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Feb 08, 2010

Alwin Mittasch Prize 2009 for Jens Weitkamp and Jens Nørskov

The Alwin Mittasch Prize 2009 is divided between Prof. Dr.-Ing. Jens Weitkamp, Stuttgart and Prof. Dr. Jens K. Nørskov, Lyngby. This prize comprises a € 10.000 cash award and is presented to scientists, who both have enlarged the basics of catalysis as well as exemplary use in everyday industry. Jens Weitkamp’s research areas include isomerisation and the hydrocracking of alkanes as well as the hydrogenation of aromatics using zeolithe catalysts. These processes are essential in oil refinery and processing. Jens Nørskov has made significant contributions towards the better understanding of processes on the catalyst surface through the development of theoretical models. Based on such expertise it is possible to predict the best catalysts for specific applications.
The Alwin Mittasch Prize will be awarded on 11th March 2010 during the 43rd Annual Meeting of German Catalysis Researchers in the city of Weimar. This meeting is organized by the German Catalysis Society.

The Alwin Mittasch Prize of DECHEMA was founded in 1990 and is sponsored by BASF SE. Usually the prize is awarded every three years.

Jens Weitkamp, born in 1942, studied chemistry at the University of Karlsruhe and the University of Berlin. After his graduation in 1971 and his postdoctoral qualification in 1981 he was a professor at the University of Oldenburg from 1986 –1988. In 1988 he became head ot the Institute for Technical Chemistry at the University of Stuttgart. In October 2008 he retired. He received a couple of awards and honours, among others he is honorary professor at Jilin University (PR of China) and he received the Carl-Engler-Medal of DGMK. In 2003 he was appointed corresponding member of the Saxon Academy of Science. He holds a lot of honorary appointments; among others he was president of the International Zeolite Association (IZA), member of the board of DGMK and assistant head of the board of DECHEMA e.V. He was member of the board of DECHEMA as well as member of the board of trustees of Fonds der Chemischen Industrie and scientific advisor of Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung/Mülheim. Furthermore he was founding director of the German University of Cairo/Egypt.

Jens Nørskov, born 1952, studied physics and chemistry at the University of Aarhus/Denmark. After his graduation in theoretical physics he held different positions in the industry and at NORDITA (Nordic Institute for Theretical Physics/Copenhagen). In 1992 he was appointed professor for theoretical physics at the Technical University of Denmark in Lyngby. He was visiting professor at the University of Wisconsin and the University of California and is among others director of the Lundbeck Foundation Center for Atomic Scale Materials Design. Jens Nørskov received a couple of awards such as the Richard A. Glenn Award, the Mulliken-Medal and the Grundfos-prize. He is appointed member of the Royal Danish Academy of Sciences, elected fellow of the American Physical Society and holds an honorary doctorate of the Technical University of Eindhoven/NL. Furthermore he has a couple of honorary appointments such as member of the scientific advisory board of the Centre for Nanotechnology at the University Duisburg-Essen and vice president of the US National Academies Committee for the valuation of the catalysis programme of the US Ministry for Energy. In additon he is co-editor of numerous scientific magazines.

The DECHEMA (Society for Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology) is a non-profit making scientific and technical society based in Frankfurt on Main. It was founded in 1926. Today, it has more than 5.500 private and institutional members. Our aim is to promote research and technological progress in the areas of chemical engineering, biotechnology and environmental protection. Our work is interdisciplinary, with scientists, engineers, and technologists working together under one roof. Experts from science, business, and government departments cooperate in working parties and subject divisions.


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