Prof. Veronique Van Speybroeck from the Faculty of Engineering and Architecture, UGent and head of the Center for Molecular Modeling (http://molmod.ugent.be) was awarded with the Dr. Karl Wamsler Innovation Award 2023 on November 9, 2023. This award, presented by the Technical University of Munich and Clariant Specialty Chemicals, is given in recognition of excellence in the field of catalysis. The Karl Wamsler Award is given annually to promote excellent performance in the field of catalysis, including bio-catalysis and White Biotechnology. The annual prize is awarded to scientists who have created innovative momentum with industrial potential in the field of catalysis research.
Prof. Veronique Van Speybroeck received the price in appreciation of her leadership, uniting theory and practice in catalysis, pushing boundaries in simulation techniques to model materials and catalytic processes under real operating conditions. Veronique Van Speybroeck is full professor at Ghent University and director/co-founder of the Center for Molecular Modeling (CMM, http://molmod.ugent.be), which is a multidisciplinary research center, grouping researchers from the faculties of Engineering and Architecture and Sciences with molecular modeling interests. The research is performed with a multidisciplinary group of scientists, having backgrounds in physics, chemistry, (bio-)engineering, materials science. She strongly believes in collaborations among researchers across disciplines and strongly stimulates such open vision as key to achieve scientific excellence.
The award was introduced in 2017 and is named after Dr. Karl Wamsler who died in 2016. Dr. Wamsler was one of the most important and formative figures in post-war German chemistry. He was also a generous patron when it came to supporting science and the arts and was named TUM Honorary Senator in 2015. More information can be found on https://www.crc.tum.de/en/crc/dr-karl-wamsler-innovation-award/
Picture Dr. Karl Wamsler innovation award November 9, 2023. ©Andreas Heddergott/TUM