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Aug 07, 2012

Alwin Mittasch Prize 2012 goes to Graham Hutchings and Takashi Tatsumi

Graham Hutchings is honored for his outstanding innovative research in the field of precious metal catalysis and especially for his pioneering work in the field of gold catalysis. Takashi Tatsumi received the award for the discovery of novel titane zeolites and their application in industrial oxidation processes. The award ceremony took place during the 15th International Congress on Catalysis on July 5th, 2012 in Munich.

The Alwin Mittasch Prize of DECHEMA has been founded by BASF in 1990 and is usually awarded every three years.

Graham Hutchings was born in 1951 and studied chemistry at the University College London. After he received his Ph.D. in 1975, he worked in various positions at the ICI Petrochemical Division. In 1981, he was delegated to AECI Ltd. in South Africa where he developed his interest in gold catalysis. From 1984, he was employed at the University of Witwatersrand (South Africa) and the Leverhulme Centre for Innovative catalysis in Liverpool (UK) before taking over his current position at Cardiff University in 1997. He is the Director of the Cardiff Catalysis Institute.

Graham Hutchings received numerous awards, among them the EFCATS François Gault Lectureship 2005 and the IPMI Henry J. Albert Award 2011. In 2009, he was elected Fellow of the Royal Society and is currently, amongst others, editor of the Journal of Catalysis and elected President of the Faraday Division of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Takashi Tatsumi was born in 1948 and studied at the University of Tokyo where he received his Master of Engineering in 1972, majoring in industrial chemistry. In 1981 he received his Ph.D. and continued to work at Tokyo University in various positions until 1998 before he joined Yokohama National University. There he held a professorship in materials science and chemical engineering until 2005. Since April 2005, he has been working as a professor in the catalytic chemistry department at the Chemical Resources Laboratory of the Tokyo Institute of Technology. Takashi Tatsumi is a member of numerous academic societies. Amongst others, he is President of the Catalysis Society of Japan and the Japan Association of Zeolites as well as Vice-President of the Japan Petroleum Institute. He received, among others, the Catalysis Society of Japan Award 2003 and the Science & Technology Award of the Japanese Ministry of Science 2005. Furthermore, editor of the Journal of Molecular Catalysis A Chemical and a member of the editorial board of ChemSusChem.

Pictures of the awardees are available on or from the press office of DECHEMA e.V., Tel.: 069/7564-277, Fax: 069/7564-272, E-Mail: .



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