Future Leaders Program

CAS SciFinder Future Leaders

Congratulations to the 2018 CAS SciFinder Future Leaders!

We are excited to announce the 2018 CAS SciFinder Future Leaders! This select group of international Ph.D. students and postdoctoral researchers will visit CAS headquarters in Columbus, OH this August to collaborate on exciting new initiatives to support the scientific community. Learn more about this year's class.

“CAS is privileged to connect the next generation of scientists with other leading researchers from across the globe and expand their professional research skills,” said Chris McCue, vice president of marketing at CAS. “Program participants were chosen based on their impressive academic accomplishments and the scientific merit of their research. We are honored to host the 2018 class and learn from their experience.”

2018 CAS SciFinder Future Leaders

This year's participants were selected from the largest, most geographically diverse pool of applicants the program has seen since its inception in 2010. Congratulations to our 2018 class: 

  • Martine I. Abboud, University of Oxford, United Kingdom
  • Manuel Ahumada Escandon, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, United States
  • Jennifer Apell, ETH Zürich, Switzerland
  • Lučka Bibič, University of East Anglia, United Kingdom
  • Dario Cambiè, Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands
  • Gari V. Ccana-Ccapatinta, University of São Paulo, Brazil
  • Chong-You Chen, National Taiwan University, Taiwan
  • Tristan Clemons, University of Western Australia, Australia
  • Alexander Cook, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Italy
  • Justine N. deGruyter, Scripps Research Institute, United States
  • Jie Deng, University of Freiburg, Germany
  • Dana DiScenza, University of Rhode Island, United States
  • Jesús Esteban Serrano, Max Planck Institute for Chemical Energy Conversion, Germany
  • Madison Fletcher, University of California, Irvine, United States
  • Gabriel dos Passos Gomes, Florida State University, United States
  • Jesus Alberto Jaimes Arriaga, Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Christopher Lemon, University of California, Berkeley, United States
  • Yuanhe Li, Peking University, China
  • Felicia Phei Lin Lim, Monash University Malaysia, Malaysia
  • Victor Pui-Yan Ma, Emory University, United States
  • Jana L. Markley, Washington University in St. Louis, United States
  • Abby-Jo Payne, University of Calgary, Canada
  • Yunyan Qiu, Northwestern University, United States
  • Yoshito Takahashi, Keio University, Japan
  • Siddulu Naidu Talapaneni, Global Innovative Center for Advanced Nanomaterials (GICAN), The University of Newcastle (UON), Australia
  • César A. Urbina-Blanco, Ghent University, Belgium
  • Galina Viryasova, Moscow State University, Russia
  • Julian G. West, California Institute of Technology, United States
  • Anita Yadav, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi, India
  • Qi Zhang, East China University of Science and Technology, China

Join our global network of Ph.D. students and postdoctoral researchers in chemistry and related sciences.

141 alumni
34 countries/regions

Why should you apply?

During an all-expense-paid trip, you will get an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at how we organize, analyze and share information that drives scientific discoveries. You will:

  • Expand your professional network as you engage with scientists from all over the world.
  • Develop your SciFinder® proficiency and master professional skills to advance your career.
  • Increase your knowledge and exchange ideas about current and future research solutions.
  • Tour centers of innovation and technology to broaden your understanding of the scientific enterprise.

You'll also attend the ACS National Meeting & Exposition, where some of the most exciting research discoveries and technologies in chemistry will be presented, discussed and exhibited.

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For more information, email futureleaders@cas.org.

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