Our Mission

Dreyfus Chemistry Laboratory at MIT

The purpose of the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation, Inc., is to advance the science of chemistry, chemical engineering, and related sciences as a means of improving human relations and circumstances throughout the world. Established in 1946 by chemist, inventor, and businessman Camille Dreyfus as a memorial to his brother Henry, the Foundation became a memorial to both men when Camille Dreyfus died in 1956. Throughout its history the Foundation has sought to take the lead in identifying and addressing needs and opportunities in the chemical sciences through a series of programs and awards. In broad terms, these programs support young faculty accomplished in both research and teaching, further the applications of machine learning, recognize exceptional and original research that has advanced the field with the Dreyfus Prize, and fund lectureships at primarily undergraduate institutions. The brief video below gives an overview of the Foundation history, mission, and programs.

Board of Directors

H. Scott Walter, President

Paul WoitachVice President

Mary Eileen Dowling Walter, Treasurer and Secretary

Matthew V. Tirrell, Chair, Scientific Affairs Committee

Henry C. Walter

John R. H. Blum

       Dorothy Dinsmoor

Richard N. Zare

Daniel G. Nocera

Zhenan Bao

Milan Mrksich


Scott A. Siegel : E-mail; press release
Executive Director

Gerard L. Brandenstein : E-mail
Associate Director

Ali Chunovic : E-mail
Program Manager

Chloe Rickert : E-mail
Administrative Assistant


Scientific Advisors

Arup Chakraborty
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Juan de Pablo
The University of Chicago

Laura L. Kiessling
Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Director Emeritus

John I. Brauman

Edward A. Reilly


Past Presidents

Camille Dreyfus

Jean Dreyfus

Dorothy Dinsmoor

        Henry C. Walter

Privacy Policy

This privacy policy explains how personal information is collected, used, processed, and disclosed by The Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation, Inc. (Dreyfus Foundation). It applies to site visitors, applicants, and nominees.

Acquired Content – The information below is automatically detected and collected by Google Analytics:
· Time of visit, pages visited, and time spent on each page of the webpages
· Referring site details (such as the URI a user came through to arrive at this site)
· Type of web browser
· Type of operating system (OS)
· Flash version, JavaScript support, screen resolution, and screen color processing ability
· Network location and IP address.

User-Submitted Content – Other information is voluntarily provided by you to complete an application or nomination. This includes your name, contact details and specific information about your educational history and research. After the announcement of awards, the information stored on our web server is purged and all data is moved to an offline server within the Dreyfus Foundation. All offline server data is secured and maintained for archiving and reporting operations. Access to online data is restricted to a secure administrative account.

Third-Party Access – Certain cookies are required for the functionality of the website. Some features or actions, such as the application process, cannot be completed without the use of such cookies. They do not contain personally identifiable information and are destroyed when the browser session has ended.

Questions, Concerns and Opting-out – If you have questions or concerns about the Dreyfus Foundation privacy policy or if you wish to be deleted from the Dreyfus Foundation systems, please contact the Dreyfus Foundation in writing:

The Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation, Inc.
Attention: Gerard Brandenstein
405 Lexington Avenue, Suite 909
New York, NY 10174

June 7, 2018