25 June 2014

Copenhagen chemistry student nominated for distinguished award

Award Nominee

In just a few years the international award, Reaxys PhD prize has become the most significant honour a student of chemistry could hope to win. Now PhD student Kasper Steen Pedersen at University of Copenhagen has been nominated to receive the prize and he is understandably proud.

"This is more important than any Oscar or other film award!

Kasper Steen Pedersen

Ph.D student

Department of Chemistry

University of Copenhagen

"This is more important than any Oscar or other film award”, laughs Pedersen. “I am thrilled at the nomination which is a recognition of our contributions to synthetic inorganic chemistry. But it’s a tough field. I am up against some of the best young chemists in the world”, says Pedersen.

Crafty chemistry should lead to microscopic electronics

Kasper Steen Pedersen investigates molecular magnetism at the Department of Chemistry, University of Copenhagen. The field is one that might give us computer memory millions of times more compact than what we have today. But in order to produce these microscopic memory magnets, researchers need to develop some quite cunning new chemical methods.

Tough competition for clever chemist

540 young PhDs from all over the globe were proposed for the three prizes and just 45 have now been nominated. All have carried out original and innovative research within all branches of synthetic chemistry and have demonstrated excellence in method and approach. Some have even published their research in top-of-the-line periodicals such as Nature and Science.

All nominees are already winners

Apart from the chance to become one of the three winners of the 2,000 US dollar prizes, Pedersen feels that, in a manner of speaking, all nominees have already won. The nominees are invited to attend the 2014 version of the ” Reaxys Inspiring Chemistry Conference”, an interdisciplinary chemistry conference which takes place in the picturesque alpine village Grindewald this year. But even more important to Pedersen is the fact that all nominees are also invited to join the prestigious “Reaxys Prize Club”, which counts only Reaxys Prize winners and nominees in its membership.

“In this club, I will have the opportunity to exchange ideas with some of the coming top researchers in chemistry so the nomination and the membership in themselves are a great prize. But of course I would be ecstatic to actually win one of the prizes”, concludes PhD-student Kasper Steen Pedersen.

Kasper Steen Pedersen was proposed for the prize by his University of Copenhagen supervisor, Professor Jesper Bendix.