Dr Robert Parker, our chief executive, says: "It is an honour to recognise the illustrious achievements of our prize and award winners in our 175th anniversary year.
"We were founded in 1841 by a group of academics, industrialists and doctors who understood the power of the chemical sciences to change our world for the better. Our winners share that vision and are advancing excellence in their fields, whether through innovative research or inspirational teaching and outreach.
"We are proud to celebrate and support the work of inspiring and influential individuals, whose work has the potential to improve so many lives."
Many award categories are evaluated for the originality and impact of their research, as well as the quality of the results which can be shown in publications, patents, or even software.
Some awards also recognise the importance of teamwork across the chemical sciences, and the abilities of individuals to develop successful collaborations.