Herbert C. Brown Award for Creative Research in Synthetic Methods

Award at a Glance

Recipient Industry, Faculty, Chemistry Professional, International
Category National Awards
Amount$5,000 + expenses
DeadlineNovember 1, 2023


To recognize and encourage outstanding and creative contributions to research in synthetic methods.


The award consists of $5,000, a medallion with a presentation box, and a certificate. Up to $2,500 for travel expenses to the meeting at which the award will be presented will be reimbursed. The medallion will be presented during the award address.


A nominee must have accomplished outstanding and creative research that involved the discovery and development of novel and useful methods for chemical synthesis. The synthetic method that is the basis for the award may be related to any area of chemistry. The award will be granted regardless of race, gender, age, religion, ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation, gender expression, gender identity, presence of disabilities, and educational background.


November 1 (Annual Review)

How to Apply

The nomination period is open from July 1 to November 1 annually. Learn more about submitting a nomination for the ACS National Awards.


Supported by an Endowed Fund Established by the Purdue Borane Research Fund and Others


The award was established in 1997 and sponsored by the Aldrich Chemical Company, LLC through 2002. Gifts from the Purdue Borane Research Fund to the Herbert C. Brown Award Endowment have supported the award since 2003.

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2024 Brown Award Recipient William A. Nugent
2024 Recipient William A. Nugent (Center) is Presented with His Award by Mary K. Carroll, ACS President (Left), and Sponsor Representative P. V. Ramachandran (Right)
Photo by EPNAC.com

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