The Schwäbisch Gmünd Prize
for Young Scientists
In the spirit of the mission of east, the Schwäbisch Gmünd Prize has been established with the purpose to encourage promising young scientists.
The mission of the European Academy of Surface Technology (east) is to promote Europe-wide science, research, training and education in the field of surface technology and related areas in order to contribute to the integration, understanding and friendship between European people and individuals.
The prize is given in the name of the town Schwäbisch Gmünd, where east has had its headquarter since its foundation in 1989. The town of Schwäbisch Gmünd has always been a strong support for east and has a long tradition of craftsmanship of precious metals. The Schwäbisch Gmünd Prize was given for the first time 2017, but is going to be awarded every year to promising young scientist.
The Schwäbisch Gmünd Prize 2021
consist of a sum of 500 Euro, a diploma and an electroformed silver unicorn statuette. The prize winner is expected to give an invited talk at the east forum 2021 as a part of IPMS 2021, from 9 - 10 November 2021 in Helsinki, Finland. Travel costs will be covered.
The criteria of evaluation
will be based on originality, creativity and excellence in surface technology. The experience of the applicant will be taken into account, meaning that expectations are higher for e. g. a post doc than a PhD student.
Who can apply?
The applicant must be active in Europe and hold a university degree. The applicant might be a PhD student or hold a PhD degree not older than 2018. There is no age limit, but the applicant should be in the early stage of his/her career.
The jury will this year be led by
Dr. Jean-Claude Puippe
Steiger Galvanotechnik, Switzerland
Other members of the jury are:
Prof. Dr. Liana Anicai
University of Bucharest, Romania
Prof. Dr. Piotr Zabinski
University of Science and Technology Krakow, Poland
Dr. Adriana Ispas
Ilmenau Technical University, Germany
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Martin Leimbach prize winner 2020
The Schwäbisch Gmünd Prize for Young Scientists 2020 was awarded to Martin Leimbach, M. Sc. from the Ilmenau University of Technology, Germany for his research on relation between color and surface morphology of electrodeposited chromium for decorative applications.
Martin Leimbach received the prize from the east president, Prof. Dr. Peter Leisner, during 9th European Pulse Plating Seminar 2020/east forum 2020, 5-6 March 2020 in Vienna, Austria. As head of the Jury Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Paatsch presented the jury’s motivation. After the prize ceremony Martin Leimbach gave an excellent invited talk on his research subject.
Paper: “Relation between Color and Surface Morphology of Electrodeposited Chromium for Decorative Applications” Journal of The Electrochemical Society, 166 (6) D205-D211 (2019).
Dr. L. F. Arenas prize winner 2019
The Schwäbisch Gmünd Prize for Young Scientists 2019 was awarded to Dr. Luis Fernando Arenas Martinez from the University of Southampton, United Kingdom, for his research on electrodeposition of platinum on titanium felt in a rectangular channel flow cell. Dr. L. F. Arenas received the prize from the east president, Prof. Dr. Peter Leisner, during the Electrochem 2019/east forum 2019 conference, 27-28 August 2019 in Glasgow, United Kingdom. As head of the Jury Prof. Dr. Ivan Krastev presented the jury’s motivation. After the prize ceremony Dr. Luis Fernando Arenas M. gave an excellent invited talk on his research subject.
Paper: ”Electrodeposition of Platinum on Titanium Felt in a Rectangular Channel Flow Cell” Journal of The Electrochemical Society, 164 (2) D57-D66 (2017).
Dr. Nguyen wins the Schwäbisch Gmünd Prize for Young Scientists 2018
The Schwäbisch Gmünd Prize for Young Scientist 2018 was awarded to Dr. Nhat Truong Nguyen from the Friedrich-Alexander University (FAU) Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany for his work on thermal dewetting of noble metals on anodic TiO2 nanotubes leading to significantly enhanced photocatalytic H2 generation.
Dr. Nhat Truong Nguyen received the prize from the east president, Prof. Dr. Peter Leisner, during the SMT32 7/east Forum2018 conference, 27-29 June 2018 in San Sebastian, Spain. As head of the jury Prof. Dr. Imre Bakonyi presented the jury’s motivation. After the prize ceremony Dr. Nguyen gave an excellent invited talk on his research subject.
Paper: “Efficient Photocatalytic H2 Evolution: Controlled Dewetting–Dealloying to Fabricate Site-Selective High-Activity Nanoporous Au Particles on Highly Ordered TiO2 Nanotube Arrays” Advanced Materials 2015, 27, 3208-3215.
Dr. Jin Zhang prize winner 2017
Dr Jin Zhang receives the certificate for the Schwäbisch Gmünd Prize for Young Scientists and an electroformed silver statuette of a unicorn symbolising the city arms of Schwäbisch Gmünd. As head of the jury Prof. Dr. Pietro Luigi Cavallotti presented the jury’s motivation.
The Schwäbisch Gmünd Prize for Young Scientists 2017 was awarded to Yin Zhang from the Autonomous University of Barcelona , Spain, for her work on electrodeposition of magnetic, superhydrophobic, non-stick, two phase Cu Ni foam films and their enhanced performance for hydrogen evolution in alkaline water media. After the prize ceremony, Dr Zhang gave an excellent invited talk on her research subject.
Paper: “Electrodeposition of magnetic, superhydrophobic, non-stick, two phase Cu Ni foam films and their enhanced performance for hydrogen evolution in alkaline water media” Nanoscale 2014, 6, page 12490.