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Oct 29, 2009

Tailor-made nanoparticles for versatile applications -
DECHEMA Prize for Lutz Mädler, University of Bremen

The DECHEMA Prize 2009 of the Max Buchner Research Foundation with a value of € 20,000 is awarded to

Professor Dr.-Ing. habil. Lutz Mädler, University of Bremen, Germany

"for his outstanding achievements in the production of nanomaterials by flame spray pyrolysis for applications in sensor technology, catalysis, and medical technology."

The award will be conferred in the course of a festive colloquium November 27, 2009, 4 p.m. at the DECHEMA House, Theodor-Heuss-Allee 25, in Frankfurt/Main.

The DECHEMA Prize of the Max Buchner Research Foundation has been conferred annually since 1951 by DECHEMA, Society for Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology, for outstanding research in the fields of applied chemistry, process engineering, biotechnology, and chemical apparatus. Preference is given to younger scientists whose work is fundamentally important and successfully combines theory with practical application.

Professional background of Lutz Mädler

Lutz Mädler (born in 1971) studied Technical Physics at the Technical University of Zwickau, Germany, from 1991 to 1996 and received an engineering diploma in Physics. He also holds a degree and a doctorate in Chemical Engineering from the Technical University of Freiberg, Germany. From 1996 til 1999 he worked for the Fraunhofer Institute of Toxicology and Aerosol Research Hannover, Germany, in the field of particle characterization and particulate source apportionment. In 1999, he joined the Particle Technology Group at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich. He received his Habilitation from ETH Zurich in 2003 and served as Privatdozent (senior lecturer) for Particulate Processes. In 2005 he changed as appointed Lecturer and Research Associate to the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Since 2008 Lutz Mädler has been Professor at the University of Bremen, Germany. He is Director of the Process & Chemical Engineering Division of the Fundation Institute of Materials Science (IWT) and Head of the Particle and Process Technology Division in the Department of Product engineering at the University of Bremen. He is also head ot the Reactive Spraying group int the Process & Chemical Engineering Division at the IWT.

Lutz Mädler received the BASF Award in Process Engineering for a young scientist whose research furthers the close relationship between natural and engineering sciences in 2004 and the Smoluchowski award conferred by the Aerosol Society in 2005. His research extended the area of spray processes for materials manufacture. He focuses on the design, control, and theoretical understanding of spray flame reactors for the production of functional and tailor-made nanoparticles for applications in composites, sensors, catalysts, and electronic materials. He published 49 peer reviewed papers, more than 100 articles and proceedings and holds 5 patents. One of his latest interests is the bio-nano interface and the associated nano-toxicology.


Photographs from the awards ceremony will be available from the public relations department of DECHEMA e.V., Tel.: 069/7564-277 , Fax: 069/7564-272, E-Mail: .



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