Awards & Honors

Professor Andreas J. Heinrich,
Director of the Center of Quantum Nanoscience at the Institute for Basic Science in Seoul, South Korea, has received a Humboldt Research Award from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.
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Dr. Manish Garg
has been awarded the Rudolf Kaiser Prize 2022 – one of the most prestigious German prizes for young scientists in the field of physics – for ‘‘the development of a quantum microscope, which enables probing of electronic and atomic dynamics in matter at fundamental space-time limits’’.
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ERC Starting Grant 2022
The European Research Council awards a Starting Grant to Dr. Kelvin Anggara currently working at the Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research in Stuttgart for the project: "Imaging Single Glycoconjugates". The ERC Starting Grants should help excellent younger scientists, who have 2 to 7 years’ experience after their PhDs, to launch their own projects, form their teams and pursue their most promising ideas. (11.2022)
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Prof. Dr. Bettina V. Lotsch

Prof. Dr. Bettina V. Lotsch

will deliver the Sheikh Saqr Materials Lecture 2022 at the "International Winter School 2022 On Frontiers In Materials Science" (December 5-9, 2022, Jawaharlal Nehru Centre For Advanced Scientific Research, Bengaluru, India).
Die Sheikh Saqr Materials Lecture is a special annual lecture series supported by the International Centre For Materials Science (ICMS) and the Ras Al Khamiah Center for Advanced Materials (RAK-CAM), and is named for H. H. Sheikh Saud Bin Saqr Al Qasimi, United Arab Emirates Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah. (11.2022)
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Dr. Manish Garg
received the Max Auwärter Award 2022 from the Austrian Physical Society.
“The Max Auwärter Award for students and young researchers is awarded every two years by the Max Auwärter Foundation, Balzers, Liechtenstein. It is aimed at scientists who have published important work in the field of surface physics, surface chemistry or organic and inorganic thin films.” (Max Auwärter Stiftung) (10.2022)
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Awards for the StEM participation at the M&M Meeting 2022
Nicolas Bonmassar, won the M&M Student Award 2022 for his contribution "Emergent Interfacial Magnetism in Superconducting Cuprate-Manganate Superlattices" and Yu-Mi Wu, won the Best Poster Prize for her poster "Charge Distribution Control with Atomic Resolution via Strain Engineering in Oxide Heterostructures", which was created in collaboration with Department Keimer. (09.2022)
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Dr. Aparajita Singha

Dr. Aparajita Singha

August 05, 2022
has been accepted into the Emmy Noether Programme of the German Research Foundation (DFG). She will receive about two million euros to establish her independent research group at the Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research. (08.2022)
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Dr. Sajna Hameed
received the 2022 Prize for Outstanding Student Research from the Neutron Scattering Society of America "for the elucidation of magnetism and plastic deformation effects in perovskite titanates". (05.2022)
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Prof. Dr. Peter A. van Aken

Prof. Dr. Peter A. van Aken

was elected by the members of the German Electron Microscopy Society (DGE) as President for the period from January 1, 2022 to December 31, 2023. (03.2022)
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Dr. Aparajita Singha

Dr. Aparajita Singha

February 17, 2022
is awarded the CZS Nexus Award by the Carl Zeiss Foundation with 1.5 M Euro for initiating dedicated research based on Nitrogen-Vacancy centers in diamond. (02.2022)
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Dr. Simon Krause

Dr. Simon Krause

February 17, 2022
is awarded the CZS Nexus Award by the Carl Zeiss Foundation with 1.5 M Euro in funding for interdisciplinary research on dynamic framework materials. (02.2022)
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Dr. Kelvin Anggara

Dr. Kelvin Anggara

receives the Karl Freudenberg Prize 2022 from the Heidelberger Akademie der Wissenschaften for his work "Identifying the Origin of Local Flexibility in a Carbonhydrate Polymer". (02.2022)
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Niclas Heinsdorf
has received the Wissenschaftspreis des Physikalischen Vereins for his master thesis "Topology of Magnetic Materials". This prize is awarded for outstanding theses from all physics disciplines at Goethe University (Frankfurt a. M.). (01.2022)
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Heike Kamerlingh Onnes Prize

