawa, Canada (currently at University of Texas at Austin)
  • Martin Trent Lemaire, University of Victoria, Canada (currently at Memorial University of Newfoundland)
  • Kaihsu Tai, University of California, San Diego, CA, USA (currently at Oxford University)

Dr. Alan Hayes
Past President of IUPAC

IUPAC Prize Committee: Alan Hayes (Chairman, UK); Chunli Bai (China); Werner Klein (Germany); S. Chandrasekaran (India); Gerd M. Rosenblatt (USA); Thomas T. Tidwell (Canada).


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