Showcasing the passion of a Filipino scientist and engineer, University of the Philippines Department of Chemical Engineering Assistant Professor 3 and Head of the Laboratory of Electrochemical Engineering Dr. Joey Ocon, bagged this year’s Green Talents award for his outstanding work and research dedicated to sustainable development.

Dr. Ocon, among almost a thousand who applied, was one of the 25 honored awardees, and the first Filipino to receive the award.

The prestigious Green Talents competition, organized by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research in Germany, is an annual international forum that aims to encourage young scientists to be involved in sustainability research and promotes world-wide exchange of innovative green ideas.

The winners will participate in a two-week science forum in Germany from October 16 to 31 wherein it featured high-end institutions which are centers for sustainability research.

At the young age of 29, Dr. Ocon has already published over 25 scholarly publications, most of which focused on electrochemistry and its practical applications.­

Moreover, his exceptional career as a young researcher has garnered him—out of seven awardees in the Philippines—the Outstanding Young Scientist Award by the National Academy of Science and Technology in the Philippines.

Dr. Ocon finished his bachelor and master’s degree in Chemical Engineering at the University of the Philippines, Diliman and earned his doctorate degree in Environmental Science and Engineering at the Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology, South Korea.