Frontiers Award of the MPI for Chemical Energy Conversion
Since 1995 the MPI for Chemical Energy Conversion presents the "Frontiers Award" to an internationally outstanding and renowned scientist. At the beginning this prize has been awarded for excellent research work in the field of "Bioinorganic Chemistry". After the institute was renamed in 2012 as the MPI for Chemical Energy Conversion, the prize was awarded in 2013 for the first time in the field of "Chemical Energy Conversion".
What is special about the Frontiers award is that apart from an official ceremony and a testimonial lecture the prizewinner also holds lectures for the staff of the institute which present the principles of their research work at an elevated level. The prizewinners are available for a whole week for scientific discussions with the staff. The "Frontiers Award" has an excellent international reputation. Prizewinners are nominated in a highly competitive procedure by the institute's staff council.
Frontiers Award 2019
The Frontiers Award Ceremony 2019 took place from January 22nd to 24th at the MPI CEC.
In 2019 Prof. Dr. Prof. Dr. James Mayer, Charlotte Fitch Roberts Professor of Chemistry at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, USA, was honored.
Awardee: Prof. Dr. James Mayer
Prof. Dr. James Mayer completed his studies at Harvard University in 1978 before earning his doctorate at the California Institute of Technology in 1982. After teaching chemistry at the University of Washington for many years, he moved to Yale University in 2014.
Mayer is a scientist whose interests include inorganic, material, bioinorganic, organometallic and physical organic chemistry. His main focus is on redox reactions, which include both bond formation and bond cleavage. Mayer is intensively engaged in coupled transfers of protons and electrons.
Its influence is underlined by a long list of awards, most recently the ACS Award 2018 in Inorganic Chemistry. Prof. Mayer has contributed hundreds of research articles, book chapters and reviews to anthologies and journals and has lectured at universities and research institutions in the United States, Europe and Asia.
Prof. Mayer received the Frontiers Award for his outstanding contributions to the understanding of proton-coupled electron transfer reactions.
"Proton-Coupled Electron Transfer in Molecules: Six Degrees of Separation"
"Exploring Scaling Relationships in Oxygen Reduction Electrocatalysis"
"Proton-Coupled Electron Transfer with Oxide Nanocrystals"
Award Lecture "Chemical and Electrical Energies: moving protons as well as electrons"
Frontiers Award 2018
The Frontiers Award Ceremony 2018 took place from January 24th to 26th at the MPI CEC
In 2018 Prof. Dr. Karsten Reuter, Chair of Theoretical Chemistry at the Technical University of Munich, was honored.
Awardee: Prof. Dr. Karsten Reuter
Prof. Dr. Karsten Reuter received his doctorate in 1998 in Erlangen and has since then worked at numerous internationally renowned research institutions. His research focuses in particular on quantitative modelling of material properties and functionalities. He also frequently creates links to methods and concepts from the fields of physics, materials science and engineering. In addition, Prof. Reuter is active in various national and international committees, including the advisory board of the Leibniz Supercomputing Center in Munich. Prof. Reuter received the Frontiers Award for his outstanding achievements in describing chemical processes at interfaces with models. Taking into account the necessary complexity, he succeeded in obtaining sufficiently precise statements in order to establish a realistic relationship with real processes. Translated with www.DeepL.com/Translator
14:00 h "Multiscale Catalysis Modeling goes Operando: A Perspective on the Nature of the Surface of Operating Catalysts"
10:00 h "Beat the Heat: Energy Dissipation at Metal Surfaces "
10:00 h "Interfacial Electrochemistry: From Phenomenological Thermodynamics to First-Principles Kinetics"
16:15 h Award Ceremony and Lecture
“From Screening to Machine Learning: New Avenues in Computational Energy Research”
Frontiers Award 2016
The Frontiers Award Ceremony 2016 took place from November 9th to 11th at the MPI CEC
In 2016 Prof. William Tolman, Distinguished McKnight University Professor and Chair of the Department of Chemistry at the University of Minnesota, Twin-Cities (USA), was honored.
