The American Chemical Society has selected Dr Frédérique Cunin as the winner of the 2019 Franco-American Lectureship Prize. The prize honors chemists and chemical engineers who have contributed significantly to research cooperation between the United States and France.
Materials scientist Frédérique Cunin honored by the ACS
Dr Cunin is a materials science researcher at the Institut Charles Gerhardt Montpellier, where she focuses on the development and fundamental properties of porous silicon particles. In particular, her research has applications in nanomedicine, targeted anti-cancer therapies, gene-based therapies and tissue engineering.
Dr Cunin has long-established ties to the U.S. research community, in particular with the group of Professor Michael Sailor at the University of California, San Diego. She has worked extensively to build bridges between French and American chemistry practitioners and has served as an organizer for several cross-cultural research conferences.
The ACS-SCF binational prize
The Franco-American Lectureship Prize is a joint endeavor between the American Chemical Society (ACS) and the French Chemical Society (SCF), awarded on a rotating basis to an American or French chemist. The French recipient is selected by the ACS whilst the SCF selects the American laureate, in alternate years. The inaugural recipient of this binational prize was Sorbonne University physical chemist Marie-Paule Pileni in 2017, while University of Houston professor Karl Kadish was the American honoree in 2018.
As part of her prize, Frédérique Cunin will conduct a lecture tour in late 2019 at universities and ACS sections in the U.S. “I’m very honored to receive the ACS-SCF lectureship prize, for the opportunity to deliver lectures and to meet with incredible scientists,” Dr Cunin says. “Since the beginning of my career, I have enjoyed fostering collaboration and exchange between our two countries, and I look forward to touring across the U.S.”