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Vittorio de Nora Prize Seeks Applications
Submissions Accepted through June 30

News Article Image Posted on: 04/20/2013
Applications are being accepted through June 30 for the Vittorio de Nora Prize for Environmental Improvements in Metallurgical Industries. Established in 2009 by the TMS Foundation through an endowment from the de Nora family, the de Nora Prize recognizes outstanding materials science research and development leading to the reduction of environmental impacts, particularly greenhouse gas emissions. With an emphasis on extractive processing, the Prize is aimed at cultivating and recognizing the work of young scientists—priority consideration will be given to individuals 40 years or younger. Applications are available at this link.

The Prize winner will receive a $20,000 cash prize and will be required to make a presentation at the TMS 2014 Annual Meeting and Exhibition, February 16-20, 2014, in San Diego, California. Applicants for the de Nora Prize must submit a concise selection of reports, papers, patent applications, and other documentation that demonstrates the significance of their technical contribution. Information regarding technical impact based on cost analyses, scale-up information or plant trials should also be included. Of particular interest to the selection committee are technologies that impact the global metallurgical industry.

Recognized as a pioneer in the materials processing field, Vittorio de Nora left his mark on the electrochemical industry with the discovery of the coated titanium dimensionally stable anode used today in chlor-alkali production. His development made it possible for the industry to eliminate toxic mercury cell technology and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by replacing carbon anodes with his approach.

Seeking to apply his technology to aluminum smelting, de Nora and his team worked diligently to develop a material capable of producing aluminum of required purity and prolonged life in the cells, while evolving pure oxygen rather than carbon dioxide. He devoted the last 25 years of his life to research focused on eliminating pollution related to the use of carbon anodes and improving energy efficiency with more flexible designs for inert anodes in electrochemical cells. He passed away in 2008 at the age of 95, widely considered one of the great Italian technologists of the 20th century.

His legacy of scientific discovery in service to the global community continues with the Vittorio Nora Prize—a source of inspiration and support to other scientists striving for similar goals in the metallurgical industry.

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