Ahmed Zewail Award in Ultrafast Science and Technology

Sponsor: Ahmed Zewail Endowment Fund established by the Newport Corporation

Purpose: To recognize outstanding and creative contributions to fundamental discoveries or inventions in ultrafast science & technology in areas of physics, chemistry, biology, or related fields.

Nature: The award will consist of $5,000 and a certificate. Up to $2,500 for travel expenses to the meeting at which the award will be presented will be reimbursed.

Eligibility: The award will be for outstanding and creative contributions by a nominee to fundamental discoveries or inventions in ultrafast science and technology in the areas of physics, chemistry, biology, or related fields regardless of race, gender, age, religion, ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation, gender expression, gender identity, presence of disabilities, and educational background. The recipient will have conducted original and insightful research that has had a significant impact on the field of ultrafast science and technology.

Deadline: November 1 (annual review).

Establishment & Support: The award was established in 2005 and is supported by the Ahmed Zewail Endowment Fund, established by the Newport Corporation.

Contact Information

Awards Office
American Chemical Society
1155 16th St., NW
Washington, D.C. 20036-4801
Phone: 202-872-4575
Fax: 202-776-8008


2021: Majed Chergui

2020: Olga Smirnova

2019: Hrvoje Petek

2018: Xiaoyang Zhu

2017: Stephen R. Leone

2016: Andrei Tokmakoff

2015: Shaul Mukamel

2014: Michael D. Fayer

2013: David M. Jonas

2012: Keith A. Nelson

2011: Charles B. Harris

2010: Paul Corkum

2009: Margaret M. Murnane and Henry Kapteyn

2008: Graham R. Fleming

2007: Robin M. Hochstrasser

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2019 recipient Hrvoje Petek (center) is presented his award by Maha Zewail-Foote, (second to right) and David Allen (right), sponsor representatives, and Bonnie A. Charpentier, ACS President (left).
Photo by Loris Guzzetta/ACS