Brazilian Women in Chemistry Awards recipients announced

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WASHINGTON, May 18, 2023 — The American Chemical Society (ACS) is pleased to announce the winners of the Brazilian Women in Chemistry Awards.

Emerging Leader: Joyce Kelly da Silva, Federal University of Pará (UFPA)
This award recognizes the achievements of a remarkable young female scientist or entrepreneur in chemistry. Da Silva is an associate professor in organic chemistry at the Institute of Biological Sciences at UFPA. She studies natural products chemistry, focusing on the chemical composition and biological properties of essential oils from the Amazon, volatile compounds produced by plants during ecological interactions and plant molecular biology.

Leadership in Academia: Evelin Andrade Manoel, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ)
This award recognizes a woman — working in the chemical, pharmaceutical or biotechnology industries — whose research and creative innovations have generated discoveries that have contributed to the commercial success and benefit of society. Manoel is an adjunct professor in the pharmacy sciences department at UFRJ and holds a Ph.D. in engineering of chemical and biological processes from the institution. She was named the Young Scientist of Brazil in 2017 and her current research area is in the field of biochemistry and biotechnology applied to pharmaceuticals and cosmetics.

Leadership in Industry: Aline Machado de Castro, Petrobras
This award recognizes a woman with a consolidated background in academia and whose contribution to scientific research in chemistry has a global and social impact. De Castro holds master’s and doctorate degrees from UFRJ, where she won an award for the best Ph.D. thesis in 2010. She is co-author of more than 100 peer-reviewed papers, filed 11 patent applications, and has been granted patent document families. Her scientific career is based on the development of sustainable processes, including routes for biorefineries, plastics recycling, and CO2 capture and conversion, for several industries.

The awards are presented by ACS and the Sociedade Brasileira de Química (SBQ) and sponsored by CAS and ACS Publications. The awards promote gender equality in science, technology, engineering and mathematics in Brazil and highlight the importance of diversity in scientific research and in the field of chemistry in particular. Each winner will receive a $2,000 cash prize, a SciFinder ID valid for one year, a one-year ACS membership, an award certificate and a course subscription through the ACS Institute.


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