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Pfeiffer Vacuum Welcomes Röntgen Award Winner

Pfeiffer Roentgen PriceManfred Bender, CEO of Pfeiffer Vacuum Technology AG, the Röntgen Prize winner PD Dr. med. Daniela Münzel and Dieter Rühl, Dr. Erich Pfeiffer-Stiftung (from left).

The Justus Liebig University Giessen is awarding its Röntgen Prize this year to PD Dr. med. Daniela Münzel. The Röntgen Prize is awarded each year at an academic award ceremony at the Justus Liebig University Giessen for outstanding work on basic research into radiation physics and radiation biology. It is named in memory of Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen, who was a professor in Giessen from 1879 to 1888. The € 15,000 prize is donated by Pfeiffer Vacuum, the Dr. Erich Pfeiffer Foundation and the Ludwig Schunk Foundation.

This year’s award winner, PD Dr. med. Daniela Münzel, is a senior physician at the Institute for Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology at the University Hospital rechts der Isar, part of the Technical University of Munich. She is receiving the award for her dedication to basic research to improve clinical imaging with X-rays. Particularly outstanding is PD Dr. med. Münzel’s theoretical and practical knowledge of all areas of radiology. The scientific dedication of the Röntgen Award winner addresses a wide range of issues: work on CT (computer tomography)-based angiography and the development of CT to improve the imaging quality and reduce the radiation dose. In the course of her intensive research during the period she spent at the Harvard Medical School in Boston, she focused on the clinical potential of dual-energy CT and spectral CT with photon counting detectors.

“Vacuum technology also plays a part in the generation of X-rays. We are therefore particularly pleased that this year we have a prizewinner, PD Dr. med. Daniela Münzel, who has researched multiple areas of radiology in the course of her scientific work," said Manfred Bender, Pfeiffer Vacuum Technology AG’s chairman of the Management Board, when congratulating the prizewinner.

The day before the prize was awarded at the Justus Liebig University in Giessen, PD Dr. med. Münzel visited the sponsoring company Pfeiffer Vacuum and reported on the results of her research.


About Pfeiffer Vacuum

Pfeiffer Vacuum (stock exchange symbol PFV, ISIN DE0006916604) is one of the world’s leading providers of vacuum solutions. In addition to a full range of hybrid and magnetically levitated turbopumps, the product portfolio comprises backing pumps, leak detectors, measurement and analysis devices, components as well as vacuum chambers and systems. Ever since the invention of the turbopump by Pfeiffer Vacuum, the company has stood for innovative solutions and high-tech products used in the Analytics, Industry, Research & Development, Coating and Semiconductor markets. Founded in 1890, Pfeiffer Vacuum is active throughout the world today. The company employs a workforce of some 2,900 people and has more than 20 subsidiaries. For more information, please visit