Chemistry researcher Matteo Monai won the "Young Researcher of the Year" award from the Italian energy company Eni. Monai received the prize yesterday from the Italian President Sergio Mattarella during a festive ceremony in the Palazzo del Quirinale in Rome. The Young Researcher of the Year award is presented annually to two researchers under the age of 30 who have obtained their PhD at an Italian university.
Matteo Monai received his PhD in 2017 from the University of Trieste. He received the Parmaliana Award for the best Italian PhD thesis in the field of catalysis for sustainable development. Since 2017, Monai has been working at Utrecht University as a postdoc, as part of ARC CBBC. He is now working on CO2 valorization and small molecules activation using well-defined nanostructured materials, to elucidate structure-activity relationships in heterogeneous catalysts.