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February 2019

Max Planck Institute Names CME Researcher, Jim Mayer, 2019 Frontiers Award Recipient

Jim Mayer receiving his award at Max Planck Institute
Serena DeBeer, Director of the Inorganic Spectroscopy Department at the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Energy Conversion, presented the 2019 Frontiers Award to CME researcher, Jim Mayer.

Image Credit: MPI CEC

Dr. James “Jim” Mayer, Charlotte Fitch Roberts Professor of Chemistry at Yale University, was recently honored with the Frontiers Award by the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Energy Conversion. The award is given annually to remarkable scientists in this field.

Each year, the award winner travels to Germany to attend an official ceremony and lecture at the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Energy Conversion. Mayer gave four lectures between January 22 and 24, 2019, titled:

  • Proton-Coupled Electron Transfer in Molecules: Six Degrees of Separation
  • Exploring Scaling Relationships in Oxygen Reduction Electrocatalysis
  • Proton-Coupled Electron Transfer with Oxide Nanocrystals
  • Award lecture: Chemical and Electric Energies—Protons as Much Electrons
Jim Mayer lecturing at Max Planck Institute
Jim Mayer gave four lectures while visiting the Max Planck Institute in January.

Image Credit: MPI CEC

Mayer is CME’s thrust lead for heterogeneous interfaces, focused on achieving molecular control of heterogeneous interfaces in electrocatalysis, and has worked on the design of molecular catalysts for oxygen reduction.

“We are delighted that Jim has received this honor. His vision and creative research accomplishments in the CME have led to a profound new understanding of the relationship between rates and overpotentials for molecular oxygen reduction electrocatalysis,” said Morris Bullock, CME Director.

To read more about the Frontiers Award, click here.

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