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ORCS Awards

At the biennial conference, the Paul N. Rylander award, established by ORCS in 1988, and the Murray Raney award, established by ORCS in 1992 and sponsored by Grace Davison, are presented to scientists who have made outstanding contributions in the field of catalysis as it applies to organic synthesis. The Russell Malz Award, also sponsored by ORCS is given to an individual for exceptional services to the Society.

Download the 2017 ORCS Award form to find out the details on making a nomination.

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The Paul N. Rylander Award

  • As deemed appropriate, the Corporation may grant an award to an individual who has made significant contributions to the use of catalysis in organic reactions.
  • There will be no set time interval in the granting of this award, but it can be given only once a year provided suitable candidates have been nominated.
  • Nominations for this award can be made by any member of the Corporation at any time to any member of the Executive Committee. The Chairman will then poll the Executive Committee as to the acceptability of the nominee. At least three-fourths of the Executive Committee must concur for the award to be granted.
  • The name of the award shall be the Paul N. Rylander Award for significant achievements in the use of catalysis in organic reactions.
  • This award will consist of $1,000.00, an appropriate plaque, and up to $2,000.00 for reasonable travel expenses.
  • The Award(s) will be made during the biennial conference.

The Russell Malz Award

  • The Russell Malz Award is sponsored by the Society and may be made to an individual who has given exceptional service to the Society.
  • The award is made at the discretion of the Chairman and consists of $500, an appropriate plaque, and reasonable travel expenses.
  • The initial Malz ward was given to Russell Malz Jr. in 2002.

The Murray Raney Award

  • This Award may be granted by the Corporation to an individual who has made significant contributions to chemistry and the chemical industry using base metal catalyst technology applied to organic reactions.
  • This Award is administered by the Corporation and funded by W.R. Grace, Co.
  • There will be no set time interval in granting of the Award, but it can be given only once every two years provided a suitable candidate has been nominated.
  • Nominations for this Award can be made by any member at any time to any member of the Executive Committee. The Chairman will then poll the Executive Committee as to the acceptability of the nominee. At least three-fourths of the Executive Committee must concur for the award to be granted. The nominee must also be approved by W.R. Grace, Co.
  • The name of this Award shall be the Murray Raney Award. It is bestowed in honor of Mr. Raney’s significant achievements in the use of base metal catalysts.
  • The Award will consist of $1,000.00, an appropriate plaque, and up to $2,000.00 for reasonable travel expenses.
  • The Award will be made during the biennial conference.

Past Award Winners

The Organic Reactions Catalysis Society (ORCS) honors award winners at its Biennial Conferences.

PAST AWARD WINNERS 
YEAR PAUL N. RYLANDER AWARD RANEY AWARD MALZ AWARD
2016 Dr. Anil S. Guram Dr. Jens Nørskov TBA
2015 Dr. Joseph R. Zoeller
2014 James White C. Martin Lok Alan Allgeier
2013 Johannes de Vries
2012 Melanie S. Sanford Michael Prunier
2011 Thomas A. Puckette
2010 Matthias Beller Steve Schmidt Robert Augustine
2009 Hans-Ulrich Blaser
2008 John F. Hartwig Daniel J. Ostgard Michael Ford
2007 Brian R. James
2006 Gadi Rothenberg Isamu Yamauchi Frank Herkes
2005 Jean-Marie Basset
2004 Richard C. Larock Jean Lessard Victor Mylroie
2003 Donna G. Blackmond
2002 Jerry R. Ebner Akira Tai Russell Malz Jr.
2001 Francis J. Waller
2000 K. Barry Sharpless Jozsef Petró
1999 Thomas A. Johnson
1998 John F. Knifton Anatoly Fasman
1997 Roger A. Sheldon
1996 William S. Knowles Mark Wainwright
1995 Gerard V. Smith
1994 William M. Pearlman Pierre Fouilloux
1993 John R. Kosak
1992 Harold V. Greenfield Stewart Montgomery
1990 Robert L. Augustine
1988 Paul N. Rylander