Awards of 118 Elements

Periodic Table of Younger Chemists

 IUPAC and IYCN (International Younger Chemists Network) created a Periodic Table of Younger Chemists. They held the award ceremony in Paris in honor of 118 outstanding younger chemists from around the world in July 2019. Three Japanese younger chemists were also selected for these awards. This was also part of the memorial project celebrating both IYPT2019 and IUPAC100.

 The prizes were awarded to those who contributed to the achievement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), those who increased the public understanding of chemistry, those who fostered diversity in the chemical industry, those who worked to improve chemical and scientific education, and those who contributed to the development of multidisciplinary and international collaboration in chemical research. Awardees were selected from those currently pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in chemistry or a related field, holding an undergraduate or graduate degree in chemistry, and working in the field of chemistry or a related field. Also, awardees had to be 40 years old or under were eligible to get this prize.

As of now, awardees for all 118 elements were determined. For more information, please visit the link below.


Please let us give you some more details about Japanese awerdees.

Award of Niobium(Nb)was given to Dr. Naoaki Yabuuchi, Professor at Yokohama National University. His research contributes to the further development of renewable and sustainable energy society through the advanced battery technology, and the development of high-energy lithium rechargeable batteries. He developed advanced battery materials containing Nb ions. These materials are possibly used for electric vehicles.


Award of Xenon (Xe) was given to Dr. Kana Yamada, Assistant professor at The University of Tokyo. She has been working on the mechanisms of ultrafast chemical processes of atoms and molecules occurring in sub-femtosecond to a few femtosecond time scales and has been achieving stunning results.


Award of Nihonium (Nh) was given to Dr. Nozomi Sato, Adjunct Researcher at Nishina Center for Accelerator-Based Science, RIKEN. Element 113 (discovered by a RIKEN group led by Kosuke Morita) was officially approved by IUPAC in 2015, and Dr. Sato and her co-discoverers proposed the name and the symbol for the element. Her proposal was approved in 2016.