Early Career Researcher Dr. Tobias Beck Honored Once Again


The junior researcher Dr. Tobias Beck of RWTH Aachen was just inducted into the "Junges Kolleg" of the North Rhine-Westphalian Academy of Sciences, Humanities and the Arts.

  Three men and a woman looking at the camera Copyright: © AWK/Andreas Endermann RWTH Vice Rector Professor Aloys Krieg, Minister Isabel Pfeiffer-Poensgen, Dr. Tobias Beck and Academy President Professor Wolfgang Löwer at the ceremony in Düsseldorf (from left)..

Nanotechnology is considered to be a key technology of the 21st century. Nanomaterials can be utilized in a variety of applications, such as in information technology, for medical procedures, in environmental technology and with chemical processes. Beck succeeded in developing a method to engineer new types of nanomaterials out of protein containers and nanoparticles. Owing to their specific properties these can be utilized in the construction of optoelectronic components. Since the nanomaterials are composed of a protein matrix, they can furthermore be employed in biomedical procedures, in which the catalytic function of the nanoparticles is being exploited for instance.

Tobias Beck was born in 1981 and is currently head of an independent junior researchers group at the Institute of Inorganic Chemistry at RWTH Aachen Unversity. He receives funding from a Liebig Scholarship from the "Fond der Chemischen Industrie." After studying chemistry at RWTH Aachen he completed his doctoral studies in Göttingen. His subsequent post-doc stay at ETH Zürich was funded through a Marie Curie Fellowship. In 2014, he returned to RWTH to complete his postdoctoral qualification. Among others, his dissertations were awarded the 2017 Industrie-Club Science Award, which is offered in conjunction with the North Rhine-Westphalian Academy of Sciences, Humanities, and the Arts.

The "Junges Kolleg"

To promote young scholars and scientists in North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) the "Junges Kolleg" was established in 2006, at first with the support of the Stiftung Mercator foundation and since 2014 funded by the Federal State. Up to 30 outstanding young scholars and scientists from any discipline are appointed for a period of up to four years. Members participate in the activities of the Academy and receive an annual stipend of 10,000 Euros.

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