Awards & Honors

Young Scientist Award Electrochemistry from the GDCh Division of Electrochemistry

Since its 25th anniversary in 1985, the GDCh Division of Electrochemistry has usually awarded the Young Scientist Award Electrochemistry to a young scientist for an outstanding dissertation, thesis or scientific publication. The award comes with a certificate and prize money of 1,000 euros donated by BASF.

The Board of the Division is looking forward to numerous nominations for the 2024 Young Scientist Award and a further increase in the proportion of female candidates. This has averaged 30% over the past 5 years.

Current call for proposals: Young Scientist Award Electrochemistry 2024

Deadline: May 1, 2024

The Division of Electrochemistry of the German Chemical Society (GDCh) usually awards the Young Scientist Award Electrochemistry annually to a young scientist for an outstanding scientific dissertation, thesis or scientific publication.

The price
The award comes with an award certificate and prize money of 1,000 euros donated by BASF. The prize will be awarded during Electrochemistry 2024, which will take place from September 16 to 19, 2024 in Braunschweig. In this context, the award-winning work must be presented in a short lecture. The Division bears the costs for participation in the conference. An expert committee appointed by the Division Board decides on the awarding of the prize.

Young scientists who have made an important contribution to electrochemistry with their work completed in 2022 or 2023 can be nominated. Nominations can only be submitted by the academic supervisor and include the following documents:


  • Appreciation of the work by the scientific supervision (max. 3 pages)
  • Short version of the work/publication prepared by the nominated person in the context of the particular significance and novelty in comparison to the state of the art in the respective research direction (max. 2 pages)
  • CV (including contact details)
  • Dissertation, thesis or scientific publication

In the case of a scientific publication, the contributions of the entire authorship must be stated in detail and comprehensibly.

Please send your suggestions in electronic form and summarized in a PDF file to the GDCh Office for the attention of Maike Fries.

Young Scientist Award Electrochemistry 2023

The Young Scientist Award donated by BASF SE was   on the occasion of the GDCh Science Forum Chemistry in Leipzig to Dr. Marvin Cronau awarded in recognition of his outstanding dissertation written at the Philipps University of Marburg entitled: “Synthesis, characterization and optimization of new materials for use in high-performance lithium-ion and lithium solid-state batteries”  

"On the one hand, Dr. Cronau investigated the optimization of the energy density of lithium-ion batteries through larger electrode layer thicknesses. Various parameters for the resulting necessary reduction in cell resistance were evaluated. In the second part of his work, which is particularly noteworthy, Dr. Cronau dealt with lithium solid-state batteries . Here he succeeded in uncovering and proving the dependence of the ionic conductivity of sulfide solid electrolytes on the manufacturing pressure of the sample and on the measurement pressure. The previously unknown qualitative differences in the pressure dependence of the ionic conductivity in amorphous and glass-ceramic samples compared to microcrystalline samples is of great importance for the further development of this type of battery. In addition, his findings can contribute to a better comparability of published ionic conductivities. In addition to the excellent scientific results that were incorporated into this extremely clear dissertation with very good graphics, Dr. Cronau also classifies his research for large-scale application."

Young Scientist Award Electrochemistry 2022

The Young Scientist Award was   on the occasion of the Electrochemistry 2022 Conference in Berlin to Dr. Matthäus Siebenhofer awarded in recognition of his outstanding dissertation written at the Vienna University of Technology with the title: “Investigating Point Defect Concentrations and Their Impact on Surface Exchange Reaction Rates of Mixed Ionic and Electronic Conductors”.

"Understanding the oxygen exchange reaction on the surface of mixed ionic and electronically conductive oxides such as lanthanum-strontium-cobalt oxide or strontium-titanium oxide is essential for their further development for solid oxide fuel cells, sensors and capacitors. By introducing a new method, in-situ impedance spectroscopy during pulsed Laser deposition, oxide thin films can be examined directly after their deposition. Dr. Siebenhofer was able to demonstrate for the first time that these are initially significantly more exchange active than previously known, but are then subject to rapid degradation due to a cover with sulfur adsorbates. The new experimental approach allowed concentration-independent To determine activation energies for oxygen incorporation and removal. Together with defect chemical model calculations, a mechanism for the oxygen exchange reaction of mixed conductors could be derived and validated. He further impressively demonstrated how the oxygen stoichiometry of the strontium titanium oxide can already be determined by UV light plasma torch is influenced during pulsed laser deposition."

Young Scientist Award Electrochemistry 2021

The Young Scientist Award went to Dr. Johannes Ludwig Röckl awarded in honor of his work in the working group of Prof. Dr. Siegfried Waldvogel at the Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz: "Merging shuttle reactions and paired electrolysis for reversible vicinal dihalogenations".

"Vicinal dibromides and dichlorides are widely used as flame retardants and pesticides, polymers and pharmaceuticals; their efficient production without the use of highly reactive and corrosive halogenating reagents has not been successful so far. Only the skillful combination of electrochemistry and synthesis achieved a breakthrough. The one developed by Mr. Röckl electrochemical reduction of aliphatic polyhalogen compounds with subsequent anodic oxidation of the released halide and its addition to double bonds is a new concept with a wide range of possible applications.With his "E-Shuttle" approach, Mr. Röckl shows how landfill residues of the toxic insecticide lindane are used to produce new valuable products classic energy-intensive and technically complex mining processes can be replaced by the new process. With his work, Mr. Röckl makes an important contribution to sustainable, electricity-based chemistry, which can help to eliminate persistent industrial contamination."