Heike Kamerlingh Onnes Prize

January 14, 2022
Professor Bernhard Keimer, Professor Giacomo Ghiringhelli and Professor Pengcheng Dai will share the 2022 Heike Kamerlingh-Onnes Prize "for experiments determining spin and charge correlations in high temperature superconductors using x-ray and neutron scattering". (01.2022)
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Max Planck-Humboldt Research Award for new quantum material
The Max Planck-Humboldt Research Award 2021 goes to Pablo Jarillo-Herrero for his work on two-dimensional quantum materials. (09.2021)
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Dr. Prosper Ngabonziza
was appointed to the 2021/2022 Global Young Academy Executive Committee. (06.2021)
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Professor William Chueh

Professor William Chueh

was awarded a Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award. He is an internationally leading scientist in the field of solid state electrochemistry and a key figure in energy research. His major achievements are in the important and timely fields of fuel cell research, battery research and catalysis. Notwithstanding the proximity to applications, his research is driven by a profound understanding of basic science. (05.2021)
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Professor Klaus v. Klitzing

Professor Klaus v. Klitzing

With the international system of units (SI units) based on natural constants, introduced worldwide on May 20, 2019, the quantum Hall effect is used for the primary realization of the SI unit OHM. Since 1988 Professor Klaus von Klitzing has been involved in setting up corresponding experiments at the National Physics Laboratory India. He has been appointed Honorary Fellow of the Metrology Society of India on the occasion of the anniversary celebrations of the foundation of this metrology institute 75 years ago. (04.2021)
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Professor Ali Alavi
The 2021 KS Pitzer Memorial Lecture at the University of California, Berkeley, has been delivered by Ali Alavi. His lecture entitled "A Blast from the Past" describes the work of his department on using the FCIQMC technique to revive the Unitary Group Approach and Transcorrelation, both powerful formalisms of quantum chemistry which had been developed in the 1970s but largely abandoned due to enormous technical difficulties in their implementation. Ali says that the amazing advances made by his group has revitalised some old but extremely powerful ideas in quantum chemistry, and we are using them to crack some old chestnuts, including the mysteries in the electronic structure of complex biological catalysts such as Fe-S complexes. (04.2021)
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Professoer Bettina V. Lotsch
is the recipient of the 19th CNR Rao Award Lecture, awarded by the Chemical Research Society of India. The lecture will be given during the 27th CRSI-NSC National Symposium in Chemistry, July 16-19, 2021, Kolkata, India. (04.2021)
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Dr. Hun-ho Kim
wins the Springer Thesis Award. His doctoral dissertation "Uniaxial pressure study of charge density waves in a high-Tc cuprate superconductor" was selected for the Springer Thesis Award, which implies publication in book form in the Springer Theses series. Hun-ho Kim had graduated with distinction from the University of Stuttgart in 2020. (03.2021)
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Professor Roberto Cingolani
is Italy's new Minister for Ecological Transition.
From 1989 to 1991 Roberto Cingolani was a scientist at the Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research in the department of Klaus v. Klitzing. (02.2021)
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Dr. Thomas Keller
was elected to the "Committee for Neutrons" The Committee Research with Neutrons is an elected body which represents the insterest of neutron users in Germany to politics and facilities. (12.2020) more
Dr. Martin Bluschke
was awarded the Ernst Eckhard Koch Prize 2020 of the HZB for his doctoral thesis "Resonant x ray scattering studies of collective electronic states in cuprates and nickelates controlled by isovalent chemical substitution and epitaxial integration".
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Dr. Filip Podjaski
was awarded the Professor René Wasserman Award 2020 for his Ph.D. thesis "Investigations into Nanostructured Materials for Water Splitting and Direct Solar Energy Harvesting".
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Professor Bernhard Keimer

Professor Bernhard Keimer

was appointed Adjunct Professor at the Physics and Astronomy department at The University of Britsh Columbia. (19.2020)
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Dr. Jurgen Smet
has been awarded the 2020 EPS Edison Volta Prize for outstanding achievements in physics, together with Klaus Ensslin and Dieter Weiss. (06.2020)
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Prof. Dr. Jörg Wrachtrup
has been awarded the 2020 EPS Condensed Matter Division Europhysics Prize for his pioneering studies on quantum coherence in solid-state systems, and their applications for sensing, and, in particular, for major breakthroughs in the study of the optical and spin properties of nitrogen vacancy centres in diamond. (06.2020)
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Professor Hidenori Takagi
was awarded the Eugen and Ilse Seibold Prize of the German Research Foundation.
This prize is awarded to Japanese and German researchers in recognition of their exceptional contribution towards advancing understanding between the two countries. (05.2020)
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Dr. Prosper Ngabonziza

