It’s our pleasure to announce the winners of the 2024 SCS Scientific Award Programs. We would like to sincerely congratulate all winners for their outstanding scientific contributions, and we are looking forward to the Swiss Chemistry Science Night in Bern on September 20, 2024, where the official award ceremonies will take place. Award lectures will be organized as part of the program of one of our upcoming events.
Paracelsus Prize 2024
Prof. Armido Studer, Universität Münster
is awarded for his outstanding contribution towards the development of novel radical-based methodologies.
The prize is endowed with CHF 20’000 and a medal in gold. The award lecture will take place at the Bern Symposium on Radical Chemistry in Bern on June 27-28, 2024.
Werner Prize 2024
Prof. Athina Anastasaki, ETH Zurich
receives the prize for her excellence in research spanning across the broad areas of polymer synthesis, polymer self-assembly and chemi-cal recycling, also referred to as depolymerization.
The prize is endowed with CHF 10’000 and a medal in bronze. The award lecture will take place at the SCS Fall Meeting in Fribourg on September 5, 2024.
Sandmeyer Prize 2024
The Eawag team “Advanced wastewater treatment”
namely Prof. Urs von Gunten, EPFL Lausanne/Eawag, Prof. Juliane Hollender, ETH Zurich, Dr. Christa McArdell, Dr. Adriano Joss, Marc Böhler and Dr. Christian Abegglen, Eawag, and Prof. em. Hansruedi Siegrist, ETH Zurich,
is awarded in recognition of the team’s outstanding achievements in using chemistry to address a challenge of large societal im-portance: securing clean water.
The award is endowed with CHF 20’000. The award lecture will take place at the SCS Fall Meeting in Fribourg on September 5, 2024, and the 17. Freiburger Symposium in spring 2025.
SCS Senior Industrial Science Award 2024
Dr. Michel Muehlebach, Syngenta Crop Protection AG
receives the prize for his impactful scientific contributions across two different product lines that have been critical to the discovery of two active ingredients, namely the herbicide Pinoxaden and the insecticide TINIVION™ technology (Spiropidion).
The prize is endowed with CHF 10’000. The award lecture will take place at the Swiss Industrial Chemistry Symposium in Basel on January 31, 2025.
Picture: M. Muehlebach
SCS Industrial Science Award 2024
Dr. Rosa Maria Rodriguez Sarmiento, F. Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd
receives the prize for her impactful contributions to numerous research initiatives in various therapeutic areas such as CNS and rare diseases, as well as Cardiovascular and metabolic diseases coupled with her influence on the scientific community both within and outside the company.
The award is endowed with CHF 7’000. The award lecture will take place at the SCS Fall Meeting in Fribourg on September 5, 2024.
Website SCS Industrial Science Award Program
Picture: R. M. Rodirguez Sarmiento
Swiss Green & Sustainable Chemistry Award 2024
Prof. Rebecca Buller, ZHAW Wädenswil
receives the prize for her extraordinary achievements in making state of the art enzyme catalysis easily and widely accessible for industrial use, that have become indispensable assets in moving toward a sustainable chemical industry in Switzerland and beyond.
The award is endowed with CHF 10’000 and is sponsored by Syngenta Crop Protection AG. The award lecture will take place at the SCS Spring Meeting 2024 in Basel on June 7, 2024.
METAS Award 2024
Dr. Andrea Rösch, Agroscope
receives the prize for the development of a comprehensive measuring method for around 150 pesticides in soil. Quantification is based on matrix-matched internal standards calibration, using 95 isotopically labelled analyte analogues. Issues such as proper sampling and applicability to routine private/cantonal laboratories were also addressed.
The prize is endowed with CHF 5'000 and a certificate. The award lecture is planned at the CHanalysis in Beatenberg on April 10-12, 2024.
Balmer Prize 2024
Dr. Klemens Koch, Gymnasium Biel-Seeland und PHBern
wird geehrt für seine unermüdliche und einflussreiche Arbeit für einen guten Chemieunterricht in der Schweiz und im angrenzenden Ausland, welche durch die grosse Fülle und Breite an Aktivitäten und Initiativen über eine lange Zeitdauer besticht.
Der Preis ist mit CHF 4’000 und einer Bronze Medaille dotiert.
Der Vortrag findet im Rahmen der ChemEdu 2025 in Zurich und eventuell am Zentralkurs Chemie in Winterthur vom 9.-11. Oktober 2024 statt.
Balmer Prize Website
Dr. Max Lüthi Prize 2024
Frau Céline Spack, HEIA Fribourg
für ihre herausragende Bachelorarbeit «Nachweis von Torf in Erdproben mithilfe von Biomarkern».
Der Preis ist mit CHF 1’000 und einer Bronze Medaille dotiert.
Dr. Max Lüthi Preis Website
Picture: C. Spack
DMCCB PhD Thesis Prize 2024
Dr. Jennifer Müller, ETH Zurich, group of Prof. K.-H. Altmann
is honored for her thesis « Synthesis of Tyrosine- and Tryptophan-based LAT1 Inhibitors as Potential Antitumor Agents»
Picture: LinkedIn, Jennifer Müller
Dr. Lukas Schneider, University of Basel, group of Prof. D. Gillingham
is honored for his thesis « A novel selection approach for DNA-encoded libraries using terminal deoxynucleotidyl transferase»
Picture: LinkedIn, Lukas Schneider
Each prize is endowed with a certificate and a cash check of CHF 1’500. The award lectures will take place at the DMCCB Basel Symposium on February 12, 2024.
Website DMCCB PhD Prize
David Spichiger, Céline Wittwer, SCS