Young Scientist Award Electrochemistry 2020

The Young Scientist Award was given to Tobias Löffler in recognition of his publication in February 2020 in the journal Angewandte Chemie International Edition entitled: "Design of Complex Solid-Solution Electrocatalysts by Correlating Configuration, Adsorption Energy Distribution Patterns, and Activity Curves".

High entropy alloys, in which five or more elements are present in a complex single-phase mixed crystal, form a multitude of combinations of electrocatalytically active centers that overcome the limitations of catalyst combinations of individual elements. Tobias Löffler developed a concept that correlates the composition of a mixed crystal with the distribution pattern of adsorption energies and thus enables the derivation of electrochemical activity curves. The concept was verified by investigating the oxygen reduction under alkaline conditions as a model reaction on selected catalyst combinations. This also makes it possible to limit the high effort involved in screening catalysts to the selection of sensible element configurations. The work contributes to the gain in understanding and reduces the future experimental effort for the synthesis and testing of electrocatalysts for the various applications of the promising substance class of high entropy alloys.

Electrochemistry Award 2019

Dr. C. Weidlich, Dr. P. Reinsberg, Dr. S. Bräuninger
(v.l.n.r.; Foto: GDCh/

The sponsorship award was given to Dr. Philip Heinrich Reinsberg for his outstanding dissertations on the topic: " On the Influence of Cations in Non-Aqueous Electrochemistry " on the occasion of the 2019 annual conference as part of the GDCh Science Forum in Aachen.

In his work, Philip Reinsberg investigated the influence of alkali and alkaline earth ions on oxygen reduction in aprotic solvents. The influence of the ions on the reaction mechanism and the selectivity of the products formed on various electrode materials is described by the concept of the acceptor number of the cation, which is generally applicable for mono- and even divalent ions. The concept is based on experimental results obtained through an elegant combination of various electrochemical methods with modern characterization techniques, for example surface-enhanced infrared spectroscopy. His work opens up access to a deeper understanding of processes in metal-air batteries, especially to the possibilities - but also limits - of the alkaline earth-air systems, which in future will be an alternative to the widespread lithium due to the accessible high energy densities and the good availability of raw materials -Ion batteries can be.

Young Scientist Award Electrochemistry 1985ff

2023 Dr. Marvin Cronau GDCh Science Forum Chemistry 2023 in Leipzig
2022 Dr. Matthäus Siebenhofer

Electrochemistry 2022 (Berlin)

2021 Dr. Johannes Ludwig Röckl

GDCh Science Forum Chemistry 2021 (online)

2020 Tobias Löffler

Electrochemistry Undercover 2020 (online)

2019 Dr. Philip Heinrich Reinsberg

GDCh Science Forum Chemistry 2019 (Aachen)

2018 Dr. Simon Geiger, Erlangen-Nuremberg Electrochemistry 2018 (Ulm)
2017 Johannes Wandt, Munich GDCh Science Forum Chemistry 2017 (Berlin)
2016 Dr. Heinz Bülter, Oldenburg Electrochemistry 2016 (Goslar)

Dr. Karin Kleiner, Karlsruhe
Kai S. Exner, Gießen

Annual Conference 2015 (Dresden)
2014 Dr. Pascal Hartmann, Gießen Electrochemistry 2014 (Mainz)
2013 Dr. Andreas Lesch, Oldenburg
Angel A. Topalov, Düsseldorf
Annual conference 2013 (Darmstadt)
2012 Dr. Susanne Zils, Darmstadt
Dr. Kristina Tschulik, Dresden
Electrochemistry 2012 (Munich)
2011 Dr. Jörn Kulisch, Karlsruhe
Alexander Opitz, Vienna
German José Soldano, Ulm
Annual conference 2011 (Bremen)
2010 Dr. Sascha E. Pust, Odenbug Electrochemistry 2010 (Bochum)
2009 Dr. Falk Harnisch, Greifswald Annual Conference 2009 (Frankfurt)
2007 Dr. Itamar Malkowsky, Mannheim Annual conference 2007 (Ulm)
2005 Dr. Stephan Lütz, Jülich Annual conference 2005 (Düsseldorf)
2003 Dr. Stefanie Meier, Münster Annual conference 2003 (Munich)
1999 Dipl.-Chem. Andreas Vogel, Düsseldorf Annual conference 1999 (Freiberg)
1997 Dr. Martin Winter, Graz Annual conference 1997 (Vienna)
1994 Dr. Udo Schmiemann, Bonn Annual meeting 1994 (Dresden)
1991 Dipl.-Phys. Klaus Rühling, Kassel Annual conference 1991 (Ludwigshafen)
1989 Dr. Thomas Pienemann, Hamburg Annual conference 1989 (Stuttgart)
1987 Dr. Lothar Elfenthal, Düsseldorf Annual conference 1987 (Frankfurt am Main)
1985 Dr. Johannes Willsau, Bonn Annual conference 1985 (Düsseldorf)

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