Schott presented the 2022 Otto Schott Research Award to two European researchers as part of the 26th International Congress of Glass in Berlin, Germany. The achievement honors outstanding scientific and technological achievements in glass, glass-ceramic and related advanced materials.
The award was given to Professor Alicia Durán from the Spanish Research Council (CSIC) in Madrid, Spain, and Professor Daniel Neuville from the Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris at the University of Paris.
The Ernst Abbe Fund’s Board of Trustees recognized both Duran and Neuville as “internationally renowned glass scientists, leaders amongst global industry and academic entities, who have given significantly to the glass community.”
Durán is considered one of the most distinguished researchers on functional glass coatings. She is known for her ability to successfully transfer her knowledge about glass structure to innovative materials with optimized properties for new applications, such as the optimization of glass-ceramic seals for solid oxide fuel cells or the synthesis and photocatalytic characterization of porous and antibacterial sol-gel layers. She was instrumental in the United Nations’ designation of 2022 as the International Year of Glass.
Neuville is recognized for utilizing various types of spectroscopies to develop new structural concepts for glass-like inorganic materials, especially at the interface between geomaterials, physics and chemistry. He has also bridged the gap between macroscopic properties and dynamics at the atomic or molecular level.
The Otto Schott Research Award was first presented in 1991. The award recognizes scientific achievements in fundamental research and technology development of special materials, components, and systems for applications like optics and electronics, solar power, health and living.