Gutenberg Research Award

The Gutenberg Research Award was awarded to outstanding scientists collaborating with researchers at MAINZ. The award was connected with a sabbatical of the recipient at MAINZ and supported travel as well as a fellowship for four months. As a guest scientist, the recipient will participate in research within the framework of MAINZ and will help to strenghten MAINZ. The award was handed to the recipient in a ceremony during which the recipient is giving a honorary lecture between 2006 and 2011. From 2012 onwards Johannes Gutenberg University presents this award to outstanding scientists of all fields of the University through the Gutenberg Research College (GRC). MAINZ is proud for the structural impact it has had and still has on its host university.


2011 - Prof. Michael Grätzel (EPFL, Switzerland)

Michael Grätzel is one of the most renowned material scientists worldwide and received the Millenium Technolgy Award 2010. He belongs to the 10 most cited chemists and his name appears regularly when Nobel prizes are discussed. The German-Swiss material scientist has developed a new type of photovoltaic cell which is based on dyes and relies on photosynthesis. In this cell sunlight is transformed into electric energy with support of organic dyes. Graetzel heads the "Laboratory of Photonics and Interfaces" at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausann (Switzerland). He is a pioneer in the area of energy and electrontransfer reactions and their application on solar energy, optoelectronics, and in lithiumion batteries. Graetzel has published more than 800 papers, two books and holds over 50 patents. The Scientifc American ranks him among the top 50 scientists worldwide.

from left to right: U. Förstermann, M. Grätzel


2010 - Prof. Shouchen Zhang (Stanford University, California, USA)

Prof. Shoucheng Zhang is an internationally recognized leader in the field of condensed matter physics, and has made major contributions to the quantum Hall effect, high temperature superconductivity and quantum magnetism. More recently, his theory work opened up a new field called topological insulators and superconductors. The novel properties of these materials could also open new applications in electronics, and extend the life of Moore's law.Prof. Zhang's theoretical prediction of the topological insulator state has been experimentally confirmed by colleagues at the University of Wuerzburg. In September 2010, they will share the prestigious Europhysics Prize for this seminal discovery.

from left to right: L. Molenkamp, M. Dreyer, S. Zhang, I. Bloch and C. Felser


2009 - Prof. Christopher K. Ober (Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, USA)

Christopher Kemper Ober is a unique person, who combines excellence in science with excellence in service to the scientific community. His research is focused on lithography, patterning and the biology materials interface. As a reflection of his contributions to lithography, Ober was honored in 2004 with the Photopolymer Science & Technology Award and was the 2006 winner of the American Chemical Society Award in Applied Polymer Science. In addition he received a Humboldt Research Prize in 2007.

from left to right: G. Krausch, C. K. Ober, C. Felser


2008 - Prof. Stuart Parkin (MPI of Microstructure Physics, Halle, Germany and IBM Almaden Research Center, San Jose, California, USA)

Stuart Parkin was recently attracted to Germany as director at the Max Planck Institute of Microstructure Physics in Halle and as Humboldt Professor at the University of Halle. He is also still manager of the magnetoelectronics group at the IBM Research Center San Jose, California. Additionally, he is a consulting professor at the Department of Applied Physics at Stanford University and director of the IBM-Stanford Spintronic Science and Applications Center. Prof. Parkin was born in England and received his BA in 1977. Afterwards he became a research fellow at Trinity College in Cambridge (UK) and also earned his PhD in Cambridge in 1980. In 1982 he joined IBM as post-doctoral fellow, became permanent staff in 1983 and was appointed as IBM Fellow in 1999.

from left to right: C. Felser, S. Parkin, G. Krausch


2006 - Prof. Kookheon Char (Seoul National University, South Korea)

Within the first granting of the Gutenberg Research Award, the Korean chemistry engineer Prof. Kookheon Char was honoured last Wednesday. The award is a tribute to Prof. Char’s research achievements in the field of polymer physics and polymer chemistry. Besides, the award is an opportunity to maintain and develop the University’s visibility in the international scene as well as to improve partnership with foreign researchers. The internationally well recognized scientist, professor for chemical engineering at Seoul National University, works with extremely thin polymer films in order to develop and construct functional units, which can be used in organic light-emitting diodes for screens or displays or in organic solar cells. In that context, organic-inorganic hybrid materials, which are the binding subject of the two Graduate Classes of Excellence, MATCOR and POLYMAT, are processed, too. Kookheon Char, born 1958 in Seoul, studied chemistry engineering at Seoul National University (SNU) and the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST). Afterwards, he worked in the industry for a while before he reached his PhD at Stanford University in 1989. During his post-doc, Char worked for IBM in San Jose, California. In the year 1991, he returned to SNU as Assistant Professor. Soon he became Associate Professor in 1995 and in 2001 finally Full Professor. Different visiting professorships led him to the University of Lausanne and Paris and to the MIT.

from left to right: K. Char, R. Zentel, J. Michaelis