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February

2020

Yoeri van de Burgt: “Imagination and the ability to dream is essential. Most other logical and reasonable ideas have already been tried.”

An interview with Yoeri van de Burgt (Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands), the TOP 5 finalist of the Dream Chemistry Award 2019 with the project “Brain-Inspired Organic Modular Lab-on-a-Chip for Cell Classification”.

Your project works with neural network lab-on-chip based on artificial synapse. Where did you get this idea?
The field that covers artificial synapses, neuromorphic engineering, exists for some time already. However, the first-generation materials that I developed were quite new and exciting with some really novel characteristics, but really needed improvements and optimization. Next to that, the field has not yet capitalized on their promises, by really utilizing the nature of the low energy and easy tuneability. That made a lot of sense to me and the idea was born.

What attracted you to multidisciplinary materials devices?
Trained as an engineer, I found that my interests lie beyond only that and got interested in materials science. However, in my opinion, the strength of that field lies in combining materials science with engineering, to develop smart materials or even smart devices, where materials are at the core. This, naturally, also involves chemistry, applied physics concepts and other fields, to arrive at the ultimate goal or application.

How was preparing your Dream Chemistry Award project different from your day-to-day research work? Do you think it gave you another perspective?
The dream project proposal is closely related to what I have been dreaming to do for some time. I have written other proposals that this one is based on, so the day-to-day were not so different, other than, perhaps, now really looking beyond practical and achievable goals and really dreaming what could be done with this technology. I believe it is crucial to do so sometimes, to be creative and look for what lies further ahead than the coming 5 years or so.

How important do you think is imagination and the ability to dream for a scientist?
This is essential. Most other logical and reasonable ideas have already been tried.

In your presentation, you said that you don't even consider yourself a chemist, yet you and your projects obviously use chemistry in your toolset. What is your attitude to chemistry itself, not just the one you use, but also all the one you learned along the way?
I am most fascinated by chemistry as it seems to be a basic toolset, but there is so much more going on. Also, chemists sometimes consider themselves to be just chemists, but looking at these presentations, it is obvious that it also involves many other disciplines. But personally, I am most impressed at what chemistry can do and have done in the past to help improve our lives and I am happy that I know and even work with some of the best chemists in the world.

Is there anything else you would like to tell us?
Thank you very much for inviting me to this wonderful award and letting me part of your community!

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December

2021

Prague

Dream Chemistry Award 2021 Final – Live stream

The final of the Dream Chemistry Award 2021, which takes place on 6–7 December 2021 in Prague, will see five finalists who will present their dream projects.

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December

2017

Prague

Winning project of the DCA 2017 focuses on new perspectives for cancer treatment

On 4-5 December 2017, the finale of the international scientific contest Dream Chemistry Award was held in Prague, organized by the leading chemistry institutes of the Czech and Polish Academy of Sciences.

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October

2018

Warsaw

Dream Chemistry Award 2018 knows its Finalists

This year’s edition of the Dream Chemistry Award knows its finalists. The Scientific Committee selected top 5 candidates and their projects and invited the authors to Warsaw, Poland, to the finale of the contest which will be held on 3-4 December 2018.

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December

2018

Warsaw

Dr. Eric Daniel Glowacki with the Dream Chemistry Award 2018

The winner of the global Dream Chemistry Award competition this year is Dr. Eric Daniel Glowacki from the Linköping University. The Scientific Committee awarding the prize praised the laureate's project on catalysts for the production of clean energy from the hydrogen peroxide.

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December

2019

Prague

Dream Chemistry Award 2019 goes to Yujia Qing of University of Oxford

Yujia Qing of University of Oxford has won the 2019 Dream Chemistry Award, an international competition for young scientists that took place on 2-3 December 2019, at the Institute of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry of the Czech Academy of Sciences (IOCB Prague). In addition to the Dream Chemistry Award statuette, the winner also received two monetary prizes totaling €11,000.

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February

2020

Emiliano Cortés: “To have big dreams you need to imagine that things can be different and that you can contribute towards that.”

An interview with Emiliano Cortés (Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich, Germany), the TOP 5 finalist of the Dream Chemistry Award 2019 with the project “Lighting Up Chemical Reaction Pathways”.

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February

2020

Jeffrey Martell: “We need to think expansively to identify research goals that others haven't thought of.”

An interview with Jeffrey D. Martell (University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA), the TOP 5 finalist of the Dream Chemistry Award 2019 with the project “DNA Nano-Scaffolds for Rapid Discovery of Enzyme-Mimicking Catalysts”.

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February

2020

Hannes Mikula: “The Dream Chemistry Award was an amazing experience.”

An interview with Hannes Mikula (Vienna University of Technology, Austria), the TOP 5 finalist of the Dream Chemistry Award 2019 with the project “Double-targeted In Vivo Synthesis of Drugs at the Site of Disease”.

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February

2020

Yoeri van de Burgt: “Imagination and the ability to dream is essential. Most other logical and reasonable ideas have already been tried.”

An interview with Yoeri van de Burgt (Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands), the TOP 5 finalist of the Dream Chemistry Award 2019 with the project “Brain-Inspired Organic Modular Lab-on-a-Chip for Cell Classification”.

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February

2020

Yujia Qing: “The DCA gave me a unique opportunity to distill my abstract thoughts, which emerged during daily research, into a systematic plan.”

An interview with Yujia Qing (University of Oxford, UK), the winner of the Dream Chemistry Award 2019 with the project “Sequencing Life”.

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December

2020

Warsaw

Dreaming big about the smallest things: Dream Chemistry Award 2020

On the 1 December, the jury has announced the winner of this year's Dream Chemistry Award. Because of the pandemic restrictions, the whole event has been carried online.

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October

2021

Prague

Finalists of Dream Chemistry Award 2021 selected

The DCA Scientific Committee selected top projects from this year’s submissions. Five finalists are invited to present their projects in person during the contest’s final, which will be held at IOCB Prague on 6–7 December 2021.

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