Third Polish-French Science Award given

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Professor Denis Jacquemin (University of Nantes and University Institute of France) and Professor Daniel Gryko (Institute of Organic Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences) received the Marie Skłodowska-Curie and Pierre Curie Polish-French Science Award from the Foundation for Polish Science (FNP) and the French Academy of Sciences for outstanding scientific achievements resulting from Polish-French research collaboration.

The Foundation and the Academy recognized the researchers’ work on organic synthesis and quantum mechanical calculations of dyes. Based on complementary skills in organic synthesis and computational chemistry, Jacquemin and Gryko’s collaboration resulted in the development of high-performance fluorescent dyes. Their research made significant advances in the field of luminescent materials, helping to discover new aromatic compounds and predict their photophysical properties even before synthesis. The potential applications of the new dyes are numerous and may include low-bandgap copolymers, organic transistors, solar cells, near-infrared light-emitting diodes, and many more. The Award recipients next research goal is to achieve 20% efficient emission in the near-infrared.

The Polish-French Science Award is given in a competition every two years. There were 29 nominations in the 2024 edition. Appointed by the Foundation for Polish Science and the French Academy of Sciences, a jury of distinguished scholars from France and Poland selected the winners. Each winner receives EUR 15,000, co-financed by the Foundation for Polish Science and the Zygmunt Zaleski Stichting.

The Foundation for Polish Science, the French Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation (MESRI), and the French Academy of Science established the Award in 2019 to mark the Polish-French Year of Science. So far, the award has honored three pairs of collaborating scientists from Poland and France.

The award ceremony for the third competition will take place in Warsaw this fall.

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