The Leibniz Programme, established in 1985, aims to improve the working conditions of outstanding scientists and academics, expand their research opportunities, relieve them of administrative duties and make it easier for them to employ particularly qualified young researchers.
Scientists and academics from any research area can be nominated for the prize. The DFG's Nominations Committee considers the slate of candidates and selects researchers who can be expected to particularly advance their scientific achievements through this award. This year's prizewinners once again include several young researchers.
Today's announcement brings the total number of prizes awarded under the Leibniz Programme to 239. Of these, 52 recipients have been from the humanities, 67 from the life sciences, 85 from the natural sciences and 35 from engineering. Of 148 nominations received for the 2006 prize, the following eleven researchers were selected:
Prof. Matthias Beller (43), Homogeneous Catalysis, Leibniz Institute for Organic Catalysis, Rostock (775,000) and Prof. Peter Wasserscheid (35), Chemical Reaction Engineering, University of Erlangen-Nrnberg (775,000)
Professor Matthias Beller, a chemist, conducts research on one of the key technologies of the new millennium: catalysis. He is exploring new ways of synthesising a variety of compounds, such as active agents for drugs, dye additives and intermediates for food production. The aim of his work is to develop catalytic processes tha
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