Curious Mind Award for Michelle Browne

Michelle Browne (2. f. l.)  receives the Curious Mind Award. 

Michelle Browne (2. f. l.)  receives the Curious Mind Award.  © Tamina-Florentine Zuch for manager magazin

On Thursday, 12 October 2023, Michelle Browne received a prestigious award in Hamburg: The "Curious Mind Award" in the category "Mobility, Energy and Sustainable Business" by manager magazin. 

The young chemist is researching novel material systems as catalysts for green hydrogen through electrolysis. Among other achievements, Michelle Browne has designed a larger electrolysis cell that can be produced using a 3D printer. This device allows to examine many processes under more realistic conditions than with the tiny “shot-glass” cells commonly used in the laboratory. The print data is available in open access, benefiting research groups worldwide.

Michelle Browne completed her PhD at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland. After postdoctoral positions in Belfast, Prague and London, she is now building up her own research group at Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin. For her innovative research, she was also awarded the “L’Oréal-and Unesco Women in Science – Rising talents” Award 2021. manager magazin will publish a feature and a video on Michelle Browne and her work.

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