In November 2019, Volkswagen and BASF jointly awarded the international »Science Prize for Electrochemistry« for the seventh time. This year, the scientist Prof. Dr. Kimberley See from the California Institute of Technology (Pasadena, USA) prevailed against four competitors. In total, the prize is endowed with 70,000 euros and the winner receives 50,000 euros.
Kimberley See was honored by the six-member jury of experts for its contribution to research into batteries based on polyvalent cations and sulfur. The prize was awarded at the »Science Award Electrochemistry & Science Dialog« in Wolfsburg. The award ceremony was preceded by a two-day event, among the guests was this year's Nobel Laureate in Chemistry Prof. Dr. Stanley Whittingham. The experts discussed future battery materials, alternatives to raw materials such as lithium, sustainable cell production and the role of digitization in the development of new materials.
The »Science Award for Electrochemistry« was launched by BASF and Volkswagen in 2012. The aim is to support scientific and engineering achievements in electrochemistry and provide impetus for the development of high-performance energy storage systems.