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Falling Walls Winners Session: Physical Sciences

Falling Walls Foundation

LIVE: The 10 winners in the category Physcial Sciences present their breakthrough work

Over the past months, over 900 nominees from 111 countries have made the journey to become the Science Breakthrough of the Year in their respective category. In this session, the TOP 10 WINNERS in the category Physical Sciences present their breakthrough work and its profound impact on science and society.

A must-see for all curious minds who strive to know about top breakthrough thinking in the observation and understanding of natural phenomena of the earth, atmosphere and space (e.g. chemistry, physics, astronomy).

 

We are delighted to announce the ten winners in the category Physical Sciences:

 

MIKHAIL EREMETS – MAX PLANCK INSTITUTE FOR CHEMISTRY

Breaking the Wall to Room-Temperature Superconductivity

Mikhail Eremets has advanced the field of materials physics and pressure technology and paved the way to room temperature superconductivity at high pressure to produce valuable and unusual materials.

FRANK FLECHTNER – HELMHOLTZ CENTRE POTSDAM

Breaking the Wall of Monitoring Global Water Resources

Frank Flechtner monitors global water resources through specially tailored satellite missions and ultra-precise distance measurements, revolutionising the observation of climate-related changes in the Earth system.

SAMANTHA JOYE – UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA

Breaking the Wall of the Deep Sea

Samantha Joye discovers deep ocean environments to find solutions to a number of global grand challenges.

WALTER LEITNER – RWTH AACHEN

Breaking the Wall to Closed Carbon Cycles

Walter Leitner sees CO₂ as raw material for green chemistry and uses it as a replacement in the production of materials and thereby reducing the carbon footprint.

KRISTEL MICHIELSEN – FORSCHUNGSZENTRUM JÜLICH

Breaking the Wall to Practical Quantum Computing

Kristel Michielsen played a key role in Google’s demonstration of quantum supremacy.

TILMAN PFAU – UNIVERSITY OF STUTTGART

Breaking the Wall to Supersolid Matter

Tilman Pfau’s work focuses on atomic, molecular, and optical physics with the aim to control and understand new phenomena in interacting quantum systems.

ARNO RAUSCHENBEUTEL – HUMBOLDT-UNIVERSITÄT ZU BERLIN

Breaking the Wall of Quantum Nanophotonics

Arno Rauschenbeutel aims to realise quantum-enabled components for next-generation communication and information technologies, using nanophotonic atom-light interfaces.

SARA SEAGER – MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY (MIT)

Breaking the Wall to Life Beyond Earth

Sara Seager explores life far into the Universe, with her main research goal to find and identify another Earth.

PIET O. SCHMIDT – PHYSIKALISCH-TECHNISCHE BUNDESANSTALT

Breaking the Wall of Laser Spectroscopy

Piet O. Schmidt’s breakthrough is in laser spectroscopy of highly charged ions, crucial for applications such as high precision clocks.

ANDREAS WALLRAFF – ETH ZÜRICH

Breaking the Wall to Efficient Quantum Computing

Andreas Wallraff’s work focuses on the experimental investigation of quantum effects in superconducting electronic circuits to improve performance.

 

 

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