Werner von Siemens Prize
In the category of the most important result of basic research, the Werner von Siemens Prize was awarded to a team of authors led by RNDr. Martin Srnec, PhD, from the J. Heyrovský Institute of Physical Chemistry of the CAS and the Institute of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry of the CAS for their work entitled A new thermodynamic factor controlling the kinetics of reactions with hydrogen atom transfer. Members of the winning team are also Ing. Daniel Bím, Ph.D., Carlos Mauricio Maldonado-Domínguez, Ph.D., and doc. Mgr. Lubomír Rulíšek, CSc., DSc.
In the category of the best diploma thesis won Mgr. Lukáš Petera from the J. Heyrovský Institute of Physical Chemistry of the CAS and the Faculty of Science of Charles University. He received the award for his diploma thesis entitled Consequences of heavy bombardment for chemical and prebiotic evolution on early Mars and Earth. The thesis was created under the guidance of RNDr. Martin Ferus, PhD from the J. Heyrovský Institute of Physical Chemistry. It summarizes and interprets the results of laboratory experiments dealing with the consequences of the effects of asteroids on the evolution of young planets just before the possible emergence of life.