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Prize-winning doctoral thesis

November 17, 2011


Physicist Dr. Anne Möchel has been presented with the DTG Young Researchers Award 2011 by the German Thermoelectric Society (Deutsche Thermoelektrik-Gesellschaft, DTG) for her doctoral thesis “Lattice dynamics in thermoelectric Zintl phases”, carried out at JCNS-2. While researching her thesis, Dr. Möchel made extensive use of the instruments at several large-scale research facilities, including ILL (Institut Laue-Langevin in Grenoble, France), JCNS (Jülich Centre for Neutron Science), FRM-II (Forschungsreaktor München II, the leading German neutron source in Garching, Munich), SINQ PSI (Spallation Neutron Source at the Paul Scherrer Institut in Switzerland), SNS (Spallation Neutron Source at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, USA), ESRF (European Synchrotron Radiation Facility in Grenoble, France), and the APS (Advanced Photon Source at the Argonne National Laboratory, USA).

This year, the prize is conferred upon two theses, worth €1000 to each winner, and awarded to the best doctoral, graduate or Master’s thesis submitted in the field of thermoelectrics in German-speaking countries. The prize money was kindly donated in equal parts by the DTG and Micropelt GmbH. The selection committee emphasized the fact that competition was especially stiff this year; the winning theses had, however, clearly distinguished themselves from the other entries. The award ceremony, which included speeches from the prize winners, took place on 17 November at the annual general meeting of the DTG in Freiburg, Germany.

Institute of “Scattering Methods” (JCNS-2/PGI-4)

German Thermoelectric Society