Paracelsus Prize 2016

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  • Published Date: 15 September 2016
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Professor Michael Grätzel, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland, has been awarded the Paracelsus Prize 2016 by the Swiss Chemical Society (SCS). The award was presented at the SCS Fall Meeting 2016 in Zurich, Switzerland, on September 15, 2016. Grätzel is honored for his lifetime achievements, specifically for his invention and development of the dye-sensitized solar cell.

Michael Grätzel studied chemistry at the Free University Berlin, Germany, and received his Ph.D. in 1971 from the Technical University of Berlin. He worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Notre Dame, IN, USA, and joined the Free University Berlin as Lecturer in 1975. In 1977, he moved to EPFL as Associate Professor and was promoted to Full Professor of Physical Chemistry in 1981. Grätzel directs the Laboratory of Photonics and Interfaces there. His research interests include photovoltaic cells, lithium ion batteries, and photo-electrochemical devices for water splitting with sunlight.

Among many other honors, Grätzel received the King Feisal International Science Prize from the King Faisal Foundation in 2015, the Albert Einstein World Award of Science from the World Cultural Council in 2012, the Millennium Technology Grand Prize from Technology Academy Finland in 2010, and the Balzan Prize from the International Balzan Prize Foundation in 2009, as well as several honorary doctorates. He is a Chairman of the Editorial Board of ChemPhysChem and a Member of the International Advisory Board of Angewandte Chemie.

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