This annually presented lectureship recognises early career researchers, typically within 12 years of attaining their PhD or equivalent degree, who have made significant contributions to the field of polymer chemistry. Nominations open in the autumn, and the winner is announced in the spring.
The Lectureship recipient receives:
- £1,000 to cover travel and accommodation costs to attend and present at a leading international meeting
- an invitation to contribute an article to Polymer Chemistry and to receive a complimentary cover for the issue in which the article appears
Our latest award winner 2022
Dominik Konkolewicz earned a Bachelors of Science degree at the University of Sydney (Australia) in 2006, majoring in Chemistry and Mathematics. He continued at the University of Sydney to complete his PhD (2011) working with Dr. Sébastien Perrier on polymerization kinetics and branched polymer synthesis.
He went on to complete postdoctoral research at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh (USA), working with Dr. Krzysztof Matyjaszewski on mechanisms of complex reactions and applications of precisely defined polymers. In 2014, Dominik joined the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Miami University in Oxford OH (USA) as an Assistant Professor, with promotion to Associate Professor in 2019.
He will start as full professor in Autumn 2022. The Konkolewicz group explores a wide range of topics in Polymer Chemistry, including radical polymerization mechanisms, dynamically bonded polymer materials, light driven reactions, bioconjugates, and polymer based self-assembly. Dominik has published over 130 research articles in polymer chemistry and polymer science, with a particular focus on developing fundamental science to facilitate the design of functional materials.
Read Dominik's work in Polymer Chemistry as well as the articles from our previous lectureship winners
See all previous winners
Guidelines for nominators and candidates
Find out who is eligible for this award, about the nomination process and see who is on the selection panel.
Established in 2015, this international lectureship honours early-career scientists who have made significant contributions to the field of polymer chemistry.
Open to all researchers throughout the world
The Polymer Chemistry lectureship is open to all researchers throughout the world. This includes, but is not limited to, members of the Royal Society of Chemistry and researchers in academia or industry.
All career levels welcome
Nominators do not need to be senior researchers, and we encourage nominations from people at all career levels
As part of the Royal Society of Chemistry, we believe we have a responsibility to promote inclusivity and accessibility in order to improve diversity. Where possible, we encourage each nominator to consider nominating candidates of all genders, races, and backgrounds. Please see the RSC's approach to Inclusion and Diversity.
Please note, current Polymer Chemistry Editorial Board members and previous recipients of this lectureship will not be eligible for the current lectureship.
To be eligible for the Polymer Chemistry Lectureship, the candidate must:
- Be an independent researcher, PhD students postdoctoral research associates are not eligible
- Be actively pursuing research within the polymer chemistry field, and have made a significant contribution to the field
- Be at an early stage of their independent career (this should typically be within 12 years of attaining their doctorate or equivalent degree, but appropriate consideration will be given to those who have taken a career break, work in systems where their time period to independence may vary or who followed an alternative study path)
Please note, nominations are currently closed.
Nominations must be made via email, and include the following:
- The name, affiliation and contact details of the nominee, nominator and referee
- An up-to-date CV of the nominee (1 – 3 A4 page maximum length)
- A letter of recommendation from the nominator (500 words maximum length)
- A supporting letter of recommendation from a referee (500 words maximum length). This could be from the nominee’s postdoc, PhD supervisor or academic mentor for instance
- The nominator must confirm that to the best of their knowledge, their nominee’s professional standing is as such that there is no confirmed or potential impediment to them receiving the Lectureship
- Please note that the nominee must be aware that they have been nominated for this lectureship
All eligible nominated candidates will be assessed by a judging panel made up of the Polymer Chemistry Editorial Board. Any Editorial Board members with a conflict of interest will be ineligible for the judging panel.
The judging panel will consider the following core criteria:
- excellence in research, as evidenced in reference to originality and impact
- quality of publications, patents or software
- professional standing
- collaborations and teamwork
- evidence of promising potential
- other indicators of esteem indicated by the nominator
In any instance where multiple nominees are judged to be equally meritorious in relation to these core criteria, the judging panel will use information provided on the nominee’s broader contribution to the chemistry community as an additional criterion. Examples of this could include:
- involvement with RSC community activities
- teaching or demonstrating
- effective mentorship
- service on boards
- committees or panels
- leadership in the scientific community
- peer reviewing
- promotion of diversity and inclusion
- advocacy for chemistry
- public engagement and outreach
Current Winner: Dominik Konkolewicz, Miami University, USA
2021: Brett Fors, Cornell University, USA
2020: Rachel O'Reilly, University of Birmingham, UK
2019: Frederik Wurm, University of Twente, The Netherlands
2018: Cyrille Boyer, University of New South Wales, Australia
2017: Julien Nicolas, Université, Paris Sud, France
2016: Feihe Huang, Zhejiang University, China
Contact Polymer Chemistry Editorial Office
- the team