High distinction for DGM honorary member Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Herbert Gleiter

​​​​​​​The German Materials Society (DGM) is humbled to announce that one of its honorary members, Professor Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Herbert Gleiter was recently named "Researcher of the Year 2020" by the "International Association of Advanced Materials". In addition, Prof. Gleiter will be awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Lanzhou (China) later this year in November.


The 82-year-old is one of the leading forces in the field of nanoscience worldwide. More than 23,000 papers have been cited from his numerous publications. As a graduate of the Technical University of Stuttgart, Prof. Gleiter was attracted to the University of Saarland in 1973, where he founded the Institute for New Materials in 1987, and from there he moved to the former Karlsruhe Research Center (today part of KIT) as a member of the board of directors in 1994. In 1998, he founded the "Institute for Nanotechnology" and led its trades until 2004. The "Herbert Gleiter Institute of Nanoscience" at the University of Nanjing (China), which was founded in 2012 and dedicated to him according to its name, can be viewed at as a manifest proof of his international reputation. In 2017, the Chinese Academy of Sciences appointed him as the founder and head of the "Herbert Gleiter International Laboratory" in Shenyang, which is engaged in the research and first applications of nanostructured crystalline and amorphous materials and is breaking new ground in its organizational structure.

Over the course of his scientific career, Prof. Gleiter has received more than 40 awards, has been elected in more than ten National Academies of Science/Technology and has been awarded honorary doctorates in seven - soon to be eight - universities.

Professor Dr. Herbert Gleiter is deeply and firmly rooted in the German Materials Society. He has been a personal DGM member for decades and was awarded the "Masing Prize" in 1971, followed by the "Heyn Denkmünze" for his scientific work in 1998. It was only right that this excellent scientist was awarded the DGM honorary membership in 2009.

The German Materials Society congratulates Professor Dr. Herbert Gleiter on the title "Researcher of the Year", an outstanding award for an outstanding expert in his respective field.