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RUB scientist receives Joachim Walther Schultze-Prize
Prof Dr Kristina Tschulik received the Joachim Walther Schultze Prize for young electrochemists. The German Association of Electrochemical Research Institutes awards the prize, endowed with 2.000 Euro, every two years to early career independent researchers for their important contribution to electrochemistry-related research topics.
The Bochum based scientist is member of the Cluster of Excellence Resolv. She was honoured during the conference “Electrochemistry 2016”, organized by the Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker (GDCh).
From nanoparticles to fuel cells
Kristina Tschulik investigates how to develop new electrochemical methods and tools to characterize reactions that involve single nanoparticles, which are tiny objects as small as five nanometres. Electrochemistry enables to detect, for example, the concentration, composition, size and agglomeration behavior of individual nanoparticles in solution. In addition, the use of individual nanoparticles as catalysts can be studied. This will provide new fundamental insights into electrocatalysis, which is key to improve sustainable energy technologies like fuel cells or water electrolyzers.
“It is inspiring and reassuring for me to see that my work, a cross-over of different classic research disciplines, gets so much consideration”, says Tschulik, “that’s a great push to continue developing new approaches to help answer the many questions arising in sustainable energy and nano technologies”.
Kristina Tschulik studied Chemistry and received her PhD at the Technical University Dresden. After a postdoc at the Leibniz Institute for Solid State and Materials Research Dresden, she was postdoc and Marie Curie Intra European Fellow at the University of Oxford. In September 2015 Tschulik moved to RUB, where she currently holds a Junior Professorship for Micro- and Nano-Electrochemistry. The position is financially supported by the German Research Foundation (DFG, through Resolv) and the Ministry of Innovation, Science and Research of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW Rückkehrerprogramm).
The German Association of Electrochemical Research Institutes is based in NRW and includes institutes and companies from all over Germany. The prize is named after Joachim Walther Schultze (1937–2005), a professor of Physical Chemistry at the Free University Berlin and later at the Heinrich-Heine-University Duesseldorf. Like Tschulik, Schultze employed micro- and nanoscale electrochemistry in both fundamental and applied research.
20 October 2016