American Humboldt Award winner Ralph G. Nuzzo will spend a several-months research period at KIT and at Bielefeld University.
At the beginning of the 1980s, the chemist Professor Ralph G. Nuzzo paved the way for use of the first thiol-based self-assembling monolayers (SAMs). Nanotechnology is not imaginable today without that innovation. Professor Nuzzo is now honored with the Research Award of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. The award includes guest visits to the Institute of Functional Interfaces (IFG) at KIT and the Bielefeld Institute for Biophysics and Nanoscience (BINAS) at Bielefeld University.
Ralph Nuzzo does research and teaches at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA. Together with his team, he mainly studies the chemical properties of materials placing emphasis on the complex chemical processes on their surfaces and interfaces. For these studies, he uses latest state-of-the-art analytical instruments and applies methods, for instance, spectroscopy, physical characterization, and microscopic imaging, that are as well essential for characterization and processing of nanoscale materials.
The SAMs developed by Ralph Nuzzo play a significant role in Interfacial Systems Chemistry (IFSC). This novel research field comprises the complex molecular architectures applied for functionalization of surfaces.
About the Person
Professor Ralph G. Nuzzo has been doing research at the Department of Chemistry of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA, since 1991. He did his PhD in 1980 in organic chemistry at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and subsequently was employed at Bell Laboratories and at A.T. & T. Professor Nuzzo has been awarded several prizes, among others he has been honored with fellowships from the World Innovation Foundation and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
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