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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