Helmut Schwarz to receive Eni Award

The President of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation selected for this year’s Eni Award. A Humboldtian is also being honoured.

Helmut Schwarz
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David Ausserhofer

Helmut Schwarz, President of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, has been selected to receive one of this year’s Eni Awards. Established by the Italian energy company Eni S.p.A., the award comes with €200,000. The award is being conferred on Schwarz in the category New Frontiers of Hydrocarbons in honour of Schwarz’s basic research in the area of converting methane into certain hydrocarbon compounds. This helps make it possible to exploit huge natural gas reserves. Schwarz is the second German to receive this award. The first was Stefan Glunz in 2008. The award ceremony will be held in Italy in September.

In addition to Helmut Schwarz, a Humboldtian ‒ Mercouri Kanatzidis from the USA ‒ has also been selected for an Eni Award. The internationally renowned expert in the field of solid state chemistry will receive the Renewable Energy Prize for his research on thermoelectric semiconductors. Kanatzidis received a Humboldt Research Award in 2003. He currently works at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, USA.

The Eni Awards were established in 2007. With this award, the Italian company Eni S.p.A. honours international scientists who conduct research in the field of energy with a special focus on ways to make better and more sustainable use of sources of energy.


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