PhD graduate Stefan Knoppe wins Umicore Materials Technology Award

Stefan Knoppe, currently postdoctoral researcher at KU Leuven University (Belgium), has received the € 10,000 Umicore Materials Technology Award for his PhD work at the University of Geneva (Switzerland) in the field of ultra-small gold nanoparticles in chiral catalysis applications and bio-imaging. Stefan’s entry was one of 40 submitted from all over Europe.

The main Award is granted to a PhD graduate who, through his or her research, contributes to science in those fields that are crucial both to the growth of Umicore’s business and the development of a sustainable society. These areas are: fine particle technology and applications; technology for metal-containing compounds such as recycling; sustainable energy related topics; catalysis and finally, economic or societal issues linked to metal-containing compounds.

Umicore’s partners, the Belgian funds for scientific research Fonds Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek (FWO) and Fonds de la Recherche Scientifique (FNRS), selected the laureates and ensured the scientific excellence of their work. Since its launch eight years ago, Umicore and its partners have judged almost 370 entries and awarded more than € 140,000 to 38 scientists across Europe.

Notes to editors:

We received 40 PhD entries coming from Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Portugal, Spain, and Switzerland, as well as twelve entries for the MSc awards (three from Walloon universities and nine from Flemish universities).