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Young Chemist Prize 2017

04 January 2018


PDF icon Poster for the Young Chemist Prize 2017

Call for submissions

A prize will be given for the most outstanding Irish PhD thesis in the general area of the chemical sciences. The prize, kindly sponsored by Henkel Ireland Operations & Research, includes an award of €2,500.The winner will be nominated by the Physical, Chemical and Mathematical Sciences Committee of the Royal Irish Academy to go forward for the International Prize for Young Chemists sponsored by IUPAC.

Applicants must:

  • 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.
  • 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 2017.
  • Supply a listing of all published material arising from the PhD research performed.
  • Provide two supporting letters (sent by email), one from the thesis adviser and one additional faculty member. These letters should comment on the qualifications, contribution to publications and accomplishments of the applicant and the significance of the thesis work.

All documentation (in PDF format) should be emailed to by Friday 12 January 2018 at noon.

The 2016 winner Dr Fergus Poynton of the Royal Irish Academy Young Chemist Prize was nominated by the Academy for the prestigious International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry-Solvay International Award for Young Chemists.

Fergus was selected as one of five winners of the International Award for Young Chemists and was presented with his award at the World Chemistry Congress in Sao Paulo, Brazil in July.  Click here to read more about Fergus and his research.

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