Bioconjugate Chemistry Lectureship


The Bioconjugate Chemistry Lecturship recognizes an outstanding researcher for important recent advances in interfacing synthetic and biological systems.


The Bioconjugate Chemistry Lectureship award consists of a $3000 prize, a plaque, registration and $1500 maximum travel allowance to attend the Fall ACS National Meeting for the award presentation and to give a lecture at the “Bioconjugate Chemistry Lectureship and Award Symposium.”  The winner is also expected to submit a review or topical review to Bioconjugate Chemistry, which will be subjected to peer review.


This award was established by Bioconjugate Chemistry in 2016.  Bioconjugate Chemistry is a peer reviewed journal published by the American Chemical Society.  In 2016 and 2017, the award was managed through the ACS Division of Colloid and Surface Chemistry.


The award is granted to emerging or established researchers, and nominations are welcome from all sectors of industry, government and academia.


Nominations are to be submitted to Vincent M. Rotello through a web form that will be advertised on the homepage. The application deadline is February 28th, but subject to change.

The nomination should be submitted as a single pdf file consisting of the following items: (1) a nomination letter that succinctly describes the impact of the individual’s research accomplishments, (2) a second letter from another individual who is familiar with the nominees works, (3) a five-page CV that should include: education, appointments, honors & awards, and a list of up to 25 relevant publications and (4) a tentative lecture title and abstract (300 words or less).

The selection will be made by a four-member committee consisting of three individuals selected by the Editor-in-Chief of Bioconjugate Chemistry and two selected by the Chair of the PMSE Division.

2020 Award Winner: Professor Chunying Chen

National Center for Nanoscience and Technology (NCNST) of China

Bioconjugate Chemistry and the ACS Division of Polymeric Materials Science and Engineering (PMSE) are proud to announce that Dr. Chunying Chen is the winner of the 2021 Bioconjugate Chemistry Lectureship Award. This award recognizes the contributions of an individual who has made a major impact working at the interface between the biological and human-made worlds.

Chunying Chen received her Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry in 1991 and obtained her Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from Huazhong University of Science and Technology of China in 1996. She worked as a postdoctoral research fellow at the CAS Key Laboratory of Nuclear Analytical Techniques, Institute of High Energy Physics of Chinese Academy of Sciences from 1996 to 1998. She has been the Professor and a Group Leader of the National Center for Nanoscience and Technology of China since 2006. She was elected as a General Secretary of the Asian Society of Toxicology in 2018. She is also a fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, starting in 2021, and the Royal Society of Chemistry in 2016.

Dr. Chen is one of the earliest researchers worldwide in nano-bioanalysis, nanosafety, and biomedical applications. She has made a pioneering contribution and wide collaboration in fundamental research, focusing on the nano-bio interface for understanding the biomedical activities of nanomaterials and developing a new strategy to enhance nanomaterial-mediated theranostic applications, like malignant tumors and vaccine nanoadjuvants. She was recognized on the Clarivate™ Highly Cited Researchers list for the field of Pharmacology and Toxicology in 2014, 2017, and 2018. She has published six books and has been granted over 30 patents.

The Bioconjugate Chemistry Lectureship Award is presented annually to recognize outstanding researchers for important recent advances in interfacing synthetic and biological systems. Dr. Chunying Chen will join a prestigious class of past recipients, including Jason S. Lewis, Heather D. Maynard, Wolfgang J. Parak, Matthew B. Francis, and Xiaoyuan Chen.

Dr. Chunying Chen

Past Winners

Including Lectureship Reviews

2021 Chunying Chen, National Center for Nanoscience and Technology (NCNST) of China

2020 Jason Lewis, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

2019 Heather Maynard, University of California, Los Angeles

2018 Wolfgang J. Parak, University of Hamburg

2017 Matthew Francis, University of California, Berkeley

2016 Xiaoyuan (Shawn) Chen, National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering, NIH
Topical review: Amphiphilic-Polymer-Guided Plasmonic Assemblies and Their Biomedical Applications