NWO-Spinoza Prize 2013

Mikhail Katsnelson, professor of Theoretical Physics, Piek Vossen, professor of Computational Lexicology, and Bert Weckhuysen, professor of Inorganic Chemistry and Catalysis receive the NWO Spinoza Prize 2013, the highest Dutch award in science. The laureates each receive 2.5 million euro, to be spent on scientific research.

Michail KatsnelsonMichail Katsnelson (click on photo for hi-res)

Michail Katsnelson

is professor of Theoretical Physics at Radboud University Nijmegen. Katsnelson is one of the founding fathers of research into graphene, a single layer of carbon atoms arranged in a honeycomb lattice. He predicted Klein tunnelling in graphene and the rippling of graphene at finite temperatures and that the electrical properties of graphene would change if it were stretched.


Piek VossenPiek Vossen (click on photo for hi-res)

Piek Vossen

is Professor of Computational Lexicology at the VU University Amsterdam. He combines linguistics and computer sciences to analyse linguistic phenomena using computer models. By linking ‘wordnets’ to each other Vossen made it possible to systematically investigate related words from different languages as well as meaning and culture in languages. Furthermore, his ‘wordnets’ make it possible for machines to understand language better.


Bert WeckhuysenBert Weckhuysen (click on photo for hi-res)

Bert Weckhuysen

is Professor of Inorganic Chemistry and Catalysis at Utrecht University. His research focuses on the understanding and development of new or improved catalysts. He is widely recognized by the international scientific community for his pioneering contributions to the in-situ characterization of catalysts. Such detailed knowledge provides clear guidelines for the development of new or improved catalyst materials.


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