Durant ces vingt dernières années, le prix a été décerné sept fois, à l’occasion des Symposiums Internationaux sur la Chimie du Fluor (ISFC) qui ont lieu tous les trois ans. Pendant toute cette période Roland Bougon s’est acquitté de la tâche d’administrateur du prix avec l’aide d’un collège d’électeurs choisis parmi les spécialistes mondiaux du fluor.
Depuis 2009, c’est la FONDATION DE LA MAISON DE LA CHIMIE qui gère ce prix prestigieux et lui assure un caractère pérenne au sein de sa structure.
Le Prix consiste en la remise d’un diplôme, d’une médaille en bronze à l’effigie d’Henri Moissan et de la somme de 15 000 €.
The prize was created after the Centennial 1986 Paris Symposium to commemorate Moissan’s isolation of elemental fluorine in 1886, and to stimulate research in the fields of fluorine chemistry.
During the first twenty years, the prize was managed by the “Institution du Prix Moissan“, founded by Paul Hagenmuller and Pierre Plurien †, both Chairmen of the 1986 Symposium, with Roland Bougon as administrator. From 2009 the “Fondation de la Maison de la Chimie” has taken in charge the management of the prize, in order to give a perennial structure to this prestigious award. The prize winner is elected by an International Selection Board of about one hundred personalities, worldwide recognized in Fluorine Chemistry.
The Prize, is presented every three years during the International Symposium on Fluorine Chemistry (ISFC). The awardees have been: 1988: Neil Bartlett (University of California, Berkeley, USA) and George Cady (University of Washington, Seattle, USA); 1991: Harry J. Emeléus (University of Cambridge, UK); 1994: Robert N. Haszeldine (UMIST, University of Manchester, UK); 1997: Paul Hagenmuller (University of Bordeaux I, France); 2000: Karl Christe (USC, Los Angeles and Edwards Air Force Base, California, USA); 2003: Richard Chambers (University of Durham, UK); 2006: Darryl D. DesMarteau (Clemson University, SC, USA). 2009: Herbert Roesky (Göttingen University, Germany); 2012: Alain Tressaud (ICMCB-CNRS, Bordeaux, France); 2015: G. K Surya Prakash (USC, USA); 2018: David O’Hagan (University of St Andrews, United Kingdom).
The Prize carries a diploma, a bronze medal with Henri Moissan’s portrait, and a monetary award of 15.000 €.
Bernard BIGOT, President, Fondation de la Maison de la Chimie,
Scientific administrator :
Alain TRESSAUD, CNRS, Bordeaux
Bruno AMEDURI, CNRS, Montpellier
Thierry BILLARD, Université Claude Bernard, Lyon
Philippe BONNET, Arkema, Pierre Bénite
Karl CHRISTE, Univ. Southern California, USA, 2000 Moissan Prize
Darryl DESMARTEAU, Cleamson University (USA) 2006 Moissan Prize
Marie-Pierre KRAFFT, Institut Charles Sadron, Strasbourg
Marc LEBLANC, Univ. Le Mans
Marc LACROIX, Solvay, Bruxelles
Frédéric LEROUX, Labo Bayer-CNRS, Strasbourg
Patrick MAESTRO, Solvay, Bruxelles
Michel POUCHARD, Univ. Bordeaux, Member Académie des Sciences
Surya PRAKASH, University of South California, USA, 2015 Moissan Prize
Herbert ROESKY, Univ. Göttingen (All.), Foreign member Académie des Sciences, 2009 Moissan Prize
Honorary President :
Paul HAGENMULLER, former co-President “Institution du Prix Moissan” (1986-2005)
Pierre PLURIEN, former co-President “Institution du Prix Moissan (1986 – 2005)
The Secretary General of the « Fondation de la Maison de la Chimie » attends the meetings of the Scientific Committee
The prize winner is elected by an International Selection Board of about seventy personalities (+ scientific committee members) which have been chosen by the scientific committee of the prize. The composition of this international college is reconsidered before each Prize. The final choice of the Board members should be guided by both the prestige of each fluorine chemist proposed and the need to establish a balance with respect to nationality and scientific fields. The members of the Board are asked to vote as individuals.
In the first ballot of the election, each member of the Selection Committee proposes a maximum of five candidates. The Scientific Committee will select the nominees for the Prize, as those candidates who have received the higher number of votes with a significant gap with respect to the following ones. This list (four names in 2006, six in 2012, five in 2009 and 2015) is then sent to all members of the Selection Board for a second ballot, in which a maximum of two names is selected from this list. It is obvious that those members who will be selected as nominees will not take part to the second ballot. The winner is the candidate who receives the largest number of suffrages, but the prize may be shared if two candidates get an equal number of votes, as it was the case for the first prize in 1988. Nominations can be based on the candidate’s entire career work or a recent outstanding contribution to any field of fluorine chemistry.