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.

Board of Directors

H. Scott Walter, President

Paul WoitachVice President

Mary Eileen Dowling Walter, Treasurer and Secretary

Matthew V. Tirrell, Chair, Scientific Affairs Committee and Senior Scientific Advisor

Henry C. Walter

       Dorothy Dinsmoor

Daniel G. Nocera

Zhenan Bao

Milan Mrksich



Gerard L. Brandenstein : E-mail
Managing Director

Ali Chunovic : E-mail
Senior 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

Melanie Sanford
University of Michigan


Directors Emeriti

John R. H. Blum

John I. Brauman

Edward A. Reilly

Richard N. Zare


Past Presidents

Camille Dreyfus

Jean Dreyfus

Dorothy Dinsmoor

        Henry C. Walter