Reaxys PhD Prize


Reaxys PhD Prize

More than a prize. A vision.

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The Reaxys PhD Prize is the most prestigious prize recognizing young chemists’ work by celebrating the very best in chemistry research being performed worldwide.
Finalists are invited to present their research at the Reaxys PhD Prize Symposium. The very top finalists will have the opportunity to give an oral presentation and 3 winners are selected that day by the members of the Reaxys Advisory Board and PhD Prize Coordinators.

Reaxys PhD Prize introduction
With submissions received from over 400 academic institutions worldwide, the Reaxys PhD Prize is the most important and recognised international Prize for young chemists. No other award will impact the development of a scientist like the Reaxys PhD Prize. Backed by an Advisory Board of internationally accomplished and authoritative chemists; receiving this award boosts careers and leads to new opportunities.

Each year hundreds of submissions are received and reviewed, from which 45 finalists are selected and awarded with:

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Invitation to present their research at the Prize Symposium where 3 winners are selected and receive $2,000 prize money

Lifelong membership to the
Prize Club, a unique, international network of 300+ chemists from all research areas and career paths

Personal and unlimited access to the rich content of Reaxys and Medicinal Chemistry

The Reaxys PhD Prize finalists are composed of talented PhD students or recent graduates who have conducted original, innovative research in synthetic chemistry and have demonstrated excellence in methodology and approach.

Selection criteria include:

  • Originality, innovation

  • Importance to the field

  • Applicability

  • Rigor of approach and methodology

  • Quality and clarity of published work

  • Supporting evidence of accomplishments (I.e., supervisor’s letter of recommendation, publication list)

Alison Wendlandt, 2016 Reaxys PhD Prize finalist, talks about the opportunity that the Prize represents and how it rewards creativity
and people who try to think out-of-the-box.


The review and decision process is managed by the Chairs of the Review Board:

Watch these videos of the Reaxys Advisory Board members explaining the best reasons to submit for the Reaxys PhD Prize


Winners of the 2017 Reaxys PhD Prize Announced

Shanghai, 20 October 2017

The 3 winners were chosen after the top 10 shortlisted finalists each gave a 15 minute oral presentation describing the essence of their research. These oral presentations enabled the finalists to display a great skill any researcher requires: the ability to succinctly describe their work. The presentations were judged by the members of the Reaxys Advisory Board and Chairs of the Reaxys PhD Prize review board.

The 2017 Reaxys PhD Prize winners are:

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Joshua Barham from the Murphy group, University of Strathclyde
Presentation title: Contra-Thermodynamic Hydrogen Atom Transfer: The Selective N-CH3 Functionalisation of Trialkylamines

Moritz Malischewski from the Seppelt group, Freie University of Berlin
Presentation title: Organometallic Chemistry in Superacids

Changchun Yuan from the Liu group, Sichuan University
Presentation title: Total Syntheses of Bolivianine, Sarcandrolide J and Shizukaol D: Inspired but not Limited by Nature

The judges deliberated at length. The presentations were all of the highest quality. The shortlisted finalists were challenged to discuss the key aspects of their research in a crisp and critical manner. The panel of experts were impressed at how prepared the candidates were. A cheque for $2,000 will be presented to each winner, and they will join a list of illustrious previous finalists and winners, the Reaxys Prize Club.

Go to:
> Announcement of the 45 finalists
> Announcement of the 10 shortlisted candidates



Submission Requirements

Submissions for the 8th annual Reaxys PhD Prize closed on 13 March 2017.

Reaxys PhD Prize Submission requirementsTo submit an application, you must meet the following rules and requirements:

  • The Reaxys PhD Prize is open to students currently in a PhD program or who completed their PhD after 1 January of current year.

  • Consideration is given to all areas of chemistry; however, areas of synthetic chemistry (e.g., organic, inorganic, organometallic, coordination, medical, materials, and polymer chemistry) are emphasized.

  • Applications from only one candidate per research group can be accepted.

  • Completed applications must be submitted online and must consist of:

    1. An example of an accepted, peer-reviewed article that primarily showcases your work.

    2. Your CV (resumé)

    3. A letter of recommendation from your PhD supervisor. The letter should include:

      • An overview of your qualifications and details about your achievements during your PhD studies.

      • A description of your role in the research submitted, highlighting specifically your contribution to the paper included in the application.

  • Applicants who have submitted for the Prize in previous year(s) must submit a new paper that features new and innovative research.

