It’s our pleasure to announce the winners of the 2015 SCS awards.
We would like to sincerely congratulate all prize winners and are looking forward to the ceremonies that will take place at one of your events during the next year.

Werner Prize 2015

CHF 10,000 and medal in bronze

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The prize is given to

Prof. Gilles Gasser, University of Zurich

for his outstanding contributions in the field of medicinal inorganic chemistry and of inorganic chemical biology.

The prize if given on the occasion of the SCS Spring Meeting in Basel on April 24, 2015.

Grammaticakis-Neumann Prize 2015

CHF 5,000

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The prize is awarded to

Prof. Natalie Banerji, University of Fribourg

for her studies providing insight into photophysical processes of polymeric semiconductors.

The prize is given on the occasion of the SCS Fall Meeting in Lausanne on September 4, 2015.

Sandmeyer Award 2015

CHF 20,000

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The Award 2015 is given to the

Team comprising researchers from Actelion Pharmaceuticals, Solvias, Swissi Process Safety, and the Universities of Applied Sciences of Zurich and Fribourg , namely,
  • Dr. Stefan Abele, Actelion Pharmaceuticals Ltd,
  • Dr. Jacques-Alexis Funel, Actelion Pharmaceuticals Ltd,
  • Dr. Gunther Schmidt, Actelion Pharmaceuticals Ltd,
  • Prof. Roger Marti, Hochschule für Technik und Architektur Fribourg,
  • Dr. Christian Mössner, F. Hoffmann La-Roche, former Solvias AG and
  • Mr. Mischa Schwaninger, Swissi Process Safety, a member of TÜV SÜD Group

for the conception and successful scale-up of Diels–Alder reactions and organocatalysis leading to enantiomerically pure 5-phenylbicyclo[2.2.2]oct-5-en-2-one, a key intermediate for the production of an L/T calcium channel antagonist.

The award lecture is given on the occasion of the 12. Freiburger Symposium in Fribourg on April 23./24., 2015.

Balmer Prize 2015

CHF 2,000 for the winner and medal in bronze plus CHF 2,000 for the chemistry depatment of the school.

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The prize is given to

Mr. Francis Mingard, Gymnase de Nyon

for the development of didactic chemistry experiments and for making them available on the web.

The prize is given on the occasion of the central education course for science teachers, organized by the VSN in Schaffhausen on October 14-16, 2015.

Dr. Max Lüthi Award 2015

CHF 1,000 and medal in bronze

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The award is attributed to

Mr. Yvan Mongbanziama, HEIA Fribourg

for his Bachelor thesis describing the synthesis and characterization of a new enantiomerically pure verdazyl radical derived from pinene.

The prize is given on the occasion of the SCS Fall Meeting in Lausanne on September 4, 2015.

Berne, November 12, 2014

David Spichiger, Executive Director
Swiss Chemical Society SCS



David Spichiger, SCS