Success at "Jugend forscht" 2012
Four young researchers had two reasons to celebrate at this year's awards ceremony for Germany’s "Jugend forscht" competition in Erfurt. Not only did the young researchers place first in their respective fields, they were also awarded the Europa-Preis of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation).
Alexander Emhart (19) from Kreisgymnasium Riedlingen, Timm Piper (16) from Martin von Cochem Gymnasium in Cochem, and Jan Rapp (19) and Timo Schmetzer (17) from Otto Hahn Gymnasium in Ostfildern all received this twofold distinction.
Alexander Emhart won the national "Jugend forscht" award in the field of chemistry. The young chemical scientist from Baden-Württemberg received the prize for his project "Hydrogen in its Pure Form", for which Emhart developed an electrolytic cell with the capacity to separate hydrogen efficiently from other gases produced during the fermentation of biomass. Timm Piper won the national award in the field of physics, and received the prize for his project "New Insights into the Microcosm". Jan Rapp and Timo Schmetzer, who specialise in mathematics and computer science, were awarded the Prize of the Federal Minister for Education and Research for the Best Interdisciplinary Project. The duo developed a computer-controlled plate capable of balancing a ball on its surface for their "Electronic Balancing Act".
At the 2012 European Union Contest for Young Scientists (EUCYS) in Bratislava (Slovakia), Jan Rapp and Timo Schmetzer were awarded one of three second prizes, each worth €5000. Alexander Emhart was presented with the €3000 special prize awarded by the Slovakian Ministry of Education. Timm Piper won a week-long visit to the Joint European Torus, a nuclear fusion experimental facility in Culham (UK).