Each year, Max Buchner Research Foundation Prize for Technical Chemistry at universities of applied sciences recognises up to five outstanding diploma theses in the fields of chemical engineering and biotechnology at universities of applied sciences and corresponding diploma courses at comprehensive universities.
The Max Buchner Research Foundation was established in 1936 and was named after the founder of DECHEMA. This was the basis for the active research promotion of DECHEMA through their committees in the fields of chemical engineering, process engineering, biotechnology and environmental protection.The approved non-profit foundation is honorarily administrated by DECHEMA e.V.
The winners receive a certificate and prize money of €500. In addition, further diploma theses can be awarded a book prize. Since 2006, bachelor and master theses can also be submitted by the universities of applied sciences. When assessing the value for money, the diploma, master and bachelor theses are considered separately. This award has been awarded since 1989 by decision of the Administrative Committee of the Max Buchner Research Foundation. A jury of professors from various colleges selects the winners. Assessment criteria are the implementation of engineering, basic knowledge of the practice, experimental skills and the interpretation of the results.
Only five winners are selected from hundreds of diploma theses submissions.
There are no costs involved with the application for this prize.
Applicants mus present outstanding diploma theses in the fields of chemical engineering and biotechnology at universities of applied sciences and corresponding diploma courses at comprehensive universities.
The work submitted for this competition involves several years worth of conducted research.
Candidate proposals can be made by a university teacher or supervisor, however self-applications are also possible. These applications must include a cover letter, curriculum vitae and an up-to-date publication list.