Chemistry is one of the basic disciplines underlying the development of high-tech glass products.
The "Glaverbel Chem'Award 2003" will offer a prize of EUR 2000 to the best thesis for a civil engineer' * degree in chemistry, and EUR 3000 to the best thesis for a chemistry doctorate (excluding biochemistry). The two winners will additionally be offered an internship of 6 to 12 months with the Glaverbel Group R&D Centre.
The winners of the first "Glaverbel Chem' Award" in 2002 were Nathalie Maury for the best thesis for a degree in civil chemical engineering and Wim Laureyn for the best thesis for a doctorate in chemical sciences. Nathalie Maury, a graduate in engineering from the Faculté Polytechnique de Mons, was awarded the prize for her dissertation on protecting electrogalvanised steel using an environmentally friendly cerium nitrate-based treatment. Wim Laureyn, holder of a doctorate from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, received the prize for his physico-chemical study on the use of silanes for the realisation of oxide-based biosensor interfaces.