Division of Carbohydrate Chemistry


Congratulations to 2019 ACS Carbohydrate Division Award Winners

The CARB Division wants to congratulate winners of the following 2019 CARB Division Awards:

Claude S. Hudson Award

Professor Hung-Wen (Ben) Liu (University of Texas, Austin, TX)

Texas, Austin

Melville L. Wolfrom Award

Professor Peter Seeberger (Max Plank Institute, Postsdam, Germany)

Horace S. Isbell Award

Professor Mark Taylor (University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada)

David Y. Gin Young Investigator Award

Professor Jiaoyang Jiang (University of Wisconsin Madison, Madison, Wisconsin)

Derek Horton Award

Dr. Francis Fang (Eisai Pharmaceuticals, Andover, MA)

2018 Division of Carbohydrate Election Results

Election Results - 2019 Members!

Congratulations are in order for:

Jiaoyang Jiang and Jennifer L. Koviach-Cote have won Member-At-Large

Xi Chen has won Awards Committee

The 2018 Derek Barton Gold Medal Award

Professor Samuel Danishefsky, Emeritus Professor of Chemistry at Columbia University and the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, has received the 2018 Derek Barton Gold Medal form the Royal Society of Chemistry.

The 2018 Whistler Award

Congratulations are in order for David Crich for winning the 2018 Whistler Award.  David is the Schaap Professor of Organic Chemistry at Wayne State University, Detroit, MI.  He will receive the award at the upcoming ICS 2018 in Lisbon, Portugal.

Congratulations to 2018 ACS Carbohydrate Division Award Winners!

The CARB Division wants to congratulate winners of the following 2018 CARB Division Awards:

Melville L. Wolfrom Award

Professor Nicola Pohl (Indiana University, Bloomington, IN)

Horace S. Isbell Award

Professor Hien M. Nguyen (University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA)

David Y. Gin Young Investigator Award

Professor Ratmir Derda (University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, Canada)

Derek Horton Award

Dr. Lajos Szente (The CycloLab Ltd., Budapest, Hungary)

2017 Cottrell Scholar

Professor Kamil Godula has been selected as a Cottrell Scholar by the Research Corporation. Dr. Godula, an Assistant Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry at The University of California, San Diego, was selected based on his work studying the biophysical properties of the glycocalix. Dr. Godula received his M.Sc in organic chemistry at Marquette University, and his PhD from Columbia University under the direction of Dr. Dalibor Sames. Dr. Godula then carried out postdoctoral studies under the direction of Dr. Carolyn Bertozzi at UC Berkeley. His current research interests are focused on the role of glycans in regenerative medicine and host-pathogen interactions.

2017 Division of Carbohydrate Election Results

Election Results - 2018 Members!

Congratulations are in order for:

Alexei Demchenko has won the Chair-Elect 
Amit Basu and Zbigniew Witczak have won Member-At-Large
Xuefei Huang has won Awards Committee
Geert-Jan Boons has won the Treasurer
Anthony Serianni has won the Councilor

Hien Nguyen has won the Alternate Councilor

2017 Tetrahedron Prize for Creativity in Organic Chemistry

Congratulations Laura!   Well deserved award for all of your significant scientific insights and seminal contributions.

Laura Kiessling is the first woman to win the Tetrahedron Prize for Creativity in Organic Chemistry, awarded annually for creativity in organic chemistry or bioorganic and medicinal chemistry.

2017 ACS Arthur C. Cope Award

The 2017 winner of the Arthur C. Cope Award is Carolyn Bertozzi, Ann T. and Robert M. Bass Professor of Chemistry and Professor of Chemical & Systems Biology and Radiology at Stanford University, and an Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

For more information click here!

Carolyn's Group Website 

2017 Hudson Award

The 2017 winner of the Hudson Award is David Crich, Schaap Professor of Organic Chemistry in the Department of Chemistry at Wayne State University, Detroit, MI.

For more information click here!

Inaugural Derek Horton Award in Industrial Carbohydrate Chemistry - 2017

The 2017 inaugural Derek Horton Award in Industrial Carbohydrate Chemistry has been won by Dr. Francesco Berti representing Novartis-GSK Glycoconjugate Vaccine Group in Siena, Italy.

Congratulations to 2016 ACS Carbohydrate Division Award Winners!

