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Otto Bayer Award

The Otto Bayer Award The Otto Bayer Award was founded in 1984 in memory of Prof. Otto Bayer, the inventor of polyurethane chemistry and long-standing head of research at Bayer.
The foundation presents the Otto Bayer Award to scientists in German-speaking countries for pioneering research contributions in innovative fields of chemistry and biochemistry, particularly in the following areas:
Otto Bayer Award
  • Polymer chemistry
  • Material science
  • Organic chemistry
  • (Bio-)Catalysis
  • Green biotechnology
  • Genetic engineering
  • Plant physiology
  • White biotechnology
  • Process engineering
The Otto Bayer Award is one of the most sought-after scientific awards in Germany. It carries a prize money of €75,000 and its presentation is every two years in alternation with the Hansen Familiy Award.

The winners of the prize

2014 Prof. Dr. Frédéric Merkt
Laboratory of Physical Chemistry, ETH Zurich
2012 Prof. Dr. Benjamin List
Max Planck Institute for Coal Research, Mülheim/Ruhr
2010 Prof. Dr. Detlef Weigel
Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology in Tübingen
 Otto Bayer Award for Plant Researcher (5:35 Min.)  
2008 Prof. Dr. Thomas Carell
Department of Chemistry and Pharmacy, Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich
 Otto Bayer Prize awarded to scientist conducting research on DNY repair (5:06 Min.)
2006 Prof. Dr. Alois Fürstner
Max Planck Institute for Coal Research, Mülheim/Ruhr
2003 Prof. Dr. Christian Griesinger
Max-Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, Göttingen
2001 Prof. Dr. Herbert Waldmann
Max Planck Institute for Molecular Physiology, Dortmund
1998 Prof. Dr. Ulrich Koert
Department of Chemistry, University of Marburg

Prof. Dr. Carsten Bolm
Department of Organic Chemistry, Technical University of Aachen
1996 Prof. Dr. Stefan Jentsch
Max Planck Institute for Biochemistry, Martinsried
1995 Prof. Dr. Gerhard Erker
Department of Organic Chemistry, University of Münster

Prof. Dr. Paul Knochel
Department of Organic Chemistry, Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich
1994 Prof. Dr. Robert Schlögl
Fritz Haber Institute of the Max Planck Society, Berlin
1993 Prof. Dr. François Diederich
Organic Chemistry Laboratory, Federal Technical University, Zurich

Prof. Dr. Dieter Hoppe
Department of Organic Chemistry, University of Münster
1992 Prof. Dr. Herbert Jäckle
Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry (Karl Friedrich Bonhoeffer Institute), Göttingen

Prof. Dr. Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard
Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology, Tübingen
1991 Prof. Dr. Martin Quack
Physical Chemistry Laboratory, Federal Technical University, Zurich
1990 Prof. Dr. Wolfgang A. Herrmann
Chair of Inorganic Chemistry, Technical University of Munich
Prof. Dr. K. Peter C. Vollhardt
Department of Chemistry, University of California, Berkeley
1989 Prof. Dr. Helmut Schwarz
Department of Chemistry, Technical University of Berlin
1988 Prof. Dr. Johann Deisenhofer
Howard Hughes Medical Institute, University of Texas, Southwestern Medical Center
Prof. Dr. Hartmut Michel
Max Planck Institute for Biophysics, Frankfurt
1987 Prof. Dr. Martin Jansen
Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research, Stuttgart
Prof. Dr. Arndt Simon
Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research, Stuttgart
1986 Prof. Dr. Horst Kessler
Chair II of Organic Chemistry, Technical University of Munich
Prof. Dr. Manfred T. Reetz
Max Planck Institute for Coal Research, Mülheim
1985 Prof. Dr. Heinz Saedler
Prof. Dr. Jozef S. Schell
Prof. Dr. Klaus Hahlbrock
Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research, Cologne
1984 Prof. Dr. Gerhard Wegner
Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research, Mainz
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