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First Winner of Utz-Hellmuth Felcht Award: Prof. Walter de Heer

This prestigious donation of EUR 20 000 will be awarded by SGL Group every two years in honor of its former Supervisory Board Chairman Prof. Utz-Hellmuth Felcht. Honored will be outstanding scientific and technological contributions in the field of carbon and ceramic materials. This comprises polygranular carbon and graphite materials, carbon fibers and their composites, silicon carbide (SiC) based ceramics, applications of carbon and graphite in energy production, energy storage and energy savings, nanoforms of carbon as well as breakthroughs in manufacturing and new applications. Quintessential contributions in computer modeling of these materials will be considered as well. Prof. Walter de Heer from the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, GA/US is awarded for his merits in the area of graphene research and his revolutionary concept of graphene based nanoelectronics. Through his work on electronic transportation mechanisms in graphene, Prof. Walter de Heer opened the door to a new era of extremely small electronic circuits. Individual graphite layers are known as graphene. In 2010, Konstantin Novoselov and Andre Geim were awarded with the Nobel Prize in Physics for their contributions in the field of electrical properties of the thinnest graphite layers. Graphene has the potential to replace silicon in electronics for applications such as ultra-high frequency electronics. At the time, SGL Group presented its “Carbon Based Solutions for Urban Life” concept, which focuses on innovative applications and sustainable solutions through the use of carbon-based products – from electromobility to lightweight solutions, energy efficient infrastructures and cooling systems in buildings (8/2011).


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