These awards will recognize early-career investigators worldwide who are doing exceptional research surrounding this year's theme of decarbonization. We are now accepting nominations— submit yours by February 1, 2024.

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Seven years ago, Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research started recognizing and publishing the contributions of early-career investigators from around the world through its annual Class of Influential Researchers. Between 2021 - 2023, we rotated our nominations regionally throughout the world.

In 2024, we are changing the approach. These awards will focus on the research theme of decarbonization and are open to global researchers within the first ten (10) years of their independent career. We invite nominations (including self-nominations) of early-career investigators who are doing exceptional research within chemical engineering and applied chemistry research on the theme of decarbonization.

The chemical engineering field is exceptionally well-positioned to address pressing global problems at the nexus of climate, energy, water, food, and healthcare. With decarbonization a major goal across all these sectors, we have chosen decarbonization as the theme for our 2024 Class of Influential Researchers. In future years, other topical themes for the nominations will be announced.

We seek nominations of talented, early-career researchers from all over the world whose interests and achievements broadly align with this goal of decarbonization. Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research strongly encourages inter- and multi-disciplinary research and nominations of researchers working on, and moving, the boundaries on decarbonization.

We expect to assemble an impactful and disruptive special issue of Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research covering, among others:

  • New processing pathways (including reaction, separations, and process heating);
  • New operational strategies;
  • New energy carriers;
  • And new materials that lead to a substantial reduction or complete elimination of carbon emissions from chemical manufacturing (or transportation, water, and food production).

The deadline for nominations is February 1, 2024.


  • Researchers within the first ten (10) years of their independent career (2014-, independence defined as after postdoc appointments or last educational training).
  • This award must be based on research done during the nominee’s independent career and cannot be based on research completed as part of their graduate education or post-doctoral training.
  • Nominees must not have been recognized in previous Classes of Influential Researchers (2023, 2022, 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017).
  • We encourage nominations of researchers from industrial, government, and university labs.
  • Self-nominations are allowed.


  • Completed nomination form detailing name, position, institution, country, preferred topical section, year candidate’s independent career began, etc.
  • A brief statement (3,500 characters or about 500 words maximum) describing research contributions made during the nominee’s independent career and evidence of their influence fitting the goal of decarbonization.
  • List of up to 5 contributions to research fitting the decarbonization theme (publications, patents, reports, etc.) during their independent career, each with a 50-word maximum description of significance or impact (do not upload the actual articles – just the 50-word statements).
  • Website URL to a professional website, CV, Google Scholar profile, or LinkedIn. Note: If no link available, insert “n/a” and email a short CV – two pages maximum – to

Additional Information

The selection committee will include I&EC Research editors and editorial advisory board members.

Each 2024 winner will be invited to submit an article to I&EC Research due by June 1, 2024, along with their photograph and bio sketch. If their article is accepted, each winner will receive an award certificate and be publicized by ACS Publications as a member of the 2024 Class of Influential Researchers. These articles will be collected in a virtual special issue of I&EC Research highlighting the researchers and their work.

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