Statement by the German Research Foundation (DFG):
The 2023 Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize will be awarded to Largus Angenent for his outstanding work in the field of environmental biotechnology, with which he has made central contributions to microbial electrochemistry. Angenent is one of the founders of this research field worldwide and co-founder of the International Society for Microbial Electrochemistry and Technology, which was established in 2011 and which he also chaired as president. His work is highly topical in light of climate change and the related need for a sustainable food, chemical and energy economy. For example, Angenent uses a combination of microbial fermentation processes with electrochemistry and synthetic biology to convert organic waste and industrial gases into valuable organic products. Angenent has also successfully transferred its academic achievements into application through two start-up companies.
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Lars Angenent was born in the Netherlands in 1969 and studied environmental biotechnology at Wageningen University. He took his doctorate at Iowa State University in the USA. In 2002 he went to Washington University in St. Louis as assistant professor, after which he was called upon to move to Cornell University. In 2016 he received the Humboldt Professorship and moved to Tübingen.
The USA National Science Foundation has already honored Lars Angenent with a Career Award. This summer he also became a Fellow of the International Society for Microbial Electrochemistry and Technology (ISMET).
Lars Angenent is Principal Investigator at the Cluster of Excellence CMFI.
The Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize is the most important research funding award in Germany. The Leibniz program was established in 1985 and aims to improve the working conditions of outstanding scientists, expand their opportunities for research, relieve them of their administrative burden and make it easier to engage highly qualified junior scientists. The prize brings with it up to 2.5 million euros. Since 1985 a total of 18 researchers from the University of Tübingen and the Tübingen Max Planck Institute have been awarded the Leibniz Prize.
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