Nicola Spaldin receives the Körber Prize 2015

The British scientist is honoured for her groundbreaking discoveries in materials research

On Monday, 7 September, at 11 a.m., the Körber Foundation will present the Körber European Science Prize 2015 endowed with 750,000 euros to Prof. Dr. Nicola Spaldin in the Great Hall of Hamburg City Hall. Hamburg's Mayor Olaf Scholz will welcome the invited guests. Ranga Yogeshwar will present the winner and her research.

The British chemist and materials scientist Nicola Spaldin has laid the theoretical foundation for the new family of multiferroic materials. Multiferroics are crystalline chemical compounds of metals and oxygen which react to both electric and magnetic fields. In addition, the magnetic order in these crystals can be influenced by means of electric fields. Multiferroics are thus predestined for ultra-fast, extremely small and very energy-efficient computers of the future. They could replace the silicon in the chips to which present-day PCs and smart phones owe their computing capability.

At the invitation of the University of Hamburg, Nicola Spaldin will provide insights into her research in a Körber Lecture. On 7 September at 4 p.m. she will give a lecture on the topic: “From Multiferroics to Cosmology: Studying the Early Universe Under the Microscope” in the Physics Department of the University of Hamburg. Admission to the Körber Lecture is free, the lecture will be held in English.

In 2015, the Körber European Science Prize is being awarded to outstanding scientists working in Europe for the 31st time. Every year, the prize honours excellent and innovative research projects that show great potential for application and international impact. International selection committees search for suitable candidates, on whom a Trustee Committee chaired by Prof. Dr. Martin Stratmann, President of the Max Planck Society, then decides.

Further information and photos:

Photos of the award ceremony available
on 7 September from 3 p.m.

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Further information:
Körber Foundation
Körber European Science Prize
Matthias Mayer M.A.
Kehrwieder 12
20457 Hamburg
Telefon +49 • 40 • 80 81 92 - 181
Telefax +49 • 40 • 80 81 92 - 303
E-Mail koerberprize@koerber-stiftung.de

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