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Mr. Schlemmer, Mr. Frey, Mr. Guse, Mrs. Manecke und Mr. Wurm at the award ceremony.
Mr. Schlemmer, Mr. Frey, Mr. Guse, Mrs. Manecke und Mr. Wurm at the award ceremony.

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Georg Manecke Prize 2014 awarded to Dr. Frederik Wurm

Dr. Frederik Wurm was awarded the Georg Manecke Prize for outstanding junior researchers in the field of polymer research.

September 14, 2014

Jena / Frankfurt/Main. Dr. Wurm was conferred the Georg Manecke Prize by the German Chemical Society (Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker; GDCh) during the ceremony that took place on September 14, 2014 in Jena. This prize is endowed with 7,000 Euro. The prizes of the GDCh, which have become a 100-year old tradition for some, are among the most prestigious and coveted awards in chemistry.

The Georg Manecke Prize is awarded to junior scientists. The prize was named after Georg Manecke (1916 – 1990) who worked as a chemist in the field of preparative macromolecular chemistry and particularly devoted himself to polymer applications. The prize of the Georg Manecke Foundation is awarded to younger scientists who are working in similar fields of research: it aims at promoting and paving the way for their future careers.

Frederik Wurm is very pleased with the recognition of the GDCh which shows that new ideas in the field of polymer research are well accepted. This is also an added incentive for his innovative research which focuses on the development of novel polymeric materials for medical applications.

After completing his PhD at the University of Mainz, Dr. Wurm moved to the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne in Switzerland where he, as a Humboldt Fellow, carried out research on novel linking strategies between synthetic polymers and biomolecules. Since 2011, Frederik has been working at the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research where he was promoted project leader in 2012. He is investigating new polymerization methods, particularly based on olefin metathesis and anionic polymerization techniques for the preparation of various biomimetic and electroactive materials. 33-year-old Frederik has already published over 60 peer-reviewed articles on current topics of polymer chemistry.

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