May 25, 2012
CBE professor Enrique Iglesia has been awarded one of Europe’s most distinguished prizes for scientific achievement, the New Frontiers of Hydrocarbons Prize, from Italy’s Eni, a major European energy company.
Iglesia won the award for “the development of hydrocarbon synthesis catalysts which improve process efficiency and reduce waste and energy use.” He will receive a prize consisting of a medal made especially for the occasion by the Italian state mint and 200,000 euros.
Says Iglesia, “The award recognizes the achievements of a very talented group of graduate students, post-doctoral scholars and collaborators with whom I have shared a very exciting and productive scientific journey throughout my years at Exxon and Berkeley.”
The New Frontiers of Hydrocarbons Prize is one of five awards categories of the prestigious Eni Award, which also include the Renewable and Non-conventional Energy Prize, the Environment Protection Prize, the Debut in Research Prize and the Eni Innovation Award.
The Eni Award was officially launched in July 2007, extending and replacing the Eni-Italgas Prize. The aim of the award is to encourage a better use of energy sources, promote environmental research and create opportunities for new generations of researchers.
The annual award is a demonstration of the critical importance that Eni gives to scientific research and to issues of sustainability. All five Eni awards will be presented on June 15, 2012, at the Quirinal Palace, before the President of the Italian Republic, Giorgio Napolitano.
Eni is one of the world’s major vertically integrated energy companies. It operates in the oil, natural gas, electricity production, engineering and construction and petrochemical product sectors. It is engaged in research and the production, transport, conversion and trading of hydrocarbon feedstocks and fuels. Eni is also involved in several scientific research projects on renewable energy technologies, particularly in the two major areas of biofuels and solar energy.