2024 Brazilian Women in Chemistry Awards recipients announced

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WASHINGTON, May 13, 2024 — The American Chemical Society (ACS) and the Brazilian Chemical Society (SBQ) are pleased to announce the winners of the Brazilian Women in Chemistry Awards. These awards will be presented on May 25 at the 47th Annual Meeting of SBQ.

Emerging Leader in Chemistry and Related Sciences: Elisama Vieira dos Santos

This award recognizes the achievements of a remarkable young female scientist or entrepreneur in chemistry. Dos Santos is an associate professor of chemistry at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte. Her research focuses on developing electrochemical processes for a cleaner environment using green hydrogen as an energy vector for electrochemical processes. Lectures and social events led by dos Santos center on scientific dissemination and actions for gender equality. Her accomplishments include authoring more than 100 published papers, conducting more than 135 presentations to national and international congresses, and originating one patent. She is an affiliate member of the Brazilian Academy of Sciences.

Leadership in Academia: Lucia Helena Mascaro

This award recognizes a woman with an established background in academia and whose contribution to scientific research in chemistry has a global and social impact. Mascaro is a full professor of chemistry at the Federal University of São Carlos. She also serves as an associate investigator at the Center for Development of Functional Materials, associate researcher at the Center for Innovation on New Energies and associate editor of Química Nova. She specializes in physical chemistry, with a focus on electrochemistry, hydrogen production, photoelectrocatalysis, electrodeposition of metallic alloys and semiconductors, and corrosion. She has held leadership roles in various chemistry societies, and coordinates projects in energy and sustainability financed by several Brazilian government agencies. She has mentored dozens of graduate and undergraduate students.

The awards are presented by ACS and SBQ and sponsored by CAS and ACS Publications. The awards aim to 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 and SBQ memberships, an award certificate in English, a tribute plaque in Portuguese and a course subscription through the ACS Institute.


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