Herbert C. Brown Award for Creative Research in Synthetic Methods

Award at a Glance

Recipient Faculty, Industry, Chemistry Professional
Category National Awards
Amount$5,000 + expenses
DeadlineNovember 1, 2022


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. Learn more about ACS National Award Nominations.


The Purdue Borane Research Fund and the Herbert C. Brown Award Endowment


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

Contact Information

Awards Office
American Chemical Society
1155 16th Street NW
Washington, DC 20036-4801
Phone: 202-872-4575
Fax: 202-776-8008

photo of Benjamin List presented with his award
2022 recipient Benjamin List (center) is presented his award by P. Veeraraghavan Ramachandran (right), and Angela K. Wilson, ACS President (left).
Photo by Nam Thai, EPNAC.com

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