The Klung Wilhelmy Science Award 2018 (Chemistry) is awarded to Prof. Dr. Philipp Kukura (University of Oxford).
He is honored for his pioneering achievements in the development and application of optical methodologies in order to visualize and characterize individual biomolecules.
Philipp Kukura grew up in Hamburg and studied Chemistry at the University of Oxford and the University of California, Berkeley, where he completed his PhD in 2006 under the supervision of Prof. Richard Mathies. After four years as a PostDoc with Prof. Vahid Sandoghdar at the ETH Zurich, he returned to the Department of Chemistry at the University of Oxford as a EPSRC Career Acceleration Fellow and was promoted to Full Professor in 2016.
Professor Kukura has received numerous distinctions, among them the Harrison Meldola Medal and the Marlow Award of the Royal Society of Chemistry, the Young Investigator Award of the European Biophysical Society and the Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award. In 2018, he was among the finalists for the UK Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists.
Professor Kukura leads an interdisciplinary research group partially funded by an ERC Starting Grant, which develops and applies optical methodologies to study (bio)molecular structure and dynamics. He is the founder and director of Arago Biosciences, a start-up founded in 2018, aiming to catalyse the use of quantitative single molecule optics in the life and biomedical sciences.