ACS awards and honors for EPFL scientists

Professors Mazzanti, Chergui, Aye, and Queen. Credit: EPFL

Professors Mazzanti, Chergui, Aye, and Queen. Credit: EPFL

Four scientists from EPFL’s Institute of Chemical Sciences and Engineering have won awards and honors from the American Chemical Society.

The American Chemical Society (ACS) is one of the largest scientific societies in the world, numbering nearly 157,000 members. Each year, the ACS gives various awards and honors to researchers to recognize their contributions across various fields of chemistry.

The ACS has now announced the 2021 winners of 60 different awards. Among them are three scientists working with EPFL’s Institute of Chemical Sciences and Engineering (ISIC):

Professor Marinella Mazzanti receives the F. Albert Cotton Award in Synthetic Inorganic Chemistry, which recognizes “distinguished work in synthetic inorganic chemistry”. Professor Mazzanti is also the first recipient of the award working outside the USA.

Professor Majed Chergui receives the Ahmed Zewail Award in Ultrafast Science & Technology, which recognizes “outstanding and creative contributions to fundamental discoveries in ultrafast science & technology.”

Professor Yimon Aye receives an Arthur C. Cope Scholars Award, which recognizes and encourages “excellence in organic chemistry.”

In addition, Professor Wendy Queen has been included among the 2020 Talented 12 of the ACS magazine “Chemical & Engineering News”, which every year highlights “a dozen young rising stars who are using chemical know-how to change the world.”

“It’s been a great year for Chemistry in the EPF domain,” says Professor Lyndon Emsley, ISIC’s Director. “In addition to EPFL’s winners, Professors Peter Chen and Helma Wennemers from ETHZ also won ACS awards. Considering that only ten ACS awards went to scientists outside the USA, EPFL and ETHZ winning a total of five is pretty impressive.”