Albert-Weller Award

Albert-Weller Award of the GDCh Division of Photochemistry

Albert Weller (1922-1996)

In honor of Albert Weller (1922-1996), the GDCh Division of Photochemistry , together with the German Bunsen Society for Physical Chemistry, usually awards the Albert-Weller Award for an outstanding dissertation in the field of photochemistry / spectroscopy every two years . The award is intended for young academics up to a maximum of two years after their doctorate and is combined with an award certificate and prize money of 1,000 euros. Usually, the handover takes place on the occasion of the annual meeting of the Division of Photochemistry , which takes place in even years, and the awardee winner is invited to present the award-winning work in a scientific lecture . A panel of experts made up of members from both societies will decide on the award of the prize. The prize can be shared.

Current call for proposals: Albert-Weller Award 2024

Deadline: April 17, 2024

In honor of Albert Weller's memory, the Division of Photochemistry of the German Chemical Society (GDCh) and the German Bunsen Society for Physical Chemistry are awarding a prize for an outstanding dissertation in the field of photochemistry/spectroscopy. The Albert-Weller Award is usually awarded every two years.

The price
The award comes with an award certificate and prize money of 1000 euros and is presented on the occasion of the29th Lecture Conference on Photochemistry, which will take place from September 16th to 18th, 2024 in Mainz. The award awardee will be invited to present the award-winning work in a scientific lecture as part of the Conference . A selection committee appointed for this purpose, which represents the Division of Photochemistry and the German Bunsen Society, decides on the award of the award. The price can be shared.

Nominations can only be made by the academic supervisor. The doctorate must not have taken place more than two years ago (examination date). All proposals should contain a concise justification (max. 1 page), the dissertation, the list of publications and a CV (including contact details) of the person to be nominated.

Please send your proposal electronically and summarized in a PDF file to the GDCh Office for the attention of Maike Fries.

Albert-Weller Award 2022

The Division of Photochemistry of the German Chemical Society and the German Bunsen Society for Physical Chemistry awarded the Albert-Weller Award 2022 to Dr. Carolin Müller and Dr. Felix Strieth-Kalthoff.

The award will go to Dr. Carolin Müller was awarded "in recognition of her outstanding dissertation with the title “Towards Operando Spectroscopy of Supramolecular Photocatalysts -" written in the working group of Prof. Dr. Benjamin Dietzek-Ivanšić at the Friedrich Schiller University Jena and the Leibniz Institute for Photonic Technologies - A Case Study on Ru-dppz-derived Systems". As part of her dissertation, Dr. Müller succeeded in taking important steps towards operando sub-ps time-resolved transient absorption spectroscopy and thus in studying the processes that occur after light excitation in molecular photocatalysts In doing so, Dr. Müller was able to characterize the photophysics of extremely short-lived reaction intermediates during the course of photocatalytic hydrogen evolution and thus obtain information about the reaction mechanism and possible deactivation paths of the molecular photocatalysts, which influence the efficiency and stability of the systems.

The award will go to Dr. Strieth-Kalthoff was awarded "in recognition of his outstanding dissertation entitled “Systematic and computer-aided methods for the discovery and development of chemical reactions" written in the working group of Prof. Dr. Frank Glorius at the Westphalian Wilhelms University in Münster. The dissertation impressively shows How methods of organic synthesis, combinatorial chemistry, time-resolved spectroscopy and quantum chemistry can be used to discover novel photocatalytic reactions as well as to investigate and understand their molecular mechanisms newly discovered reactivities based on triplet-triplet energy transfer processes, Mr. Strieth-Kalthoff demonstrates how the knowledge gained can be used for the design of improved catalysts and synthetic transformations. This dissertation makes an important contribution to the development of photocatalysis with visible light "towards a milder, broadly applicable and therefore more sustainable strategy for the synthesis of complex organic molecules".

Albert-Weller Award 2020

Dr. Michael Peter Kathan

On the occasion of the virtual 27th Lecture Conference on Photochemistry, the Photochemistry Division of Photochemistry of the German Chemical Society and the German Bunsen Society for Physical Chemistry award the Albert-Weller Award 2020, donated by ATTO-TEC GmbH, to Dr. Michael Peter Kathan and Dr. Yusen Luo.

The award will be given to Dr. Kathan awarded in recognition of his outstanding dissertation entitled: "Photoswitching Reactivity - From Remote-Controlled to Light-Driven Chemical Systems". The award winner's impressive work deals with the fundamental question of photochemical control of thermal equilibria. Dr. Kathan has developed creative approaches to optically control and drive condensation-hydrolysis equilibria using photoswitches. By creatively coupling photoinduced 6 electrocyclization and thermal keto-enol tautomerism, he was able to remotely control both living polymerization processes and dynamic covalent imine Make or break bonds against their equilibrium position, i.e. quasi uphill. His work has significant application potential for self-healing materials, for example in sensors and for solar recycling of polymers. The dissertation was carried out in the working group of Prof. Dr. S tefan Hecht at the Humboldt University in Berlin.

The prize is awarded to Dr. Luo to recognize her outstanding doctoral thesis, entitled: “Photoinduced Electron Transfer Dynamics in Ruthenium(II) Bis(terpyridine) Based Molecular Dyads and Triads”. dr Luo studied the photoinduced electron-transfer dynamics in covalently linked molecular dyads and triads as model systems for molecular photoredox catalysts. Using model systems comprising a Ru-terpyridin-based photosensitizer, a fullerene acceptor and a phenothiazine donor, Dr. Luo could obtain novel insights into the mechanisms of photodriven electron transfer. Resorting on temperature-dependent ultrafast time-resolved transient absorption spectroscopy, Dr. Luo experimentally demonstrated novel effects, eg investigating the impact of a formally spectator ligand on the electronic coupling between photosensitizer and electron donor. Such “remote control” of electron transfer has been speculated about but has never been demonstrated experimentally before.

Albert-Weller Award 1999ff

Division of Photochemistry and German Bunsen Society for Physical Chemistry

Year award location Surname institute
2022 Dusseldorf dr Caroline Mueller
dr Felix Strieth-Kalthoff

Friedrich Schiller University Jena
Westphalian Wilhelms University in Munster

2020 Online lecture conference dr Michael Peter Kathan
dr Yusen Luo

Humboldt University of Berlin
Friedrich Schiller University Jena

2018 no award
2016 Jena dr Dominik Bucher
dr Martin Herder
LMU Munich
Humboldt University of Berlin
2014 Cologne dr Catherine Rottger
dr Maria Wachtler

University of Kiel
University of Jena

2010 gain dr Tobias Nils Wassermann University of Goettingen
2008 Bielefeld dr Philip Zacharias University of Cologne
2007 Cologne dr Anton Granzhan
dr Manuela Schiek

University of Siegen
University of Oldenburg

2005 Jena dr Christopher David Muller University of Cologne
2003 Mülheim ad Ruhr dr Robert Huber
dr Uwe Pischel
LMU Munich
2001 Wuerzburg dr Wojciech Macyk
dr Tobias Steinel

University of Erlangen-Nuremberg
University of Goettingen

1999 Munich dr Peter Gilch LMU Munich

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