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Nano Innovation Award

The Nano Innovation Award is awarded annually by the Center for NanoScience together with the CeNS spin-offs attocube systems, ibidi, Nanion Technologies, and NanoTemper Technologies, to honor junior researchers for excellent research in the nanosciences. Research projects with a potential for industrial applications are especially welcome.

The prize is awarded in two categories:
1. For an outstanding master's thesis in the field of nanosciences/nanotechnology
2. For an outstanding PhD thesis in the field of nanosciences/nanotechnology

The prize money is donated by the CeNS spin-offs attocube systems, ibidi, Nanion Technologies and NanoTemper Technologies.

Prize money:
€3,000 in the category "Master's thesis" and
€6,000 in the category "PhD thesis".

In addition, the awardees will be invited to present their results at the CeNS workshop in Venice.

Who can participate? 

Junior scientists from Bavarian universities and research institutions are eligible. They must have finished their master's thesis or PhD thesis on a nanoscientific topic between June 15, 2015 and June 22, 2017.

Candidates have to be nominated by their thesis supervisor.

Submission guideline

The following documents (in English or German) have to be submitted by the applicant: 

  • Nomination letter by the thesis supervisor (maximum two pages)

  • Maximum two pages: Summary of the thesis and description of the innovative character of the work;
    if applicable: explanation of the potential application of the research work (or parts of it) for industry

  • Curriculum Vitae (including Master's/PhD certificate) 

  • List of publications and patents (if applicable)

Applications should be sent by e-mail to hennig@cens.de. Deadline is June 22, 2017.

Selection Process

The selection committee 2017 comprises of five members:
- Prof. Alexander Holleitner, TUM
- Prof. Christoph Kutter, Fraunhofer-Einrichtung für Mikrosysteme und Festkörper-Technologien EMFT
- Prof. Don Lamb, LMU
- Prof. Claudia Veigel, LMU/CeNS board
- Dr. Roman Zantl, ibidi

The selection of the awardees is a two-stage process. Shortlisted candidates will be informed one week before the award ceremony.

Award Ceremony

The award ceremony will take place at the event “CeNS meets Industry” on July 21, 2017.

Awardees 2015

CeNS Innovation Award for master's thesis
Aurora Manzi, group of Prof. Jochen Feldmann (LMU)

CeNS Innovation Award for PhD thesis
Christof Mast, group of Prof. Dieter Braun (LMU)