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09/20/12

Walter Thiel and Ferdi Schüth receive GDCh awards

Walter Thiel and Ferdi Schüth receive GDCh awards

Double success for our institute: Two scientists of the Max Planck Institut für Kohlenforschung have been decorated with awards of the Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker (GDCh),  the German Chemical Society, this week.

Prof. Dr. Walter Thiel, director of the Department of Theory since 1999, received the Liebig Medal of the GDCh on Monday. This award honors his scientific achievements in the field of theoretical chemistry and quantum chemistry. The silver coin is named after the famous German chemist Justus von Liebig and is endowed with 7500 Euro.

The award is given to outstanding German chemists in irregular intervals. Two years ago the winner was Joachim Sauer, theoretical chemist as well and husband to Angela Merkel,  the German Chancellor. Former awardees include Max Planck and Karl Ziegler.

Prof. Dr. Ferdi Schüth has been director at our institute since 1998. He is among the best known German scientists in the field of energy research. On Tuesday he received the Wilhelm Klemm Prize of the GDCh, which is endowed with 7500 Euro as well. Wilhelm Klemm was professor for chemistry at the University of Münster, renowned in the field of inorganic chemistry.

Ferdi Schüth got the prize, which comes with a golden medal, for his fundamental contributions to the field of heterogeneous catalysis. He  investigates nanostructured catalysts and their use in chemical industry and modern energy research.