The Clara Immerwahr Award, launched by UniCat in 2011, is conferred annually to a young female scientist from Germany or abroad at an early stage of her career (postdoctoral fellow, junior researcher) for outstanding results in Catalysis Research. It is associated with a financial support of 15.000 Euro* for a research stay at UniCat and thought to establish close collaborative links with UniCat working groups.
The Award serves as an excellent exemplar of the promotion of outstanding young female scientists and is another successful measure taken by UniCat aimed at advancing female researchers.
The Clara Immerwahr Award winner 2014, Dr. Teresa Santos-Silva, NOVA University of Lisbon, will be honored during a public ceremony involving a guest lecture held by Prof. Dr. Linda H. Doerrer, Boston University,
on February 21st, 2014 at TU Berlin.
Prof. Linda H. Doerrer did her undergraduate work at Cornell University, doing research with Professors Klaus Theopold and Frank DiSalvo. She did her doctoral work with Prof. Stephen Lippard at MIT, studying Co, Zn, and Cd complexes of tropocoronand tetraazamacrocycles. She then went to Oxford for postdoctoral work with Malcolm Green as a NATO fellow, and subsequently a Junior Research Fellow at St Johns College, investigating the reactivity of B(C6F5)3 with various transition-metal complexes. She began her independent career at Barnard College in New York City, working with women undergraduates. In 2006 she moved to Boston University and was tenured in 2012.
* The money may only be used for the winning research project as follows:
- Payment of an allowance to cover the living costs during the stay in UniCat (up to 2,000 € per month). In addition to this allowance, the prize or parts thereof may not be used for personal emoluments of the winner.
- Consumables (regarding the project) incl. reimbursement of travel costs (single ticket from home institution to Berlin and return ticket)
- Purchase of specific equipment for the project