Dr. Prosper Ngabonziza

has been selected for a membership in the Global Young Academy for a period of 5 years beginning in June 2020, based on his distinguished qualifications and commitment to service to society. (03.2020)
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Prof. Dr. Robert E. Dinnebier

Prof. Dr. Robert E. Dinnebier

was awarded the Will-Kleber-Gedenkmünze at the annual meeting of the German Society for Crystallography (DGK) in Wroclav.
The commemorative coin „Will-Kleber-Gedenkmünze“ acknowledges outstanding efforts in crystallography. Prof. Dinnebier was awarded the prize for exceptional achievements in the field of powder diffraction, in research as well as in the further education of young scientists and in the service for the research community. (02.2020)
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Dr. Martin Bluschke
wins Springer Thesis Prize. In December 2019, Martin graduated with distinction from the Technical University of Berlin. The prize he received implies that this doctoral thesis will be published as a book in the Springer Theses series. (01.2020)
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Dr. Luzia Germann
was awarded from the Swiss Society for Crystallography the SGK-SSCr PhD prize 2019 for her outstanding work entitled "Investigation of Solid State Reactions of Molecular Functional Materials by in situ X-ray Powder diffraction". (08.2019)
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Prof. Dr. Klaus v. Klitzing
was elected to the Orden Pour le mérite für Wissenschaften und Künste. (07.2019) more
Prof. Dr. Martin Jansen
is awarded the Otto-Hahn Prize 2019.The award is jointly sponsored by the city of Frankfurt am Main, the Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker (GDCh) and the German Physical Society (DPG).
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Professor Yan Yu

received the NSFC-Prize (National Natural Science Foundation of China). (07.2019)
Dr. Yi Lu
has won the Otto-Hahn-Medal of the Max Planck Society and the Karl-Freudenberg-Prize of the Heidelberg Academy of Sciences for his outstanding Ph.D. thesis which combines experimental, analytical, and numerical research on the collective dynamics of quantum materials. (06.2019)
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Dr. Prosper Ngabonziza

Dr. Prosper Ngabonziza

has been nominated as a Fellow to the Rwanda Academy of Science. (06.2019)
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Dr. Laifa Shen

received the International Society of Electrochemistry (ISE) Prize for Electrochemical Materials Science in 2019. (06.2019)
2019 E-MRS Graduate Student Award for Xu Chen (StEM)

2019 E-MRS Graduate Student Award for Xu Chen (StEM)

Xu Chen was awarded with the 2019 "E-MRS Graduate Student Award" at the E-MRS 2019 Spring Meeting in Nice, France. He has been honored for the research project "Revealing the morphology and composition evolution of highly active FePtCu catalyst by aberration corrected STEM". (05.2019)
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Professor Joachim Maier

Professor Joachim Maier

has been elected Member of Leopoldina National Academy of Sciences. (04.2019)
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Dr. Sebastian Bette
The German Society for Crystallography awards the Waltrude and Friedrich Liebau Prize for the Promotion of Interdisciplinarity in Crystallography to Dr. Sebastian Bette for his significant scientific work, combining for mutual benefit modern methods of crystallography, especially of X-ray powder diffraction, with methods of conservation science, in particular tasks of preserving and restoring archaeological, ethnological, artistic and artistic objects. (01.2019)
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Dr. Eva Benckiser

Dr. Eva Benckiser

received the Walter Schottky Prize 2019 of the German Physical Society for her outstanding contributions to research on complex materials with correlated electrons. By developing x-ray spectroscopic methods she obtained novel insight into the electronic structure of metal-oxide interfaces and created a promising basis for targeted manipulation of their magnetic and transport properties. (11.2018)
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Prof. Dr. Peter A. van Aken

