Jennifer K. Edwards from Cardiff University (UK) was honoured on February 11th for her outstanding contributions to the direct synthesis of hydrogen peroxide from the elements oxygen and hydrogen through heterogeneous catalysis.
Photo: Jennifer K. Edwards together with Reinhard Schomäcker, member of UniCat's Executive Board, during the Award Ceremony.
Hydrogen peroxide, also known as a bleaching agent for hair, is an important substance for the selective transfer of oxygen to unsaturated hydrocarbons. This reaction and its derived products are required for the production of numerous polymers and medications. The development of a more resource-conserving process to produce large quantities of hydrogen peroxide through catalyst is, therefore, a highly topical field of research.