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Kathleen Lonsdale RIA Chemistry Prize

Each year the Physical, Chemical and Mathematical Sciences Committee selects a winner for a young chemistry prize, which is generously sponsored by Henkel.

Applications for the Kathleen Lonsdale RIA Chemistry Prize 2019 opened in December 2019 and closed on 20 January at 12 noon.

The prize (previously known as the Young Chemist Prize), is given for the most outstanding Irish PhD thesis in the general area of the chemical sciences as described in a 1000 word essay. The prize, kindly sponsored by Henkel, includes an award of €1,000.

The winner will also be nominated by the Physical, Chemical and Mathematical Sciences Committee to go forward for the 2020 IUPAC-SOLVAY International Award for Young Chemists.


  • One must have received their PhD degree or completed all PhD requirements from a University or Institute of Technology in the Republic of Ireland or Northern Ireland, including a successful defence of the doctoral thesis during the calendar year 2019.
  • The research described in the entrant’s thesis must be in the field of the chemical sciences, defined as “chemistry and those disciplines and technologies that make significant use of chemistry.”

How to apply:

  • Submit a 1,000 word essay (maximum, but figures are permitted) describing the thesis work and placing it in perspective relative to current research in the chemical sciences
  • Supply a listing of all published material arising from the PhD research performed.
  • Provide two supporting letters, one from the thesis adviser and one additional faculty member who is familiar with the applicant’s thesis work. These letters should comment on the qualifications, contribution to publications and accomplishments of the applicant and the significance of the thesis work.

Read more about the 2019 winner, Dr Yikai Xu of Queen's University Belfast here

Data Protection: All personal data collected will be used solely for the purpose of assessing applications in line with RIA General Data Protection Regulations.

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