Gerhard Ertl Young Investigator Award

The purpose of the Gerhard Ertl Young Investigator Award is to recognize one individual for his or her outstanding research in surface science. The journal Surface Science through Elsevier Scientific Publishing is the official sponsor of the award.

About Gerhard Ertl

Gerhard Ertl

Gerhard Ertl is a German physicist and a Professor emeritus at the Department of Physical Chemistry, Fritz-Haber-Institut der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft in Berlin, Germany. Ertl’s research laid the foundation of modern surface chemistry, which has helped explain how fuel cells produce energy without pollution, how catalytic converters clean up car exhausts and even why iron rusts, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences said.He won the 2007 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his studies of chemical processes on solid surfaces.

The Nobel academy said Ertl provided a detailed description of how chemical reactions take place on surfaces. His findings applied in both academic studies and industrial development, the academy said. “Surface chemistry can even explain the destruction of the ozone layer, as vital steps in the reaction actually take place on the surfaces of small crystals of ice in the stratosphere,” the award citation reads.

Application process

Young researchers, with no restrictions to nationality or home institution, are invited to apply – Please visit here for details of the procedure.