Melville L. Wolfrom Award
Professor Xuefei Huang (Michigan State University, Lansing, MI)


Horace S. Isbell Award
Professor Laura K. Mahal (New York University, NYC, NY)


David Y. Gin Young Investigator Award
Professor Zhongping Tan (Universityh of Colorado, Boulder, CO) 


The award symposium was held at the Spring 2017 ACS meeting in San Francisco, CA (April 2nd - 6th, 2017).

ICS 2016 and Awardees

Congratulations are in order for:

1) Professor Benjamin G. Davis, Professor of Chemistry at the University of Oxford, UK  -  The Roy L. Whistler International Award in Carbohydrate Chemistry for 2016.

2)  Professor Benjamin Swarts, Central Michigan University, USA  -  The International Carbohydrate Organization's Young Researcher Award for 2016.

3)  Professor Geert-Jan Boons, Professor in Biochemical Sciences at the Complex Carbohydrate Research Center (CCRC) of the University of Georgia  -  The 2015 Hudson Award

For more information about the 2016 ICS in New Orleans click here! 

Congratulations to Geert-Jan Boons for Receiving the Arthur C. Cope Scholar Award!

Dr. Boons received an M.Sc. in Chemistry and a Ph.D. in Synthetic Carbohydrate Chemistry from the State University of Leiden in The Netherlands under the direction of Dr. Jacques van Boom. Dr. Boons completed a postdoctoral fellow at Imperial College, London, and the University of Cambridge in the research group of Dr. Steven Ley before joining the CCRC. Research in the Boons group currently focuses on the synthesis and biological functions of complex carbohydrates and glycoconjugates including the recent design, synthesis, and immunological evaluation of three-component vaccine candidate with the potential to serve as a vaccine for many types of epithelial cancer. Dr. Boons is also the recipient of the Claude S. Hudson Award (2015), ICS Roy Whistler Award (2014), the Carbohydrate Research Award for Creativity in Carbohydrate Science by the European Carbohydrate Association (2003) as well as the H.S. Isbell award (2004) from the CARB Division.

For further information see the 2016 CARB Division Newletter and the A.C. Cope Award Announcement website! 

2015 Our Own Distinguished Carbohydrate Chemist - Derek Horton

It was Todd Lowary who took charge of organizing a symposium in honor of Derek Horton for all of his contributions towards "Advances in Carbohydrate Chemistry and Biochemistry" at the ACS Meeting in New Orleans, 2013.  Todd's introductory remarks. 

The symposium was organized to commemorate the years that Derek had been associated with Advances in Carbohydrate Chemistry and Biochemistry, a book series founded in 1944 by Melville L. Wolfrom (Derek's postdoctoral mentor) in conjunction with Claude S. Hudson and Sir Norman Haworth.  It was published by Academic Press, under the initial title of Advances in Carbohydrate Chemistry (the word Biochemistry was added in 1969, and in 2001 Academic Press became an Elsevier subsidiary).   It was timed to come after Derek's 80th birthday and in a city 
(New Orleans) much loved by him and his wife June.

Derek met Wolfrom in 1955 when Wolfrom visited Birmingham University in the UK, where Derek was a graduate student working on amino sugars.  He invited Derek to join him at Ohio State as a postdoc after his PhD, and to write an article on amino sugars for Advances, which eventually was published as two articles in Volumes 14 and 15 of the series. 

After his arrival in Columbus Derek took on junior editorial duties with Wolfrom and his colleague Bob Tipson, who worked at the National Bureau of Standards.  Following Wolfrom's death in 1969, Tipson and Derek coedited the series, and after Tipson retired in 1991 Derek has continued as the sole editor.

Among the the ten speakers at the symposium, eight of them have been authors of recent articles in the series, and two will be contributors to upcoming volumes.  Each is a leader in his or her field, and Derek was particularly flattered by the way several of the speakers linked their current presentations to Horton's earlier research work, and to articles in Advances that helped to inspire their own research programs.

Volume 70
of the series appeared late 2013, seventy years after Volume 1,  as noted in the flyer.  Derek made this volume a retrospective of all articles published in the series, by way of a chronology of the titles and authors.  For the benefit of present and future generations of carbohydrate scientists, he  included a large number of portraits of the carbohydrate pioneers who have since departed the scene, and whose lives and careers have been documented in the volumes.  The 70th volume is accessible on line, along with all earlier ones, however, see here for the pdf of it.

The ACS Carbohydrate Division has been Derek's scientific home ever since he presented in 1961 the first of many hundreds of papers in the Divisional programs, and he regards the Division's membership as his scientific family.  Derek hopes that some of these reflections can find a place in the archives of the Division, and sustain some of the camaraderie and common interests between the Division's members.