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June 30, 2011
Christian Eggeling Wins Nernst-Haber-Bodenstein Prize
Dr. Christian Eggeling, researcher at the Max-Planck-Institute for Biophysical Chemistry in Göttingen, Germany, has been awarded the 2011 Nernst-Haber-Bodenstein Prize of the German Bunsen Society of Physical Chemistry (Deutsche Bunsengesellschaft, DBG) . The recognition is handed out annually to young scientists who have made outstanding achievements in the area of physical chemistry. Eggeling received the award at the 110th Bunsentagung (the annual German conference on Physical Chemistry) in Berlin. "That prize was something really special!", he says. "I gained motivation to continue on the topic, since I learned that my research is highly appreciated".
Christian Eggeling studied physics in Hamburg and Göttingen (Germany) and did his PhD at the Georg-August University in Göttingen. After three years in the industry, he joined Stefan Hell's Nanobiophotonics group, where he now works on fluorescence correlation spectroscopy at the nanoscale. "The freedom to dig into interesting topics and the ability to try out new (sometimes crazy) ideas is what I like most about being a scientist", he says. "Another nice thing is that I at least have the feeling to in someway help the people out there with important developments and improvements".
Read Eggeling's ChemPhysChem papers on enhancing fluorescence brightness, fluorescence nanoscopy with optical sectioning by two-photon-induced molecular switching, molecular photobleaching kinetics of Rhodamine 6G, and nanotechnology and single molecules.