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Previous Finalists and Winners of the Reaxys PhD Prize

Reaxys PhD Prize previous years finalists

Each year, from hundreds of submissions, 45 talented finalists are chosen to present their research at the Reaxys Prize Symposium. From them, three winners are selected and win $2,000. All finalists and winners gain access to the exclusive Reaxys Prize Club.

Read about the research of these exceptional chemists who are pushing the boundaries and defining the future of chemistry.


2016 Winners:

Pascal Ellerbrock - 2016 Reaxys PhD Prize Winner Jamie Hicks - 2016 Reaxys PhD Prize Winner Jiheong Kang - 2015 Reaxys PhD Prize Winner

Pascal Ellerbrock

Jamie Hicks

Jiheong Kang

Article:An Eight-Step Synthesis of Epicolactone Reveals its Biosynthetic Origin

Journal: Nature Chemistry, 2015

PhD University: Ludwig-Maximilian University of Munich

Supervisor:Prof Dirk Trauner

Article: A Two-Coordinate Manganese(0) Complex with an Unsupported Mn–Mg Bond: Allowing Access to Low Coordinate Homo- and Heterobimetallic Compounds

Journal: Journal of the American Chemical Society, 2014

PhD University: Monash University

Supervisor: Prof Cameron Jones

Article: A rational strategy for the realization of chain-growth supramolecular polymerization

Journal: Science, 2015

PhD University: University of Tokyo

Supervisor:Prof Takuzo Aida

2016 Finalists:

Laura Ackerman
Xiangzhao Ai
Dalal Alezi
Nickolas Anderson
Sukdev Bag
Cyril Bucher
Nicholas Calta
Yuxiang Chen
Chuyang Cheng
Nicholas Chilton
Lauren Doyle
Samuel Drew
Pascal Ellerbrock
Priyabrata Ghana
Ryan Gianatassio
Sebastian Grundner
Fathy Hassan
Jamie Hicks
Alexander Hinz
Sarah Holliday
Cedric Hugelshofer
Matthias Hussong
Jiheong Kang
Isaac Kimsey
Koji Kubota
Matthias Leiendecker
Houhua Li
Jarad Mason
Yusuke Masuda
Yudai Matsuda
Manish Mishra
Mattia Monaco
Kei Muto
Amit Nagarkar
Masaya Nakajima
Eric Newcomb
Hiroya Oshima
Quanquan Pang
Liam Sharninghausen
Megan Shaw
Robert Straker
Yu Sun
Conghui Tang
Alison Wendlandt
Tomoki Yoneda

2015 Winners:

Andrew Jupp - 2015 Reaxys PhD Prize Winner John Tellis - 2015 Reaxys PhD Prize Winner Shinnosuke Uno - 2015 Reaxys PhD Prize Winner

Andrew Jupp

John Tellis

Shin-nosuke Uno

Article: Phosphinecarboxamide: A Phosphorus-Containing Analogue of Urea and Stable Primary Phosphine

Journal: Journal of the American Chemical Society, 2013

PhD University: University of Oxford

Supervisor: Prof Jose Goicoechea

Article: Single-electron transmetalation in organoboron cross-coupling by photoredox/nickel dual catalysis

Journal: Science, 2014

PhD University: University of Pennsylvania

Supervisor: Prof Gary Molander

Article: A spontaneously blinking fluorophore based on intramolecular spirocyclization for live-cell super-resolution imaging

Journal: Nature Chemistry, 2014

PhD University: University of Tokyo

Supervisor: Prof Yasuteru Urano

2015 Finalists:

Jonathan Bauer
Keith Bentley
Nicholas Bruno
Matthew Burns
Cecilia Casadei
Pavla Eliasova
Patrick Fier
Meng Gao
Alvaro Gutierrez Bonet
William Hart-Cooper
Hiroki Hayashi
Jian He
Tomohiro Higashino
Yunzhe Jiao
Andrew Jupp
Eric Keske
Alexander Kilpatrick
Sandra King
Peter Korevaar
Matthew Langton
Hsin-Yu Lee
Gang Li
Lauren Longobardi
Javier López Andarias
Titus Masese
Chiara Musumeci
Steven O'Sullivan
Kelli Ogawa
Henry Pepper
Brandon Rosen
Tanmoy Saha
Alexander Schoedel
Sivaprakash Sengodan
Indranil Sinha
John Tellis
Shigenobu Umemiya
Daiki Umeyama
Shin-nosuke Uno
Amit Vernekar
Xiao-Ye Wang
Jens Willwacher
Tomohiro Yasukawa
Chenjie Zeng
Taotao Zou
Thorsten vom Stein