Prof. Dr. Peter A. van Aken

The Nelson Mandela University in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, appointed Professor Dr. Peter A. van Aken as an Honorary Professor for the period 2018–2023. (11.2018)
Prof. Dr. Peter A. van Aken

Prof. Dr. Peter A. van Aken

The European Commission awards a Horizon H2020-INFRAIA-2018-2020 grant to Peter A. van Aken as a principle investigator and as the coordinator of the project "ESTEEM3 - Enabling Science and Technology through European Electron Microscopy". (09.2018)
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Albert Crewe Award 2018 for Timothy J. Pennycook

Albert Crewe Award 2018 for Timothy J. Pennycook

The Albert Crewe Award annually honors an early career scientist, in the field of physical sciences, for significant contributions in the field of microscopy and microanalysis during the first six years since doctoral graduation. The 2018 Crewe Award winner is: Timothy J. Pennycook, Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research, Germany.


Timothy Pennycook had insight into the importance of drift and collection angle on the EELS elemental mapping data before even beginning his PhD. He is an innovator who pushes the bounds of what is physically possible with technological development. His work has shed light on the dynamics of materials and was the first to see the dynamics of a chemical reaction in atomic scale detail. (09.2018)
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Prof. Dr. Darrell Galen Schlom

Prof. Dr. Darrell Galen Schlom

was awarded a Humboldt Research Award.

Professor Schlom comes from Cornell University, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, USA and works in the field of "Production and Properties of Functional Materials". He will be hosted by Prof. Dr. Jochen Mannhart (Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research, Stuttgart, Germany). (09.2018)
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Dr. Sebastian Bette

Dr. Sebastian Bette

won the "Starck-Dissertation Award". This prestigious prize is conferred for the best dissertation in the year in Germany in the field of Solid State Chemistry and Materials Science. The title is: "Über basische Chloride des Nickel(II) und Magnesiums Strukturen, Phasenbildung und Löslichkeit". (09.2018)
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Dr. Chia-Chin Chen

Dr. Chia-Chin Chen

won the "Starck-Dissertation Award". This prestigious prize is conferred for the best dissertation in the year in Germany in the field of Solid State Chemistry and Materials Science. The title is: "Mass Storage at Heterojunctions: Theory, Experimental Evidence, and Electrochemical Applications". (09.2018)
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ERC Starting Grant 2018
The European Research Council awards a Starting Grant to Dr. Nahid Talebi Savari currently working at the Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research in Stuttgart. Titel of the project: "Quantum Coherent Control: Self-Interference of Electron Beams with Nanostructures". (07.2018)
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ERC Starting Grant 2018
The European Research Council awards a Starting Grant to Dr. Timothy Pennycook currently working at the Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research in Stuttgart. Titel of the project: "High Definition Electron Microscopy: Greater clarity via multidimensionality". (07.2018)
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Dr. phil. Joseph Falson
was awarded a ›Nobel Laureate Fellowship‹ to get an unique insight into the research activities of a Nobel Laureate. (07.2018) more
Dr. rer. nat. Eslam Khalaf
was awarded a Otto Hahn Medal for the theoretical analysis of disorder effects on electronic transport in topological quantum wires. (07.2018) more
Luzia Germann

Luzia Germann

has been awarded a "Margaret C. Etter Student Lecturer Award" 2018 from the American Crystallographic Association (ACA). (07.2018)
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Professor Dimas G. de Oteyza

Professor Dimas G. de Oteyza

was awarded with a Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award in recognition of his outstanding research record, including cutting-edge achievements with seminal influence on the field of physical chemistry. (11.2017)
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Bayerischer Ingenieurinnen-Preis
Katrin Fürsich was awarded by the Bavarian Ministry of Science for her outstanding thesis. (10.2017)
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Humboldt Research Award for Professor Andrzej M. Oleś
in recognition of his entire achievements in the theoretical physics of condensed matter. (11.2017)
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Iman Rastegar
His work on exploring oxide heterostructures for electron emission to achieve efficient energy conversion has been honored with the Shoulders-Gray-Spindt Award 2017 at the 30th International Vacuum Nanoelectronics Conference in Regensburg. (07.2017).
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Young Scientist Award for Y. Eren Suyolcu
Y. Eren Suyolcu was awarded the "Young Scientist Award" at the E-MRS 2017 Spring Meeting in Strasbourg, France. The prize was awarded for the research project "Dopant Size Effects on Interfacial Superconductivity in Lanthanum Cuprate Bilayers". (05.2017)
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Professor Bettina Lotsch
was awarded with the "EU-40 materials prize" of the European Materials Research Society (E-MRS). (05.2017)
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Dr Stephan Rauschenbach

