Clara Immerwahr Award 2020

Clara Immerwahr Award 2020

Author: ChemViews Magazine

Sophie Carenco, Sorbonne Université, France, has been awarded the Clara Immerwahr Award 2020 for her contributions to catalysis and nanochemistry, and science outreach. The award was presented at a public ceremony at the Technical University of Berlin (TU Berlin), Germany, on February 14, 2020.

The annual Clara Immerwahr Award honors a young female scientist at an early stage of their career for outstanding achievements in catalysis research. The award is presented by UniSysCat (Unifying Systems in Catalysis), Berlin, Germany.

Carenco’s research interests include metal oxysulfide, metal carbide, and metal phosphide nanoparticles, the ligand shells of nanoparticles, nanoparticle safety, synchrotron methods for nanoparticle characterization, and the reactivity of gases at nanoparticle surfaces. Her work has applications in catalysis.

Sophie Carenco
studied at the École Polytechnique, Palaiseau, France. She obtained her Ph.D. in chemistry in 2011 from the Université Pierre et Marie Curie (UPMC), Paris (now a part of Sorbonne Université). Then she was a Post-Doctoral Fellow at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, Berkeley, CA, USA, working with Miquel Salmeron. In 2014, she became a Researcher at the Laboratoire de Chimie de la Matière Condensée de Paris (LCMCP), associated with Sorbonne Université, CNRS, and the Collège de France.

Among other honors, Sophie Carenco has received the European Young Chemist Award from EuChemS in 2010, the L’Oreal-UNESCO Fellowship in 2014, an ERC Starting Grant from the European Research Council in 2017, and the Bronze Medal of the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS, Centre national de la recherche scientifique) in 2018. She is one of the founding members of the International Younger Chemists Network (IYCN) and an active member of the European Young Chemists Network (EYCN) of EuChemS and of the French Chemical Society (SCF, Société Chimique de France).

Selected Publications

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