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Mar 12, 2015

Bridge-builder between model catalysis and industrial application

Professor Robert Schlögl, Berlin, was awarded the Alwin Mittasch Prize 2015 in March at the Annual Meeting of German Catalysis Scientists in Weimar. This prize is conferred in recognition of his extensive contributions to the characterization of heterogeneous catalysts and their preparation for industrial applications, by which he has succeeded in bridging the gap between model catalysis and complex technical catalysis. His work provides a seminal, new understanding of catalytically active materials, thus opening up the way to more effective development of industrially applicable catalysts in the future.

The Alwin Mittasch Prize is awarded to researchers who have both extended the fundamentals of catalysis and found exemplary applications in industrial practice. This prize is announced internationally and comes with a cash sum of 10,000 euros. It is sponsored by BASF SE and is generally conferred by DECHEMA and the German Catalysis Society (GeCatS) every three years.

 Robert Schlögl studied chemistry at the Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich where he received his doctorate in 1982. After postdoc research periods in Cambridge, Basel and at the Fritz Haber Institute of the Max Planck Society, he received his ‘Habilitation’ in chemistry from the Technical University of Berlin in 1989. He accepted a professorship in Inorganic Chemistry at the University of Frankfurt before returning to Berlin where he has been a Director and Scientific Member of the Fritz Haber Institute of the Max Planck Society since 1994. Additionally, he was appointed Founding Director of the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Energy Conversion in 2011.

Schlögl is the recipient of numerous awards and honours in recognition of his scientific achievements, including the DECHEMA Plaque in Titanium, the Otto Bayer Award and the Schunk Award for Innovative Materials. Furthermore he is a member of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities and is an Honorary Professor at the TU Berlin, Humboldt University of Berlin and also at the University of Duisburg-Essen.


The German Catalysis Society (GeCatS) is the platform for the entire German catalysis community in the area of research and application. Currently it has about 1100 members from industry and academia. GeCatS promotes the scientific and technical dialogue between industry, universities, non-university research institutes and research policy institutions and represents the interests of the catalysis community on a national and international level. The German Catalysis Society is supported by DECHEMA, VDI-GVC, GDCh, DGMK und DBG.



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