Prof. Dr. Helmut Schwarz and his research group at the Institute of Chemistry at the Technische Universität Berlin have conducted exceptionally successful research in the field of mass spectrometry for decades and have made seminal contributions to the development of its methods. His scientific interests focus, among other things, on understanding catalytic processes at the atomic level as well as bond activation and the functionalisation of organometallic compounds. Another focus is atmospheric chemistry.
He will receive the Gerhard Ertl Lecture Award 2023 for his outstanding work in the field of elucidating reaction mechanisms in the gas phase with the use of mass spectrometry.
The Gerhard Ertl Lecture Award is endowed by BASF in memory of the award of the Nobel Prize to Gerhard Ertl in 2007. Since 2008, it has been awarded by the three Berlin universities (Freie Universität Berlin, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Technische Universität Berlin) and the Fritz Haber Institute of the Max Planck Society to an internationally renowned scientist in the field of catalysis.
This year's award ceremony will take place on December 11, 2023 at the Harnack Haus of the Max Planck Society in Berlin. Professor Schwarz will give a lecture entitled "The Methane Challenge – A Cold Approach to a Hot Problem" on this occasion.