Michael Geeson and Yuwei Gu Named 2019 Reaxys Prize PhD Finalists

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The Reaxys PhD Prize, sponsored by Elsevier, recognizes innovative and original research in chemistry and associated sciences.

Chemistry graduate students Michael Geeson and Yuwei Gu (PhD ’19) are two of the 45 finalists rigorously selected for the 2019 Reaxys Prize, chosen from a pool of 360 entries in the competition.  The Reaxys Prize is an annual competition of early career chemists who exhibit innovative and rigorous research which is judged by a panel of world-renowned chemists.

“This year more than 360 submissions were evaluated by over 200 international chemists from across academia and industry,” said Professor Li-Zhu Wu, Director of the Supramolecular Photochemistry Lab at the Chinese Academy of Sciences and one of the Prize coordinators. “The PhD Prize is a perfect starting point to build relationships and to solve interdisciplinary problems in science and the environment.”

The finalists receive lifelong membership in the Reaxys Prize Club, an exclusive international network of chemists from all research areas and career paths. Members also receive unlimited access to Elsevier’s Reaxys platform and Reaxys Medicinal chemistry.

Geeson is a member of Professor Christopher C. Cummins’ lab, which focuses on research that embraces chemical synthesis, reaction discovery, reagent development, and mechanistic studies. Gu is an alumnus of Professor Jeremiah A. Johnson’s lab, which seeks creative, macromolecular solutions to problems at the interface of chemistry, medicine, biology, and materials science.