Carl-Duisberg Memorial Award

Carl Duisberg Memorial Prize


  • Subject: Young scientists in chemistry
  • Consists of: 7,500 euros (of which 5,000 euros for the award winner and 2,500 euros for the working group), certificate
  • First awarded: 1936
  • Allocated in: Yearly

The price is currently advertised.

Conditions: The nominees must be working at a German university or, as a German, at a foreign university, may not yet hold a W2/W3 or comparable position and must not have exceeded the age of 40.
Required nomination documents: Brief justification, curriculum vitae and list of the top 10 publications
Deadline: September 15, 2023
nomination form

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The Carl Duisberg Memorial Prize serves to promote young academics in chemistry and is endowed with a total of 7,500 euros. It is awarded to individuals who work at a German university or as a German at a foreign university, who do not yet hold a W2 / W3 in a comparable position and who are not over 40 years of age.

In 1935, the IG Farbenindustrie established the Carl Duisberg Memorial Foundation at the Association of German Chemists to promote the next generation of academics. It was intended to express the close ties between industrial chemist Carl Duisberg and chemical research and teaching. After the Second World War, the foundation was initially not renewed. At the suggestion of the GDCh board of directors, Bayer AG agreed in 1969 to revive the award. Financing is now provided from the proceeds of a special fund for awards at the GDCh.

Current awardee: Kai Exner, University of Duisburg-Essen

The GDCh honors Prof. Dr. Kai Exner for his highly topical and competitive fields of work such as theoretical electrocatalysis and battery research, for which he has made outstanding conceptual contributions.

More information about Kai Exner

Distinguished people since 1936

2023 Kai Exner, University of Duisburg-Essen
2022 Juliane Simmchen, TU Dresden
2020 Felix Schacher, Jena
2019 Sandra Luber, Zurich/Switzerland
2018 Bill Morandi, Mülheim ad Ruhr
2017 Shigeyoshi Inoue, Munich
2016 Felix R. Fischer, Berkeley/USA
2015 Kalol Ray, Berlin
2014 Tanja Junkers, Diepenbreek/Belgium
2013 Mathias Christmann, Dortmund
2012 Daniel Seidel, Piscataway/USA
2011 Christian Hartinger, Vienna/Austria
2010 Sebastian Schluecker, Osnabrueck
2009 David Scheschkewitz, London/UK
2008 Harald Gröger, Erlangen-Nuremberg
2007 Lukas J. Gooßen, Kaiserslautern
2006 Margaret-Jane Crawford, Munich
2005 Cosima Stubenrauch, Dublin/Ireland
2004 Andreas Terfort, Hamburg
2003 Benjamin List, La Jolla/USA
2002 Christian Limberg, Garching and Heidelberg
2001 Hendrik Zipse, Munich
2000 Thisbe K. Lindhorst, Kiel
1999 Ulrich Bernd Wiesner, Ithaca/USA
1998 Rüdiger Beckhaus, Aachen
1997 Carlo Unverzagt, Garching
1996 Jurgen Gauss
1995 Manfred Martin, Darmstadt
1994 Hansjörg Grützmacher, Freiburg
1993 Wilhelm F. Maier, Stuttgart
1992 Herbert Waldmann, Bonn
1991 Joachim Maier, Stuttgart
1989 Michael Buback, Goettingen
1988 Werner P. Müller-Esterl, Munich
1987 Gerd Meyer, Gießen
1986 Hans-Joachim Gais, Darmstadt
1985 Hans-Josef Altenbach, Cologne
1984 Heino Finkelmann, Clausthal-Zellerfeld
1983 Heinrich Betz, Martinsried
1982 Siegfried Schneider, Munich
1981 Wolf Peter Fehlhammer, Erlangen-Nuremberg
1980 Hans-Dieter Martin, Wuerzburg
1979 Manfred Zeidler, Karlsruhe
1978 Hans Friedrich Klein, Munich
1977 Bernd Giese, Freiburg
1976 Konrad Sandhoff, Munich
1975 Dieter Sellmann, Munich
1974 Richard R. Schmidt, Stuttgart
1972 Fritz Eckstein, Gottingen
1971 Werner Kutzelnigg, Karlsruhe
1970 Henri Bruner, Munich
1969 Gert Koebrich, Heidelberg

Winners of the Association of German Chemists

1943 Hans Lettre, Goettingen
1941 Karl Gleu, Jena
1939 Hans Brockmann, Goettingen
1938 Elizabeth Dane, Munich
1937 Herbert Brintzinger, Jena
1936 Rudolf Tschesche, Goettingen

selection committee

Prof. Dr. Sonja Herres-Pawlis, RWTH Aachen University (lead management)
Prof. Dr. Ute Hellmich, Friedrich Schiller University Jena
dr Frank Dissinger, University of Ulm
dr Frank Rosowski, Technical University of Berlin
Prof. Dr. Ralf Tonner-Zech, University of Leipzig

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