To promote science and research in the field of chemistry and to protect the results of science and research under patent law, Dr. rer. nat Volker Münch and Dr. paed. Elke Münch the
whose task is the annual award of the
Dres. Volker and Elke Münch Prize for Science and Research is.
The first awardee of the Dres. Volker and Elke Münch Prize are Prof. Dr. Rainer Ostermann, Felix Leven and Johannes Limberg from the Westfälische Hochschule, Recklinghausen, for the development of the so-called liquid-solid drying (FFT) for cost-effective airgel production. Thanks to this process, for example, high-performance insulating materials can be produced from aerogels at significantly lower prices than before. Airgel insulating materials have an insulating capacity that is two to four times higher than that of conventional insulating materials, but up to now they were ten to twenty times more expensive than, for example, glass wool. The new process now enables a large number of airgel-based insulation applications at significantly reduced costs.
Dr. rer. nat. Volker Münch co-invented numerous patent applications and patents. He has been working in the field of intellectual property (IP) protection since 1985. First he worked in the patent department of BASF AG, then as an independent patent attorney in a law firm near Düsseldorf and since 2013 in his own law firm. The founder taught for many years at national and international universities on the subject of ?Patent Law for chemists and pharmacists?. He was active in the training of patent attorney candidates and is an honorary judge in the chamber for patent attorney matters at the Munich Higher Regional Court and deputy member of the board of the Institute of Professional Representatives before the European Patent Office (epi). An essential guideline of his professional activity is to bring young potential inventors closer to the protection of their IP and to actively support them in acquiring property rights in order to advance them and society.
Dr. paed. Elke Münch worked as headmistress and later as a consultant at the Pedagogical State Institute Rhineland-Palatinate at the interface between school and the world of work. She primarily cultivated contacts and cooperation with institutions in the economic context. As a part-time speaker, she has held seminars for trainers in the chemical industry for more than 20 years. As a pedagogy consultant in the paint industry, she developed a new training concept. She published her experiences with schools, young people and training issues in numerous specialist articles. She has headed the office of her husband's patent law firm since 2013. The essential guideline of their professional work is to support young people in particular in developing their diverse talents in order to enable them to lead a fulfilling private and professional life in a free society.
The prize is endowed with ?7,000 and is given to preferably young inventors who have made a pioneering invention in the field of chemistry and chemical process engineering. The prize money is used to support the registration of a priority German patent application for the invention at the German Patent and Trademark Office. The prize money is freely available and there is no commitment to the donors or the foundation.
Groundbreaking research and development should be rewarded, the results of which are so significant that they are worthy of protection by a patent and at the same time are made known to the public and encourage further research and development.
Award awardee prove to be worthy in particular if they have carried out research and developments in the field of chemistry and chemical process engineering, the results of which
Important: Applicants must have sole rights to the invention and be sure that patentability is guaranteed. Patentability is also no longer given due to previous publications in competitions such as "Jugend forscht".
The incoming applications are treated with strict confidentiality in order to preserve the novelty of the inventions under patent law. This also applies to the experts who may be called in to assess the inventions. The judges' decision is final.
The closing date for applications is April 30th of each year.
The following documents must be enclosed with the applications on a maximum of 10 pages in total:
Applications must be submitted using the Online form .
The advisory board has four to five members and is composed of the founders themselves, a member of the GDCh Patent Law division and other experts in the field during the founder's lifetime. The advisory board can consult experts who are competent in the respective subject area to assess the applications.
Current members are:
Dr. Volker MÜNCH, Dorsheim (founder)
Dr. Elke MÜNCH, Dorsheim (founder)
Dr. Stefan HORSTMANN, Darmstadt (chairman of the Patent Law)
Dr. Andrea PATZELT, Ludwigshafen
Dr. Jasmin Herr
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