Heinrich Emanuel Merck Award

This award is given out to chemists doing stellar work developing new analytical methods that aim to improve the quality of human life.

The Heinrich Emanuel Merck Award for achievements in analytical science has been awarded to internationally outstanding scientists since 1988.

Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, grants the prize to mark the centennial of the first standardization of analytical methods in a book by Dr. Karl Krauch, a chemist at our company, entitled “The Testing of the Purity of Chemical Reagents”. The award was named for the man who set the original high standard for quality and purity, which shapes our company to this day.

“I shall always guarantee the purity of my preparations.”

Heinrich Emanuel Merck

Pioneer of pharmaceutical research and name giver for the award

Making life better

The award is intended for chemists up to the age of 45 whose work focuses on the development of new analytical methods and their applications aimed at improving the quality of human life, for example in areas such as environmental protection, life sciences, or material science.

How well recognized the award has become in the world of chemical analysis is documented, apart from the excellent qualifications of the jury itself, by the list of previous award winners:

Year Name University/company Country Distinguished project
2015 Prof. Petra Dittrich ETH Zürich Switzerland Microfluidic analytical platforms
2012 Prof. Aaron R. Wheeler University of Toronto Canada

Droplet-scale estrogen assays in breast tissue

2010 Prof. Luisa Torsi Bari University Italy Organic sensitivity-enhanced field-effect sensors for determination of chiral compounds
2007 Dr. Alexander Makarov Thermo Fisher Scientific, Bremen Germany Performance evaluation of a hybrid linear ion trap/orbitrap mass spectrometer
2007 Prof. Dr. Shuming Nie Emory University, Atlanta USA In vivo cancer targeting and imaging with semiconductor quantum dots
2004 Prof. Yoshinobu Baba University of Tokushima Japan Nanospheres for DNA separation chips
2002 Prof. Jonathan V. Sweedler University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign USA Measuring the peptides in individual organelles with mass spectrometry
2000 Prof. Norman Dovichi

University of Alberta


A multiple-capillary electrophoresis system for small-scale DNA sequencing and analysis
1998 Prof. Renato Zenobi ETH Zurich Switzerland Laser desorption/ionization mass spectrometry
1996 Prof. D. Jed Harrison University of Alberta Canada Micromachining a miniaturized capillary electrophore-based chemical analysis system on a chip
1996 Prof. Andreas Manz Imperial College London Great Britain Micromachining a miniaturized capillary electrophore-based chemical analysis system on a chip
1993 Prof. Aviv Amirav Tel Aviv University Israel Pulsed-flame photometer : a novel gas chromatography detector

Dr. Bidlingmeyer

Millipore Corporation USA Liquid chromatography detectors
1990 Prof. Reinhard Nießner Technical University of Munich Germany The photoelectric aerosol sensor array applied to heavy metal aerosols
1988 Prof. Masataka Hiraide Nagoya University Japan Separation of trace elements from high-purity metals
1988 Prof. Otto S. Wolfbeis Graz University Austria Fluorescence sensors
Prof. Dr. Klaus Griesar

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Dr. Armin Leng

Associate Director Science Relations, Public Funding