2 October 2017, No. 22/2017

From storage problems to conversion – international conference on chemistry research on renewable energy

Chemists from 35 countries meeting from 11 to 13 October to discuss the challenges posed by the transformation of the energy system

The transition to renewable sources of energy is presenting new challenges for the chemical sector as well. Leading international chemists attending the 7th Bonn Humboldt Award Winners' Forum will be addressing problems and questions facing their field. When it comes to generating, storing and transporting renewable energy, basic chemical research also comes into play. A key question in this connection is: how can energy be converted efficiently into storable and usable forms?

In keeping with the forum's title "Fundamental Concepts and Principles of Chemical Energy Conversion", 172 scientists from 35 countries will discuss the question of which materials and forms of chemical energy conversion we will need in the future. Specialist lectures will present approaches being taken in the fields of nanotechnology and surface chemistry or used in the development of new storage materials, such as for rechargeable batteries. The Bonn Humboldt Award Winners' Forum will also focus on research being conducted on superconductors and the light-harvesting properties of materials used for solar cells.

Venue and date:
Opening ceremony at the University of Bonn: 11 October, 5:00 p.m.; and conference at Hotel Bristol, Bonn: 12 and 13 October, starting 9:00 a.m. on both days

Note for the press:
Journalists are welcome to attend. We will gladly arrange personal interviews. Please register by e-mail to: presse(at)avh.de.

The Humboldt Award Winners' Forum will be opened by the Rector of the University of Bonn, Michael Hoch; the Mayor of the City of Bonn, Angelica Maria Kappel; and the President of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Helmut Schwarz, himself a chemist. The keynote lecture will be given by the distinguished chemist and Humboldt Research Award winner Cynthia M. Friend, professor at Harvard University, Cambridge, USA.

The scientific supervisors for the forum are Robert Schlögl, chemist und Director of the Fritz Haber Institute of the Max Planck Society in Berlin and Managing Director of the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Energy Conversion in Essen, and Nicola Hüsing, Professor for Materials Chemistry at Paris Lodron University of Salzburg, Austria.

The Bonn Humboldt Award Winners’ Forum is an annual event organised by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation to connect their research award winners with early career researchers and German host institutions. The conference also aims to raise Bonn’s profile as a centre of science and scholarship.

The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation

Every year, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation enables more than 2,000 researchers from all over the world to spend time researching in Germany. The Foundation maintains a network of well over 28,000 Humboldtians from all disciplines in more than 140 countries worldwide – including 54 Nobel Prize winners.


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