2014 Winners:

Dawen Niu - 2014 Reaxys PhD Prize Winner Changxia Yuan - 2014 Reaxys PhD Prize Winner

Zoey Herm

Dawen Niu

Changxia Yuan

Article: Separation of Hexane Isomers in a Metal-Organic Framework with Triangular Channels

Journal: Science, 2013

PhD University: University of California, Berkeley

Supervisor: Prof Jeffrey Long

Article: The aromatic ene reaction

Journal: Nature Chemistry, 2014

PhD University: University of Minnesota

Supervisor: Prof Thomas Hoye

Article: Metal-free oxidation of aromatic carbon–hydrogen

Journal: Nature, 2013

PhD University: University of Texas at Austin

Supervisor: Prof Dionicio Siegel

2014 Finalists:

Liam Ball
Richard Brimioulle
Allan Jay Cardenas
William Chance
Fanny Cherblanc
Fabio Denis Romero
Bernd Elsler
Chao Feng
Tomohiro Fukushima
Lydia Gilday
Craig Gorin
Paul Gormisky
Nicholas Green
Zoey Herm
Stephen Ho
Takahiro Horibe
Shaowei Hu
Todd Hyster
Nicholas Isley
Xavier Just-Baringo
Ji-Woong Lee
Hee Nam Lim
David Liptrot
Qingquan Lu
Mukesh Mahajan
Steve McKerrall
Haruki Mizoguchi
Sanjog Nagarkar
Dawen Niu
Haruka Omachi
Kasper Pedersen
Peter Rayner
Michael Schedler
Scott Semproni
Samudra Sengupta
Kohei Takahashi
Arnau Verdaguer Casadevall
Anna Wagner
Xi Wang
Baihua Ye
Xie Yinjun
Changxia Yuan
Taiga Yurino
Martin Zahel
You-Quan Zou

2013 Winners :

Martin Donakowski

Max Hansmann

Johannes Heppekausen

Article: The role of polar, lamdba (Λ)-shaped building units in noncentrosymmetric inorganic structures.

Journal:Journal of the American Chemical Society, 2012

University:Northwestern University

Supervisor:Prof Kenneth R. Poeppelmeier

Article:Mechanistic Switch in Dual Gold Catalysis of Diynes: C(sp3)–H Activation through Bifurcation — Vinylidene versus Carbene Pathways

Journal:Angewandte Chemie, 2013

University:University of Heidelberg

Supervisor:Prof A. Stephen K. Hashmi

Article:Optimized Synthesis, Structural Investigations, Ligand Tuning and Synthetic Evaluation of Silyloxy-Based Alkyne Metathesis Catalysts

Journal:Chemistry a European Journal, 2012

University:Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung

Supervisor:Prof Alois Fürstner

2013 Finalists:

Sergey Adonin
Christopher M. Bates
Parijat Borah
Andrew Cairns
Christopher Caputo
Pradip Chakraborty
Hiroaki Chiba
Daniel Cohen
Laurent Debien
Fabian Ehret
Albert Fahrenbach
Daishi Fujita
Ke Gao
Chuan He
Kenji Hirai
Yohei Ishida
Andreas Kaiser
Tzu-Pin Lin
Wei Lv
Emma McInturff
Bill Morandi
Shunsuke Oishi
Sebastian Pike
Xin Qian
Daniel Robbins
Dragos Rosca
Ramya Sambasivan
Santanu Sarkar
Sebastian Schmidt
Mette Schmøkel
Mika Shiramizu
Katsuhiko Takeuchi
Gaël Ung
Kevin Williamson
Gene Wong
Yuzhou Wu
Xu Xue
Xiaoyu Yang
Da-Gang Yu
Rong Zeng
Gen Zhang
Shaoguang Zhang

2012 Winners:

Gregory Hamilton
Debashis Mandal
Craig Stivala
Article: A Powerful Chiral Counterion Strategy for Asymmetric Transition Metal Catalysis
Journal: Science, 2007
University: University of California, Berkeley
Supervisor: Prof. Dean Toste
Article:Synthesis of Dragmacidin D via Direct C–H Couplings
Journal:Journal of the American Chemical Society, 2011
University: Nagoya University
Supervisor: Prof. Kenichiro Itami
Article: Highly Enantioselective Direct Alkylation of Arylacetic Acids with Chiral Lithium Amides as Traceless Auxiliaries
Journal:Journal of the American Chemical Society, 2011
University:University of California, Santa Barbara
Supervisor: Prof. Armen Zakarian

