Over recent years, the Körber European Science Prize has developed into a high-ranking European science prize. In the last ten years alone, the Körber Prize winners included six scientists who were later awarded the Nobel Prize.
Prof. Dr. Martin Stratmann
Chairman of the Körber Prize Trustee Committee
The Körber European Science Prize 2021 goes to Clare Grey. The British chemist pioneered the optimisation of batteries using NMR spectroscopy.
Clare Grey sees her research as an important contribution to achieving the European Union's stated goal of climate neutrality by 2050. Grey pioneered the optimisation of batteries using NMR spectroscopy. This method provides non-invasive insights into the inner workings of batteries – and is similar to magnetic resonance imaging, which doctors use to screen patients. Her NMR studies helped to significantly increase the performance of lithium-ion batteries, which supply power to mobile phones, notebooks or e-vehicles, for example. Furthermore, Grey was instrumental in the development of new types of batteries – including lithium-air batteries, which have a tenfold increase in energy density, and others that charge very quickly and are particularly safe in operation. She is also conducting research into cost-effective and durable storage systems for electricity from renewable sources.
“Future AI systems should also understand causality: Thinking is, according to Konrad Lorenz, nothing but acting in an imagined space. The representations that we learn should reflect an understanding of how the world reacts to our actions. This goes beyond the statistical methods that are the foundation of the present methods.” Bernhard Schölkopf, Körber Prizewinner 2019