Dr Helen Pain, Chief Executive of the Royal Society of Chemistry, said:
"Great science changes the way we think about things – either through the techniques used, the findings themselves, the products that emerge or even in how we interact with the world and those around us. Importantly, it also allows us to reflect on the incredible people involved in this work and how they have achieved their results.
"Although we are in the midst of negotiating a particularly turbulent and challenging era, it is important to celebrate successes and advances in understanding as genuine opportunities to improve our lives. The work of this year’s prize winners is a fantastic example of why we celebrate great science, and we’re very proud to recognise their contribution today."