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    Prof. Sarah Reisman (Caltech, USA) and Dr. Margaret Faul at the prize ceremony at the ESOC in Vienna 2019.


Prof. Sarah Reisman is the Women in Chemistry Award Winner 2019

Sarah Reisman from the California Institute of Technology has been chosen as the first recipient of the Dr. Margaret Faul Award for Women in Chemistry

Science of Synthesis and Thieme Chemistry are delighted to announce that the 2019 Women in Chemistry Award Winner is Prof. Sarah Reisman from Caltech, CA, USA. The award was presented to Prof. Reisman at the 21st European Symposium on Organic Chemistry in Vienna, Austria.


About Sarah Reisman

Sarah Reisman began her independent career at Caltech in 2008. Since that time, she has established a world-class, innovative research program on the total synthesis of a diverse array of complex biologically active natural products. The creativity of her research has provided not only advances in fundamental chemistry but also lasting additions to the repertoire of useful methods available to synthetic chemists.

Read more about her research.



Dr. Margaret Faul, Science of Synthesis Editor and Name Giver of the Award, about the first recipient:

“I am very excited that the award to recognize women scientists whose innovative ideas and groundbreaking approaches advance new, sustainable technologies and processes has been so well-received. We obtained many outstanding nominations for the award, and I am delighted that Prof. Sarah Reisman was selected as the first awardee. At Caltech, she has established an innovative research program in natural-product total synthesis and her significant accomplishments advance our fundamental knowledge of chemistry and expand the repertoire of new synthetic methods that are available to chemists. Sarah Reisman is also a tremendous role model for women in science and truly deserves to be the first recipient of this award.”



About the Dr. Margaret Faul Women in Chemistry Award

The prize is awarded to a young woman of any nationality within the first 15 years of her independent career in chemical research in recognition of the candidate’s outstanding achievements in organic chemistry, broadly defined to include medicinal, biological, organometallic, or materials chemistry, and related areas. The award is presented every two years and includes an award of €5,000.




Members of the 2018 Selection Committee

Alois Fuerstner  Muelheim/Ruhr, Germany 
Margaret M. Faul Thousand Oaks, CA, USA 
Erick M. Carreira  Zurich, Switzerland 
Janine Cossy  Paris, France 
Veronique Gouverneur  Oxford, UK 
Robert H. Grubbs  Pasadena, CA, USA 
Kyoko Nozaki  Tokyo, Japan 
Rebecca T. Ruck  Kenilworth, NJ, USA 

Read more about the award.

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