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ChemComm Emerging Investigator Lectureship 2021 – nominations now open!

We are pleased to welcome nominations for the 2021 Emerging Investigator Lectureship for ChemComm.
All nominations must be received by 1st February 2021.

ChemComm Emerging Investigator Lectureship

  • Recognises emerging scientists in the early stages of their independent academic career.
  • Eligible nominees should have completed their PhD in 2013 or later. Appropriate consideration will be given to those who have taken a career break or followed a different study path.

Lectureship details

  • The award aims to recognise emerging scientists in the early stages of their independent academic career. The winner will be invited to present a lecture on their work, as well as receive £1500 and a certificate of recognition.
  • The recipient will be asked to contribute a review article for the journal.

How to nominate

  • Self-nomination is not permitted. Nominators must send the following to the editorial team via chemcomm-rsc@rsc.org by 1st February 2021.
  • Recommendation letter, including the name, contact details and website URL of the nominee.
  • A one-page CV for the nominee, including a summary of their education, dates of key career achievements, a list of up to five of their top independent publications, total numbers of publications and patents, and other indicators of esteem, together with evidence of career independence.
  • A copy of the candidate’s best publication to date (as judged by the nominator).
  • Two supporting letters of recommendation from two independent referees. These should not be someone from the same institution or the candidate’s post doc or PhD supervisor.
  • The nominator and independent referees should comment on the candidate’s presenting skills.

Incomplete nominations or those not adhering to the above requirements will not be considered, and nominees will not be contacted regarding any missing or incorrect documents.

Selection procedure

  • The editorial team will screen each nomination for eligibility and draw up a shortlist of candidates based on the nomination documents provided.
  • The recipient of the lectureship will then be selected and endorsed by a selection panel composed of members of the ChemComm Editorial Board. The winner will be announced in the summer of 2021.

NB: Please note that members of the selection panel from the ChemComm Editorial Board are not eligible to nominate, or provide references, for this lectureship.

For any queries, please contact the editorial team at chemcomm-rsc@rsc.org.

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Bill Morandi: Winner of the ChemComm Emerging Investigator Lectureship 2020!

On behalf of the ChemComm Editorial Board, we are pleased to announce the winner of the 2020 ChemComm Emerging Investigator Lectureship – Professor Bill Morandi (ETH Zurich)! Our warmest congratulations to Bill!

Bill Morandi studied at the ETH Zurich from 2003–2012, earning a B.Sc. in Biology, an M.Sc. in Chemical Biology and a PhD in Organic Chemistry working with Prof. Erick M. Carreira. After a postdoc with Prof. Robert H. Grubbs at CalTech, he led an independent Max Planck Research Group from 2014–2018 at the Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung in Germany. Since July 2018, he is a tenured Associate Professor at the Laboratorium für Organische Chemie (ETH Zurich), where he holds a chair in synthetic organic chemistry.

His research program targets the development of new concepts in catalysis, with a particular emphasis on employing inexpensive and sustainable catalysts to transform broadly available feedstocks, such as polyols and hydrocarbons, into valuable building blocks for applications in medicine and materials science. His research program has been recognized by several honours, including the Novartis Early Career Award in Organic Chemistry, the Bayer Early Excellence in Science Award, the Carl Duisberg Memorial Prize from the German Chemical Society, the Ružička Prize from the ETH Zurich and the Academy Prize for Chemistry from the Göttingen Academy of Sciences and Humanities. You can also learn more about Bill’s group and research on Twitter @morandilab.

“I dedicate this award to current and past group members who have all made invaluable contributions to the group’s success in the past 6 years. It is certainly a special honour to receive this award as I greatly value the scientific excellence of the journal Chemical Communications

Learn more about Bill’s research by reading his Communication in ChemComm:

Atom-economical cobalt-catalysed regioselective coupling of epoxides and aziridines with alkenes
Gabriele Prina Cerai & Bill Morandi
Chem. Commun., 2016, 52, 9769-9772

This article will be free to read from 10th August – 7th September 2020.

As part of the Lectureship award, Bill will be presenting a number of lectures over the coming year. Details of the lectures will be announced in due course but keep an eye on Twitter @ChemCommun for details!

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