Main Group Chemistry Award

The Main Group Chemistry Award recognises outstanding research in any aspect of the chemistry of the s and p block elements.

2018 Winner

Professor Jose Goicoechea

2018 Main Group Chemistry Award Winner

Professor Jose Goicoechea, University of Oxford

General information

  • Run biennially - NOT OPEN for 2019 nominations 
  • Up to two awards are available 
  • The winner(s) receives 2000, a medal and a certificate 
  • The winner(s) will complete a UK lecture tour
  • The winner(s) will be chosen by the Dalton Division Awards Committee      

Guidelines for Nominators

  • Nominations open on 01 October
  • Nominations close on 15 January 
  • 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 
  • Candidates should be 55 or under on 31 January. Consideration will also be given to those who have taken career breaks or followed different study paths 
  • 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, not including spaces) 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 and will not be accepted

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   

Dalton Division Awards Committee

  • Emma Raven, University of Leicester (Chair)
  • Ian Fairlamb, University of York
  • Jennifer Garden, University of Edinburgh
  • Eva Hevia, University of Strathclyde
  • Michael Ward, University of Warwick
  • Michael George, University of Nottingham  

Previous Winners

Main Group Chemistry Award Previous Winners

1970 - present

History of the Award

This award was previously called the Main Group Elements Award and was re-named in 2008 as the Main Group Chemistry Award.

Contact and Further Information

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