Diels Planck Lecture and Doctoral Thesis Awards Ceremony by Kiel Nano Surface and Interface Science (KiNSIS)

KiNSIS Evening Reception: event on 30th of June

Since 2014, the members of the priority research area KiNSIS (Kiel Nano Surface and Interface Science) annually award renowned international researchers in the nano and surface sciences the Diels Planck Medal. At a keynote lecture, the Diels-Planck-Lecture, the awardees give insights into their research and get into contact with promising young researchers from Kiel, since the best dissertations within the fields of Nano and Surface Science at Kiel University are traditionally also awarded at this event.

The lecture series is named after the originators of the nanosciences in Kiel, the Nobel laureates Max Planck and Otto Diels.

Max Planck, born in Kiel in 1858, was appointed to a professorship in theoretical physics at Kiel University in 1885. In 1918, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics for his pioneering work in quantum physics, which forms the basis for the description of nanostructures.

Otto Diels was professor of chemistry in Kiel until his retirement in 1945. Together with his doctoral student Kurt Alder, he discovered and developed a class of chemical reactions that are among the most important methods for producing chemical compounds and nanomaterials. In 1950 Diels received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry.

The previous Diels-Planck-Lecture award winners are:

  • 2021 R. Stanley Williams, Texas A&M University (USA)
  • 2020 Professor Michael Grätzel, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne-EPFL (Schweiz)
  • 2019 Professor Zhong Lin Wang, Georgia Institute of Technology (USA)
  • 2018 Professorin Maki Kawai, Generaldirektorin des Institute for Molecular Science, Okazaki (Japan)
  • 2017 Professor Aldo R. Boccaccini, FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg und Imperial College London (Great Britain)
  • 2016 Professor Sotiris Pratsinis, ETH Zürich (Switzerland)
  • 2015 Professor Ben Feringa, Universität Groningen (Netherlands)
  • 2014 Dr. Gerhard Meyer, IBM Research Laboratory in Zürich (Switzerland)

The award winner of 2022 will be announced soon.

About Kiel Nano Surface and Interface Science (KiNSIS)

In the priority research area „Kiel Nano Surface & Interface Science“ (KiNSIS), around 120 scientists from the fields of physics, chemistry, engineering and life sciences are jointly researching structures and processes in the nanocosmos. Since 2014, the interdisciplinary network has been supporting its members to enter into larger interdisciplinary collaborations and to promote outstanding young researchers with excellent framework conditions. A modern infrastructure and national as well as international partnerships from science and industry support the application of current research results.The successful close cooperation across disciplinary boundaries is reflected, for example, in third-party funded research networks such as  Collaborative Research Centers 1461 – Neurotronics: Bio-inspired Information Pathways and 1261 – Magnetoelectric Sensors: From Composite Materials to Biomagnetic Diagnostics and Research Training Group 2154 – Materials for Brain: Thin Film Functional Materials for minimally iInvasive Therapy of Brain Diseases