Christel and Herbert W. Roesky Foundation

Christel and Herbert W. Roesky Foundation

To promote science and research in the field of main group molecular chemistry, Professor Dr. hc mult. Herbert W. Roesky for himself and on behalf of his late wife Christel Roesky in 2021 die

Christel and Herbert W. Roesky Foundation.

The task of the foundation is the biennial award of the

Christel and Herbert W. Roesky Prize.

Here you can find the current call for proposals for the Christel and Herbert W. Roesky Prize 2024.

Nomination deadline: 31 July 2024.

The founders

The founder Herbert W. Roesky has published numerous articles in the field of main group chemistry. His training as a chemist took place from 1957 to his doctorate in 1963 at the University of Göttingen. By completing a dairy apprenticeship prior to his studies, he had the opportunity to finance his chemistry studies in the first semesters. After a postdoctoral stay at Dupont in Wilmington, Delaware, he completed his habilitation at the University of Göttingen. Shortly after completing his habilitation, he was appointed to a full professorship at the University of Frankfurt am Main. After ten years in Frankfurt, he returned to the University of Göttingen on a call. In his research he was interested, among other things, in the area of main group elements. The focus was initially on the element fluorine and has shifted in the direction of silicon chemistry in recent years. He was very happy to hold experimental lectures in Frankfurt, Göttingen and 17 different countries. A number of popular books have been created based on these lectures.

The founder Christel Roesky was born in Stuttgart. She grew up in Aachen and Göttingen. After graduating from high school, she studied Spanish and French in Heidelberg, interrupted by a stay in Paris. She completed her studies with a diploma. She initially worked as an interpreter and translator and was most recently a foreign-language city guide in Göttingen. She had particularly specialized in urban and scientific history topics. She was also involved in the design of her husband's books and lectures.

The prize

The Christel and Herbert W. Roesky Foundation awards a prize worth 10,000 euros in the field of main group molecular chemistry every two years.

The award is given to people who have published groundbreaking scientific work in the field of molecular chemistry of main group elements. The work is said to have led to important and new scientific findings for the general public.

awardee 2023: Sebastian Hasenstab-Riedel, FU Berlin

Foto: privat

Prof. Dr. Sebastian Hasenstab-Riedel is a renowned scientist in the field of halogen chemistry, whose applications range from advanced plastics to environmentally friendly substitutes for greenhouse gases. In his research on the chemistry of halogens, which includes elements from fluorine to iodine, he uses a variety of methods such as matrix isolation spectroscopy at extremely low temperatures (-269 °C) to study these reactive compounds. His work ranges from fundamental studies to applied science, reflected in numerous patents and industrial collaborations.

More information about Hasenstab-Riedel

Excellent since 2023

2023 Sebastian Hasenstab-Riedel, FU Berlin

Nomination Guidelines

Nominations received will be treated confidentially. Legal recourse is excluded. There is no entitlement to the award.

The deadline for nominations is in even years. The award takes place in odd-numbered years.

The following documents must be enclosed with nominations:

  • Short cover letter
  • curriculum vitae
  • Publication list of the TOP 10 publications

Nominations must be submitted using the Online form

The foundation advisory board

Prof. Dr. Herbert W. Roesky, Göttingen (founder)
Prof. Dr. Stefanie Dehnen, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, GDCh President 2024 & 2025
Dr. Rainer Roesky, Munich
Prof. Dr. Peter Roesky, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
Prof. Dr. Inke Siewert, Georg August University of Göttingen


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