Otto Bayer Award

Visionaries in Chemistry and Biochemistry

With the Otto Bayer Award, the Bayer Foundations honor scientists from the German-speaking area that have made pioneering research contributions in innovative areas of chemistry and biochemistry.

Prof. Dr. Frederic Merkt

Prof. Dr. Benjamin List received the Otto Bayer Award in 2012 for his outstanding contributions in the field of organocatalysis.

The award, with its € 75,000 prize, is one of the most distinguished scientific awards in the German-speaking countries. The Foundation confers it every two years. Currently, the fields of organic chemistry, biocatalysis, green biotechnology, genetic engineering, molecular biology, plant physiology and white biotechnology are considered for the award.

The award was endowed back in 1984 in memory of Professor Dr. Otto Bayer. The long-tenured Head of Research at Bayer AG invented polyurethane chemistry. He influenced the development of this diverse group of plastics throughout his long career.

The winners of the prize

2016

Prof. Dr. Dirk Trauner
Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich
Read the press release (PDF, 121 KB)


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