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A Czech-Polish chemistry award goes to Sweden

A Czech-Polish chemistry award goes to Sweden

Fri Dec 07 12:52:00 CET 2018

This year’s winner of the global Dream Chemistry Award competition, organized by the Institute of Physical Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences together with the Institute of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry of the Czech Academy of Sciences, is Dr. Eric Daniel Glowacki from the Linköping University. The Scientific Committee praised his project on catalysts for the production of clean energy from the hydrogen peroxide.

The finals of the competition alternate between Poland and the Czech Republic. This year, they took place in Warsaw on 3–4th December. Dr. Glowacki bested the other four finalists thanks to his project “Abundant organic catalysts for a peroxide clean energy cycle,” dealing with the generation and storage of clean energy using hydrogen peroxide. Along with the award, he received a financial reward of 10,000 euros.

“Hydrogen peroxide, H2O2, has been used as a rocket fuel for decades. My dream is about something different: about the development of abundant catalysts that would allow us – in effective, cheap and safe ways – to produce, store, and release energy using hydrogen peroxide,” said Dr. Glowacki. “Like its cousin fuel H2, H2O2 enables a carbon-free energy cycle. However, H2O2 exists as a stable liquid, which will not require compression as the gas H2 does. The possibility of using H2O2 as a self-contained energy currency has long been postulated, but catalytic materials that allow conversion of hydrogen peroxide in a useful way have not been available. Addressing this problem is core chemical concept of my dream – to chemically-tailor materials to make the hydrogen peroxide energy cycle possible,” the laureate explained his project.

Glowacki is the author of 56 scientific papers cited nearly 2600 times. He studied in the USA and received his doctorate in 2013 at the Johannes Kepler University in Linz, Austria. His main research topics include bioelectronics, supramolecular chemistry, and crystal engineering. He collaborates with research groups from Japan, the United States, Italy, Croatia, Germany, and Poland.

The Dream Chemistry Award, organized by Polish and Czech scientific institutes with support of world-renowned chemists, was first awarded in 2013. Details on the competition including information on previous laureates can be found on the website www.dreamchemistryaward.org.

Prepared by: Milan Pohl, Department of Media Communication of the Head Office of the CAS, based on a press release by the Institute of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry of the Czech Academy of Sciences
Photo: IPC PAS, Grzegort Krzyzewski