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Martin Winter honoured with Volta Medal

Outstanding research in electrochemistry

Martin WinterCopyright: Judith Kraft

Prof. Martin Winter, chemist from Münster, Germany, has been awarded the Alessandro Volta Medal for his pioneering research in electrochemistry. The Electrochemical Society (ECS) awards the prize every two years for outstanding research work in this field. The scientific leader of Helmholtz Institute Münster (HI MS) of Forschungszentrum Jülich and MEET Battery Research Center of the University of Münster accepted the award in the morning of October 9, 2020 at the virtual ECS Meeting.

Outstanding research

The ECS cites the “outstanding achievements in advanced battery materials and cell designs, and exemplary leadership in national and international cooperative research programs” as the reasons for the award to Martin Winter. The internationally renowned scientist already published more than 700 articles in peer-reviewed journals, books and conference proceedings.

The Volta Medal Award is endowed with a silver medal and 2,000 US dollars. The international prize is named after the Italian physicist Alessandro Volta, one of the founders of electrochemical science and inventor of the battery. Further information about the Volta Medal Award can be found on the website of the Electrochemical Society.

About Martin Winter

Martin Winter has been researching in the field of electrochemical energy storage and conversion for 30 years. His focus is on the development of new materials, components and cell design for lithium ion, lithium-metal and alternative battery systems. Winter currently holds a professorship for “Materials Science, Energy and Electrochemistry” at the Institute of Physical Chemistry at the University of Münster, Germany.

Since 2015 he is founding director and scientific leader of HI MS. Furthermore, he is the founder and scientific director of MEET Battery Research Center at Münster University. Winter has been leading the application for the research fab battery cell, which is being built up in Münster since 2019.

He is also member of the "Electromobility" expert council of the North Rhine-Westphalian state government and spokesperson for German Battery Research (Federal Ministry of Education and Research).