2012 Finalists:

Crisita Atienza Marie-Gabrielle Braun Sarah Bronner
David Bunck Yunfei Cai Mesut Cakmak
Andy Chapman Stefan Benson Nicholas Evans
Charles Frazier Niankai Fu Fang Gao
Thomas Gøgsig Durga Prasada Rao Hari Phillip Inglesby
Tomohiro Iwai Justin Kim Andrew Kyle
Paraskevi Lagaditis Chi Chung Lee Alastair Lennox
Zhi Li Felicitas Lips Min Lu
Jie Luo Matthew MacDonald Steffen Müller
Kei Murakami Kyungsu Na Yuki Naganawa
Wesley Sattler Joerg Schrittwieser Tae Ho Shin
Kenji Sumida Basker Sundararaju Takayuki Tanaka
Ryo Tanaka Philipp Winter Miao Yu
Wei Zhang Fangrui Zhong Zhiwei Zuo

2011 Winners:

Vikram Bhat
Steven Malcolmson
Dixit Parmar
Article: Total Synthesis of N - Methylwelwitindolinone D Isonitrile
Journal, Year: Journal of the American Chemical Society, 2011
University: University of Chicago
Supervisor: Prof. Viresh Rawal
Article: Highly Efficient Molybdenum - Based Catalysts for Enantioselective Alkene Metathesis
Journal, Year: Nature, 2008
University: Boston College
Supervisor: Prof. Amir Hoveyda
Article: Reductive cyclisation cascades of lactones using SmI2-H2O
Journal, Year: Journal of the American Chemical Society, 2011
University: University of Manchester
Supervisor: Prof. David Procter

2011 Finalists:

Jenefer Alam Robert Andrews Abdulkader Baroudi
Alan Burns Matthew Cain Justin Chalker
Changle Chen Karl Collins Lei Fang
Anastasia Hager Xiaoyu Han Shenshen Hu
Masayuki Iwasaki Pankaj Jain Liqun Jin
Ronen Kreizman Christian Andreas Kuttruff Florian Löbermann
Andreas Lorbach Liang-Qiu Lu Ting Ma
Michael Muratore Timothy Newhouse Weidong Rao
Urs Rauwald Alexander Reznichenko Sarah Ryan
Subhas Samanta Corinna Schindler Christopher Serpell
Xiao Shen Zhuangzhi Shi Andrey Solovyev
Johannes Sprafke Haichao Xu Charles Yeung
Elena Zaborova Jason Zbieg Qi Zhang
Haiyan Zhao Jun Feng Zhao Qianghui Zhou

2010 Winners:

Thomas Maimone
Hiroyuki Miyamura
Robert Phipps
Article: Total Synthesis of Vinigro
Journal: Journal of the American Chemical Society
University: The Scripps Research Institute
Supervisor: Prof. Phil S. Baran
Article: Aerobic Oxidation of Alcohols at Room Temperature and Atmospheric Conditions Catalyzed by Reusable Gold Nanoclusters Stabilized by the Benzene Rings of Polystyrene Derivatives
Journal: Angewandte Chemie
University: University of Tokyo
Supervisor: Prof. Shu Kobayashi
Article: RA Meta-Selective Copper-Catalyzed CH Bond Arylation
Journal: Science
University: University of Cambridge
Supervisor: Prof.Matthew Gaunt

2010 Finalists:

Victoria Blair Justin Chalker Justin Christy
Nicholas Deprez Guangbin Dong Alessandro D'Urso
Brett Fors Xiao Fu Takeru Furuya
Stefan Graber Yuan Han Takanori Iwasaki
Liqun Jin Michael Katz Florian Kessler
Bala Krishna Juluri Ravi Kumar Rohit Kumar Sharma
Connor Martin Teresa Martinez del Campo Megan Matthews
Paul Mcgonigal David Michaelis Evan Miller
Thomas Moss Devon Mundal Julia Neumann
Tobias Seiser Ponminor Senthil Kumar Lauren Sirois
Christof Sparr Jason Spruell Yuto Sumida
Kosuke Suzuki Giulia Tagliabue Jason Thomas
Hirofumi Ueda Akira Ueda Oleg Vechorkin
Dieter Weber Peter Wich Akira Yada