Leonardo Scarabelli, a UCLA postdoctoral researcher in the laboratory of professor Paul Weiss — who holds a UC presidential chair and is a distinguished professor of chemistry and biochemistry — is one of five winners of the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry-Solvay International Award for Young Chemists, presented for the best Ph.D. theses in the chemical sciences. 

Scarabelli received his Ph.D. in chemistry from Spain’s Universidade de Vigo and conducted research in San Sebastian’s BioNanoPlasmonic Lab. His award-winning essay is titled “Synthesis and Self-Assembly of Anisotropic Plasmonic Nanoparticles.”

The award will be presented during the opening ceremony of the IUPAC World Chemistry Congress in July in São Paulo, Brazil. The winning theses were judged as described in 1,000-word essays.