The Tanabe Prize for Acid Base Catalysis is sponsored by the ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Co. and The International Acid-Base Catalysis (ABC) Group. It is administrated by The ABC Group and will be awarded at the ABC‑6 Conference and at all subsequent ABC conferences. Each awardee will be asked to give a plenary lecture. The award consists of a plaque and a prize of $ 2000. Up to an additional $ 1000 will be made available for otherwise non-reimbursed travel expenses.
The award is given in recognition of substantial contributions to the field of acid and/or base catalysis. It may be given either to a young person who has demonstrated real promise in the early part of his/her career, or to an individual at any stage of his/her career (subject to the age requirement below), who has made significant contributions to the area within the six years preceding the award.
Selection of the awardee will be made by a committee appointed by a vote of the board members of The ABC Group. The nominees should not have passed their 56th birthday on 10 May 2009 on which date the award will be presented at the ABC‑6 conference. Nomination packages should indicate the nominee’s qualifications, accomplishments, nominating letter, one optional seconding letter and a biography of the nominee. A critical evaluation of the significance of the candidate’s qualifications should be made as well as a statement of the particular contribution(s) on which the nomination is based. Nomination packages for the Award must be received by 1 June 2008. All nomination packages (one electronic copy) should be sent to Jacques Vedrine, President, The ABC Group; at firstname.lastname@example.org. An email receipt message will be sent to each nominator.