Trojan Horse Award 2023

26th ETH Nanoparticles Conference (NPC)

June 20-22, 2023 (online conference)

During combustion processes, toxic, partially carcinogenic substances are released, especially from vehicles and industrial processes. Nanometer-sized soot particles provide much surface area for the adsorption of other compounds. "Loaded" soot changes in the atmosphere by photo-chemistry. When inhaled by humans, it translocates through our lungs into the human organism, which affects cells and the entire organism. This is what is meant by the "Trojan Horse" phenomenon, which shall be highlighted by this dedicated award that recognizes insightful research that increases knowledge in this field.

Trojan Horse Award Committee

  • Prof. Dr. Barbara Rothen-Rutishauser
  • Jacques Schiltknecht

The winner of the 2023 Trojan Horse Award was also announced during the awards ceremony on Thursday, June 22nd. This dedicated award is recognized by SFr 2,000 (approx. $2,200 U.S.) in prize money.

The winner of this year's Trojan Horse Award was:

Winner of this year's Trojan Horse Award: Elisa Caracci, University of Cassino and Southern Lazio, Italy


Elisa Caracci, University of Cassino and Southern Lazio, Italy
Physical and chemical characterization of indoor particle sources. (pdf)

Many congratulations to Ms. Caracci for winning the 2023 Trojan Horse Award!