Awards of 118 Elements

Periodic Table of Younger Chemists

 IUPAC and IYCN (International Younger Chemists Network) announced the creation of a Periodic Table of Younger Chemists. They will honor 118 outstanding younger chemists from around the world and they will be requested to join the award ceremony to be held in Paris in July 2019. Japanese younger chemists are also encouraged to pay attention to these awards. This is also part of the memorial project celebrating both IYPT2019 and IUPAC100. Nominations are now being accepted and IUPAC will select prize winners in collaboration with IYCN by spending a year until around June 2019.

 The prizes will be awarded to those who contributed to the achievement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), those who increased the public understanding of chemistry, those who fostered diversity in the chemical industry, those who worked to improve chemical and scientific education, and those who contributed to the development of multidisciplinary and international collaboration in chemical research. Nominee should be selected from those currently pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in chemistry or a related field, holding an undergraduate or graduate degree in chemistry, and working in the field of chemistry or a related field. Also, nominees aged 40 years old or under are eligible to enter for this prize. Please nominate a suitable candidate if there is any. Self-nominations are also encouraged.

The beginning of June 2018 was the deadline for the first selection. After July, the 1st day of each month will be the closing day for the application. As of September 1, 2018, awardees for 32 elements (Cu, Pb, Au, Ag, Fe, C, Sn, S, Hg, Zn, As, Sb, P, Co, Pt, Ni, Bi, Mg, H, O, N, Ba, Cl, Mn, Mo, W, Te, Sr, Zr, U, Ti, and Y) are almost determined. The awardees who have been already announced are as follows.

 

Award of Copper(Cu)was given to Ms. Kelly Summers, Ph.D. candidate in Canada. She uses Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource to investigate the role of copper in the Alzheimer's brain. She clarified how the treatment drug of Alzheimer may bind the specific combination with the copper ion in the patient's brain.

 

Award of Iron (Fe) was given to Dr. Elizabeth New, Associate professor at the University of Sydney. She succeeded in developing fluorescent sensors that emit light to visualize biochemical changes in the body caused by a disease using her original molecular sensor. As a result, lighting up where and how the body is experiencing oxidative stress became possible.

 

Awardees were also selected for following elements;

 

Next selections will be focused on the following two:

 

We hope that younger Japanese chemists will also win some of the 118 awards. Please recommend your candidates. Self-nominations are also encouraged!