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Netherlands Scholar Award for Supramolecular Chemistry 2016 awarded to Dr. Rafal Klajn

photo klajnAssociate professor Rafal Klajn (Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel) will be awarded on September 21, 2016, the Netherlands Scholar Award for Supramolecular Chemistry 2016 by the Research Center for Functional Molecular Systems during a colloquium at The Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences in Amsterdam.

This prize is on recognition of his outstanding contribution to the field of supramolecular chemistry and responsive materials in an early stage of his career. From September 16 to 22, 2016, Dr. Rafal Klajn will visit several universities in the Netherlands as part of the lectureship connected to the award (see details below).



Dr. Rafal Klajn

Rafal Klajn was born in Poland in 1982. In 2009 he completed his PhD in Chemical and Biological Engineering at Northwestern University (USA), where he worked with Profs. Bartosz A. Grzybowski and Sir J. Fraser Stoddart. Directly after completing his PhD studies in 2009, Rafal Klajn was appointed assistant professor at the department of Organic Chemistry at the Weizmann Institute of Science (Israel). Since 2016 he is associate professor at the same department. The research performed in his group deals with molecular switches, nanoscale self-assembly, supramolecular chemistry, stimuli-responsive nanomaterials, and chemical reactivity in confined spaces.

Rafal Klajn is author of more than 50 publications, many of them in top journals, and is recipient of the 2010 IUPAC Prize for Young Chemists, the 2013 ACS Victor K. LaMer Award, a 2013 ERC Starting Investigator Award, and the 2015 Liebig Lectureship (Germany), among other prizes.

The award

Following on from the Netherlands Award for Supramolecular Chemistry, which was awarded to Nobel laureate Prof. Jean-Marie Lehn last year, the Research Center for Functional Molecular Systems has initiated the Netherlands Scholar Award for Supramolecular Chemistry. The scholar variant of the award aims to recognize and reward outstanding junior scientists (<40 years old) working in supramolecular chemistry and encourage excellence in the field. The Scholar Award is presented every other year, alternating with the senior award.

Tour through The Netherlands

Friday 16.09 •Ÿ University of Groningen • Lecture at the Stratingh Institute for Chemistry
15:00h – 16:00h in lecture room 5111.0022 (Nijenborgh 4)
Lecture title: From dynamically self-assembling materials to chemical reactivity inside confined environments

Monday 19.09 Ÿ• Eindhoven University of Technology • ICMS/FMS lecture (Institute for Complex Molecular Systems)
11:45h – 12:30h in lecture room Ceres 0.31 (Ceres building, Groene Loper 7)
Lecture title: Light-controlled self-assembly and reactivity in nanoparticle-based systems
(This lecture takes place also in the frame work of the 4TU.HTM workshop)

Tuesday 20.09 Ÿ• Academy master class (Amsterdam) • Master class connected to the FMS course Four practical lessons towards out-of-equilibrium • Organized by the FMS Research Center and The Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (registration required)
Lecture title: Designing dynamic materials using inorganic nanoparticles as building blocks

Wednesday and Thursday 21-22.09 Ÿ• Academy colloquium  (Amsterdam) • Academy colloquium: Functional molecular systems going out-of-equilibrium • Organized by the FMS Research Center and The Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (by invitation only)
Lecture title: New dynamic materials responsive to light, CO2, and magnetic fields


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