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Chemist Tiddo Mooibroek of the Van 't Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences (HIMS) is among the 25 young scientists nominated for the 2017 'Wetenschapstalent' award of the Dutch edition of New Scientist. After scrutiny by a jury and a public vote the winner will be announced by Nobel laureate Ben Feringa on 22 June. Voting starts today on the website.

Image: New Scientist.

The award competition is held for the third time among talented young scientists of all 18 Dutch and Flemish universities. The winner takes home € 2500 and a trophy, and is provided with opportunities to bring his or her research to the attention of the general public.

HIMS chemist Tiddo Mooibroek (1982) designs catalysts to change the structure of simple sugars such as glucose. He strives to produce new sugars that can aid cancer diagnosis and lead to new drugs. His catalysts can also help the utilization of biomass. According to New Scientist, Mooibroek finds it "extremely satisfying" to understand and modify molecular systems in order to perform molecular 'tricks'.

The 25 scientists competing for the award are active in areas such as environmental policy, philosophy, economics, physics and biology. The jury headed by Ben Feringa will evaluate their research with respect to scientific and societal impact and originality, and assess their outreach efforts. Adding to this a public vote is held from 23 May until 5 June through the New Scientist website. The equal combination of the jury rating and the public vote determines who will take home the award.