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 [Email]. The 2019 application deadline is February 28th, 2019.

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.


2018 Award Winner: Dr. Wolfgang Parak

Philipps University Marburg, Physic Department

Bioconjugate Chemistry and the ACS Division of Colloid and Surface Chemistry are pleased to announce that Professor Wolfgang Parak is the recipient of the 2018 Bioconjugate Chemistry Lectureship Award.  The award will be presented at the Fall 2018 ACS National Meeting (August 19-23, 2018) in Boston, MA.

"The third year of the BC Lecturer competition featured the wide breadth of research areas commensurate with the broad scope of the journal. We had a highly competitive field for this award, with Wolfgang Parak emerging as the BC Lecturer due to the high impact, creativity, and scientific rigor of his program. Wolfgang is a true trailblazer in the field of bionanotechnology, using the tools of chemistry, physics, and biology to gain fundamental insight into the complexities of the bio-nano interface. In particular, his research on bio-mediated transformations of synthetic nanomaterials fits ideally the role of the Bioconjugate Chemistry Lecturer Award in recognizing the best scientists working at the interface between the biological and the man-made worlds."  - Dr. Vincent M. Rotello, Editor-in-Chief, Bioconjugate Chemistry.

This year’s award will be presented at the Fall ACS National Meeting, August 19-23, 2018, in Boston, MA, as part of the Bioconjugate Chemistry Lecturer Symposium. Professor Dr. Parak will be presenting at this symposium, along with other prominent researchers in the field.

Professor Dr. Wolfgang Parak is a Group Leader at the University of Hamburg | UHH · Center of Hybrid Nanostructures. Wolfgang started his independent career at Ludwig Maximilians University Munich, where he worked from 2002-2007. He then moved to the University of Marburg, where he was a Professor before moving to University of Hamburg in 2017. His research website is located at http://www.chyn.de/

Dr. Wolfgang Parak

Past Winners

Including Lectureship Reviews

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