Carl-Zeiss-Humboldt Research Award goes to Alexej Jerschow

Beginning in 2022, the Humboldt Foundation is presenting an annual award funded by the Carl-Zeiss-Stiftung. The chemist Alexej Jerschow from New York University was chosen to receive the first Carl-Zeiss-Humboldt Research Award which will be presented to him at a formal ceremony held on 28 June 2023 as part of the Humboldt Foundation’s Annual Meeting in Berlin.

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The Carl-Zeiss-Humboldt Research Award targets researchers working in science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM fields) who are seeking to collaborate with specialist colleagues in federal states in Germany where the Carl-Zeiss-Stiftung provides sponsorship (Baden-Württemberg, Rhineland-Palatinate and Thuringia). The award honours researchers who have shaped their field even beyond their immediate research area and who have furthermore contributed to promoting diversity in the STEM domain.

Alexej Jerschow, who was nominated for the award by the physicist Dmitry Budker from Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, gained international renown particularly through his work in the area of nuclear magnetic resonance and its applications. After obtaining his doctorate in 1997, he conducted postdoctoral research at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland, and the University of California, Berkeley, before switching to New York University, where he has worked as a full professor since 2013. Alexej Jerschow is a scientist of formidable international standing, whose research stands out for its exceptional breadth and depth. He is additionally involved in supporting junior researchers and in international academic exchange.

Alexej Jerschow will begin his stay in Germany on 1 May 2023. In view of his collaboration with the colleagues from the Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz he states:

“I am truly honoured to receive this distinguished award, and am looking forward to collaborating with Prof. Dmitry Budker. Thank you to the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and Carl Zeiss Foundation for putting their trust in us. We are excited about the research opportunities it will open to our groups!”
Alexej Jerschow

The collaborative research work with Mainz University is expected to foster new synergies with other German research groups in the areas of microstructure technologies, spin magnetometry and methods development. In addition, it will boost this research field’s importance in basic research and regarding applications in the material sciences. 

Nominations for the new Carl Zeiss Humboldt Research Award may be submitted at any time by researchers from institutions in Baden-Württemberg, Rhineland-Palatinate and Thuringia.

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