Alwin Mittasch Prize 2019

  • Author: ChemViews Magazine (Image Source: DECHEMA)
  • Published Date: 23 August 2019
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Piet van Leeuwen, Institut national des sciences appliquées (INSA) Toulouse, France, has been awarded the Alwin Mittasch Prize 2019 from DECHEMA e.V. (Society for Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology) and the German Society for Catalysis (GeCatS). The prize is supported by BASF SE.

The prize recognizes outstanding research that has led to a deeper understanding or widening of fundamentals in catalysis and its industrial applications. The award is endowed with 10,000 EUR and was presented at EuropaCat 2019 in Aachen, Germany, on August 23, 2019.

Piet van Leeuwen 's work focuses on homogeneous catalysis. His research interests include supramolecular and nanostructured catalysts. He has made important contributions to the molecular understanding of ligand effects in metal-catalyzed reactions, which have led to several industrial applications. He was one of the major contributors to the bite-angle concept. The bite-angle has an important influence on the rate and the selectivity of catalytic reactions and is, thus, a key to the optimization of catalytic reactions.

Piet van Leeuwen
studied chemistry at Leiden University, The Netherlands, where he received his Ph.D. in 1967. He joined Shell in 1968 and subsequently worked for the company in several functions in the Netherlands and the USA. In 1989, joined the University of Amsterdam. From 2004 to 2015, he was Group Leader at the Institute of Chemical Research of Catalonia (ICIQ), Tarragona, Spain, before taking over his current position as Chaire d´Attractivité at INSA.

Among other honors, van Leeuwen has received the Holleman Award from the Netherlands Academy for Arts and Sciences in 2005, a European Research Council (ERC) Advanced Grant in 2009, and two honorary doctorates.

Selected Publications

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  • Schlögl Awarded,
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    Professor Robert Schlögl, Berlin, Germany, was awarded the BASF-DECHEMA Alwin Mittasch Prize 2015


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