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The Dick Stufkens Prize 2019 for the best PhD thesis of the Holland Research School of Molecular Chemistry is awarded to Thom Hersbach of Leiden University. The Research School honours with this prize innovative PhD-research in chemistry.

The Dick Stufkens Prize 2019 will be awarded to Dr Thom Hersbach. In his thesis, Hersbach presents a thorough analysis of cathodic corrosion. His comprehensive research, on which he graduated with the distinction cum laude, sheds light on the initial stages and the exact chemical nature of this relatively unknown and underestimated phenomenon.

Best thesis

The Dick Stufkens Prize is awarded annually to the best thesis defended in the period July 1 to July 1 of the next year by a Ph.D. student belonging to the Holland Research School of Molecular Chemistry (HRSMC). The prize – first awarded in 2008 - consists of a certificate and an amount of 2000 Euro.

Festive symposium

On 14 November, Prof. Ronald Hage will present the Dick Stufkens Prize 2019 to Thom Hersbach during the celebratory HRSMC lustrum symposium at the KIT Royal Tropical Institute in Amsterdam. There, Thom Hersbach will give a lecture on his PhD research and various HRSMC PhD students and staff members will present lectures and posters. In celebration of the HRMSC 25th anniversary, distinguished guest speakers have been invited, among which Nobel laureate Prof. Ben Feringa (University of Groningen), Prof. Jeffrey R. Long (University of California, Berkeley), Prof, Thomas Ebbesen (University of Strasbourg) and Prof. Jens K. Nørskov (Technical University of Denmark). The symposium is open for non-HRSMC members.


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The Holland Research School of Molecular Chemistry was founded in 1994 and has been accredited by the Royal Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW). The research school combines experimental and theoretical groups working on molecular chemistry and physics from the Universiteit van Amsterdam, the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and the Universiteit Leiden.