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Clariant to support Green & Sustainable Chemistry by establishing the Franz Effenberger Postdoctoral Fellowship

  • Fellowship is a further testament to Clariant’s long-standing commitment to add value with sustainability and research support
  • Open to outstanding international researchers with a research project in the field of Green & Sustainable Chemistry to be conducted at European academic research institute
  • Program jointly coordinated and awarded by the German Chemical Society (GDCh) and Clariant    

Muttenz, November 2, 2020 – Clariant, a focused and innovative specialty chemical company, today announced the establishment of the Franz Effenberger Fellowship for Postdoctoral Researchers. Reflecting the company’s long-standing commitment to sustainability and acknowledgement of the importance of research, the Fellowship program is exclusively focused on enabling outstanding international researchers to conduct their research in the field of Green & Sustainable Chemistry at a European academic research institute.

“Our society is facing a future in which Green & Sustainable Chemistry will play a vital role in solving the global challenges ahead. While we as a company are leveraging our innovation and R&D capacity to provide sustainable solutions, we also consider our support for academic research as part of our societal duty. Especially when guided by a visionary thinker and role model for our younger generations like Professor Franz Effenberger, such research will continue to be a critical component of our way forward,” said Hariolf Kottmann, Executive Chairman ad interim, Clariant.
The Fellowship program will be established to mark the 90th birthday of Professor Franz Effenberger and celebrate his highly distinguished academic career in organic chemistry and various adjacent disciplines as well as his accomplishment in translating fundamental research into industrial applications.

The objective of the Fellowship program is to support outstanding international postdoctoral researchers in the field of green & sustainable chemistry who conduct research at universities or academic institutes in Europe. It will award four postdoctoral fellowships per annum and endow each with EUR 30,000. 

The program will be jointly coordinated by the German Chemical Society (GDCh) and Clariant, and high-level jury with members from the academic community and Clariant will select the recipients. More information about the Fellowship program, its terms and conditions as well as the application process can be found on the GDCh website

“We are very proud to work with Clariant on the establishment of the Franz Effenberger Postdoctoral Fellowship, and we look forward to working with representatives from academia and Clariant to identify the best candidate. The Fellowship honors one of the most prestigious German researchers and will enable other international researchers to take another step in their own career while driving forward our knowledge of Green & Sustainable Chemistry”, said Professor Wolfram Koch, Managing Director of the German Chemical Society.

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