was awarded the 2017 Mattauch–Herzog Prize for Young Researchers by the German Mass Spectrometry Association.
The prize is awarded for outstanding scientific achievements in one of the two main areas of modern mass spectrometry, organic/biochemical analysis, and element and isotope analysis. It is one of the most prestigious and financially attractive prizes in the analytical sciences. (03.2017)

Professor Andrzej M. Oleś

was awarded the „Research Minister’s Prize for Outstanding Achievements in Basic Research in the Technical Sciences”. This Polish prize is awarded every year to one person only and comes with a prize money equivalent to 20,000 €. (12/2016)
Professor Andrzej M. Oleś
Guest professor at the MPI-FKF is awarded with the Marian-Smoluchowski-Emil-Warburg Award 2017 „Für seine Arbeiten über komplexe Ordnungsphänomene in der Festkörperphysik, insbesondere unter Einbeziehung orbitaler Freiheitsgrade des Elektrons.” (11.2016)

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Prof Dr Robert E. Dinnebier
The International Centre for Diffraction Data (ICDD) announced Prof. Dr. E. Robert Dinnebier as Director-at-Large (2016-2020). more
Dr Andreas Grüneis
The Max Planck Society and the Technical University of Munich (TUM) have appointed seven outstanding scientists as leaders of Max Planck Research Groups and tenure track professors at TUM. Dr Andreas Grüneis was appointed to this "MaxPlanck@TUM" alliance. (10.2016) more

ERC Starting Grant

The European Research Council awards a project grant to Dr Andreas Grüneis currently working at the Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research in Stuttgart. Project titel: "Towards chemical accuracy in computational materials science". (08.2016)
Student Award for Y. Eren Suyolcu
Y. Eren Suyolcu was awarded a "Student Award" (Presidential Scholar Award) at the Microscopy & Microanalysis Conference 2016 in Columbus, Ohio. The prize was awarded for the research project "Linking Dopant Distribution and Interatomic Distortions at La1.6M0.4CuO4/La2CuO4 Superconducting Interfaces". (07.2016) more

Dr Christoph Große

received a Feodor Lynen Research Fellowship of the Alexander von Humboldt-Foundation. Academic host: Prof. Jeremy Baumberg, University of Cambridge. (06.2016)
Otto Hahn Medal
Dr Christoph Große was awarded with an Otto Hahn medal. (06.2016) more
ERC Consolidator Grant
The European Research Council awards a project grant to Dr Christian R. Ast currently working at the Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research in Stuttgart. (04.2016) more
ERC Advanced Grant
The European Research Council awards a project grant to Professor Bernhard Keimer. (07.2015) more
Otto Hahn Medals
Dr Benedikt Frieß and Dr Tomce Runčevski were awarded with an
Otto Hahn medal. (06.2015) more
Fellow of the Royal Society
Professor Ali Alavi has been elected Fellow of the Royal Society. (05.2015) more
New MPI-FKF Research Group
led by Dr Philipp Hansmann, with the goal of performing calculations for correlated electron systems. (04.2015) more
StEM has joined MPI-FKF
On April 1, 2015, the Stuttgart Center for Electron Microscopy (StEM) of the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems (MPI-IS) has joined our Institute, MPI-FKF. The transfer of the Center, led by Professor Peter van Aken, is a consequence of the scientific evolution of MPI-IS and further strengthens our analytical capabilities. (04.2015) more
Ernst-Eckhard Koch Award
Dr Alex Manuel Frano Pereira graduated with distinction from the Technical University of Berlin, and won the Springer thesis Award for his outstanding research on metal-oxide heterostructures. (01.2015) more
ERC Starting Grants
The European Research Council awards project grants to Professor Bettina V. Lotsch and Dr Sebastian Loth, both currently working at the Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research in Stuttgart. (12.2014) more