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SGL has honoured Professor Klaus Müllen with the Utz-Hellmuth Felcht Award for his research into the synthesis of tailored graphenes.
Professor Müllen, Director of the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research, received the award on July 18 at the International Carbon Conference in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
The Utz-Hellmuth Felcht Award was founded in 2010 in honour of the former Supervisory Board Chairman of SGL Group, Utz-Hellmuth Felcht. The Award is given in recognition of individual scientific and technological contributions that have had recent significant impact on the field of carbon and graphite materials or have represented a scientific breakthrough.
Dr Gerd Wingefeld, a member of the SGL Board of Management, said, “We present the Utz-Hellmuth Felcht Award to honour outstanding scientific and technological contributions in the field of carbon and ceramic materials. The extremely strong, electrically conductive carbon material, graphene, has immense application potential in computer chip manufacture, as a composite material for energy storage in batteries and fuel cells, and as a catalyst. Professor Müllen and his team have made an important contribution here. The synthesis process developed by him makes it possible for the first time to produce graphene nanoribbons with precisely defined shape and size.”
SGL says graphene is a very good electrical conductor, ultralight, stronger than steel, chemically resistant, and virtually transparent. In 2010, Konstantin Novoselov and Andre Geim were awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics for their work on this two-dimensional carbon material. In 2013, the European Commission chose Graphene as one of its first large-scale research projects to be funded with up to a billion euros over 10 years under the “Future and Emerging Technologies Flagships” (FET) initiative.
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