Wolfsburg and Ludwigshafen, Germany – April 16, 2014 – The international “Science Award for Electrochemistry” from BASF and Volkswagen is set to be awarded for the third time. Outstanding scientists from all over the world are now able to submit applications online at www.science-award.com. The website also explains the conditions of entry and the selection process. The closing date for entries is July 4, 2014. The entries submitted will be judged by a jury made up of experts from BASF and Volkswagen and representatives from academia. The awards ceremony will take place on November 6, 2014 at Stanford University in California.
The international “Science Award for Electrochemistry” supports outstanding work in natural and engineering science and aims to provide a stimulus for the development of high-capacity energy storage systems. The Science Award has been offered annually since 2012 and is aimed at scientists in the global academic research community. The total prize money is €50,000, with the first prize worth €25,000. As of this year the prize money does not have to be used for a specific purpose.
In October 2012, the first international “Science Award for Electrochemistry” from BASF and Volkswagen went to Dr. Naoaki Yabuuchi of the Department of Green and Sustainable Chemistry at Tokyo Denki University in Japan. A year later, the second Science Award was won by Dr. Karl Mayrhofer of the ”Electrocatalysis” working group at the Max Planck Institute of Ferrous Materials Research in Düsseldorf, Germany. The jury recognised with its decision the outstanding research results that Yabuuchi had achieved in relation to different battery technologies and that Mayrhofer had achieved in the field of electrocatalysts for fuel cells.
Based in Wolfsburg, the Volkswagen Group is one the leading vehicle manufacturers in the world and the largest in Europe. Twelve brands from seven European countries belong to the Group: Volkswagen Cars, Audi, SEAT, ŠKODA, Bentley, Bugatti, Lamborghini, Porsche, Ducati, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, Scania and MAN. Each brand has its unique character and operates independently in the market place. The portfolio ranges from motorbikes and economical small cars all the way to luxury-class vehicles. In the field of commercial vehicles the range starts with pick-ups and extends all the way to buses and heavy trucks. Also manufactured in the Volkswagen Group in other fields of business are large diesel engines for maritime and stationary use (turnkey power stations), turbochargers, turbo-machines (steam and gas turbines), superchargers and chemical reactors. Special gearboxes for vehicles and wind turbines, bush bearings, couplings and test centres for the mobility sector are also produced. In addition the Volkswagen Group offers a broad spectrum of financial services. These include dealer and customer finance, leasing, banking, insurance and fleet management. In 19 countries of Europe and 8 countries of America, Asia and Africa the Group operates a total of 106 manufacturing sites. Every working day, 572,800 employees around the globe produce around 39,350 vehicles, are involved in vehicle-related services or work in other areas of business. The Volkswagen Group sells its vehicles in 153 countries. The aim of the Group is to offer attractive, safe and environmentally compatible products that are competitive in the increasingly hotly contested market place and that are the global benchmark in their respective category.
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