© All rights reserved(Left to right, top to bottom) Professor Zhenan BAO (United States of America), Professor Nicola SPALDIN (Switzerland), Professor Maria Teresa RUIZ (Chile), Professor Niveen KHASHAB (Saudi Arabia), Professor Michelle SIMMONS (Australia)
Proposed by an international community of more than 2,000 leading scientists, the five laureates were selected by an independent international jury of 12 renowned scientists presided this year by Professor Christian Amatore, of the French Académie des sciences.
Each laureate will receive a prize of €100,000 to reward for their contribution to science:
Africa & Arab States Professor Niveen KHASHAB (Saudi Arabia), King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST)
Asia Pacific Professor Michelle SIMMONS (Australia), Centre of Excellence for Quantum Computation and Communication Technology—University of New South Wales
Europe Professor Nicola SPALDIN (Switzerland), Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich)
Latin America Professor Maria Teresa RUIZ (Chile), Astronomy Department, Universidad de Chile
North America Professor Zhenan BAO (United States of America),Department of Chemical Engineering, Stanford University
AFRICA AND THE ARAB STATES
Professor Niveen KHASHAB
Associate Professor of Chemical Sciences and Engineering, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), SAUDI ARABIA
“For her contributions to innovative smart hybrid materials aimed at drug delivery and for developing new techniques to monitor intracellular antioxidant activity.”
Professor Michelle SIMMONS
Professor, Centre of Excellence for Quantum Computation and Communication Technology - University of New South Wales, AUSTRALIA
“For her pioneering contributions to quantum and atomic electronics, constructing atomic transistors en route to quantum computers.”
Professor Nicola SPALDIN
Professor and Chair of Materials Theory, ETH Zürich, SWITZERLAND
Solid state physics
“For her groundbreaking multidisciplinary work predicting, describing and creating new materials that have switchable magnetic and ferroelectric properties.”
Professor Zhenan BAO
Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, Stanford University, USA
“For her outstanding contribution to and mastery of the development of novel functional polymers for consumer electronics, energy storage and biomedical applications.”
Professor Maria Teresa RUIZ
Professor, Department of Astronomy, Dept. / Universidad de Chile, CHILE
“For her discovery of the first brown dwarf and her seminal work on understanding the faintest stars, including stars at the final stages of their evolution (white dwarfs).”
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