Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany
Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany

"Heinrich Emanuel Merck-Award" of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany

(Heinrich) Emanuel Merck (1794-1855) realized the transition from a pharmacy trade to a research-based industrial company.

Worth EUR 15,000, the "Heinrich Emanuel Merck-Award" of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, for achievements in analytical science has been awarded to internationally outstanding scientists since 1988.
We grant the prize to mark the centennial of the first standardization of analytical methods in a book by Dr. Karl Krauch, a chemist working in our company, entitled “The Testing of the Purity of Chemical Reagents”. The award bears the name of (Heinrich) Emanuel Merck, who defined the company’s commitment to quality by the claim “I shall always guarantee the purity of my preparations”.

Helping to improve quality of life

The award is intended for chemists up to the age of 45 whose work focuses on the development of new analytical methods and the deployment thereof in applications aimed at improving the quality of human life, for example in areas such as environmental protection, life sciences, or material science
Some indication of the recognition the award has meanwhile attained in the world of chemical analysis is documented, apart from the excellent qualifications of the jury itself, by the list of previous award winners:
YearNameUniversity/companyCountryDistinguished project
2014Prof. Petra DittrichETH ZürichSwitzerlandMicrofluidic analytical platforms
2012Prof. Aaron R. WheelerUniversity of TorontoCanadaDroplet-scale estrogen assays in breast tissue
2010Prof. Luisa TorsiBari UniversityItalyOrganic sensitivity-enhanced field-effect sensors for determination of chiral compounds
2007Dr. Alexander MakarovThermo Fisher Scientific,
GermanyPerformance evaluation of a hybrid linear ion trap/orbitrap mass spectrometer
2007Prof. Dr. Shuming NieEmory University, AtlantaUSAIn vivo cancer targeting and imaging with semiconductor quantum dots
2004Prof. Yoshinobu BabaUniversity of TokushimaJapanNanospheres for DNA separation chips
2002Prof. Jonathan V. SweedlerUniversity of Illinois,
USAMeasuring the peptides in individual organelles with mass spectrometry
2000Prof. Norman DovichiUniversity of AlbertaCanadaA multiple-capillary electrophoresis system for small-scale DNA sequencing and analysis
1998Prof. Renato ZenobiETH ZurichSwitzerlandLaser desorption/ionization mass spectrometry
1996Prof. D. Jed HarrisonUniversity of AlbertaCanadaMicromachining a miniaturized capillary electrophore-based chemical analysis system on a chip
1996Prof. Andreas ManzImperial College LondonGreat BritainMicromachining a miniaturized capillary electrophore-based chemical analysis system on a chip
1993Prof. Aviv AmiravTel Aviv UniversityIsraelPulsed-flame photometer : a novel gas chromatography detector
1990Dr. BidlingmeyerMillipore CorporationUSALiquid chromatography detectors
1990Prof. Reinhard NießnerTechnical University of MunichGermanyThe photoelectric aerosol sensor array applied to heavy metal aerosols
1988Prof. Masataka HiraideNagoya UniversityJapanSeparation of trace elements from high-purity metals
1988Prof. Otto S. WolfbeisGraz UniversityAustriaFluorescence sensors


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