On 28 September, Solvay, a world-leading chemical company headquartered in Brussels, Belgium, announced the awarding of the 2017 Chemistry for the Future Solvay Prize to Distinguished Professor Susumu Kitagawa, deputy director-general of Kyoto University's Institute for Advanced Study (KUIAS) and director of the Institute for Integrated Cell-Material Sciences (iCeMS), a part of KUIAS.
The Solvay Prize recognizes major scientific discoveries that lay the foundation for the "chemistry of the future" while also promoting human progress. It was created in 2013 to be given out every two years. The 2015 awardee, Professor Ben Feringa, went on to receive the 2016 Nobel Prize in Chemistry.
Kitagawa is cited for his work in developing metal organic frameworks (MOFs), a new class of materials with a range of potential future applications, including the capturing of polluting gases.
The award ceremony will be held 22 November at the Palais des Académies in Brussels in the presence of His Majesty King Philippe of Belgium.
- Solvay: Chemistry for the Future Solvay Prize 2017 awarded to Professor Susumu Kitagawa for his research in molecular architecture