Timothy Zwier of Purdue University is this year's recipient of the international Humboldt Research Award for his work in physical chemistry and molecular spectroscopy. Zwier's research covers such disparate areas as the components of individual proteins, the chemistry of combustion engines and the atmospheres of the moons of Saturn. His team uses microwave, infrared and ultraviolet spectroscopy in their pioneering work. Award winners are invited to spend a period of up to one year cooperating on a long-term research project with specialist colleagues at a research institution in Germany.
Very, very Humboldt