Evonik Scholarships in Natural Science
The Evonik Foundation exclusively supports natural science students preparing master’s, doctoral, and post-doctoral theses. In providing scholarships, we seek to support individuals academically as well as personally. Our goal is to sponsor talented up-and-coming researchers. Scholarships are only awarded for the scholarship focus defined for the year in question.
The scholarship focus in 2017:
Advanced Materials / Materials Science / Plastics
• 3-D Printing / Additive Manufacturing
• (Diaphragm technology) Membrane Technologies
• Materials for Light Weight Construction
• Tribology Materials / Materials for Friction Reduction
The application period is 28 February 2017.
Werner Schwarze Scholarship
Every year, the Evonik Foundation awards a scholarship in the field of amino acid research in honor of Dr. Werner Schwarze. Dr. Werner Schwarze earned special merit through his research in this sector that remains influential even today. Tribute is paid to him in scientific literature as a “brilliant synthesist.”
The conditions for applying for a Werner Schwarze scholarship are the same as those for an Evonik Foundation scholarship.
However, the research focus does not change each year.
Dr. Werner Schwarze, born in Marl-Hüls in 1913, is considered one of the most important researchers in the field of amino acids. He studied chemistry in Munich, where he earned his doctorate in natural products chemistry at the age of 24 under Nobel Prize laureate Heinrich Otto Wieland. In late 1940 he joined Degussa, a predecessor company of Evonik Industries AG.
In his research work, Werner Schwarze began exploring the synthesis of amino acids at a very early stage. In cooperation with the Degussa chemical engineers Hermann Schulz and Hans Wagner, he successfully developed a technically feasible synthesis of the sulfurous amino acid methionine in 1946/47. A pilot production plant using the Schwarze method came on stream just one year later.
In the early 1950s, methionine rapidly increased in significance as a livestock feed additive: American researchers proved that the protein building block had a positive effect on the laying habits of hens. A line of business that remains one of Evonik’s most successful was born.
The name Werner Schwarze is synonymous with the amino acids tryptophan, threonine, serine, cysteine, valine and lanthionine. The gifted and creative chemical engineer conducted successful research in other areas as well: The numerous triazine derivatives he synthesized included the product cyanazine, for example, which became Bladex®, one of the most successful herbicides produced by Shell.
Dr. Werner Schwarze, who retired in July 1978 yet continued to work as a scientist and researcher at the Hanau-Wolfgang site, died on March 18, 2007 at the age of 93.
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