RWTH Professor Franziska Schoenebeck Receives 2020 Klung Wilhelmy Science Award in Chemistry


RWTH Professor Franziska Schoenebeck receives the 2020 Klung Wilhelmy Science Award in Chemistry. This prize is presented under the patronage of the German Minister of Education and Research, Anja Karliczek, and is among the most prestigious scientific awards in Germany. Every year, alternating between chemistry and physics, the award honors outstanding young German scientists in these particular fields.

  Franziska Schoenebeck Copyright: IOC/RWTH Aachen

Schoenebeck studied chemistry in Berlin and Glasgow. After receiving her doctorate at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, she worked at the University of California and ETH Zurich. In 2013, she came to RWTH Aachen University thanks to the federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia’s “Program to Support the Return of Highly Qualified Young Scholars from Abroad.” Since 2016, Schoenebeck has held the Chair of Organic Chemistry I at RWTH.

The chemist has been awarded numerous prizes and scholarships, including an ERC Starting Grant, an ERC Consolidator Grant, the German Chemical Society’s ORCHEM Prize, and the German Chemical Industry Fund’s “Dozentenpreis.” The Volkswagen Foundation has also supported Professor Schoenebeck’s research projects.