Green Chemistry Award

The Green Chemistry Award is for the design, development or implementation of novel chemical products or processes which have the potential to reduce or eliminate the use and generation of hazardous substances.

Specific examples include the:

  • application of innovative, sustainable technology to established industrial procedures 
  • development of environmentally sustainable routes and methods to important products
  • design of new, greener and safer chemicals and materials
  • use of sustainable resources
  • use of biotechnology-based solutions    

2014 Winner

Professor North

Green Chemistry Award 2014 Winner

Professor Michael North, University of York

General information

  • Run biennially
  • The winner receives 2000, a medal and a certificate
  • The winner will complete a UK lecture tour
  • The winner will be chosen by the Environment, Sustainability and Energy Division Awards Committee     

Guidelines for Nominators

  • Nominations open on 01 October 2015
  • Nominations close on 15 January 2016 
  • Only RSC Members can nominate for this award
  • Nominees may NOT nominate themselves
  • The award is open to nominees based in the UK or internationally
  • There are no age restrictions associated with this award
  • When nominating previous RSC prize or award winners, please remember that a person cannot be awarded twice for substantially the same body of work

To make a nomination please use our online awards nominations system to submit the following:

  • Your name, contact details, and membership number (please contact the RSC Membership team if you do not know your membership details)
  • The nominee's name and contact details 
  • An up to date CV for the nominee (no longer than one A4 side, 11pt text) which should include their date of birth, summary of education and career, a list of 5 relevant publications, total numbers of publications and patents (if appropriate) and website URL if relevant
  • A supporting statement (up to 4500 characters) addressing the selection criteria 
  • A short citation describing what the nominee should be awarded for. This must be no longer than 250 characters (not including spaces) and ideally no longer than one sentence
  • References are not required for this award       

Selection Criteria for RSC Awards

Our selection committees base their evaluations primarily on the overall quality of relevant contributions made by nominees and not simply on quantitative measures.

The selection committee(s) will consider the following aspects of all nominations for scientific research Awards as appropriate:

  • Originality of research
  • Impact of research
  • Quality of publications and/or patents and/or software
  • Innovation
  • Professional standing
  • Collaborations and teamwork
  • Other indicators of esteem indicated by the nominee/nominator   

Environment, Sustainability and Energy Division Awards Committee

  • Brendan Keely (Chair), University of York   
  • Stephen Preece, EDF Energy
  • Muireann Coen, Imperial College London
  • Margaret McGuinness, Scottish Water
  • Martin King, Royal Holloway, University of London   

Previous Winners

Green Chemistry Award Previous Winners

2001 - present

History of the Award

The RSC Green Chemistry Award was established in 2001. 

Submit your nomination

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Contact and Further Information

Royal Society of Chemistry, Thomas Graham House, Cambridge Science Park, Milton Road, Cambridge, CB4 0WF
Tel: +44 (0)1223 420066
Fax: +44 (0)1223 432359