Alajos Kálmán Prize

The European Crystallographic Association together with the Hungarian Chemical Society is pleased to announce the founding of Alajos Kálmán Prize.

The International Alajos Kálmán Prize is awarded to an individual researcher, in recognition for outstanding scientific contributions, in the field structural sciences, within the last 5-10 years. The Prize was established by the Hungarian Chemical Society, and is endorsed of by the European Crystallographic Association. It is awarded twice, in a three-year cycle, at the ECMs. The selection of the awardee is conducted by ECA SIG13, although the recognised field is wider, including all structural sciences. The prize consists of a medal and a financial award, as well as the awardee delivers a Prize Lecture at the ECM.

The International Kálmán Prize preserves the memory of the late Alajos Kálmán, an eminent scientist in the field of chemical crystallography. The Prize is established by the Hungarian Chemical Society and is endorsed by European Crystallographic Association. It is awarded in the ECM years. The prize consists of a medal and a financial award, as well as the awardee delivers a Prize Lecture at the ECM. The selection of the awardee is conducted by ECA SIG13, although the recognised field is wider, including all structural sciences. For more information, please visit the website: ecanews.org/alajos-kalman-prize/


Awardee at 2020:

The Advisory Board of the Hungarian Chemical Society awards the first Hungarian Alajos Kálmán Prize in 2020 to

Professor Mátyás Czugler
Prof emer., Research Centre for Natural Sciences

The career of Prof Mátyás Czugler is primarily joined to the Research Centre for Natural Sciences of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. He is a member of the first generation of the School on single crystal X-ray diffraction established by Prof Alajos Kálmán. Mátyás Czugler was the student, then close colleague and is the intellectual successor of Alajos Kálmán. Prof Czugler introduced the supramolecular approach in chemical crystallography in Hungary, performing outstanding research on the field of host-guest systems and complexes. He participates in international collaborations and projects. His international recognition is reflected by the fact for example that he was appointed the co-editor of the journal Acta Crystallographica Section E: Crystallographic Communications for several years. He established extensive cooperation with Hungarian organic chemistry laboratories and with several Hungarian institutions performing pharmaceutical research. He is the author of 180 scientific publications, he has received 2763 independent citations, his H-index is 29.


The awardee of the 1st International Alajos Kálmán Prize is

Professor Luigi R. Nassimbeni
from University of Cape Town, South Africa.

for his outstanding activity in supramolecular chemistry,
revealing aspects of thermodynamics, kinetics and separation of inclusion compounds,
and discovering the relevance of certain weak bonds in significant industrial processes.