Awardee: Prof. Dr. William Tolman
Since 2013 Tolman has served as Editor-in-chief of the renowned journal Inorganic Chemistry. His research encompasses synthetic bioinorganic and organometallic/polymer chemistry. His research group focuses on the fundamental structural and mechanistic understanding of metalloprotein active sites and the synthesis and characterization of metal complexes for use as catalysts for the polymerization of cyclic esters. Prof. Tolman serves on numerous national and international committees and received many awards for his research.
9:00 h "Synthetic Modeling Approaches Toward Understanding Metalloenzymes: Vignettes Highlighting Successes, Challenges, and Opportunities"
9:00 h "Applying Physical Organic Analysis to the Understanding of Inorganic Reaction Mechanisms: Copper(III)-Hydroxide Complexes as a Case Study"
9:00 h "Which is Better, the Book or the Movie? Advice for Scientists"
16:15 h Award Ceremony and Lecture
“Copper-Oxygen Interactions in Biology and Catalysis: New Insights From Synthetic Chemistry Approaches?“
Frontiers Award 2015
This years Frontiers Award took place from March 3rd to 5th, 2015 at the MPI CEC
This year Prof. Eberhard Umbach won the Frontiers Award for his sedulous engagement within the sciences to promote the 'Energiewende' in Germany and for his outstanding research work on the field of experimental surface physics whereby he was involved in the development of several time-resolved synchrotron methods.
One highlight was for sure his award lecture “Chemical Research for the ‚Energiewende‘: Luxury or Necessity?“, in that Prof. Umbach discussed the possibilities, risks and progress of the chemical research work for the 'Energiewende'.
We summed up the content of his lectures in our press release (in German only).
Awardee: Prof. Dr. Eberhard Umbach
Member of acatech Executive Board, Founding President of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) until 2013, former Vice President of the Helmholtz Association and coordinator of the research field energy
Program: Graduate Lectures with Discussions
Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015
10:00 h “Nanomicroscopy and nanospectroscopy using an aberration-corrected, low-voltage electron microscope at BESSY“
11:00 h “The dynamics of organic layer growth”
16:15 h Award Ceremony and Lecture
“Chemical Research for the ‚Energiewende‘: Luxury or Necessity?“
Wednesday, March 4th, 2015
10:00 h “The new German energy system - motives, chances and risks”
11:00 h “Main challenges of the ‘Energiewende’: storage and grids”
Thursday, March 5th, 2015
10:00 h “Strong and weak interactions of large organic molecules with different substrates”
11:00 h “Large-scale surface reconstruction induced by adsorption-induced stress at the metal-organic interface”
2019 Prof. Dr. James Mayer, Charlotte Fitch Roberts Professor of Chemistry an der Yale Universität in New Haven, Connecticut, USA
2018 Prof. Dr. Karsten Reuter, Chair of Theoretical Chemistry at the Technical University of Munich
2016 Prof. William Tolman, Distinguished McKnight University Professor and Chair of the Department of Chemistry at the University of Minnesota, Twin-Cities (USA)
2015 Prof. Eberhard Umbach, Member of acatech Executive Board, Founding President of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) until 2013, former Vice President of the Helmholtz Association and coordinator of the research field energy.
2013 Prof. Gabriele Centi, Department of Electronic Engineering, Industrial Chemistry and Engineering, University of Messina and INSTM & ERIC, Italy.
2011 Prof. Dr. Sason Shaik, Lise Meitner-Minerva Center for Computational Quantum Chemistry (Israel)
2010 Prof. Dr. Bärbel Friedrich, Humboldt-Universität Berlin (Germany)
2009 Prof. John T. Groves, Princeton University (USA)
2008 Prof. Brian M. Hoffmann, Northwestern University (USA)
2006 Prof. Harry B. Gray, California Institute of Technology (USA)
2005 Prof. Lawrence Que, University of Minnesota (USA)
2004 Prof. Fraser A. Armstrong, Oxford University (UK)
2002 Prof. Leslie Dutton, Pennsylvania (USA)
2001 Prof. Edward Solomon, Stanford (USA)
2000 Prof. Frans de Schreyver, KU Leuven (Belgium)
1999 Prof. Richard Holmes, Harvard (USA)
1998 Prof. Nick Turro, Columbia U. (USA)
1997 Prof. Kenneth Raymond, Berkeley (USA)
1996 Prof. Richard Cogdell, Glasgow (UK)
1995 Prof. Stephen Lippard, MIT Cambrigde (USA)