Solvay Prize rewards a major scientific discovery that could shape tomorrow’s chemistry and help human progress.

 

Selection procedure

 

Nominators first propose external candidates whose achievements in the field of chemistry  – biochemistry, material sciences, soft matter, biophysics and chemical engineering – will shape the chemistry of the future.
 

The nominators are eminent scientists originated from prestigious science institutions, chemical associations, the present and former members of the Advisory Committee and the Scientific Committee for Chemistry of the International Solvay Institutes, the previous laureates of the Rhodia Pierre Gilles de Gennes Prize, guests of Solvay Conferences in Chemistry, and distinguished individuals.

The international jury then selects the winner of the Chemistry for the future Solvay Prize from amongst the list of candidates.

 

Meet the jury

Solvay Prize Jury (2017)
Left to right: Pr Christophe Dobson, Dr Patrick Maestro, Pr Anne de Wit, Dr Paul Baekelmans, Pr Jean-Marie Lehn, Pr Paul Chaiki

The international jury selects the winner of the Chemistry for the future Solvay Prize from amongst the list of candidates proposed by the Nomination Committee.

 

Håkan Wennerström, President of the jury, is Professor of theoretical and physical chemistry at the University of Lund, Sweden. He is a former chairman of the jury for the Nobel Prize in Chemistry.

Paul Chaikin, Professor of Physics at the New York University, USA, specializes in solid state physics, in particular soft matter.

Christopher Dobson, John Humphrey Plummer Professor of Chemical and Structural Biology at the University of Cambridge, and Master of St John’s College, Cambridge, UK, is a specialist in protein folding and misfolding.

Gerhard Ertl, Professor emeritus at the Department of Physical Chemistry, Fritz-Haber-Institut der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft in Berlin, Germany, won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his studies of chemical processes on solid surface.

Jean-Marie Lehn, Professor at the Institut d’Etudes Avancées de l’Université de Strasbourg and Professor emeritus at the Collège de France in Paris. Lehn, an early innovator in the field of supramolecular chemistry, received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his synthesis of cryptands.

Peter G. Schultz, Professor at the Scripps Research Institute in California USA and Director of the California Institute for Biomedical Research. He was awarded the first Chemistry for the future Solvay Prize.

 

With the contribution of Solvay Science advisers:

Paul Baekelmans, Science Adviser to the Solvay Group, is Professor emeritus at the Université Libre de Bruxelles. He chairs the Conseil National de Chimie of the Académie des Sciences de Belgique.

Patrick Maestro, Member of the Académie des Technologies in France, Scientific Director of Solvay, was at he origin of the creation of several joint teams between Solvay, CNRS and universities worldwide.

 

Solvay Prize rewards a major scientific discovery that could shape tomorrow’s chemistry and help human progress.  

 

The Solvay prize, created in 2013, perpetuates the strong support for scientific research given by the founder of the Solvay Group, Ernest Solvay. It is intended to endorse basic research and underline the essential role of chemistry, both as a science and an industry, in helping solve some of the most pressing issues the world is facing. The €300,000 prize is awarded every two years. The Chemistry for the future Solvay Prize was first awarded to Professor Peter G. Schultz and in 2015 to Professor Ben Feringa, who in 2016 won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry

 

The Laureate 2017

Pr Susumu Kitagawa - Solvay Prize 2017

Chemistry for the future Solvay Prize 2017 awarded to Professor Susumu Kitagawa for his work in developing metal organic frameworks, a new class of materials with a range of potential future applications, including the capturing of polluting gases.   

 

The Laureate 2015

Ben Feringa

Chemistry for the future Solvay Prize 2015 awarded to Professor Ben Feringa for his groundbreaking research on molecular motors.

 

The Laureate 2013

Laureate Solvay Prize 2013_Peter G. Schultz

Chemistry for the future Solvay Prize 2013 awarded to Professor Peter G. Schultz for his work at the interface of chemistry and the life sciences.