Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize

Picture of  Peter Wasserscheid

Award year: 2006

Category: Award / Honour

Type: Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize

Awarding organization: Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG)

One of the main foci of Peter Wasserscheid’s research is ionic liquids. These substances are salts that are liquid at room temperature and can thus be used as solvents for chemical and biochemical conversion processes. Ionic liquids do not evaporate even at higher temperatures and at reduced pressure. This means it is no longer necessary to install complex equipment for manufacturing processes to observe limits for volatile organic compounds.