ETH Zurich honours Jülich Neutron Scientist
Staudinger-Durrer Prize awarded to Prof. Dieter Richter
26 November 2015
Prof. Dieter Richter of the Jülich Centre for Neutron Science and the Institute of Complex Systems has been awarded the Staudinger-Durrer Prize for his work in the area of soft matter. The Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH Zurich) seeks to honour researchers who have made outstanding contributions to materials science research with this award.
Richter has significantly contributed to the understanding of the dynamics of polymers and biological macromolecules with the aid of high-resolution neutron scattering methods. These findings have implications for the processing of plastics, for example, and have also been of great benefit in the development of new types of diesel fuels more suitable for winter temperatures, and environmentally friendlier solvents. In the field of biomedical research, his work has opened up new opportunities for a more precise understanding of the functionality of protein molecules.
The award ceremony, including the presentation of the Staudinger-Durrer medal as well as an invitation to give an honorary lecture, took place yesterday as part of the Materials Day events at the ETH Department of Materials Science. The prize is named after two distinguished scientists, whose research into material properties was of particular importance at the ETH Zurich. Hermann Staudinger was professor at the ETH Zurich from 1912 – 1926; he received the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 1953. Robert Durrer was professor in Metallurgy from 1943-1961, and laid the cornerstone for an important technique used in steel production.