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 2018 application deadline is February 28th, 2018.

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.


2017 Award Winner: Dr. Matthew Francis

Columbia University, Department of Chemistry

Bioconjugate Chemistry and the ACS Division of Colloid and Surface Chemistry are pleased to announce that Professor Matthew B. Francis is the recipient of the 2017 Bioconjugate Chemistry Lectureship Award. The award will be presented at the Fall 2017 ACS National Meeting (August 20-24, 2017) in Washington, D.C.

"The second year of the BC Lecturer competition was even more competitive than last year. We had a very competitive field for this fellowship, but Matt Francis is a game-changing scientist. Matt is a true leader in the field of bioconjugation, seamlessly integrating the tools of synthetic chemistry and biology. His imaginative and innovative research has created new tools for bioconjugation, and applied them to challenges in both biomedicine and chemical biology, fitting perfectly the goal of the Bioconjugate Chemistry Lecturer Award to recognize 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 20-24, 2017, in Washington, D.C., as part of the Bioconjugate Chemistry Lecturer Symposium. Professor Francis will be presenting at this symposium, along with other prominent researchers in the field.

Professor Matt Francis is the T.Z. and Irmgard Chu Distinguished Professor in Chemistry at UC Berkeley. Matt started his independent career in the UC Berkeley Chemistry Department in 2001, and has built a research program involving the development of new organic reactions for protein modification. These new chemical tools have then been used to modify biomolecular assemblies to prepare new materials for diagnostic imaging, wastewater treatment, and solar cell development.  His research website is located at https://www.mbfberkeley.com/


Dr. Matthew Francis

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