Otto Schott Research Award recognizes achievements in glass science

Awarded for the 17th time, two winners take home the prize funded by the Ernst Abbe Fund

Professor Alicia Duran (second from right) and Professor Daniel Neuville (third from right) - receive the 17th Otto Schott Research Award - the prize was awarded during the International Congress of Glass in Berlin - Photo: SCHOTT/ Matthias Michael Maria Bedenk

The Otto Schott Research Award was first presented in 1991 and recognizes outstanding scientific achievements in fundamental research and technology development of special materials, components, and systems for applications like optics and electronics, solar power, health, and living. It is also intended to encourage support for collaboration between science and industry.

The Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft manages the Ernst Abbe Fund, which is responsible for funding the prize. The previous winners of the Otto Schott Research Award include physicians and chemists from the United States, Russia, Japan, China, Germany and other European countries.

Pioneering – responsibly – together
These attributes characterize SCHOTT as a manufacturer of high-tech materials based on specialty glass. Founder Otto Schott is considered the inventor of modern glass technology. Borosilicate glass, one of his many inventions, has changed the world.

This year’s Otto Schott Research Award went to two European researchers: Professor Alicia Durán from the Spanish Research Council (CSIC) in Madrid, Spain, and Professor Daniel Neuville from the Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris at the University of Paris.

The Ernst Abbe Fund’s Board of Trustees recognized both Duran and Neuville as “…internationally renowned glass scientists, leaders amongst global industry and academic entities, who have given significantly to the glass community.” The prize is valued at EUR 25,000 and is dedicated to outstanding scientific and technological achievements in glass, glass-ceramic, and related advanced materials. The award was presented for the 17th time on July 4, 2022, as part of the 26th International Congress of Glass in Berlin, Germany.

Awardee Professor Alicia Durán is a Research Professor at the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), former President of the International Commission on Glass (ICG), and Chair of the United Nations International Year of Glass 2022. She is considered one of the most distinguished and versatile researchers on functional glass coatings. Her research is characterized by a successful transfer of knowledge about glass structure to innovative materials with optimized properties for new applications, such as the optimization of glass-ceramic seals for solid oxide fuel cells or the synthesis and photocatalytic characterization of porous and antibacterial sol-gel layers. Durán is the first Spanish researcher to receive the Otto Schott Research Award.

The second award winner, Professor Daniel Neuville, is highly regarded and recognized internationally for using various types of spectroscopy to develop new structural concepts for glass-like inorganic materials, especially at the intersection between geomaterials, physics and chemistry. He has been a pioneer in bridging the gap between macroscopic properties (thermodynamics, physical properties) and structure or dynamics at the atomic or molecular level.