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Aug 07, 2012

Otto Roelen Medal 2012 for Javier Pérez-Ramírez

Especially Pérez -Ramírez' work on plant miniaturization for the continuous synthesis of anorganic materials - mostly catalyst precursors - and his development of novel catalysts for gaseous hydrogen chloride oxidation (Deacon process) are acknowledged. The award ceremony took place during the 15th International Congress on Catalysis on July 5th, 2012 in Munich.

The Otto Roelen Medal of DECHEMA is endowed with 5,000 Euro and sponsored by Oxea Group. Founded in 1997, it is usually awarded every two years.

Javier Pérez-Ramírez was born in Benidorm, Spain, in 1974 and studied chemical engineering at the University of Alicante. He finished his Ph.D. thesis in 2002 at the Delft University of Technology, Netherlands, and worked from 2002 to 2005 in various positions at Norsk Hydro and Yara International in Norway. In 2005, he went back to academic research and was offered a research professorship at the Institute of Chemical Research of Catalonia (ICIQ). After two research stays at the University of California in Berkeley and the University of Caen, France, he was offered a full professorship at the ETH Zurich in 2010. Javier Pérez-Ramírez received numerous awards, among them the Dow Energy Prize 2002 and the KNCV Prijs 2003. From 2001 to 2005, he was the most-cited author in the Journal of Catalysis. He is an associate editor for Catalysis, Science and Technology and a member of the editorial board of Applied Catalysis B, Advanced Functional Materials, Catalysis Communications and ACS Catalysis.


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