Charles Receives Friedrich W. Bessel Award!

Charles has received a Friedrich W. Bessel Award from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in Germany in recognition of accomplishments in research.

The award will fund an in-person research collaboration with Prof. Dr. Karsten Meyer at Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg.

The announcement was highlighted by UVA Today:

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UVA Chemist Selected for Research in Germany

Charles Machan with a blue and orange bow tie, smiling
The Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Award will allow chemistry professor Charles Machan to advance his research in Germany. (Photo by Tom Cogill)

Charles Machan, an associate professor of chemistry who researches catalytic materials for the use of solar electricity in converting water and carbon dioxide into fuels and chemicals, has received the Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Award from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.

The award carries an approximately $48,000 stipend and the opportunity to conduct six to 12 months of research at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg. Funded by Germany’s Federal Ministry of Education and Research, the award is named for Bessel, a prominent German astronomer and mathematician who died in 1846. It is open to internationally recognized researchers from countries other than Germany who earned their doctorates fewer than 18 years ago. Approximately 20 winners are selected each year from nominations submitted by German researchers.

Machan participates in the Catalysis Initiative for Clean Energy and Chemicals, which receives support from UVA’s Grand Challenges’ Environmental Resilience and Sustainability initiative.