Well done, Antonella, Sophia, and Bibekananda!

In 2018, when Metrohm turned 75, we decided to reward bright young chemists around the world to honor the inventive spirit of our company's founder, Berthold Suhner. Thus, the 2018 Metrohm Young Chemist Award was born.

The winners of the 2018 global Metrohm Young Chemist Award

During our jubilee year, all Metrohm country organizations around the globe hosted a Metrohm Young Chemist award contest. Out of all the local winners, an expert panel at Metrohm Headquarters selected the three most compelling abstracts and invited the scientists who authored them to Herisau.

The proud winners of the 2018 global Metrohm Young Chemist Award (from left to right): Sophia Oukala, France, Antonella Giarra, Italy, and Bibekananda De, India, with Markus Steinke, Executive Vice President Marketing at Metrohm.

Meet the winners

MYCA Winner: Sophia Oukala

Sophia Oukala

Sophia's research at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Chimie de Rennes, France, focused on the development of electrochemical microsensors to analyse the effectiveness of additives to petrol products.

MYCA Winner: Antonella

Antonella Giarra

Antonella impressed the panel with her thesis at the Università Degli Studi Di Napoli Federico II, Dipartimento die Scienze Chimice, Italy, on the analysis of levoglucosan deposited on PM10 filters for air quality monitoring.

MYCA Winner: Dr. Bibekananda De

Dr. Bibekananda De

Bibekananda earned recognition for his research on designing of a single fiber based cable type flexible lithium micro battery at the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, India.

It wasn't all just work, though ...

MYCA Winners at company tour

Always in style at the Metrohm company tour.

Claustrophobic, anyone? Visiting the Gotthard tunnel, the world's longest railway tunnel.

Visting the Gotthard base tunnel

MYCA winners enjoying Swiss cuisine

Say cheese! Enjoying a typical Swiss dinner, consisting of fondue (molten cheese) and raclette (also molten cheese).

The winners at CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, site of the famous Large Hadron Collider (LHC).

MYCA winners visiting the European Center for Nuclear Research (CERN) in Geneva

MYCA winners in the snow

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