The EuChemS Walter Thiel Award In Computational and Theoretical Chemistry

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Award Description: The Walter Thiel Award in Computational and Theoretical Chemistry recognizes an outstanding scientific contribution of a young researcher based in a country affiliated to EuChemS. The award is granted every two years. It includes a prize amount of one thousand Euros, the EuChemS Walter Thiel medal and an invitation to present a feature article on the award winning research in Chemistry – A European Journal.

Walter Thiel was one of the world’s leading European theoretical chemists of the late 20th and early 21st century. He was among those who realized the potential of theoretical and computational chemistry, not only to predict and understand a great variety of phenomena in chemistry, physics and biochemistry, but also to establish the route toward the exploration of new processes and provide the answers to many of the questions that challenge our understanding of the world around us. At the same time, Walter was a great scientist, an outstanding personality with great sensibility and enormous respect for others. It is Walter’s vision of science and his spirit that our Award shall promote.

EuchemS Walter Thiel Award 2022: The first Call for Nominations ended on May 31st,2022. The Award Ceremony will take place at EuChemS CompChem in Thessaloniki on August 27, 2023, with the laureate presenting a plenary lecture (see

The first announcement of the Award led to 17 excellent nominations. We are delighted to announce the first awardee: Dr. Felix Plasser of Loughborough University (UK).

Since completing his PhD in 2012 at the University of Vienna, Felix’s research has made outstanding contributions to computational chemistry. Working in the field of photochemistry, he studies how molecules interact with light. His work involves the development of computational electronic structure and photodynamics methods. He is particularly well-known for his work on excited-state wavefunctions. The methods developed provide new conceptual information by incorporating ideas from exciton theory, valence bond theory, and excited state aromaticity. The corresponding software (TheoDORE) is freely available and has been downloaded >5000 times by researchers around the world. Felix also contributes to the development of the COLUMBUS code for high-level electronic structure computations and the photodynamics codes Newton-X and SHARC. Felix is also active in the application of these methods at the forefront of current science, and has been working with colleagues applying high-level spectroscopic techniques to fundamental problems in photophysics. His impressive publication record (85 peer-reviewed publications, 5000 citations, h-index of 33) attests to the breadth and high quality of his research and his international recognition.

The EuChemS Walter Thiel Award is sponsored by the Max-Planck-Institute für Kohleforschung, the GDCh and Chemistry Europe.

The Call for Nominations for the 2024 Award will be announced at the EuChemS CompChem conference. Nominations will be accepted from all Member Societies of EuChemS.