EuChemS Walter Thiel Award for Felix Plasser

EuChemS Walter Thiel Award for Felix Plasser

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Felix Plasser, Loughborough University, UK, has been honored with the inaugural EuChemS Walter Thiel Award in Computational and Theoretical Chemistry by the EuChemS Division of Computational and Theoretical Chemistry. Plasser received the award for outstanding contributions to computational chemistry.

Walter Thiel was one of the leading European theoretical chemists of the late 20th and early 21st century. The award recognizes an outstanding scientific contribution of a young researcher based in a country affiliated with EuChemS and is granted every two years. It includes EUR 1,000 in prize money and a medal. The award is sponsored by the Max Planck Institute for Coal Research, Mülheim an der Ruhr, Germany, the German Chemical Society (GDCh), and Chemistry Europe. It was presented at the European Conference of Computational and Theoretical Chemistry (EuChemS CompChem 2023) on August 27, 2023, in Thessaloniki, Greece.



Felix Plasser’s research focuses on computational photochemistry and quantum-chemical method development. He is well-known for his work on excited-state wavefunctions. The methods developed provide new conceptual information by incorporating ideas from exciton theory, valence bond theory, and excited-state aromaticity.

The corresponding software (TheoDORE) is freely available. Plasser has also contributed to the development of the COLUMBUS code for high-level electronic structure computations and the photodynamics codes Newton-X and SHARC.



Felis Plasser studied chemistry at the University of Technology, Vienna, Austria, where he received his M.Sc. degree in 2009 and completed his Ph.D. in theoretical chemistry in 2012 under the supervision of Hans Lischka.

He performed postdoctoral research with Andreas Dreuw at the University of Heidelberg, Germany, in 2013–2015 and with Leticia Gonzalez at the University of Vienna, Austria, in 2015–2017. Since 2018, he has served as a Lecturer in Chemistry at Loughborough University. In 2023, he was named Senior Lecturer.


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